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Sendspace shrugs at phishers exploiting free service

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File delivery site Sendspace has said it isn’t worried about a huge email spoofing issue with its free service – because legitimate businesses don’t use it.

Sendspace seems to be increasingly used in attempts to deliver dirty-looking files in phishing attacks, and the company has informed us that no plans are in place to prevent people from spoofing their email addresses through the site.

As services such as Gmail get better at automatically scanning attachments for viruses, it’s increasingly becoming necessary for miscreants to find other means of delivering malicious files to victims.

File hosting sites and services such as Kim Dotcom’s Mega and Sendspace offer locations to store the nasties, and Sendspace’s share files feature allows users to send an email through Sendspace to whatever email address they want, from whatever email address they want.

Sendspace File Delivery Notification:

You’ve got a file called secret_doc.pdf, (81 B) waiting to be downloaded at sendspace.com (It was sent by inside-threat1337@gchq.gov.uk).

Description: This is a secret document of news value which I am giving to The Register.

You can use the following link to retrieve your file: https://www.sendspace.com/file/*obscured*

Sendspace responded to The Register’s enquiries to confirm: “We do not verify an unregistered user’s email address or the address they want to send links to.”

The service explained that it was not intending to introduce any authentication requirements for the from field of its emails, although a spokesperson added that “our tech team is going to create a system where specific sender email addresses can be blocked if it is reported they are being abused.”

This security feature would be added soon, Sendspace told The Register, before continuing to suggest that phishing through its service could not be considered a threat as legitimate business users simply wouldn’t use its free service.

“In specific regard to phishing, it is unlikely a legitimate business or service would ever send emails using our generic email address – our business user accounts send emails using the account holder’s email address in the ‘from’ field, and these addresses are always verified in advance,” they informed The Register. ®

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Article source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/09/29/sendpace_legitimate_businesses_would_never_use_us/




How To Protect Yourself From Phishing Attacks [INFOGRAPHIC]

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The more common technology becomes, the more people there are trying to figure out ways to exploit it or use it to their advantage. Phishing attacks are as old as the Internet (arguably older if you lump them in with scams in general), but they … [Continue reading]




Did Hillary Clinton Call the Trans-Pacific Partnership the ‘Gold Standard’ in Trade Agreements?

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Claim: Hillary Clinton once lauded the Trans-Pacific Partnership (which she later opposed) as setting the "gold standard" in trade agreements. True … [Continue reading]




How to save yourself from a phishing attack [Infographic]

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Do you know how to prevent yourself from a phishing attack? This neat little infographic should help recognize and prevent one. Phishing attacks are growing more sophisticated and more serious by the day, but they aren’t always easy to recognize. To … [Continue reading]




Brad Pitt, other celebrity death hoaxes on Facebook could be phishing scam

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Another fake news story was making the rounds on Facebook? over the weekend.This time, it wasn’t just incorrect information that users were spreading – it was a phishing scam.The Facebook post, which falsely claimed that actor Brad Pitt? is dead, … [Continue reading]




Montreal Bans Pit Bulls

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Claim: The city of Montreal has passed a ban on pit bulls that requires owners to euthanize their pets. mostly true WHAT'S TRUE: Montreal's city council has … [Continue reading]




Phishing has become way more sophisticated | The North Bay …

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Selections of cybercrime information from expert Jim Stickley, Stickley on Security, keynote speaker at the CyberSecurity Conference sponsored by Exchange Bank and the North Bay Business Journal. —James Dunn, updated Sept. 27, 1:15 p.m. Check back … [Continue reading]




Facebook and Twitter are exposing users to phishing attacks by opening links in new windows

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Anyone who’s used the internet knows that when you click a link on a web page, one of two things may happen. The link may load right there in your current tab or window, or it may open in a new one. Websites that don’t want you to leave, like … [Continue reading]




Shimon Peres, Former Leader of Israel, Dies

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 Shimon Peres, who was one of the last politicians alive who was present when the state of Israel was created, has died after suffering a stroke.  He was 93.  Peres was born in Wiszniew, Poland (now Belarus) in 1923, and moved with his family to what … [Continue reading]




Irish Mailboxes Still Targeted With App Store Phishing Spam

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In August ESET Ireland reported an increased number of phishing emails, pretending to come from Apple’s App Store. The scam campaign is still going strong a month later! ESET Ireland has analysed a number of spam emails, that look like they are from … [Continue reading]




Help Clients Identify Best Practices To Address Phishing And Ransomware

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By Christine Kern, contributing writer An Osterman Research white paper provides guidance for dealing with attacks. With the proliferation of ransomware and phishing attacks disrupting business operations and costing thousands of dollars in … [Continue reading]




Trump Deletes ‘Global Warning’ Claim?

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Claim: Donald Trump deleted a years-old claim that China invented the concept of global warming from his Twitter account. false … [Continue reading]




What are you doing about Cyber Criminals?

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Every 5 seconds there is a case of cyber crime, and this poses a threat to individuals and most especially organizations. Let’s build immunity, join the biggest holistic cyber security event in West Africa. The CyberXchange Conference 2016 … [Continue reading]




Cellphone Contract Scammers Arrested

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Yesterday, Dundee detectives and Crime Intelligence conducted an intelligence driven operation which led to the arrest of four suspects for forgery and uttering. Suspects were arrested at the Dundee CBD after they had upgraded cellphone contracts … [Continue reading]




Liquor License Renewal Scam

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A Ladysmith liquor outlet owner has brought to the attention of the SAPS an incident which he believes to be a scam. The owner of the liquor outlet received an SMS requesting that he make a deposit of R250 for the renewal of the liquor licence. … [Continue reading]