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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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McAfee warns of ObamaCare Phishing Scams

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Phishing attacks are designed to dupe users into revealing credit-card numbers or other confidential data by delivering fake links or attachments in emails and messages on social media sites. Leading internet security firm McAfee warned earlier this month that hackers are likely to take advantage of the rollout of Obamacare… Read more »

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