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Instagram clamps down on fake messages with anti-phishing tool

Instagram accounts will always be a popular target for scammers. You might not think it’s a big deal if someone has their account swiped, but it’s often the vanguard of many online businesses. A takeover, or a deletion, can be absolutely devastating. Smart hacking crews are always in the background, waiting to see what they can get away with—and it’s not just the public-facing account at risk, but … [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...]

A week in security (September 16 -22)

Last week on Labs, we sounded the alarm about the relaunch of Emotet, one of the year’s most dangerous forms of malware, with a new spam campaign. We also reported on how international students in UK are targeted by visa scammers, what CEOs think about a potential US data privacy law, and introduced Malwarebytes Browser Guard. Finally, we looked at the role of data destruction in … [Read more...]

A week in security (September 16 -22)

Last week on Labs, we sounded the alarm about the relaunch of Emotet, one of the year’s most dangerous forms of malware, with a new spam campaign. We also reported on how international students in UK are targeted by visa scammers, what CEOs think about a potential US data privacy law, and introduced Malwarebytes Browser Guard. Finally, we looked at the role of data destruction in … [Read more...]

Emotet is back: botnet springs back to life with new spam campaign

After a fairly long hiatus that lasted nearly four months, Emotet is back with an active spam distribution campaign. For a few weeks, there were signs that the botnet was setting its gears in motion again, as we observed command and control (C2) server activity. But this morning, the Trojan started pumping out spam, a clear indication it’s ready to jump back into action. The malicious … [Read more...]

A week in security (September 9 – 15)

Last week  on the Labs blog, we looked at free VPN offerings, how malware can hinder vital emergency services, and explored how the Heartbleed vulnerability is still causing problems. We also talked about a large FTC settlement involving Google, and how to keep an eye out for leaky AWS buckets. Other cybersecurity news The Cobalt Dickens group has returned to cause trouble. (Source: … [Read more...]

When corporate communications look like a phish

Many organizations will spend significant sums of money on phishing training for employees. Taking the form of regular awareness training, or even simulated phishes to test employee awareness, this is a common practice at larger companies. However, even after training, a consistent baseline of employees will still click a malicious link from an unknown sender. Today, we’ll look at a … [Read more...]

Kaspersky records 130 million phishing attacks in Q2 2019

Kaspersky Lab’s latest report on phishing found that attacks have jumped 16% in the second quarter of 2019, compared to the same quarter in 2018.   Cyber criminals are continuing to take advantage of the trust between individuals and companies by using fake registration, subscription and feedback forms to get victims to reveal their personal details.   Looking at the stats Kaspersky … [Read more...]

Latest phishing attack targets Amazon Seller accounts

Criminal hackers are pushing boat out with the latest phishing scam targeting unsuspecting German victims.  The email scam sends recipients what appears to be a tax invoice from Amazon, instructing the recipient to enter their Amazon Seller account login details to access it.    Image of translated phishing email via Bleeping computer   However, the login … [Read more...]

A week in security (August 12 – 18)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we took a look at the potential pitfalls of facial recognition technology, looked at ways domestic abuse survivors can secure their data, and explored the education threat landscape. We also kicked off a series looking at the Hidden Bee infection chain, and put QxSearch installs under the spotlight. Other cybersecurity news Android malware plays hide and seek: … [Read more...]