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A week in security (September 12 – September 18)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we looked at journalism’s role in cybersecurity on our Lock and Code podcast, gave tips for safer shopping on Amazon Prime day, and discussed an APT attack springing into life as Academia returned to the real and virtual campus environment. We also dug into potential FIFA 21 scams, the return of QR code scams, Covid fatigue, a
Publish At:2020-10-19 16:17 | Read:102 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security a week in security awis facebook football

QR code scams are making a comeback

Just when we thought the QR code was on its way out, the pandemic has led to a return of the scannable shortcut. COVID-19 has meant finding a digital equivalent to things normally handed out physically, like menus, tour guides, and other paperwork, and many organizations have adopted the QR code to help with this. And so, it would seem, have criminals. Scamm
Publish At:2020-10-15 10:53 | Read:167 | Comments:0 | Tags:Scams advance payments clickjacking nfc nfc tags phishing QR

Deepfake Voice Technology Iterates on Old Phishing Strategies

As the world of AI and deepfake technology grows more complex, the risk that deepfakes pose to firms and individuals grows increasingly potent. This growing sophistication of the latest software and algorithms has allowed malicious hackers, scammers and cyber criminals who work tirelessly behind the scenes to stay one step ahead of the authorities, making th
Publish At:2020-10-12 02:31 | Read:146 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Articles IT Security and Data Protection AI cybercr

Phishers spoof reliable cybersecurity training company to garner clicks

“It happens to the best of us.” And, indeed, no adage is better suited to a phishing campaign that recently made headlines. Fraudsters used the brand, KnowBe4—a trusted cybersecurity company that offers security awareness training for organizations—to gain recipients’ trust, their Microsoft Outlook credentials, and other personally identifi
Publish At:2020-09-30 12:27 | Read:175 | Comments:0 | Tags:Scams Cofense cybersecurity training KnowBe4 phishing phishi

Dutch ISP Ziggo demonstrates how not to inform your customers about a security flaw

“Can you have a look at this email I got, please?” my brother asked. “It looks convincing enough, but I don’t trust it,” he added and forwarded me the email he received from Ziggo, his Internet Service Provider (ISP). Shortly after, he informed me that despite its suspicious aura, he found confirmation that the email was, in fact, legitimate. In the
Publish At:2020-08-12 12:33 | Read:356 | Comments:0 | Tags:Scams branded firmware corporate communications dutch isp in

SBA phishing scams: from malware to advanced social engineering

A number of threat actors continue to take advantage of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic through phishing scams and other campaigns distributing malware. In this blog, we look at 3 different phishing waves targeting applicants for Covid-19 relief loans. The phishing emails impersonate the US Small Business Administration (SBA), and are aimed at deliverin
Publish At:2020-08-10 15:06 | Read:352 | Comments:0 | Tags:Scams loan phishing SBA scam

US tax service says, “2FA is a must!”

byPaul DucklinThe Beatles famously sang about The Taxman back in 1966, when Britain had much higher taxes on the rich than it does now: Let me tell you how it will be There's one for you, nineteen for me 'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman Should five per cent appear too small Be thankful I don't take it all 'Cause I'm the tax
Publish At:2020-07-29 13:37 | Read:335 | Comments:0 | Tags:2-factor Authentication 2FA IRS refund fraud scams tax scams

A week in security (July 20 – 26)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, our Lock and Code podcast delved into Bluetooth and beacon technology. We also dug into APT groups targeting India and Hong Kong, covered a law enforcement bust, and tried to figure out when, exactly, a Deepfake is a Deepfake. Other cybersecurity news Insecure email addresses resulted in big-bucks sporting targets (Sourc
Publish At:2020-07-27 16:58 | Read:371 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security a week in security advanced persistent th

A week in security (July 6 – 12)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we took an in-depth look at card skimmers targeting ASP sites, we released another episode of Lock and Code exploring the Internet of Things, and we dug into a Mac mystery. We also examined some pre-installed malware, and put out a threat spotlight on some customized ransomware. Other cybersecurity news Social media went
Publish At:2020-07-13 13:14 | Read:477 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security Android awis malware phishing ransomware

Coronavirus campaigns lead to surge in malware threats, Labs report finds

In the first three months of 2020, as the world clamped down to limit coronavirus, cyber threats ramped up. Our latest, special edition for our quarterly CTNT report focuses on recent, increased malware threats which all have one, big thing in common—using coronavirus as a lure. Our report, “Cybercrime tactics and techniques: Attack on home base,” analyze
Publish At:2020-06-01 13:35 | Read:643 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cybercrime Malware Reports Scams Social engineering Threat a

When the coronavirus infodemic strikes

Social media sites are stepping up their efforts in the war against misinformation… specifically, the coronavirus/COVID-19 infodemic. There’s a seemingly endless stream of potentially dangerous misinformation flying around online related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that could have fatal results.It’s boomtown in fake-news land riding high on the wave
Publish At:2020-05-24 07:20 | Read:445 | Comments:0 | Tags:Scams archive conspiracy theories conspiracy theory coronavi

RevenueWire to pay $6.7 million to settle FTC charges

What can you do as a scammer when no legitimate payment provider wants to process your payments anymore? Or, what if you are growing sick and tired of these same payment providers reimbursing disgruntled customers who claim that your products didn’t fix computers, like—you know—you said they would? Simple. You rely on some novel help. That is, unti
Publish At:2020-05-18 13:42 | Read:466 | Comments:0 | Tags:Tech support scams browlock fake online scanners fraud FTC p

COVID-19 Scam Roundup – April 27, 2020

The coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) scam onslaught continues. Per Threatpost, digital attackers ramped up their activity over Q1 2020 to the extent that they were sending approximately 1.5 million coronavirus-themed attack emails by the middle of April. How can we then be surprised by ZDNet’s reporting that the number of digital crime reports received by t
Publish At:2020-05-03 08:06 | Read:696 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Awareness Coronavirus COVID-19 scams

Facebook to alert us if we’ve been exposed to fake coronavirus news

byLisa VaasHas somebody on Facebook tried to convince you that drinking bleach cures COVID-19?If you’ve had that kind of dangerous misinformation coughed up at you on the platform and have liked, reacted or commented on it, expect to start seeing messages in your newsfeed alerting you and letting you know that Facebook has since removed the effluvium.O
Publish At:2020-04-21 07:38 | Read:884 | Comments:0 | Tags:Facebook Fake news Social networks coronavirus COVID-19 fact

Stimulus check scams are on the rise

Americans are expected to start receiving monetary support from the government soon. In most cases, money would be directly deposited into the banking accounts associated with people’s tax returns. The funds will help US citizens, legal permanent residents, and people with valid social security numbers, fight the economic instability caused by the novel coro
Publish At:2020-04-16 09:24 | Read:979 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mobile News Security scams

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