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How not to buy drugs on the Internet

Disclaimer: This post is satirical in nature and meant to educate on the proliferation of scams, misinformation, and traps set up to trick those engaging in illicit or illegal activities online. Malwarebytes does not condone buying drugs on the Internet. Perhaps you’re sitting at work one day when suddenly the thought crosses your mind: You’re going to shift careers to become a drug … [Read more...]

Hundreds of counterfeit online shoe stores injected with credit card skimmer

There’s a well-worn saying in security: “If it’s too good to be true, then it probably isn’t.” This can easily be applied to the myriad of online stores that sell counterfeit goods—and now attract secondary fraud in the form of a credit card skimmer. Allured by great deals on brand names, many people end up buying products on dubious websites only to find out that … [Read more...]

Report: Organizations remain vulnerable to increasing insider threats

The latest data breach at Capital One is a noteworthy incident not because it affected over 100 million customer records, 140,000 Social Security numbers (SSNs), and 80,000 linked bank accounts. Nor was it special because the hack was the result of a vulnerable firewall misconfiguration. Many still talk about this breach because a leak of this magnitude, which we’ve historically seen … [Read more...]

A week in security (October 28 – November 3)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we celebrated the birth of the Internet 50 years ago, highlighted reports about the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filing a case against stalkerware developer Retina-X, issued a PSI on disaster donation scams, looked at the top cybersecurity challenged SMBs face, and provided guidance to journalists on how they can defend themselves against threat … [Read more...]

Europol: Ransomware remains top threat in IOCTA report

The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, or Europol, just released its annual Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) report for the year. And we weren’t surprised to find that ransomware, despite its palpable decline in volume these past few months—a trend we’ve also seen and documented—remains the most prominent threat in terms of prevalence and financial … [Read more...]

How to get your Equifax money and stay safe doing it

Following the enormous data breach of Equifax in 2017—in which roughly 147 million Americans’ suffered the loss of their Social Security numbers, addresses, credit card and driver’s license information, birthdates, and more—the company has agreed to a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission, in which it will pay at least $650 million. Much of that settlement—up to $425 million—is … [Read more...]

A look inside the FBI’s 2018 IC3 online crime report

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center have released their annual Crime Report, with the most recent release focusing on 2018. While the contents may not surprise, it definitely cements some of the bigger threats to consumers and businesses—and not all of them are particularly high tech. Sometimes less is most definitely more. What is the Internet Crime Complaint Center? Good question. For … [Read more...]

100 channels and nothing on, except TV Licensing phishes

We’ve seen a lot of people referencing fake TV Licensing emails they’ve received over the last few days. The majority so far appear to be fake refund notices, asking potential victims to log in to a phony TV License website and provide payment details for refunds. It’s definitely keeping customer support busy: Click to enlarge Many of the URLs we’ve looked at are down now, but not all, so … [Read more...]

HMRC phish swipes email login, payment details

It’s not tax season in the UK, but that hasn’t deterred scammers from sending out mail looking to swipe both card details and email logins in one fell swoop. The email, which claims UKGOV has issued a tax refund to the tune of 542.94 GBP, arrives under the following title, which is spectacularly poorly formatted: [RCPT-07010144] processed your automatic payment is available – … [Read more...]

The many faces of omnichannel fraud

The rise of new technologies, social networks, and other means of online communication have brought about compelling changes in industries across the board. For example, in retail, organizations use digital tools such as websites, email, and apps to reach out to their current and potential clients, anticipate their needs, and fully tailor their business strategies around making the user shopping … [Read more...]