Category Archives: Online Fraud

Cyberfraud, an all-too-common phenomenon these days, causes major headaches for any victim. But whereas banks provide protection for individuals who lose their money to cybercrooks, small businesses aren’t afforded a similar safety net.

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Expressing oneself in 140 words or less is a popular phenomenon; in fact, Twitter was the fastest growing social network in 2009. A recent report by Barracuda Labs links this increase in public interest to a key rise in celebrity … Continue reading

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According to a report released by Symantec early this year, 75% of businesses were cyber-attacked in 2009. Although the report covered general trends (see some statistics below), an article from the San Francisco Chronicle shed some light on how this … Continue reading

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Antivirus protection is a necessity for anyone who is digitally active. Cybercriminals, ever the opportunists, understand this need and have come up with yet another way to steal your cash – using malware that poses as antivirus software. This type … Continue reading

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Surfing the web without any kind of protection is akin to diving into bloody, great white shark-infested waters without a cage. Yes, the internet is a fantastic world of instant satisfaction that most of us can’t live without, but if … Continue reading

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Cybercriminals these days are not merely hackers looking to tap into your email account; they have evolved into sophisticated crooks who take advantage of any opportunity to set their traps. Not surprisingly, major global events, such as the Olympics or … Continue reading

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In this world of immediate gratification, most of us computer owners head straight to a search engine without a second thought when we need the answer to a question. It’s as easy as typing in a query and clicking on … Continue reading

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Fanáticos del futból han viajado de todas partes del mundo para reunirse en Sur Africa este verano a ver la Copa Mundial de Futból. La emocion del Mundial ha sido tremenda, pero los aficionados tienen que tener mucho cuidado—criminales cibernéticos … Continue reading

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Soccer fans from across the globe will convene in South Africa this summer to attend the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Excitement for the event is gearing up, but fans should be warned that they aren’t the only ones looking forward … Continue reading

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The ease of online shopping makes it an alluring option for any consumer. Why fight the crowds and lines of busy stores when you can purchase your desired product with just a few simple clicks? Yet, sending your sensitive payment … Continue reading

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Online users are more concerned about their personal security than the internet security of their companies, according to a recent survey. The study, featuring 1600 workers in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Japan, illustrated how employees across the … Continue reading

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Analyzing Trends from the Internet Crime Complaint Center’s 2009 Annual Report A recent report by internet security company Symantec has been widely publicized for the implications it presents for residents of certain US cities. After analyzing factors such as risky … Continue reading

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Online gaming password stealers form a large malware category. Moreover, it is growing: there is strong demand in the virtual experience, there is supply, there are online auction sites where such experience is sold to those who are ready to … Continue reading

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Tips to Avoid Common April Fools’ Day Scams April Fools’ Day is a time of hoaxes and practical jokes. Although you might enjoy the opportunity to trick your family, friends and co-workers, don’t let your guard down when it comes … Continue reading

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PC Tools’ Malware Research Team received a source code of what appears to be a proof-of-concept (PoC) ransomware application that has been a hot topic at several internet security forums.

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The Fbi released its Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) 2009 report. The organization maintains that cyberfraud losses reported to them doubled year over year. The report contains what appears to be significant changes. The report includes mention of the FakeAv scams … Continue reading

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Click fraud is a lot like shoplifting. It’s not the most shocking crime you know of, and it’s not really victimless. It is theft. But observing and identifying click fraud is more difficult than watching a kid slip an unpaid-for candy bar or … Continue reading

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SEO : Search Engine Optimization. No, it’s not another buzz word. It’s a technique used by malware authors to propagate their malware. They use one of the most respected search engines today (Google) to make their way into the user’s … Continue reading

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The Hockey games on the 2010 Winter Olympics are well under way and SEO poisoning attacks abound! Hockey enthusiasts turning to the Internet in search of game schedules are in for quite a surprise as cyber-criminals are quick to ensure … Continue reading

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Porn clips are everywhere! But then again, rogue antivirus software are everywhere too. The fake video codec tactic targets unsuspecting users wanting to view the adult videos purportedly being hosted in the malicious website: hxxp://porntube2000.com Clicking on one of the … Continue reading

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This past week, we posted some of Cutwail’s recent spamming activity. As we were digging into the elevated levels of Cutwail activity, the researchers over at Shadowserver posted on the unusual SSL traffic originating from infected hosts. Dark Reading picked … Continue reading

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As a followup to our early Jan Bredolab email blast warning, this post presents technical details and functionality about the payload accompanying the delivery notice + invoice attachment. While past posts have described the downloader’s windows api hook overwrite functionality, … Continue reading

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Not really, but its popup will tell you that it has detected all sorts of things. A pretty well organized group of fraudsters have been sending out messages and setting up websites to fool users into downloading and running TubeViewer.ver.6.exe. … Continue reading

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In their most predictable fashion, the distributors of Waledac are engineering a new valentine’s day scheme for their malware delivery. The ThreatFire community is preventing you.exe, meandyou.exe, and onlyyou.exe from being run on desktops. The web servers appear to be … Continue reading

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Believe it or not, there is not a munificent, all-giving internet presence bestowing upon you and your tired, bloodshot eyes all the “Fresh Free Hardcore Movies” that you can download. If you are on your parents’ or a library computer, … Continue reading

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Heartland Payment Systems disclosed little information in a press release regarding a security breach that they discovered last week. The company provides “credit/debit/prepaid card processing, payroll, check management and payments solutions to more than 250,000 business locations nationwide”.The lack of … Continue reading

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This blog post is not for the technical guru! While it’s not for mums and dads either, its main purpose is to explain to an average user how to manually remove persistent malware that cannot be easily deleted otherwise. A … Continue reading

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The “Gozi” Trojan is a well known piece of crimeware that has been around for a couple of years now. It is surprising to see that this one continues to be actively hosted and distributed. For example, malicious pdf currently … Continue reading

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Oh brother, you hate to write about it. A worm is spreading fairly high in prevalence this week and last. Sometimes, it is not because of foolish curiousity — the worm is spreading over removable drives like Usb sticks, otherwise … Continue reading

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The Sans Institute released not only a top 25 list of dangerous programming errors for developers, but resources for developers to understand and eliminate their coding errors as well. It looks like a prioritization and expansion on the exhaustive list … Continue reading

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