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Cybercriminals impersonate World Health Organization to distribute fake coronavirus e-book

The number of scams, threats, and malware campaigns taking advantage of public concern over the coronavirus is increasing each day. As a result, we’ve been actively monitoring emails within our spam honeypot to flag such threats and make sure our users are protected. Yesterday, we observed a phishing campaign similar to malspam previously discovered by MalwareHunterTeam, which … [Read more...]

A week in security (March 2 – 8)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we fired up part 1 of our series on child identity theft, asked how well law enforcement can deal with cybercriminals, and took a trip down the memory lane of moral panic. We also looked at the positives and negatives of VPNs and examined our own progress in the fight against stalkerware, spyware, and monitoring apps. Other cybersecurity news Trouble strikes for … [Read more...]

New PayPal Phishing Scam Goes After Your Social Security Number and Photos

This week, we learned of a new phishing campaign targeting PayPal users in an attempt to extract as much personal data as possible. The campaign is spread via an email claiming to be from PayPal’s notification center warning users that their account was accessed from another browser or device. The recipient is then prompted to click on a button which opens an online form owned by the … [Read more...]

A week in security (January 27 – February 2)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we looked at the strengths and weaknesses of the Zero Trust model, gave you the low-down on spear phishing, and took a delve into the world of securing the managed service provider (MSP). Other cybersecurity news UN compromised via Sharepoint hack: An extraordinary tale highlighting that absolutely nobody is safe when bad things happen and are then covered up. … [Read more...]

Securing the MSP: their own worst enemy

We’ve previously discussed threats to managed service providers (MSPs), covering their status as a valuable secondary target to both an assortment of APT groups as well as financially motivated threat groups. The problem with covering new and novel attack vectors, however, is that behind each new vector is typically a system left unpatched, asset management undone, a security officer not … [Read more...]

Spear phishing 101: what you need to know

Phishing, a cyberattack method as old as viruses and Nigerian Princes, continues to be one of the most popular means of initiating a breach against individuals and organizations, even in 2020. The tactic is so effective, it has spawned a multitude of sub-methods, including smishing (phishing via SMS), pharming, and the technique du jour for this blog: spear phishing. But first, a quick parable. A … [Read more...]

How to prevent a rootkit attack

If you’re ever at the receiving end of a rootkit attack, then you’ll understand why they are considered one of the most dangerous cyberthreats today. Rootkits are a type of malware designed to stay undetected on your computer. Cybercriminals use rootkits to remotely access and control your machine, burrowing deep into the system like a latched-on tick. Rootkits typically infect … [Read more...]

Fake Elder Scrolls Online developers go phishing on PlayStation

A player of popular gaming title Elder Scrolls Online recently took to Reddit to warn users of a phish via Playstation messaging. This particular phishing attempt is notable for ramping up the pressure on recipients—a classic social engineering technique taken to the extreme. A terms of service violation? In MMORPG land, the scammers take a theoretically plausible deadline, crunch it into … [Read more...]

Business Email Compromise Discussed on NPR’s Morning Edition

Earlier this week, I heard an interesting interview on NPR’s Morning Edition with a recent victim of Business Email Compromise (BEC), a growing threat that uses social engineering to exploit human nature in order to divert massive amounts of money to cybercriminals. Recent Business Email Compromise Trends show Evolving Tactics First, let’s start with a little background information. In … [Read more...]

Web skimmer phishes credit card data via rogue payment service platform

Heading into the holiday shopping season, we have been tracking increased activity from a threat group registering domains for skimming and phishing campaigns. While most of the campaigns implemented a web skimmer in the typical fashion—grabbing and exfiltrating data from a merchant’s checkout page to an attacker-controlled server—a new attack scheme has emerged that tricks users into … [Read more...]