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?Let’s Encrypt, Comodo blamed for issuing Apple, PayPal phishing SSL certificates

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Blocked phishing certificates rose over 400 percent during the past year Certificate authorities Let’s Encrypt and Comodo were responsible for nearly all phishing sites with valid SSL/TLS certificates, according to a new analysis. Anti-phishing firm Netcraft says it blocked 47,500 sites with a valid SSL certificate in the first quarter of 2017, with 61 percent […]




7 steps to avoid getting hooked by phishing scams

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High-profile hacking attacks might dominate the headlines, but one of the biggest risks to your security isn’t software vulnerabilities or malware—it’s phishing attacks. There were more than 1.2 million phishing attacks last year alone, up 65 percent over 2015, according to the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG). + Also on Network World: 25% to 30% of users […]




Tax Deadline Leads to Heightened Phishing Email Activities

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IRS warns tax professionals to watch out for phishing email scams attempting to steal user credentials. As the April 18 tax deadline nears, identity thieves have started getting more active in attempts to steal taxpayer data and as a result authorities have asked tax professionals to be on their guard. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), […]




Phishing – Why We Keep Getting Netted

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As the news of yet another celebrity photo leak hits the headlines, the suspicion is that it’s the result of a phishing attack. While some individuals may be practicing cyber safety online, phishing is still one of the most powerful and persistent forms of cyber-attack going. Some of the past year’s largest cybersecurity hacks were […]




Travelers Beware! Elaborate Flight Phishing Scams Spreading!

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Spring is a great time to get away and take that trip you’ve been looking forward to. Many Americans plan their annual vacations for right around this time of year. That makes it the perfect time for scammers to target the high volume of vacationers. There is an elaborate scheme making the rounds right now that you […]




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/