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Good Twitter Samaritans accidentally prevent shoeshine scam

A few days ago, Indian news portals were buzzing with tales of a well-worn shoeshine scam making its way into social media. It’s a great example of how good-natured gestures can unwittingly aid scammers when we combine high-visibility accounts with potential lack of fact checking. Thankfully, it comes with a happy ending for a change. What happened? A Twitter user dragged this offline scam into … [Read more...]

Why you should be concerned about employees using social media at work

There’s a time and a place for browsing social media, and for some of us that’s ‘all the time’ and ‘anywhere’. It doesn’t matter if you’re posting a quick Tweet, jumping to attention when you receive an IM or idly refreshing Facebook for updates; nothing can keep us in the real world for long.  And although employers have long since lost the battle to prevent staff glancing at their Facebook … [Read more...]

Wall Street Market reported to have exit scammed

Around April 20, many users reported that Wall Street Market, a broadly known dark net market, had executed an exit scam, and that any pending orders were unlikely to be completed. Scamming with enterprises involving Bitcoin is not unheard of, and dark net markets with centralized escrow are particularly vulnerable. As these markets grow in popularity and amass large amounts of transactions, … [Read more...]

Ellen DeGeneres giveaway scam spreading on social media

Scammers are pushing multiple fake Facebook profiles of Ellen DeGeneres, popular US TV show host and producer, with the goal of tricking people into jumping through a few money-making hoops. This isn’t a sophisticated scam. It isn’t hacking the Gibson. It won’t be the focus of a cutting edge infosec talk. However, it’s certainly doing some damage—up to a point. This scam is a victim of its … [Read more...]

Businesses: It’s time to implement an anti-phishing plan

Businesses: phishers aren’t just coming for you. They’re coming for your employees and your customers, too. Phishing attacks are on the rise this year, thanks in part to massive Emotet and TrickBot campaigns, which make use of phishing emails to deliver their payloads. If you don’t already have one in place, then it’s time to implement an anti-phishing plan. Where phishes are … [Read more...]

Sextortion Bitcoin scam makes unwelcome return

Heads up: a particularly nasty sextortion Bitcoin scam from at least the middle of 2018 is making the rounds once again. The scam involves making use of old breach dumps, then emailing someone from the list and reminding them of their old password. When something lands in your mailbox with “Hey, remember this?” it’s a surefire way to focus the reader’s attention. Pressure is then applied to … [Read more...]

Christmas tech scams roundup

There’s a fair few Christmas tech scams floating around out there as 2018 winds up, and we thought it’d be a good time to warn you about them. It’s the usual mish-mash of phone antics, social media shenanigans, and click bait. Shall we begin? This scam looks divine BOOM reports on a collection of anti-aging cream websites targeting regions such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Mexico, and Colombia. … [Read more...]

Are Deepfakes coming to a scam near you?

Your boss contacts you over Skype. You see her face and hear her voice, asking you to transfer a considerable amount of money to a firm you’ve never ever heard of. Would you ask for written confirmation of her orders? Or would you simply follow through on her instructions? I would certainly be taken aback by such a request, but then again, this is not anywhere near a normal transaction for … [Read more...]

Business email compromise scam costs Pathé $21.5 million

Recently released court documents show that European-based cinema chain Pathé lost a small fortune to a business email compromise (BEC) scam in March 2018. How much? An astonishing US$21.5 million (roughly 19 million euros). The attack, which ran for about a month, cost the company 10 percent of its total earnings. What is business email compromise? Business email compromise is a type of phishing … [Read more...]