1205-14 Phishing, Spam, Cybercrime Report

User Group Network UGN Safenetting and Cybercrime report It’s a wonder things don’t change! After repeating the same sad news week after week, month, year after year you’d think someone would take notice. Oh well, we’ll keep plugging away … here are just a few from this week’s cache
* China China China Hack Hack Hack OilWar CyberWar GasWar CultureWar
* HP loses hundreds of thousands of CA social services records
* Hackers Target Gas Firms; Twitter-Spammer Logins Leaked
* China link to cyberattacks on gas pipeline companies
* Don’t Fall for Fake Amazon.com Cancellation Emails
* eBay tries to shut down AuctionBytes for phishing
* Scam artists target Verizon customers
* Newt Gingrich loves spam
and more . . .


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Scam artists target Verizon customers

Consumers are being urged to watch out for scam emails designed to appear as Verizon alerts.
      Many Verizon customers received emails each month from the telecommunications company telling them that their latest bill is available online. Like most companies these days, Verizon uses email as one means of communicating with customers.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : SouthCoastToday.com


HP loses hundreds of thousands of CA social services records

The California office of In-Home Supportive Services, which provides health support to elderly and disabled people, reported on Friday that the personal records of some 700,000 caregivers and care recipients were either lost or stolen.
      But this data loss was not due to a server breach, or some complex phishing attack — instead, the Social Services office said that Hewlett Packard, which manages the data controlled by the office, notified the IHSS of the breach after a physical package containing microfiche with thousands of entries of payroll data went missing from a damaged package that HP had shipped by U.S. Postal Service to the State Compensation Insurance Fund in Riverside, CA.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Ars Technica


Hackers Target Gas Firms; Twitter-Spammer Logins Leaked

This week’s cybersecurity news roundup features a US ICS-CERT warning about a “spear phishing” campaign aimed at natural-gas pipeline companies; Twitter spammers’ logins exposed; a University of North Carolina data breach; and more.
      Login details for 55,000 Twitter accounts posted on Pastebin are either inaccurate or refer to already blocked spam accounts, according to Twitter. It is unclear how the information was obtained or who posted it on the document-sharing site.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : CIO (blog)


eBay tries to shut down AuctionBytes for phishing!!

Ina Steiner over at AuctionBytes has just has a bit of a shock. eBay asked her Internet Host to block her new EcommerceBytes blog and redirect users to an eBay anti-phishing page.
      eBay mistakenly thought a blog post about eBay’s buyer protection program was an attempt to commit fraud and entice people to enter their eBay log in credentials.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : TameBay


Don’t Fall for Fake Amazon.com Cancellation Emails

Online shoppers beware! The latest email phishing scam looks just like an order cancellation notice from Amazon.com, Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona wants. Be sure to double check suspicious emails you receive from the online retailer before clicking on any links.
      This scam email comes from an Amazon.com email address, such as order-update@amazon.com, and contains the subject line ‘Your Cancellation’ and an order number. The email body tells the recipient that ‘your order has been successfully canceled’ and provides a summary of the order.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Tucson Citizen


China China China Hack Hack Hack OilWar CyberWar GasWar CultureWar

Bruce Sterling writes for Wired (blog):
      I wouldn’t want to claim here in the ole blog that Chinese intelligence is spear-phishing American natural gas pipelines — while at the same time that the Chinese Navy surrounds obscure, oil-rich atolls — while, also, the first Chinese offshore oil-rigs open up full production — because, well, I can’t doubt there’s some well-financed China-baiter within the Beltway who’s more than willing to connect those dots for me. Why should I waste my time with irresponsible allegations? That kind of rumor will pay somebody handsomely.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Bruce Sterling Wired (blog)


Newt Gingrich loves spam

Newt Gingrich’s Newt 2012 organization is aiding and abetting spammers. Hard to believe, but it turns out his organization is selling targeted email addresses for spammers to use.
      Politicking is expensive. Running for U.S. President is extremely expensive: the Obama 2012 campaign raised $53,000,000 in March alone. Now that Newt Gingrich has conceded defeat… his Newt 2012 organization is thought to be at least $4,300,000 in the hole,
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Computerworld (blog)


China link to cyberattacks on gas pipeline companies

Those analyzing the cyberspies who are trying to infiltrate natural-gas pipeline companies have found similarities with an attack on a cybersecurity firm a year ago. At least one US government official has blamed China for that earlier attack.
      Three confidential alerts since March and a public report on May 4 by the Department of Homeland Security warn of a “gas pipeline sector cyber intrusion campaign,” which apparently began in December. That campaign, against an undisclosed number of companies, is continuing, DHS said in the alerts, which were first reported by the Monitor.
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