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....Google and Facebook have confirmed that they fell victim to an alleged $100m (£77m) scam. In March, it was reported that a Lithuanian man had been charged over an email phishing attack against "two US-based internet companies" who were not named at the time. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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.... . Public key cryptography also enables websites to prove their authenticity - without it, there'd be many more phishing scams. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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Google and Facebook duped in huge 'scam' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 10:47:03 AM
....Google and Facebook have confirmed that they fell victim to an alleged $100m (£77m) scam. In March, it was reported that a Lithuanian man had been charged over an email phishing attack against "two US-based internet companies" who were not named at the time. ...
Geeks v government  image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 11:03:23 PM
.... . Public key cryptography also enables websites to prove their authenticity - without it, there'd be many more phishing scams. ...
'Nearly half' of firms had a cyber-attack or breach image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of April 2017 10:36:10 AM
....It said a large materials supplier for the construction industry faced "significant and ongoing" attacks, despite not having any e-commerce activities of its own. "This included over 3,000 phishing emails a month and various ransomware attacks," the report noted. ...
Two major US technology firms 'tricked out of $100m' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 01:39:49 PM
....A Lithuanian man has been charged with tricking two US technology firms into wiring him $100m (£80. 3m) through an email phishing scam. ...
Spear-phishing scammer demanded sex show image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 02:34:32 AM
.... . It's a scamming technique known as spear phishing. ...
Farewell, American Apparel. Your moment has passed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 06:00:06 AM
....You could even buy lens-less glasses which, when worn with a gold leotard, gave the appearance of a confident person debating the politics of raunch culture. Each clothes rail suggested a different career costume: teaching assistant with a dark past, for instance, or junkie wedding planner, or ex-Christian selling her virginity online, or drummer from a regional punk band, or barista who went to Brooklyn once, or victim of a phishing scam, or dad who’s given up. ...
Is your company monitoring you? How to protect your privacy at work image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 19th of January 2017 07:00:30 AM
....Also, bear in mind that cyber criminals use social media to gather information on targets. This means that information you share on LinkedIn, for example, could be used to craft a convincing spear-phishing email to attack your employer via you. ...
'A major bank will fail' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 6th of January 2017 12:06:14 AM
....And another worry about AI is that hackers will have access to it as well - it's a cybersecurity arms race. "AI will power malware, and will use data from the target to send phishing emails that replicate human mannerisms and content," warns Andy Powell, head of cybersecurity at Capgemini UK, an IT consultancy. ...
Airline passenger details easy prey for hackers, say researchers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of December 2016 12:47:03 PM
....Even more damage could be done with the information contained in the booking. There is enough personal and flight data in them to craft convincing phishing emails purporting to report problems with the flights or bookings. ...
Yahoo hack image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 02:16:51 PM
....Spoofed emails from friends or sports clubs can lend credibility to messages so they are more likely to be opened. These phishing emails are a common staple of many types of attacks and often a lot of effort is put into crafting them to look more convincing. ...
Cyber criminals move to exploit ‘safe’ social media spaces image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 5th of December 2016 06:59:17 AM
.... It will be mentioning things you are interested in. Many people would consider themselves able to spot a “phishing” attempt, whereby emails are sent which appear genuine but instead contain links aimed at gathering information such as bank details. ...
Here are the simple ways to FIGHT the high-tech scams in Britain image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of November 2016 05:47:00 PM
.... . She added: “Install anti-virus software that includes an antiphishing programme. ...
Barclays tests smartphone cash withdrawals image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 21st of November 2016 05:18:17 PM
....". Dr Murdoch noted that RBS had to temporarily halt its Get Cash scheme in October 2012 after it was compromised by a phishing campaign. ...
Tesco Bank attack image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 7th of November 2016 01:31:28 PM
.... Use the bank's two-factor authentication and keep an eye on the transactions carried out via your account. Keep security software on your PC, phone or tablet up-to-date and be on the lookout for phishing emails that capitalise on news about any breach. ...
Bank fraud image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 7th of November 2016 12:48:44 PM
....In the first half of 2016, criminals managed to steal £400m from UK bank accounts - a 25% increase in just a year. Largely that was driven by fraudulent use of debit and credit cards, and phishing scams, where criminals persuade customers to give away their passwords or banking details. ...
Tesco Bank fraud: What to do, who to email or call if your account has been blocked image
....Customers who have not received a text message but think that their account might have been compromised should call the bank immediately on 0345 835 3353. Tesco has asked any customers who believe that they have received a fraudulent email claiming to be from the bank to forward it to phishing@tescobank. ...
Tesco Bank blames 'systematic sophisticated attack' for account losses image
.... . But what is different is that it involves tens of thousands falling victim in a 24 hour period to what appears to be an automated process, rather than individuals clicking on links in phishing emails or having their details stolen after downloading malicious software. ...
Are you a danger? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of October 2016 12:16:14 AM
....". While companies take great pains to protect personally identifiable information, such as social security and credit card numbers, it's often the seemingly innocuous information that can give fraudsters the ammunition to make a phishing email more believable, say, or an invoice payment request more plausible. ...
Which? files supercomplaint against banks over transfer fraud image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of September 2016 11:01:24 PM
....Using its legal powers, the organisation has submitted a supercomplaint to the Payment Systems Regulator, the watchdog for the UK’s £75tn payment systems industry, which must now respond within 90 days. There are many financial frauds that directly target customers, such as phishing emails and phone- and text-based scams. ...
Students warned of new 'phishing' scam image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 19th of September 2016 11:58:55 PM
.... . The personal finance site Money Saving Expert says it is aware of students at major universities being targeted in a new wave of "phishing emails". ...
Fraud soars by 53% in a year as scammers get sophisticated image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of September 2016 11:01:44 PM
....To coincide with the figures, FFA UK and major banks and financial services providers have come together for the first time to launch a national campaign to combat financial fraud called Take Five. This will focus on the financial frauds that directly target customers, such as phishing emails that purport to come from organisations such as banks or HM Revenue & Customs, and phone and text-based scams, sometimes dubbed vishing and smishing respectively. ...
Fraud warning: NatWest customers on Twitter targeted by scammers image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 16th of September 2016 04:16:00 PM
....Fraudsters set up a profile with the user handle NatWest_HelpTM and messaged users who had contacted NatWest's real customer service team with issues. The fake NatWest profile imitated the appearance of the genuine NatWest account and linked to a so-called phishing site. ...
Tax credits mum 'falsely accused of marriage to dead man' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 12th of September 2016 11:06:36 PM
...."I've got £20 to last me two weeks, as of yesterday, to feed me and my daughter and for the bills that I'm supposed to pay and the gas and electric," she said. Ms Haigh, MP for Sheffield Heeley, said some people receiving the letters were confusing them with a phishing scam, as they asked for "very personal details", such as bank statements and information on partners' details. ...
Who's bugging you? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 22nd of August 2016 11:24:04 PM
....He says the race between virus and antivirus software has reached a stalemate - the new battleground is personal. "Today, attackers are using sophisticated, 'spear-phishing' attacks," says Mr O'Neill. ...

iTunes users warned to delete 'scam' emails claiming they have spent more than £20 downloading songs
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....However, the aim appears to be to encourage them to click a link within the email to 'cancel and manage subscriptions', but in fact leads to a fraudulent website that asks users to enter their personal details. This type of online scam is known as 'phishing' and traps people by luring them into handing over details to what they believe are genuine correspondence from companies. ...

iTunes users targeted with £20 purchase refund scam - how to protect yourself
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....However, the aim appears to be to encourage them to click a link within the email to 'cancel and manage subscriptions', but in fact leads to a fraudulent website that asks users to enter their personal details. Clever #phishing email: a fake iTunes invoice. ...
Online fraud victims should be better protected, not blamed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 31st of May 2016 04:45:53 PM
....The fastest growing area of bank fraud is crooks gaining online access to, and transferring funds from individuals’ bank accounts, often by posing as a member of staff or even the police. In these cases, the bank’s default position seems to be that the customer has done something wrong – by answering phishing emails or by being careless with their personal data, usually over social media. ...
How to create the perfect password image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 21st of May 2016 05:59:05 AM
....Password manager LastPass detected an intrusion last year, prompting it to ask users to change their master passwords, although it said the stores of encrypted passwords were not compromised. Users have also been targeted with sophisticated phishing attacks aimed at grabbing master passwords. ...
Beware of scams: Beat fraudsters by staying alert image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of May 2016 09:57:00 AM
Apple scammers have their heads in the iCloud image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of April 2016 06:00:29 AM
....It is similar to the thousands of “your PayPal account has been suspended” emails, but what appears to have caught out many this time is the fact the texts look as though they have come from Apple – and have arrived on phones that have never received other scam texts before. It’s just the latest phishing scam, albeit a more sophisticated version. ...
Financial fraud: who should be held responsible? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 24th of March 2016 02:37:57 PM
.... As security systems have improved in other areas of banking, fraudsters have opted to target consumers directly. There has been a surge in the use of malicious software and phishing emails to compromise customers’ security, while scammers have pretended to be bank staff and police officers to persuade consumers to send money to their bank accounts – aided, some might claim, by the previously lax account opening requirements at banks. ...
Deception scams drive rise in financial fraud image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 21st of March 2016 07:21:00 PM
.... . The use of malware (malicious software which is unknowingly downloaded onto a computer) and phishing emails to compromise customers’ security and personal details. ...
Man charged over nude photo hacks image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of March 2016 09:41:56 PM
....Prosecutors have recommended that he face a jail term of 18 months, although a judge could extend that to five years. The 36-year-old is alleged to have stolen usernames and passwords via a phishing scam. ...
Why firming up cyber defences is good business image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 7th of March 2016 04:00:00 PM
....But over 30 per cent admit they do not know what they would do if their enterprise was attacked. The same proportion revealed they had already fallen victim to crimes such as hacking, phishing and identity theft. ...
Email inventor Tomlinson dies at 74 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 6th of March 2016 07:07:24 PM
....Yes there's spam. Yes there's phishing attacks. ...
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....■ Do not send money to anyone you meet through an online dating website, no matter how convincing they may appear to be. ■ Never click on a link within an email – this could be a type of phishing scam which could be intended to extract personal details or money from you in some way. ...
Use the same password for everything? You're fuelling a surge in current account fraud  image
...." . Bank customers are also being warned to be be extra vigilant to spot elaborate "phishing" emails where fraudsters email victims pretending to be from trusted mobile phone providers, energy firms and Government departments, in order to steal people's details. ...
Huge rise in hack attacks as cyber-criminals target small businesses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 8th of February 2016 07:20:10 AM
....According to the latest statistics released by cyber security firm Symantec, more than half (52. 4%) of spear phishing attacks, carried out using fake emails – carried out in December last year were against SMEs, with November showing a massive spike. ...
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Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 17th of January 2016 12:01:00 AM
....”. Beware “phishing” emails from scammers trying to trick people into registering on fraudulent sites, Riches says. ...
The 'bogus boss' email scam costing firms millions image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 8th of January 2016 12:30:21 AM
....This is what happened to Carole Gratzmuller, boss of a medium-sized French company called Etna Industrie. Her firm, which employs 50 people and has been making industrial equipment on the outskirts of Paris for nearly 75 years, was the victim of a specialised email phishing attack dubbed CEO fraud, or "fraude au president" as they call it in France. ...
Why we need to kill passwords image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 3rd of January 2016 10:54:37 PM
.... This has made our online lives less secure at the same time as the information we store there is more valuable. Now, a cyber-attack on one website, or an email phishing scam that forces gullible users into giving up their password, can allow hackers to infiltrate several other services. ...
Holiday spike in fake emails from banks image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 1st of January 2016 08:09:10 AM
. Consumers are being warned of a seasonal spike in "phishing" emails purporting to be from HSBC, NatWest and other major banks. ...
Vishing and smishing: Social engineering fraud image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 1st of January 2016 03:04:45 AM
.... The email was for two things I'd never ordered. It's a lesson I tell people, if you hit the right emotional triggers at the right time, anyone can be a victim of phishing. ...
The computer virus that blackmails you image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 14th of December 2015 01:33:28 PM
....". Like most computer viruses, ransomware often arrives in the form of a phishing email, or spam, or a fake software update - and the recipient clicks a link or opens an attachment. ...
Cyber Monday: it's the most wonderful time of year for cyber-attackers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 28th of November 2015 12:09:10 PM
....“If you’re reading about it in the mainstream press as far as what’s really hot this year, the hackers are too,” he said. “Whatever the latest hot gadget is, that’s almost always going to be used as a spam or phishing or social media scam lure, and that’s something that has longevity through the shopping season. ...
Cyber-thieves 'target Black Friday' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 26th of November 2015 12:16:31 AM
....One gang had updated the sophisticated malware it used to target tills in stores, security company iSight said. There had also been an increase in spam and phishing emails crafted to catch out people seeking bargains. ...
Crowdfunding needs good regulation to flourish image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 20th of November 2015 03:26:06 PM
....In my new book with George Akerlof, Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception, we argue that unscrupulous behavior has to be factored into economic theory in a fundamental way. The economic equilibrium we live should be regarded, above all, as a phishing equilibrium, in which small-time individual dishonesty can morph into something more systemically important when it is carried on by business organisations under intense competitive pressure. ...
Room for Airbnb to improve website? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 16th of November 2015 12:01:00 AM
.... It’s the only email authentication tool that ensures spoofed emails do not reach consumers. Top tier providers like Google and Microsoft use it to stop phishing,” says Peterson. ...
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Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 13th of November 2015 10:01:17 PM
.... of course you do it, and the ones who don't do it are failing and going out of business. That's a phishing equilibrium. ...
Vodafone customers' bank details 'accessed in hack', company says image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 31st of October 2015 04:38:06 PM
....Related: Cyber attacks could be bigger threat to our banking system than bad debts. “However, this information does leave these 1,827 customers open to fraud and might also leave them open to phishing attempts,” the spokesman added. ...
Vodafone customer details accessed image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 31st of October 2015 04:07:58 PM
....Those who are affected should:. The company said the details could not be used to access customers' bank accounts but the information meant they could be at risk of fraud or phishing attempts - the practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies. ...
Thousands of British Gas customers’ data leaked just days after TalkTalk and M&S image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 29th of October 2015 12:16:00 PM
....Details of 2,200 of the energy firm's customers appeared on Pastebin, a temporary text uploading site, on Wednesday night on. Worryingly, the firm is not sure exactly how the information became available and said customers could have been victims of a targeted phishing attack. ...
British Gas denies responsibility for 2,200 user accounts posted online image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 29th of October 2015 09:11:56 AM
....The account details were posted to online text-sharing service Pastebin. If they did not come from British Gas directly, they may have been pieced together from other data breaches, by testing for passwords which were re-used across multiple accounts, or they may have been uncovered as a result of a phishing campaign targeting British Gas customers. ...
British Gas logins exposed online image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of October 2015 10:11:50 PM
....If the firm was indeed not at fault, it is possible that the perpetrators obtained the passwords from another data breach and then checked to see if some people had used the same details to log into British Gas's site. Another possibility is that the users were targeted by a phishing campaign and had been fooled into revealing their details. ...
Most scam victims 'recover nothing' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of October 2015 05:15:16 AM
....". Customers of Natwest, part of the RBS Group, who have been scammed are most frequently caught out by "vishing" - verbal phishing - where they are tricked into giving their account details during a telephone call. ...
The Crusader: Hard to credit company's silence image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 26th of October 2015 09:37:00 AM
....”. A good security solution should include protection features such as firewall, anti-malware, anti-phishing, anti-ransomwear (encrypting personal data then using extortion for its release). ...
BEWARE Ocado email scam: Fake mail sent to thousands and even robbed a family of £14,000 image
.... The fraudsters are thought to have targeted thousands, after the retailer's customer call centre was swamped with calls from confused customers and non-customers who received the message. Those who opened the phishing email attachments were likely to have downloaded malware on to their computers. ...
TalkTalk breach: what to do if you're a customer image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 23rd of October 2015 08:17:22 AM
. TalkTalk customers are being advised to keep an eye on their bank accounts for fraudulent activity, and to be particularly alert to the danger of “phishing” emails, after a large-scale hack at the telecoms firm. ...
Security breach at Halifax and Bank of Scotland left account activities visible for up to six years image
.... This wasn’t a clever hacker creating a breach, it was simply a design flaw. If they're not much more professional than phishing websites, how are we to judge who's real and who's a fraud?” . ...
VIDEO: Solicitor lost £734,000 in phone scam image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 3rd of October 2015 08:03:49 AM
. A solicitor has been defrauded out of £734,000 pounds of her clients' money in the latest example of a so-called vishing - or voice phishing - attack. ...
‘Sim swap’ gives fraudsters access-all-areas via your mobile phone image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 26th of September 2015 06:00:04 AM
.... Fraudsters can complete cash transfers from a stranger’s account by accessing one-time pin codes and SMS notifications. Criminal gangs obtain an individual’s bank details by bamboozling them with a phishing email, or by purchasing them from organised crime networks. ...
Fraud, fools, and financial crises image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 20th of September 2015 10:51:56 AM
.... And it is one that George Akerlof and I explore in our new book, Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception. Most of us have suffered “phishing”: unwanted emails and phone calls designed to defraud us. ...
Fraud warning for Twitter users after NatWest customers scammed by fake profiles  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of September 2015 04:38:00 PM
....After hundreds of people complained on Twitter about NatWest service issues on Tuesday, a fake account named NatWest_Quick fired off tweets to distressed customers. The con artist behind the profile imitated the appearance of the NatWest's real customer service team and linked to a phishing site disguised as the bank's in a further effort to harness victim information. ...
'My struggle to correct credit file' image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 6th of September 2015 09:34:42 AM
.... . To lessen the chances of such a fraud happening again, protect your post, avoid putting revealing data about yourself online, dispose of sensitive information carefully, be wary of phishing emails, and perhaps have a “flag” put on your credit files (call 0330 100 0180 or visit cifas. ...
Scammers caught on tape tricking pensioner out of £12,000 image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 5th of September 2015 08:51:49 AM
.... . Criminal gangs are thought to have netted £24m last year from the new type of fraud - also known as 'vishing' or 'voice phishing'. ...
Phone scammers' tricks caught on tape image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 4th of September 2015 09:02:36 PM
....Almost immediately the fraudsters then started to distribute that money to other accounts in the UK, before the banks cottoned on. It was a classic case of "Vishing" - or voice phishing - which last year cost consumers and banks £24m, according to Financial Fraud Action UK (FFAUK). ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 14th of August 2015 12:40:33 AM
.... The SEC claimed the two men hid their identities behind multiple email accounts, online “handles” and a variety of aliases. According to the SEC they used malware, phishing as well as stealing passwords to gain access to the newswire computers and steal the information. ...
Banks 'not liable' for vishing fraud image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 5th of July 2015 11:00:06 PM
...."We really want to share what we are seeing in the complaints we handle, and encourage people to get talking about scams with their friends and relatives so they become more alert to the risks," said Caroline Wayman, the chief ombudsman. "Vishing" - or voice phishing - occurs when fraudsters phone up, posing as the police or the victim's bank. ...
....Meanwhile, fraudsters are targeting people claiming tax credits, says HM Revenue and Customs. It had nearly 51,000 "phishing" emails reported to it between April and July 2014 – double the number for the same period tin he previous year. ...
Current accounts become new favourite target for fraudsters  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 3rd of July 2015 03:42:09 PM
.... Nick Mothershaw, UK and Ireland director of identity and fraud at Experian, said: “It is important for people to take measures to ensure their details remain their own. Knowing what your bank can and cannot ask you for will help you avoid phishing scams. ...
Bank accounts 'top' target for fraud image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of July 2015 11:01:13 PM
....Criminals opening current accounts are then able to access other financial products, such as credit cards, which are also used to steal money. Many will have obtained personal details through phishing emails, which trick account holders into revealing numbers and passwords. ...
'Is this email from HMRC or is it a scam?' image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 26th of June 2015 01:54:47 PM
.... To check out suspicious emails from HMRC see gov. uk and put “HMRC phishing emails” in the search box. ...
VIDEO: 'Email scammers stole my life savings' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of June 2015 12:21:32 PM
. A woman has told the Victoria Derbyshire programme how she was conned out of her life savings by scammers who sent her a 'phishing' email. ...
Fraudsters hide behind fake invoices image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of April 2015 10:52:50 AM
....Experts have warned that con-artists are increasingly targeting businesses, rather than individuals. This is because they generally have larger amounts in their bank accounts and because individuals are becoming wiser to scams and phishing emails. ...

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