Safenetting : Phishing Report 1204.09

User Group Network UGN Safenetting and Cybercrime report Along with this week’s Malware Report, things are really humming with cybercrime. As we’ve been preaching for over ten years, people really need to be careful — and help squash online crime! If they don’t, it will be bad for all of us. Just a few in this week’s cache
* Sophos Pulls Partner Portal After Signs of Hacking
* How to avoid revocable living trust cons and scams
* Humor: Jon Stewart compares Obama to Nigerian spammer
* Inside Twitter’s Spam Lawsuit: Cost More Than $700000
* WordPress Users : Hacked and mangled — yet again
* At Long Last, Twitter Files Anti-Spam Lawsuits
* New Crimes Added to Russian Criminal Code
* Minimize Your Exposure to Email Spoofing
* AVMA issues email fraud alert
* Tax Season Ushers In Scams
and more . . .


Sophos Pulls Partner Portal After Signs of Hacking

Security firm Sophos has taken its partner portal offline and will reset every user’s password after it found signs of a potential security breach on the server hosting it.
      “Two unauthorized programs were found on the server, and our preliminary investigations indicate that these were designed to allow unauthorized remote access to information,” Sophos said in a security alert posted on its website.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : PCWorld


AVMA issues email fraud alert

A suspicious email is spreading in the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) name, and officials want the group’s 82,000-plus members to know that if they receive an email from the domain Veterinary_Practice_Center@mail.vresp.com, ‘it’s not from us.’
      The suspected phishing email is from Veterinary Practice Resource Center, which invites veterinarians to sign up for an ‘AVMA PURE CONTENT Free Webinar.’
READ THIS REPORT Full story : VIN News Service


Tax Season Ushers In Scams

With taxes due April 17, most of us procrastinators will be spending the next week or so getting the necessary paperwork in order to file. But tax season also is scam season for scam artists looking to get at your personal information.
      Clinton Raines, owner/agent of the State Farm insuance agency in East Atlanta, offers these tax-scamming tips for consumers to protect themselves
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Patch.com


How to avoid revocable living trust cons and other tax scams

‘Dirty Dozen Tax Scams’ is an annual list published by the IRS, warning taxpayers that illegal schemes and scams will lead to significant penalties, and even criminal prosecution. Topping this year’s list is identity theft, whereby scammers look for ways to use a legitimate taxpayer’s identity and personal information to file a tax return and claim a fraudulent refund.
      Other scams on the list include phishing ‘ fake Web sites or unsolicited e-mails asking gullible taxpayers to provide their Social Security number and their bank information because they have purportedly won such prizes as the Irish Sweepstakes.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Washington Post


New Crimes Added to Russian Criminal Code

The Supreme Court yesterday approved amendments to the criminal legislation to formalize some types of crime in separate articles, in particular loan, social benefit and insurance frauds, embezzlement of investors’ funds and counterfeit credit card fraud, as well as phishing, an e-mail fraud scam designed to get unsuspecting users to reveal sensitive information such as passwords and pin codes.
      The document, part of Dmitry Medvedev’s policy of liberalizing the Criminal Code, is to be forwarded to the lower house of parliament in the near future. The Supreme Court paid particular attention to Article 159 on fraud.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : RIA Novosti


At Long Last, Twitter Files Anti-Spam Lawsuits

Since the microblogging service exploded in popularity just a few short years ago, Twitter’s most egregious problem has been spam. Type ‘iPad’ in a tweet, and expect a deluge of twitterbots @replying you with fake offers of $99 discount tablets.
      Twitter took a new step in its fight against spammers on Thursday, filing a lawsuit in a San Francisco federal court against companies that create tools to automate posting to and following people on Twitter.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Wired News
READ THIS REPORT Also see: Twitter fights spammers in new lawsuit, implements additional anti-spamming – www.theverge.com


Minimize Your Exposure to Email Spoofing

Did someone really hijack your email address to mass-mail spam messages? Not necessarily. Here’s what might have happened.
      Your mother calls you to ask why you keep emailing her about “enhancements,” and your coworkers complain that you won’t stop sending them ads. Does this sound like you?
READ THIS REPORT Full story : PCWorld (blog)


Humor: Jon Stewart compares Obama to Nigerian spammer

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart lit into President Obama for his campaign’s overuse of fundraising email solicitation’s last night. “Seriously, there are exiled Nigerian princes getting Obama campaign emails going, ‘Ease up on the money thing fella,’” Stewart joked.
      Once expected to raise more than $1 billion for the 2012 campaign, Obama has repeatedly failed to match even his 2008 fundraising pace. Obama and Democrats reported raising $29 million combined in January, down from $36 million raised in the same month four years ago.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : NewsOK.com


Inside Twitter’s Spam Lawsuit: Fighting Five Defendants Cost More Than $700000

Twitter’s costs in fighting the spam created by five defendants it’s suing are more than $700,000 – and that may be a conservative underestimate.
      The company is seeking full restitution of those costs and other damages, along with an injunction forcing each defendant to stop its activities, as it seeks a jury trial in a San Francisco federal court.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Marketing Land


WordPress Users : Hacked and mangled — yet again

Dan Tynan at IT World writes :
      For the second time in two years my WordPress site was hacked, this time by Viagra spammers. Here are a few of the hard lessons I learned.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : ITworld.com


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