The summer has not seen a decline in spam and phishing. New attacks come every day, and here are just a few from this week . . .
* Bizarre email scam involves horse, lard and sex toy death
* Email from disgruntled buyer leads to eBay phishing page
* phishing emails pose as network disruption apology
* Email Phishing Scam Hijacks BBB Name, Again!
* Don’t get ensnared in resume phishing scams
* What’s in a Name? That Which We Call Spam…
* Spammers create Facebook-Social / Digg app
* Spammers create fake Facebook app
and more . . .
What’s in a Name? That Which We Call Spam…
Back in April, we began covering Twitter’s aggressive litigation against alleged online spammers. The company’s decision to initiate the case made waves, as Twitter declared it was going ‘straight to the source’ of those who provided tools to spam Twitter and worsen its users’ experiences on the site.
In the months since, the case has taken a couple interesting turns. And one of the defendants won’t go down without a fight…
Full story : abovethelaw.com
Spammers create fake Facebook app
Spammers have created a new fake Facebook application, called ‘Facebook Social’, as the social networking site continues to lead spammers’ hit lists.
This is according to the July 2012 Internet Threats Trend Report, conducted by Cyberoam in partnership with Commtouch, which sheds light on some recent and highly hazardous malware and spam trends of the second quarter (May to July 2012).
Full story : www.itweb.co.za
Don’t get ensnared in resume phishing scams
In general, phishing is a cybercrime in which scammers lure computer users into giving away private information, which is exploited for financial gain. Resume phishing is the same type of identity theft that specifically targets job hunters.
Here is an example of resume phishing: You upload your resume to an online job board. Using the email address on your resume, the scammer sends you a message and tries to entice you into providing personal details about yourself.
Full story : HeraldNet
Email Phishing Scam Hijacks BBB Name, Again!
A new scam using the BBB name popped up this morning, and has been received by consumers and businesses across the U.S. and Canada –including many BBB offices!
Two versions of the email have been received. One claims to be following up on a complaint filed with BBB, the other is asking for updated contact information ‘as a service to BBB Accredited Businesses.’
Full story : Better Business Bureau
phishing emails pose as network disruption apology
When the O2 mobile network went down in the UK earlier this month, hundreds of thousands of people were unable to make and receive calls, or connect to the internet from their 3G smartphones.
When the service was eventually returned to normal, O2 apologised and said it would offer compensation to affected users.
Full story : Naked Security
Bizarre email scam involves horse, lard and sex toy death
A bizarre assassination threat involving a horse, lard, and a sex toy is the latest email scam. Spammers are always looking for new ways to get victims to respond to them and part with their money.
Most of us have been notified we have won the lottery or that an African dictator’s assistant wants to transfer millions to our account. Now an email from a supposed hitman threatens to arrange a strange sex-related death with a horse called Henry unless he is contacted.
Full story : Irish Examiner
Email from disgruntled buyer leads to eBay phishing page
In these hard economic times, many have turned to eBay for selling things in order to earn a buck. But, in order to be trusted by buyers, the sellers depend on good ratings from those who have already bought some things from them.
A recently spotted phishing scam counts on eBay’s sellers fear of bad feedback and tries to trick them into following a link included in an email that has supposedly been sent by an unsatisfied customer:
Full story : Help Net Security
Spammers create Facebook-Social / Digg app
Cyberoam, a division of Elitecore Technologies and the innovator of identity-based Unified Threat Management (UTM) solutions, today announced the July 2012 Internet Threats Trend Report, prepared in collaboration with its partner, Commtouch. Report throws light on some recent and highly hazardous malware and spam trends of the second quarter (May-July 2012).
Facebook has always been on the hit list of spammers, and in this quarter also the same trend was seen. This quarter spammers created a new Facebook/Digg application called ‘Facebook Social’. Actually a ‘Facebook Social Reader’ for Digg, exits, but ‘Facebook Social’ is a neatly confusing invention of pharmacy spammers designed to draw recipients, to an online pharmacy. The description of the new service seems to have been lifted more or less from the description of the Reader, leading the users to spam, more convincingly.
Full story : CFO World
If you think you’re a victim, file a complaint with the
FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center : IC3.