Category Archives: Online Fraud

“Boy” may not seem like the most intimidating of terms, but when it comes to malware, it should incite a considerable level of concern.  A new type of malware known as ‘Boy-in-the-Browser’ is a rising financial malware threat.  Boy in … Continue reading

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In honor of the 2011 RSA conference, we’re republishing an old ThreatFire blog post inspired by the 2008 conference:

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For many, cold-calls represent a big, irritating waste of time.  But some cold-calls these days can cost you a lot more than annoyance and a loss of time; cybercriminals are resorting to cold-calls as a way to spread malware.

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As Valentine’s Day approaches, there’s no escaping the gifts associated with this romantic holiday – from flowers to chocolates to an endless assortment of red and pink gifts. Our email inboxes are no exception to this rule, as at this … Continue reading

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The advent of online advertising brought with it a heap of illegal online practices aimed at making bank.  And they haven’t gone away.  In fact, as online advertising evolves, cybercriminals inevitably find ways to fraudulently capitalize on the influx of … Continue reading

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Cybercrime, like regular crime, appears in a variety of forms. There are direct violations, such as the unauthorized hacking of an account, and there are more subtle varieties, such as posing as a Facebook friend, that involve tricking victims into … Continue reading

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This codec is not a codec. I’ve been told that in Russian, the word Zlob is a part of “zlobny” (“evil” or “malicious”) and “zloba” (“animosity” or “anger”). Trojan.Zlob also is a long running and prevalent malware family that continues … Continue reading

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The term “hacker” is almost exclusively associated with nefarious activities – from infiltrating email accounts to discovering and preying upon the vulnerabilities of corporate networks. Yet, “good” hackers provide a formidable defense against such threats. After completing educational courses and … Continue reading

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Social networks provide the ideal forum for spammers and hackers to engage in all types of cybercrime. Due to the inherent trust factor involved, most people (not including our tech-savvy readers, of course) don’t think twice before clicking on a … Continue reading

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Last year, as Twitter attracted more users, the rates of cybercrime rose concurrently. Phishing scams in particular greatly increased on the popular microblogging site. These attacks typically involve cybercriminals breaking into personal accounts in order to send direct messages to … Continue reading

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The US has taken one more step in its war on cybercrime. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, and Orrin Hatch, Republican of Utah, introduced the International Cybercrime Reporting and Cooperation Act. According to a press release about the … Continue reading

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During these tough economic times, scam artists are taking advantage of job seekers by offering alluring opportunities via emails, websites and advertisements  – from get rich quick schemes to work from home ploys. While job postings using phrases such as … Continue reading

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Prepared by Steve Espino – PC Tools Malware Research Team With the holidays just around the corner, people the world over are looking for the best deals on holiday packages and gifts for their friends and family. What better place … Continue reading

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Russia, long known as a haven for hackers and spammers, is finally taking steps to crack down on cybercrime. Over the last several years, the Russian government has frustrated officials from other nations by allowing organized cybercrime gangs operating in … Continue reading

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Cybercrime is not confined by city, state or national borders. Anyone with a computer and an internet connection is susceptible to online fraud. However, where you choose to surf the Web can put you at great risk for a cyberattack. … Continue reading

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These days the threat of online attacks is a major concern for any business as the rate of cybercrime continues to skyrocket. Yet, hackers aren’t the only online danger about which companies now have to worry. In the face of … Continue reading

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Oh yeah, it’s the one where all customers are abused, intimidated, interrupted, frustrated, confused, and their system is professionally known as “hosed.” It’s the business model of choice from our favorite adware/fraudware syndicates, hard at work.

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If you’re a tech savvy consumer, you probably know the do’s and don’t’s of safe surfing on the internet. Taking precautions like purchasing premium antivirus software and educating yourself about common online scams can help prevent identity theft. Yet, a … Continue reading

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As job losses and financial troubles continue to be issues in this economy, online employment scams are popping up across the web. Promising alluring opportunities, such as work from home positions and get rich quick schemes, these scams pray on … Continue reading

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Previous posts have discussed how cybercriminals adapt their ploys to conform to societal conditions; therefore, it’s no surprise that all types of employment scams have emerged in response to the global recession. We recently posted about an online employment scam, known … Continue reading

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In one of the latest efforts to protect the country’s critical internet infrastructure, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly (422-5) passed a bill designed to strengthen domestic defenses and protect the country from increasingly sophisticated internet attacks. Titled the Cybersecurity Enhancement … Continue reading

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When you have to adjust to limiting your prose to a maximum 140 characters, each letter, number, and symbol takes on more significance, and oftentimes many of these characters comprise a link’s lengthy URI. Uniform Resource Identifiers (often identified as … Continue reading

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Being unemployed is hard enough. Hours of job hunting and stressing over how to pay the bills can provide endless anxiety. Now there’s yet one more concern for desperate job seekers – the possibility of falling victim to the increasingly … Continue reading

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Domain names, the URLs you type into a browser to visit a particular website, are getting a new look as we move into 2010. What is good news for the international community, though, may bring a concomitant increase in the … Continue reading

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By Alan Lee – PC Tools Malware Research Team Next time when someone tells you, “Me and my wife watched this movie here : http://example.com/example”. Watch out, they may be luring you to a scam site! It’s the holiday season … Continue reading

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Cybercriminals: What Will They Think of Next? Cybercriminals are nothing if not entrepreneurial. One way that they can make money outside of their usual schemes is to sell Do-It-Yourself crime kits, fostering a new crop of hackers and earning a … Continue reading

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Combine the social nature of chat rooms with the whims of fate in Roulette and you have Chatroulette, the recent brainchild of 17-year old Andrew Ternovskiy. Tapping into the public’s love of novelty, exhibitionism, and quick fixes of entertainment, Chatroulette … Continue reading

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Over the past several years, Russia and China have been considered the world’s top cybercrime capitals, but a new haven for hackers and spammers might surpass these criminal cyber-hotspots in the near future. Statistics show that cybercrime is growing at … Continue reading

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The infamous hacker Albert Gonzalez was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in stealing approximately 130 million credit and debit card numbers. This punishment, the harshest ever handed down in an American court for a computer … Continue reading

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