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Phishing

Antivirus Clean 2011 Removal and Analysis

by Shanmuga
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Antivirus Clean 2011 is a fraudulent security software that displays fake Windows warning messages about non-existent malware infections to scare the victim to purchase a license. This scareware actually phishes for the credit card data instead of just scamming the user for a subscription. The secure payment page to which the user is taken on

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Recognizing phishing e-mails

by Shanmuga

"If you have received an e-mail from the Internal Revenue Service or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, chances are it was a phishing attempt. If you received e-mail from your bank, PayPal, or Facebook urging you to immediately verify information or risk having your account suspended, it was undoubtedly phishing. Phishing attacks have spiked this

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Phishers cut bait, slip on trojans instead

by Shanmuga

"Security researchers have noticed a decline in phishing e-mails so far in 2009, which some attribute to users getting savvier about bogus e-mails. This may just be one side of the story, though, as the bad guys are turning to trojans and other malware to accomplish the same ends.

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Vast Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries

by Shanmuga

"…The malware is remarkable both for its sweep — in computer jargon, it has not been merely “phishing” for random consumers’ information, but “whaling” for particular important targets — and for its Big Brother-style capacities. It can, for example, turn on the camera and audio-recording functions of an infected computer, enabling monitors to see and

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Serious bug opens major browsers to phishing attack

by Shanmuga

"Here’s how an attack would work: The bad guys would hack a legitimate website and plant HTML code that looks like a pop-up security alert window. The pop-up would then ask the victim to enter password and login information, and possibly answer other security questions used by the banks to verify the identity of their

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Spyware then and now

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Google brought back its oldest available index from the year 2001 on the occasion of its 10th birthday. It brought back certain nostalgic memories…I was into my second PC, a Compaq. That was the year I first got the internet connection at home through a 56kbps dial-up connection and that was the year I truly

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Is Rock Phish cybergang set for a comeback?

by Shanmuga

"”Rock Phish is making an investment in their own infrastructure by upgrading their botnet,” says Sean Brady, product marketing manager at RSA. RSA, whose FraudAction Research Lab has posted a blog item on the topic, says the end result could be a surge in phishing attacks in the near future.

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Phishing: Stealing Phish from Fraudsters

by Shanmuga

"A recurrent group of Moroccan fraudsters calling themselves Mr-Brain has launched a website dedicated to offering easy-to-use phishing site code, email templates and other hacking tools. The website offers phishing kits for many of the most common targets, such as Bank of America, eBay, PayPal and HSBC.

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Phishing: Phishing kits take advantage of novice fraudsters

by Shanmuga

"A phishing kit targeting the Bank of America contains an interesting insight into the intellectual hierarchy involved in Internet fraud. At first glance, the phishing kit looks attractive to any fraudster – it is straightforward to deploy on any web server that supports PHP, and a single configuration file makes it easy to specify an

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Phishing: Future Phishing

by Shanmuga

"Forget the Nigerian prince. Phishing scams are moving beyond the misspelled, far-fetched ruses that clog your in-box and beg for your bank codes. In the year to come, security professionals are warning of bank code-stealing exploits that are much slicker and more convincing–hidden in guises as harmless as a banner ad on a reputable Web

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