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Custom phishing attacks grow as crooks create fake flight … – ZDNet

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VIDEO: Phishing scam targeting frequent flyers has 90 percent success rate Cyberattackers are carefully crafting individual phishing emails purporting to be from airlines and financial departments to deliver malware — and they’re even mimicking internal corporate travel and expenses systems to steal personal details from the victims they target. While cybercriminals using the lure of […]




Custom phishing attacks grow as crooks create fake flight confirmations, receipts

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VIDEO: Phishing scam targeting frequent flyers has 90 percent success rate Cyberattackers are carefully crafting individual phishing emails puporting to be from airlines and financial departments to deliver malware and are even mimicking internal corporate travel and expenses systems in order to steal personal details from specifically targeted victims. While cybercriminals using the lure of […]




Let’s Encrypt issues certs to ‘PayPal’ phishing sites: how to protect yourself

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The modus operandi for phishing attacks is straightforward: thieves spam out legitimate-looking messages with malicious links that, when clicked, dupe the victim into giving up passwords, credit card numbers and the like. When they set up their sites, crooks need SSL certificates, and for the most part there’s no stopping them from getting one. Just as people fall […]




Schools must heed phishing scam warnings

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The IRS is warning district officials: Be wary of phishing scams targeting tax forms and other sensitive employee data. Over two dozen school districts have fallen victim to these attacks in recent months, the IRS says. CoSN and ASBO International were among the agencies that received alerts from the IRS, asking them to warn members […]




New IBM security tool uses machine learning to help businesses detect phishing

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A new machine-learning based security solution from IBM could help businesses detect phishing sites up to 250% faster than other methods. Announced via a blog post on Monday, the cognitive phishing detection feature is part of the IBM Security Trusteer platform. When it comes to hacking, phishing is one of the oldest tricks in the […]




Hey Phishing, You Old Foe — Catch This Cognitive Drift?

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Phishing is one of the internet’s oldest online threats. Its history traces back to the mid-1990s, but it unfortunately continues to escalate in numbers. Based on social engineering, phishing can be delivered to an email address or through an SMS message with a URL inside. It can even come from inside a document saved locally […]




Vishing, phishing and smishing – do you know the risks?

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The Post reported yesterday on a ‘smishing’ scam which tries to get hold of your bank details. It involves sending a text message telling a user they need to reactivate their bank account. But the scary thing is that it can use message threads which have previously been genuine. It can be increasingly worrying trying […]




Before phishing scam came along, report showed San Marcos at risk – Austin American

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“There are so many phishing emails and direct calls going around, that if a new employee does not understand the risk on their first day, there is huge security risk to the City,” Sturm wrote in June 2016. “Yes, we have been lucky so far.” Article source: http://www.statesman.com/news/local/before-phishing-scam-came-along-report-showed-san-marcos-risk/IWsqS7bRg4wjzeODLXWwEJ/




Phishing 101 at the School of Hard Knocks

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A recent, massive spike in sophisticated and successful phishing attacks is prompting many universities to speed up timetables for deploying mandatory two-factor authentication (2FA) — requiring a one-time code in addition to a password — for access to student and faculty services online. This is the story of one university that accelerated plans to require 2FA […]




Phishing 101 at the School of Hard Knocks

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A recent, massive spike in sophisticated and successful phishing attacks is prompting many universities to speed up timetables for deploying mandatory two-factor authentication (2FA) — requiring a one-time code in addition to a password — for access to student and faculty services online. This is the story of one university that accelerated plans to require 2FA […]




Lithuanian man’s phishing tricked US tech companies into wiring over $100m

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Two major American tech companies were tricked by a Lithuanian man’s phishing scheme into wiring him over $100m, according to the justice department. Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, was arrested last week by Lithuanian authorities and charged on Monday by prosecutors in the southern district of New York. Announced on Wednesday, the charges of wire fraud, money […]




Let’s Encrypt Has Issued Certificates to Over 14,000 PayPal …

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(19 votes, average: 2.26 out of 5) Loading… Over 14,000 SSL Certificates issued to PayPal phishing sites. Earlier this month I discussed the use of Let’s Encrypt certificates on PayPal phishing sites. In that article I asked Let’s Encrypt to stop issuing certificates containing the term “PayPal” because of the high likelihood they would be […]




How to Avoid Phishing Emails | WIRED

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You know not to click on links in sketchy emails. Everybody knows that. And yet, people fall for these phishing attacks all the time. Case in point: The FBI suspects a phishing email is how the Russian hackers who were indicted this week got into Yahoo. Ditto for the breach of the Democratic National Committee, […]




Phishing Scams Even Fool Tech Nerds—Here’s How to Avoid Them

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You know not to click on links in sketchy emails. Everybody knows that. And yet, people fall for these phishing attacks all the time. Case in point: The FBI suspects a phishing email is how the Russian hackers who were indicted this week got into Yahoo. Ditto for the breach of the Democratic National Committee, […]




Govt. Cybersecurity Contractor Hit in W-2 Phishing Scam

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Just a friendly reminder that phishing scams which spoof the boss and request W-2 tax data on employees are intensifying as tax time nears. The latest victim shows that even cybersecurity experts can fall prey to these increasingly sophisticated attacks. On Thursday, March 16, the CEO of Defense Point Security, LLC — a Virginia company that […]