Phishing, attack sites, and malware sites took a rest for a while, but now indications are showing they’re back with a vengence.
* Close to 10,000 malicious sites found every day, says Google
* Google security, detects 9500 malicious websites every day
* Phishing scheme hits Region 8, claiming to be Bancorp South
* The Post wants to publish my Vimeo clips? Really
* IRS warns of new phishing scam targeting military
* Dedicated Attack Websites Make Headway, Again
* Google’s got your back for safe browsing
* Amazon.com Cancellation Phishing Scams
and more . . .
Close to 10,000 malicious sites found every day, says Google
Close to 10,000 new malicious websites are identified on a daily basis, according to a new blog post on Google’s security blog. This was revealed in a post that paid tribute to the company’s five-year-old Safe Browsing initiative.
One of the ways Google protects users is to pop up warnings for sites flagged for malware or phishing, which has served to protect 600 million users through the use of built-in protection for popular web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
Full story : FierceCIO
The Post wants to publish my Vimeo clips? Really
In a word: No. As much as we like your Vimeo videos, we’re not offering to publish or purchase them.
Spammers appear to be posing as journalists from The Washington Post and sending e-mails to users of the video-sharing site Vimeo. In those e-mails they’re offering to run the videos on washingtonpost.com.
Full story : www.washingtonpost.com
Google’s got your back for safe browsing
Whether you view Google as a burgeoning, Borg-like Evil Empire or not, it has been proactive on the safe browsing front over the past few years.
Earlier this week, Google’s Niels Provos posted a blog in regard to the five-year anniversary of its Safe Browsing program. Safe Browsing was designed to protect users from malware and phishing on the Internet, including protection on browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
Full story : Communications, Engineering & Design Magazine (blog)
Phishing scheme hits Region 8, claiming to be Bancorp South
“People try to obtain information by a normal means, such as a text message or a phone call. The only way it works is if people cooperate,” Bancorp South Community Bank President, Joe Williams said regarding a scheme hitting Region 8.
The latest attempt was through a batch of emails, explaining to consumers that their bank cards had been deactivated. It then prompted them to reactivate it by calling a number made available. That’s when the “phishers” try to fish information out of you, but it’s information your bank already has.
Full story : KAIT
IRS warns of new phishing scam targeting military
New Jersey residents should be on the lookout for a new email phishing scam now circulating that targets Department of Defense military members, retirees and civilian employees.
According to IRS spokeswoman, Dianne Besunder, the email appears to come from Defense Finance and Accounting Services and displays a .mil email address. The message states that that those receiving disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be able to obtain additional funds from the IRS.
Full story : NorthJersey.com
Amazon.com Cancellation Phishing Scams
Modern kids tend to have pretty savvy online skills. Whether they go to public schools in Texas or New Jersey all girl private schools, they can smell a scam email before they even open their inbox.
Those of us who are a little, shall we say, more advanced in age are often a little more gullible. The latest phishing scam is a case in point. Pretending to come from Amazon.com, these emails try to trick readers into divulging sensitive personal information.
Full story : Business 2 Community
Dedicated Attack Websites Make Headway, Again
Google analysis has revealed that websites dedicated to attack other sites by malware distribution are gaining ground once again.A Google Safe Browsing service analysis, which collects around five years’ worth of information, unveiled on the company’s online security blog that dedicated attack websites are making a comeback after figures declined last year.
Based on the report, the malicious websites avert detection by Google’s Safe Browsing service through the adoption of several methods, which include — ‘rapidly changing their location through free web hosting, dynamic DNS records, and automated generation of new domain names.
Full story : Social Barrel
Google talks security, detects 9500 malicious websites every day
For the last five years, Google has been silently monitoring the web for fishy behavior with its Safe Browsing effort. Odds are the only time you even notice anything is happening is when you get a notice that the site you are about to visit could harm your computer. Google has posted some details on the true scale of the Safe Browsing program, and it’s pretty impressive.
For starters, 600 million users are protected from known phishing and malware sites by Google’s Safe Browsing API, which is built into Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. Google adds an astonishing 9,500 websites to the list of malicious sites each and every day. Sometimes these are sites that have been exploited without the knowledge of the owner, and sometimes they’re pure attack sites. CHART
Full story : Geek
If you think you’re a victim, file a complaint with the
FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center : IC3.