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Bank reluctant to compensate cyberfraud victims

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As the result of an email hacking scam targeting UK law firms, an Essex couple were tricked by fraudsters into transferring £120,000 into a bogus bank account – which they believed was their solicitor’s. Neither their bank, the police nor Action Fraud have so far shown much interest in helping… Read more »

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12 Billion Dollar Scam

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A public service announcement has been released as an update on the Business E-mail Compromise 12 Billion Dollar Scam that has targeted both businesses and individuals using wire transfer payments. This announcement includes new Internet Crime Complaint information along with updated statistics from between October 2013 and May 2018. Using… Read more »

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Ticketmaster scam tip of the iceberg

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It now seems that the recent Ticketmaster data theft is just one of many similar incursions. According to Californian cybersecurity company RiskIQ, this is part of a major card-skimming operation that could have compromised more than 800 e-commerce websites. Threat actors Magecart are using third-party suppliers of chatbots and other… Read more »

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US hit by tax rebate scam

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While no one really enjoys paying tax, everyone loves a rebate. However, as the US tax season gets underway in earnest, cyber crooks are using client data stolen from accountancy firms to claim bogus tax refunds. Once the Internal Revenue Service has paid back the money, the hackers pose as… Read more »

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Attackers use fake screenshots for extortion

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The Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is the nightmare of any Windows user. What joyous announcement, then, that the next time you see it, you may ‘just’ be getting spammed. It goes like this: up pops the BSOD, accompanied by some irritating beeping, followed by a Windows Troubleshooter pop-up offering… Read more »

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Don’t always do what a pop-up tells you

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Be wary of plausible-looking log-in forms – they could be a phishing attack designed to steal your password.  An Apple iOS researcher has discovered that it takes hardly any time or expertise to knock together the coding for a bogus pop-up requesting a user’s credentials. Even Apple’s two-factor authentication is… Read more »

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Students, beware of SLC phishing scam

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As the new academic year begins, students are looking to organise their finances. Little surprise then, that hackers have decided to use a well established institution, the Student Loans Company, to scam students out of their hard-earned (or their parents’) money. The past few weeks have seen a phishing campaign… Read more »

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State-sponsored hack revealed as lone hacker

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Surely everyone has at some time been the recipient of an amateurish email scam from Nigeria? Well, Nigerian scammers have just got a whole lot more professional – so much so that an international cybersecurity specialist mistook a lone 20-something chancer from the outskirts of Lagos for a full-on, nation-state… 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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Funds fly, fly away

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Hong Kong police have collared a Chinese fraudster who used ‘business email compromise’ (also referred to as a ‘fake president/CEO scam’) to con a leading Austrian aero-components manufacturer out of a whopping 42 million Euros. Along with ransomware, this form of scam is now the fastest growing cyber security threat… Read more »

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