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Archives for June 2017

MPs warned over imposters ‘phishing’ for passwords after major hacking attack

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MPs were today warned bogus callers are trying to trick them into giving out their passwords over the phone. Posing as a Microsoft employee, an imposter made a series of calls to Commons offices, claiming to have been brought in to help with last week’s cyber attack. The tatic of tricking targets into revealing sensitive […]




Multi-billion problem of online fraud being 'overlooked'

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Today’s Fraud News from around the world: Multi-billion problem of online fraud being 'overlooked': Ministers are not doing enough to tackle online fraud and must respond urgently to the growing problem, the National Audit Office (NAO) said.: Google Alert – Fraud Online fraud costs public billions but is still not a police priority, says watchdog: […]




Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Falsely Registering Dead People as Voters

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A 21-year-old Virginia man will spend between 100 and 120 days in prison after admitting that he submitted the names of nearly twenty dead people to voter registration officials. Spieles admitted to delivering eighteen fake forms to the voter registrar’s office in Harrisonburg in August 2016. His intent was discovered, however, when an registrar’s office […]




Bitcoin Phishing Scheme Perpetrator Pleads Guilty in Connecticut Court

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A Connecticut resident pleaded guilty this week to fraud and money laundering offenses committed as part of an elaborate effort to steal cryptocurrency. In Hartford Federal Court on Tuesday, 35-year-old Michael Richo of Wallingford, Connecticut, admitted to stealing $365,000 in bitcoin  through a phishing scheme in which he posted fraudulent links designed to resemble popular dark market websites, […]




Bitcoin Phishing Scheme Perpetrator Pleads Guilty in Connecticut Court

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A Connecticut resident pleaded guilty this week to fraud and money laundering offenses committed as part of an elaborate effort to steal cryptocurrency. In Hartford Federal Court on Tuesday, 35-year-old Michael Richo of Wallingford, Connecticut, admitted to stealing $365,000 in bitcoin  through a phishing scheme in which he posted fraudulent links designed to resemble popular dark market websites, […]




Will Weinstein Ethics Conversation Series: Fraud and its Recent Giants

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Today’s Fraud News from around the world: Will Weinstein Ethics Conversation Series: Fraud and its Recent Giants: "Fraud and its Recent Giants" with featured speakers: Wes Reber Porter, President and CEO of Damien Memorial School (Hawai'i); Visiting Professor …: Google Alert – Fraud Steven Mnuchin cleared on fraud charge: There is no proof of any “substantive […]




Is the American Heart Association Misleading the Public About Coconut Oil?

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On 15 June 2017, the American Heart Association released a “presidential position statement” published in the journal Circulation which, in part, said: This American Heart Association presidential advisory on dietary fats and [cardiovascular disease, CVD] reviews and discusses the scientific evidence, including the most recent studies, on the effects of dietary saturated fat intake and […]


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SANDF jobs scam

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Pretoria – The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has condemned an alleged jobs-for-money scam involving about 300 young prospective job seekers. This follows a report earlier on Tuesday that military police and the Gauteng provincial government are investigating a case of suspected human trafficking of close to 300 young people‚ who were found stranded […]




Petya Ransomware Targetting Windows OS

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A new wave of the Petya ransomware has been affecting a significant number of organisations across a wide range of target industries. Multiple organizations within Ukraine, Spain, Netherlands, and the UK have been affected. Petya is more dangerous and intrusive as its behaviour is to encrypt the Master File Tree (MFT) tables for NTFS partitions […]




What is… phishing

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Welcome to our What is… series, where we turn technical jargon into plain English. Phishing is the word used when a cybercriminal sends you some sort of electronic message to trick you into doing something insecure. The “fishing” metaphor refers to the idea of getting you on the hook and then reeling you in. The […]




Russia’s Neighbor Ukraine Besieged by ‘Fake News’ and Hacking Years Before United States

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Years before Americans started using the term “fake news” in late 2016, Ukrainians had become all too familiar with dezinformatsiya, an old Russian term that translates in English to “disinformation.” It first came across the radar for the American public in the months leading up to the intensely divisive 2016 presidential election, and intelligence agencies have since […]




Fraud report of City of Harlan released

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Today’s Fraud News from around the world: Fraud report of City of Harlan released: DES MOINES – A report on a special investigation of the City of Harlan was released today.: Google Alert – Fraud Tennessee Doctor, Wife Sentenced to 3 Years in Tax Fraud: Tennessee Doctor, Wife Sentenced to 3 Years in Tax Fraud […]