Archive for the ‘Social Engineering’ Category

‘Patriot Act’ Phishing E-mails Resurface, FDIC Warns

January 13, 2011

‘Patriot Act’ Phishing E-mails Resurface, FDIC Warns: “Scammers are trying to steal banking information using fake e-mails that look like they’ve come from the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the FDIC…

(Via PC World Latest Technology News.)

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How The Koobface Worm Gang Makes Money

December 21, 2009

How The Koobface Worm Gang Makes Money

Trend Micro report looks at the true motivation behind the widespread malware-laden botnet

Dec 21, 2009 | 02:51 PM
By Kelly Jackson Higgins
DarkReading

Chances are you know someone who has been hit by Koobface, one of the first successful social networking worms. But there are many faces to Koobface, and many ways its authors make money from it.

New research from Trend Micro details how Koobface’s creators monetize the worm through scareware or fake antivirus, click fraud, information-stealing malware, and online dating services. “Unlike in the past when we always thought of malware as one piece of malware, like Melissa or Lovebug, in today’s world Koobface is an ongoing criminal enterprise using hundreds and thousands of pieces of code,” says David Perry, global director of education for Trend Micro. “That makes it more difficult to describe to the public at large. It’s not just one file.”

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PayPal mistakes own email for phishing attack

December 4, 2009

PayPal mistakes own email for phishing attack: “

‘You’re right, it does look suspicious’

Banks and financial institutions are fond of lecturing customers about the perils of phishing emails, the bogus messages that attempt to trick marks into handing over their login credentials to fraudulent sites. Yet many undo this good work by sending out emails themselves that invite users to click on a link and log into their account rather than going a safer route and telling users to use bookmarked versions of their site.…

(Via The Register – Security.)

TrustedSource – Blog – Blast from the past: Fresh wave of targeted attacks using PowerPoint

September 30, 2009

TrustedSource – Blog – Blast from the past: Fresh wave of targeted attacks using PowerPoint: “”

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