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 …

Financial Organizations Beware Of Documents Asking To Enable Content

If you work in the financial sector, be advised that there’s a large scale botnet-driven malware campaign underway. It has been targeting firms in both the US and the UK. The malware at the heart of the campaign is Emotet, which began life as a banking trojan, but it has morphed into something quite different in recent times. It’s now …

New Malware Sends Offensive Texts From Your Phone

Malware tends to be at its most effective when it exists in secret. Under the radar. This is what allows malicious code to burrow deep into an infected system and capture a wide range of data. It’s what allows cryptojacking software to quietly siphon off computer power to mine for various forms of cryptocurrency. That makes money for the malicious …

Phishing Emails Are Becoming Even Harder To Identify

According to data collected by Microsoft, phishing emails accounted for 0.62 percent of all inbox receipts in September 2019. That’s up from 0.31 percent just one year prior to that. The increase is alarming of course, but at first glance, these look like fairly harmless numbers. Unfortunately, last year, phishing emails targeting business owners (BEC, or Business Email Compromise) cost …

Employees Targeted By Hackers Posing As HR Department

Just when you think scammers couldn’t get any lower, they find new ways to prove you wrong.  Recently, a new phishing scam has been spotted in the wild, this one baiting potential victims with the possibility of pay raises. The scammers structured their email so that they appeared to come from the Human Resources department of their victims’ companies. They …

Another IRS Phishing Campaign To Watch Out For

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued a warning that all taxpayers should be aware of. The agency has received a growing number of reports concerning unsolicited email messages bearing the subject lines: Electronic Tax Return Reminder Automatic Income Tax Reminder These messages are not from the IRS, but rather, from spammers trying to steal your information. According to a spokesman …

New Phishing Scam Targets Your Amazon Account

McAfee researchers have discovered a new version of the 16Shop phishing kit in use by hackers around the world. According to the latest research, there are now more than 200 URLs currently being used by hackers to collect login information from Amazon customers. The methodology the hackers are using is simple. The hackers craft an email that appears to come …