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Phishing News

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.

Gmail to block phishing emails from PayPal

Google has teamed up with PayPal and Ebay to filter out fraudulent mails coming to any Gmail account by authenticating mails using a digital signature.

Paypal to block 'unsafe browsers' from Phishing Attacks

PayPal announced today that it will block “unsafe browsers” from using its service to protect its users from phishing attacks by third parties.

Report: Internet Will Become World War III’s New Battlefield

Online attacks will be on the rise as more governments strategize how to use cyberspace as the next battlefield. A startling new report finds that national security could be threatened by attacks that hit the heart of the Web.

Monster Attack Steals Private Data from Online Job Site

A malicious attack stole personal information from hundreds of thousands of users on one of the biggest online job sites, a security firm discovered. Monster.com suffered a serious breach of data that exposed members to file ransom, a new phishing scam.

Italy arrests 26 for phishing operation

Countries around the world are clamping down on phishing as the number of Web sites used to entrap victims continues to increase. Italy has become the latest country to clamp down on phishing, with authorities there arresting 26 people for an alleged scam

Protect yourself against phishing

An important article about protecting against phishing

Do-it-Yourself Phishing Kit Poses Danger to Web Consumers

A software kit has been discovered on the Internet that makes it easily for the average person to create huge phishing attacks on a large numbers of websites, putting consumers at great risk.

Internet Criminals Recruit Students as Sleepers and Launch New Scams

A new report shows that organized gangs are going after students to recruit them into the workforce of Internet criminals. University undergrads are being offered cash incentives to become sleepers within large corporations.

Firefox 2 tops IE 7 in anti-phishing

Mozilla is claiming to be more effective in anti-phishing than IE.
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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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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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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.
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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.
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A phishing e-mail; this is NOT from British Telecom or Yahoo!
A phishing e-mail; this is NOT from British Telecom or Yahoo!
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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.
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A phisher s fake website.
A phisher's fake website.
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Facebook
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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.
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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.
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A response to a phisher.
A response to a phisher.
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A screengrab of an e-mail from a phisher.
A screengrab of an e-mail from a phisher.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Phishing Threats
The following chart shows the top countries hosting phishing sites and top targets phished
Source: Symantec Corporation
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