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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 […]




University warns students about phishing scam

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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 LOCATION: CITY OF WILKES-BARRE PERSONS INVOLVED: VICTIM RAMON TORRES H/M DOB 3-23-1994 NO KNOWN ADDRESS SUSPECT SEAN TALMAGE B/M a/k/a JUICE 6′ BLACK HAIR BROWN EYES WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – It seemed inviting – an email promising college students summer work. Three hundred dollars a […]




Lookout for phishing malware posing as Adobe Flash update

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The foremost Android malware has evolved yet again and this time it is masquerading as another update for a plugin that is still widely used to this day. It’s the latest variant of a long line of disguises this tricky Android malware has assumed since it was discovered in 2013. The malicious Android software is […]




Lookout for phishing malware posing as Adobe Flash update

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The foremost Android malware has evolved yet again and this time it is masquerading as another update for a plugin that is still widely used to this day. It’s the latest variant of a long line of disguises this tricky Android malware has assumed since it was discovered in 2013. The malicious Android software is […]




Breach at UK.gov’s Cyber Essentials scheme exposes users to …

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Updated The operation behind the UK government’s Cyber Essentials scheme has suffered a breach exposing the email addresses of registered consultancies, it told them today. The scheme’s badges are required by suppliers bidding for “certain sensitive and personal information-handling [government] contracts”. Companies were notified of the problem, which leaves them at greater risk of phishing […]




Beware of phishing emails from fake courier companies: SingCERT

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SINGAPORE: It may look like a legitimate email from “DHL Express”, but click on the attachment and a malicious code would be downloaded onto the recipient’s device, infecting it with malware.  Reports of such phishing emails from fake logistics companies have been on the rise recently, the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCERT) warned on Friday […]




Too smart to fall for a spear-phishing message? Think again

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Let’s face it, phishing attacks—where cybercriminals disguise their malware-laced digital messages to give the appearance of official communiqués—are way more successful than anyone would like. Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) states: “There were a little over 1,600 incidents and more than 800 breaches featuring social actions in this year’s [2016] corpus (all external […]




25% of Australian companies hit by phishing attack this week

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Australia The phishing attacks against Australian energy customers grew yesterday with Mailguard reporting an enormous number of phishing attempts made centered on fake Origin Energy bills.  The attack is one of the largest recorded by MailGuard despite the fact that it ran for only a short period. Mailguard estimates the attack began around noon and […]




Nigerian-phishing scammers are after IP and network plans – IT

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Attackers behind a recent surge in phishing and payment-interception attacks on industrial companies are also stealing victims’ project and operational plans, as well as diagrams of electrical and information networks, according to a report by Kaspersky Lab’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team. Such information is not required for the attackers’ primary money-making scheme, […]




Next Steps for Phishing Attack Victims

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UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue […]




Russians Believed To Have Used Spear-Phishing In Election Hacking

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Now it’s time for our regular segment Words You’ll Hear. That’s where we take a word or phrase that will be in the news this week and try to understand it by focusing on that word. This week, our word is spear-phishing. That’s when a hacker tricks somebody by sending an email […]




Phishing in deep waters

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CHENNAI: The Cyber Crime Cell in Chennai gets close to 25 complaints a day broadly involving phishing calls and online harassment of women. Experts say it won’t be wrong to peg the number of complaints in the state at around 400-500 a day. They say this is a gross underestimation, as many people do not […]




New Phishing Tactic Targeting Facebook Users Relies on Padding URLs with Hyphens

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Security researchers from PhishLabs have come across a new phishing trend that’s targeting mobile device owners exclusively, with “the highest proportion of attacks” aimed at Facebook users. This new tactic relies on the fact that mobile browsers have very narrow URL address bars, which prevents users from viewing the entire contents of a link. Phishers […]




PayPal Phishing Site Asks Victims to Submit a Selfie Holding Their ID Card

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A PayPal phishing campaign is luring victims to a hacked site where a clone of the PayPal login page is trying to trick users into giving away their PayPal credentials, payment card details, and … a selfie of the user holding his ID card. Brought to Bleeping Computer’s attention by security researchers from PhishMe, the […]




Make people your best defence against phishing – IT

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The recent launch in South Africa of PhishMe, an end-to-end phishing mitigation solution, has shown how companies worldwide can make people their best defence against the malicious art of phishing. The launch in the country of PhishMe Human Phishing Defence by Networks Unlimited, distributor of PhishMe solutions throughout Africa, follows in the wake of the […]