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Fake URLs hide in plain sight

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A security researcher has brought new attention to an old way for scammers to lure unsuspecting internet users onto bogus sites. The secret lies in the use of the Unicode computer text handling system. While Unicode offers the benefit of standardising text across most of the world’s writing systems, it… Read more »

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Is email past its sell-by date?

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Almost everyone complains about email at some point or other – both for its overuse and its susceptibility to viruses, Trojans, phishing and spam. Despite this, it has many virtues – borne out by the fact that over 2.5 billion people now use it. It’s free, easy to access, has… Read more »

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Washington’s email scandal continues… with the RNC

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Having previously threatened Hilary Clinton with prosecution for using personal email accounts for government business, President Trump now has to contend with, according to Newsweek, some of his most senior lieutenants doing exactly the same thing. Oops. The use of private email for government business is frowned upon because laxer… Read more »

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Israeli soldiers fall into Hamas honey trap

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Palestinian fundamentalist organisation Hamas has left the Israeli military with pink faces after hacking into soldiers’ smartphones disguised as seductive temptresses. Having stolen the women’s identities from their social media profiles, the Hamas hackers persuaded the soldiers to install an app that gave them control over their phones. Once they… Read more »

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Microsoft warns users of bogus warnings

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Beware emails purporting to notify Microsoft customers about fake pending charges on their credit cards this Christmas – as they are riddled with Cerber ransomware. The phishing email, which is full of inconsistencies and anomalies, urges users to follow the instructions in the attached Word document and to enable macros…. Read more »

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Email – the root of all evil

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Amazingly, email has been around in one form or another for nearly 50 years – but is it finally past its sell-by date? As far as cyber crime goes, it is an unlocked door or unattended handbag; offering an irresistible opportunity to any light-fingered passer-by. Some would argue it is… Read more »

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Crooks take off with travel agency’s customer details

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A leading Japanese travel agency fears that cyber criminals may have stolen the personal details of nearly 8 million of their customers – including names, home and email addresses and, most worryingly, passport numbers. Using a common phishing scam, the hackers used a targeted email attack to access the agency’s… Read more »

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Remote access ruse latest cyber fraud development

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The latest development in cyber attacks has been revealed by a group called Financial Fraud Action, an organisation set up by the financial services industry. This new crime occurs when fraudsters trick companies into allowing them remote access to their systems and persuade employees to transfer large sums of money… Read more »

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200,000 Comcast passwords reset after breach

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Comcast, an American company that provides internet and cable services, has revealed that nearly 600,000 customer email addresses and passwords associated with Comcast accounts were posted on the dark web. A Twitter user discovered the breach and notified IT security magazine CSO, but it seems that, when informed, Comcast were… Read more »

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