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  • Blog Post: Phishing: not just for banks

    When people think of phishing (a deception to trick a user into sharing their credentials with a third party), they might usually think of banking. But with the popularity of online games, they can still be a target even if they protect their banking information. A typical reason for phishing in games...
  • Blog Post: Phishing encounter while on vacation

    It was my first night in Beijing for a long-overdue vacation. I purchased a SIM card from the airport and sent SMS greetings to friends and family and other families in town. SMS is hugely popular and a main communication channel in China. Guess what? The first SMS I received was from a strange number...
  • Blog Post: Fake Seattle traffic ticket notification leads to malware

    Our partners at the City of Seattle sent us a warning today about a phishing campaign which targets users very close to home -- specifically, Seattle Washington. They're seeing spam mail circulating that claims to be from Seattle Department of Motor Vehicles, stating that the victim is charged with a...
  • Blog Post: When spear phishers target security researchers

    Every now and then a would-be criminal online picks the wrong potential victim. I was recently selling a 1995 Ford Escort on the site Craigslist.com and had a number of interested buyers. One such candidate offered a $500 IOU plus a six-month supply of tile grout. Luckily, he never showed up. Another...
  • Blog Post: Stratfor customers targeted by cybercriminals

    Cybercriminals are continuing to use a social engineering trick to lure users for their malware campaigns. This time, they targeted customers of Stratfor - a subscription-based provider of geopolitical analysis. Attacks against Stratfor clients began after a reported breach of their customer database...
  • Blog Post: Fake Canadian pharma site causing headaches

    I awoke the other day to a friend calling me and exclaiming into the phone: “My Yahoo email account was hacked !!!” He had been angrily accused by others in his contact list of sending spam messages and sharing inappropriate website links. Most of the questions he fielded had the same query: " Why...