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ParetoLogic facing complaint of alleged wrongdoing

A short while ago we reported on the FTC ruling against payment provider RevenueWire. Now, another Canadian company is under scrutiny, and the cases are very much related. Not only are these companies hailing from the same city, they also share some founders. The company ParetoLogic is involved in a US class action lawsuit in which it is accused of having
Publish At:2020-06-09 14:37 | Read:155 | Comments:0 | Tags:Tech support scams paretologic registry cleaner revenuewire

Tech Support Scam Uses Child Porn Warning

A new email scam is making the rounds, warning recipients that someone using their Internet address has been caught viewing child pornography. The message claims to have been sent from Microsoft Support, and says the recipient’s Windows license will be suspended unless they call an “MS Support” number to reinstate the license, but the numbe
Publish At:2020-05-18 13:12 | Read:249 | Comments:0 | Tags:A Little Sunshine Latest Warnings 1 844 286 1916 Microsoft s

A week in security (January 20 – 26)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we reported on a Ryuk ransomware attack on The Tampa Bay Times, a newspaper in Florida; unmasked an elaborate browser locking scheme behind the more advanced tech support operations that are currently active; and looked at the latest laws on regulating deepfakes. Other cybersecurity news Cisco’s Talos Intelligence Group
Publish At:2020-01-27 16:50 | Read:809 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security Apple awis blog recap breach facebook phi

Two charged with tech-support scamming the elderly for $10m

byLisa VaasTwo US people have been charged with the alleged tech-support scumbaggery of spooking old people by shoving scary “Your computer has a virus, call us!!!!” pop-ups in their faces and then fleecing them for services they didn’t need and never got.The band of crooks did this to about 7,500 victims, most of them elderly, shaking them down for more tha
Publish At:2019-09-23 06:05 | Read:1570 | Comments:0 | Tags:Law & order Security threats elderly fake tech support tech

EITest Campaign Uses Tech Support Scams to Deliver Coinhive’s Monero Miner

We’ve uncovered the notorious EITest campaign delivering a JavaScript (JS) cryptocurrency miner (detected by Trend Micro as HKTL_COINMINE) using tech support scams as a social engineering lure. These are fraud activities impersonating legitimate technical support services, conning unwitting victims to avail/pay for these services (or hand out financial data)
Publish At:2017-09-22 21:10 | Read:4397 | Comments:0 | Tags:Bad Sites cryptocurrency cryptocurrency miner EITest Tech Su

Tech Support Scam Creates Series of Email Drafts to Crash Macs

A tech support scam uses a series of email drafts to crash computers that are running an older version of MacOS.Jérôme Segura, lead malware intelligence analyst at Malwarebytes, first detected a website associated with the scam during the 2016 holiday season.Tech support scam for iOS with season's colours (safari-get[.]com). pic.twitter.com/xtTBCISNRp&md
Publish At:2017-01-06 16:35 | Read:4229 | Comments:0 | Tags:Latest Security News Apple macOS Safari tech support scam

Tech Support Scammers using Winlogon

As we’ve seen in other recent examples [1], [2],[3] Tech Support Scammers are using every trick in the malware authors book to get new “customers”. Here is one that takes over the victims’ Windows system after a reboot by using the Winlogon-Shell registry value. Shell registry value Under default circumstances the registry value looks like this: [HKEY_LOCAL_
Publish At:2016-05-23 17:05 | Read:4505 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cybercrime Social engineering Malwarebytes Pieter Arntz scam

Tech Support Impostors Part II: Where are They Now?

Last October, our own Jerome Segura uncovered a tech support scam trading on Malwarebytes’ good name. So half a year later, what happened to the perpetrators? Still scamming, apparently, and now with a snazzy new website! Rather than coding a website from scratch and possibly making mistakes, they seem to have lifted assets from the Malwarebytes websi
Publish At:2016-05-13 19:50 | Read:9193 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cybercrime Social engineering fake scam tech support tech su

Scammers Impersonate ISPs in New Tech Support Campaign

Tech support scammers are investing a lot of efforts to attract new victims each day, and despite many takedowns, this is a highly profitable industry. We uncovered a new tech support scam campaign pushed via malvertising which cleverly detects which Internet Service Provider (ISP) you are using (based on your IP address) and displays a legitimate looking pa
Publish At:2016-03-21 05:45 | Read:4177 | Comments:0 | Tags:Fraud/Scam Alert ISP tech support scam

A weather app with a twist

Recently, a weather app caught our attention by doing something far worse than predicting rain all the time. It installed all the ingredients for a false Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD) with a number to call for assistance. WeatherWizard As the app is bearing the same name as one comic book “super villain” this might have been a warning that there was something
Publish At:2016-02-04 05:45 | Read:4445 | Comments:0 | Tags:Fraud/Scam Alert bsod fake scam tech support scam

Comcast Customers Targeted In Elaborate Malvertising Attack

With the holiday season here, we are seeing a rise in online scams that attempt to trick victims into giving out personal information and extorting money for bogus services. This latest one is particularly sneaky because it starts with an advert on Comcast’s Xfinity search page, the largest provider of cable internet access in the US, which attempts to
Publish At:2015-12-15 18:10 | Read:4224 | Comments:0 | Tags:Malvertising exploit exploit kit fake malvertising nuclear e

Tech Support Scammers Impersonate Apple Technicians

Remote assistance is becoming more and more popular to troubleshoot computer issues without the hassle of bringing the problematic machine to a store. Indeed, from the comfort of your own home you can let a Certified Technician remotely log into your PC and have them fix the issues you are facing. Apple offers a screen sharing service part of its support cen
Publish At:2015-10-21 02:50 | Read:3946 | Comments:0 | Tags:Fraud/Scam Alert Apple fake remote scam tech support scam

Avoid this BSoD Tech Support Scam

Way back in 2008, I wrote about a piece of Malware which took a prank Blue Screen of Death screensaver created by a security researcher, bundled it with Malware and unleashed it on the general public. While they sat looking in horror at the fake BSoD, rather nasty files were installing in the background. It was certainly inventive, but these days it’s
Publish At:2015-09-08 12:55 | Read:5930 | Comments:0 | Tags:Fraud/Scam Alert bsod tech support scam windows error

Popcash Malvertising Leads to CryptoWall

The online advertising industry is a very lucrative business and so it comes as no big surprise that cyber-criminals have taken a keen interest on how to ‘milk’ it using different fraudulent techniques. One particular technique known as malvertising, leverages the infrastructure provided by ad networks to distribute malicious content to end users
Publish At:2015-06-12 03:15 | Read:5585 | Comments:0 | Tags:Malvertising exploit malvertising malware ransomware tech su

Tech Support Scammers Go For Pornographic Shocker

Crooks are making millions of dollars defrauding unsavvy users with fake online tech support. The scam is simple but yet effective and has gone through many variations over time. We’ve documented several tricks and fake alerts on this blog, in particular those that lock the user’s browser with fake warnings and audio alerts. Scammers can be very
Publish At:2015-05-26 22:35 | Read:5670 | Comments:0 | Tags:Fraud/Scam Alert fake alert microsoft porn tech support scam

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