SBA And CDC Phishing Emails Can Carry Malware

According to Microsoft, its machine learning threat detection models have helped its research teams uncover multiple mal-spam campaigns. These campaigns have been tied together by the common theme of incorporating poisoned disk image files used as attachments. Each campaign has been aimed at a different target population, but all use some variant of COVID-19 in their subject lines, and all …

Gmail Blocks Millions Of COVID-19 Phishing Emails Daily

Google’s popular Gmail service has been busy. In a typical day, the company’s email system blocks more than a hundred million phishing emails. During the last week alone, the company reports that their system saw a massive spike in phishing emails related to COVID-19, with more than 18 million such messages being blocked in just the last seven days. As …

Beware Of Phishing Emails Appearing As From The Federal Government

The Digital Security firm Inky reports that they’ve discovered a new, disturbing phishing campaign you should be aware of. The company has spotted a disturbing number of scam emails purporting to be from Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States. The emails bear titles like “Coronavirus Guidelines for America.” It’s bad enough that hackers and scammers are taking …

Seven Tips For Detecting A Phishing Email

Cyber criminals might send an email that looks legitimate, known as a phishing email, but you can take steps to avoid the traps! Watch For Overly Generic Content And Greetings Cyber criminals will send a large batch of emails. Look for examples like “Dear valued customer.” Examine The Entire From Email Address The first part of the email address may …

Huge Increase In Phishing And Malware Attacks Using Coronavirus

Around the world, hundreds of millions of people are terrified of the current pandemic that’s raging. Most of those are currently self-quarantining at home and limiting their social contacts. Everyone is hungry for news and information. Sadly, hackers, scammers and other assorted criminals have wasted no time preying on this massive captive audience. According to data collected by Proofpoint, there …

Coronavirus Health Notifications Being Used To Carry Malicious Threats

A Pakistani-based hacking group that goes by a variety of names, including “Transparent Tribe,” “APT36,” “Mythic Leopard” and others has been discovered to be behind a particularly nasty attack recently. Researchers with QiAnXin’s RedDrip Team discovered a phishing campaign bearing the group’s stamp. This new campaign utilizes poisoned files that appear to be health advisories sent by the Indian government. …

Phone Call And Text Phishing Scams Are On The Rise

For the last couple of years, the primary means of communication when conducting phishing campaigns has been email. Phishing emails have been absolutely rampant. So much so that people are increasingly on their guard against them. Naturally, this prompts scammers to change their tactics, switching things up a bit to catch people by surprise. In this case, according to recent …

New Phishing Emails Trick Users With Convincing Security Credentials

Unit 42 is a research division of Palo Alto Networks. Their researchers have discovered a sneaky and surprisingly effective phishing campaign that appears to have been launched in January of this year (2020). When targeted by this attack, a user will get an email containing a braded document containing the name of a legitimate cybersecurity provider. The name of a …

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Hackers Are Capitalizing On Coronavirus

Cybercriminal activity is always evolving, and now hackers are banking on the novel coronavirus having potential victims distracted when clicking a link. Hackers are capitalizing on fears and the quest for information by creating malicious websites disguised as popular COVID-19 maps. When unsuspecting users click on the map, they are prompted to open an applet. This software infects the computer …

Password Manager Malware Tricks Users Into Revealing Their Passwords

There’s a new threat making the rounds called ‘Metamorfo’ that you should be aware of. The malware began its life as a banking trojan. This news is from researchers at Fortinet, who report that the malicious code has recently gotten some upgrades that make it particularly nasty. Like many similar programs, this one finds its way onto target machines by …