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Google goes to war against fake download buttons

A common trick used by advertisers and scammers is to design fake software download buttons to display alongside websites with legitimate links. Google has announced it will start to protect users against these deceptive buttons with a Chrome update.

LastPass users warned of sophisticated phishing attack

A flaw in the popular password manager software LastPass has been discovered by a security researcher. It allows a hacker to design an exceptionally convincing phishing attack and persuade the user to give up the root password protecting their details.

Time Warner Cable: Up to 320,000 email passwords possibly stolen

Time Warner Cable Inc. reported Wednesday that email passwords for up to 320,000 customers may have been stolen. The company also said it hasn't determined how the information was harvested, but there no indications of a breach at Time Warner Cable.

Hackers access almost 2,000 Vodafone customer accounts

Mobile network Vodafone has confirmed hackers have accessed its database and obtained the details of nearly 2,000 customers. Phone numbers and bank sort codes are among the stolen information.

App Store security breached as malware found buried inside apps

In what is thought to be a first for the platform, Apple has confirmed its usually secure App Store has been subjected to a large-scale malware distribution effort affecting several major apps used by hundreds of millions of people.

'Spam king' hacked 500,000 Facebook users, sent 27m spam messages

A Las Vegas man who called himself the 'Spam King' while he used phishing attacks to gain passwords for 500,000 Facebook accounts before sending over 27 million spam messages has pleaded guilty in court.

New banking malware scam targets 20,000 in three days

A new form of banking malware discovered in the UK could have infected 20,000 customers in the past week. The malware is distributed in an email and can allow the attackers to remotely control the targeted user's system, stealing their bank details.

Google targets annoying browser toolbars with new web protection

Google has enhanced its search protection algorithms to provide more protection against websites harbouring unwanted software designed to hijack a user's computer with unwanted browser settings or intrusive adverts on webpages.

App that lets hackers break into iPhones just got scarier

Elcomsoft Phone Breaker, the app that some think hackers used to break into Kate Upton's iCloud account in September, just got a massive update that makes it even easier to steal information.

Study: Are habitual Facebook users easy marks for phishing scams?

Been a victim of countless social media scams or attacks? If so, chances are you are more than a casual Facebook user. According to a new study, habitual Facebook usage is making you an easy phishing target.

10,000 Facebook users are infected with 'color change' malware

New reports from Security Company Cheetah Mobile state that the Facebook color change app has reappeared and 10,000 or more users are now infected.

Justice Canada employees fall for fake email scam

Ottawa - After mock emails were sent to employees at the Department of Justice, it was determined more than one third of them clicked onto phony links in the email leading to concerns about the security of the department's sensitive information.

Op-Ed: Are online ads safe? Senate committee grills Yahoo, Google

Washington - The risk of malware contained in online ads (malvertising) affects everyone, including Google and Yahoo. Consumer online safety is now an official issue. A Senate sub-committee took the two Internet giants to task, and got some interesting answers.

How safe is your Internet cafe? Special

London - Do you ever use Internet cafés? If you do, then you may be risking your data and a lot more if one man's experience is anything to go by.

Op-Ed: Should Phishing be a capital offence?

If you think that title sounds frivolous, think again. Unlike many crimes including at times murder, phishing has arguably no mitigation.

The latest UK phishing scam

The first recorded crime happened when Eve was tempted by the Serpent to eat fruit from the tree of knowledge. The Serpent is still there, but you don't have to listen to him.

Watch out for these malware scams Special

What should you not do if you receive a suspicious e-mail? Do NOT click a link, any link. Ignore that advice at your own cost. I did.

Op-Ed: Beating Spam? Try beating an apathetic Internet culture first

Sydney - Global spam is now sending 94 billion messages per day that nobody wants or needs. It's truly ridiculous. It’s also absurd, when you consider possible fixes. Spam is actually a dangerous form of assault on people, businesses and everything in general.

FBI Counterintelligence releases Social Networking Risks Report

New FBI report details high risk methods of social networking deception used by so called hackers to gain personal information for the purpose of defrauding the unsuspecting user.

Email scam: Fake Verizon bills duping customers

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning of a new phishing scam that is finding its way into the email inboxes of many people.

Sending a message to the Phishers

If you receive a suspicious e-mail apparently from a bona fide company, why not trace it and then send the phishers a message?

Internet giants form DMARC to battle email spam, phishing attacks

Washington - Web giants Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo have formed the technical working group, Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC). This new coalition will fight against email spam and phishing attacks.

Op-Ed: Avoiding the phishers, by email and phone

Internet fraud is booming, and the scam artists are becoming more and more sophisticated. Fortunately, so are we, as are the tools at our command to catch them out.

New Netflix phishing scams spreading through email and mobile

Over the past several years phishing scams have grown more prevalent as they continue to cleverly impersonate reputable companies as a means to gain trust and steal personal information.

Inside phishing fraud masquerading as PayPal Special

This morning as I took my morning coffee, I found an email from PayPal asking me to revise my account. Because I receive fees from PayPal I went to the site but something did not smell right.

12 Scams of Christmas

The holiday season has officially begun. We are now experiencing Cyber Monday, the first Monday after Black Friday. Here are 12 commons scams to watch out for.

Google confirms Gmail hit by phishing scam

Following the news that 10,000 Hotmail passwords had been posted online comes confirmation from Google that its free email service Gmail has also been hit by an "industry-wide phishing scheme."

Thousands of Hotmail Account Details and Passwords Posted Online

The details of thousands of Windows Live Hotmail accounts and their users' passwords have been posted online after being obtained by hackers who created a fake website which visitors believed was genuine and therefore provided with personal details.

Inside GhostNet, the China Based Phishing Operation

A Canadian group has uncovered what appears to be one of the largest and most invasive phishing operations ever detected.

Twitter A-Twitter About Phishing Scam Problem, Consumer Alert

Everybody these days is "into" twitter, from CNN newsrooms to the local writer in town. Students, teachers and everyday folk use it to send short messages. But there is trouble brewing at Twitter that is the talk of Twitterdom.
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This one was not so obvious  but I was suspicious because I do not use LinkedIn. I made a point of c...
This one was not so obvious, but I was suspicious because I do not use LinkedIn. I made a point of clinking the link in the Internet caff, but only after I'd signed out of my own e-mail account.
This is the trace of a phish. Why would the National Westminster Bank send an e-mail from the host o...
This is the trace of a phish. Why would the National Westminster Bank send an e-mail from the host of the City of Toledo?
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The following chart shows the top countries hosting phishing sites and top targets phished
Source: Symantec Corporation
This is a typical phishing scam. Paypal will always address you by name. This one came to my main e-...
This is a typical phishing scam. Paypal will always address you by name. This one came to my main e-mail account, to which my Paypal account is not registered.
A rather primitive looking phishing attempt. Do not respond  but move to spam folder.
A rather primitive looking phishing attempt. Do not respond, but move to spam folder.
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Google
Babylon is another scam search engine. Don t click the link  don t click anything  close the page an...
Babylon is another scam search engine. Don't click the link, don't click anything, close the page and get rid of it.
Again  an obvious phish because I do not use First Direct. Other recipients may.
Again, an obvious phish because I do not use First Direct. Other recipients may.
A phisher s fake website.
A phisher's fake website.
A screengrab of an e-mail from a phisher.
A screengrab of an e-mail from a phisher.
A fake LastPass login form - identical to the real thing  except this one sends the submitted data t...
A fake LastPass login form - identical to the real thing, except this one sends the submitted data to the malware's creators
Sean Cassidy
A genuine BT Yahoo! sign in page with the sign-in seal blacked out.
A genuine BT Yahoo! sign in page with the sign-in seal blacked out.
Don t be fooled. There is NO such compulsory update from Yahoo! or anyone else. Give InboxAce a miss...
Don't be fooled. There is NO such compulsory update from Yahoo! or anyone else. Give InboxAce a miss.
Computers  web browsers and search engines are doing their best to stay one step ahead of the crooks...
Computers, web browsers and search engines are doing their best to stay one step ahead of the crooks. The above is what I saw when I clicked on a suspicious link sent ostensibly by someone on LinkedIn.
Another typical scam. I knew this was not from Nat West because I don t bank with them  but other re...
Another typical scam. I knew this was not from Nat West because I don't bank with them, but other recipients will.
Official looking though this e-mail may appear  it is NOT from British Telecom.
Official looking though this e-mail may appear, it is NOT from British Telecom.
A response to a phisher.
A response to a phisher.
This may look like a genuine BT Yahoo! sign-in page  but note the url at the top.
This may look like a genuine BT Yahoo! sign-in page, but note the url at the top.
A trace of an e-mail purported sent by the ISP British Telecom.
A trace of an e-mail purported sent by the ISP British Telecom.