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Be wary of Mega Millions winner “giveaway” on social media

I don’t do lotteries, but if I did, I’d probably never, ever win in a million years. That’s not a problem faced by 20-year-old Shane Missler, winner of the fourth-largest haul in Mega Millions’ 21 years of handing out large bundles of cash. He’s on record as saying he wants to “do some good” for humanity, but I suspect he may have to do some good in the … [Read more...]

Stripchat bot spells block

Here at Malwarebytes, we spent a lot of time and effort scouring the Internet looking for malicious websites that we can protect our users from. Sometimes, these websites are pushing malware or some kind of scam. Other times it comes down to bad advertising practices that are used to fool the user into clicking on something. We used to see a lot of this kind of trick with fake download buttons … [Read more...]

Fake Spectre and Meltdown patch pushes Smoke Loader malware

The Meltdown and Spectre bugs have generated a lot of media attention, and users have been urged to update their machines with fixes made available by various vendors. While some patches have created more issues than they fixed, we came across a particular one targeted at German users that actually is malware. In fact, German authorities recently warned about phishing emails trying to take … [Read more...]

Of princes and perpetrators: Beware of getting ensnared in 419 scams

We’ve mentioned before that 419 scams don’t always originate from Nigeria. It’s a very simple and popular scam that can be attempted by pretty much anyone with a flair for social engineering. Indeed, 419 scams are so associated with the region that many scammers in non-Nigerian countries know they have an additional layer of “It wasn’t me” potentially … [Read more...]

Search engine shenanigans: Malwarebytes mentions aren’t what they seem

Thing might be a touch quiet at the moment as we ease into 2018, but that doesn’t mean dubious antics and dodgy dealings aren’t still making waves online. As a matter of fact, should you go searching for some of our researchers, their blog posts, or just a couple of notable quotables from news sources, you may find yourself redirected to all manner of websites you’d really rather … [Read more...]

Facebook phishers want you to “Connect with Facebook”

As we edge toward Christmas, scammers are throwing their own party—in the form of Facebook phishing pages linked to and from bogus landing pages hosted on sites(dot)google(dot)com URLs. These landing pages, adorned with very large and very fake “Login with Facebook” buttons, may be extra convincing to the unwary, due to a combination of the trusted Google name and the fact that the … [Read more...]

Tech support scammers make browser lockers more resilient

Tech support scammers have been relying on fraudulent pop-ups for many years in order to scare potential victims into calling for remote assistance. These so-called browser lockers (or browlocks) typically originate from malicious ads (malvertising) that can appear on any website, including trusted online portals. The purpose of browser lockers is not only to scare but also to create the illusion … [Read more...]

Tech support scammer tries to sell free software

AmericaGeeks is your typical tech support scam company, but with an extra warming glow of attitude, greed, and complete all-around rudeness. Most scams will gladly take your money by buttering up the victim while simultaneously scaring them into thinking that they are in a dangerous situation with their computer or device. They then swoop in to heroically “help” them. AmericaGeeks … [Read more...]

There’s a hole in my bucket: Bitcoin scams aim to exploit volatile market

Bitcoin! Black gold! Texas tea! Only one of these is currently worth ridiculous amounts of money (and technically numbers two and three are the same thing). Whether you’re in possession of lots of Bitcoins, or in full bandwagon panic “must buy 20 graphics cards before the bubble bursts” mode, you should be aware that lots of awful people want in on your precious haul. Indeed, the … [Read more...]

Children and young adults: the next-generation money mules

According to Cifas, a nonprofit fraud prevention organization based in the United Kingdom, more than 8,500 cases of bank account misuse have been filed against 18- to 24-year-olds between January and September 2017. Cifas has linked the account abuse to an uptick in young people acting as money mules,  allowing their bank account to be used in order to facilitate the movement of criminal funds. … [Read more...]