Feeds

Facebook users warned over renewed phishing assault

As Gray Lady's fashion blog gets pwned

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Facebook users are facing a new wave of phishing attacks following a previous barrage in April.

Fraudulent messages from already compromised accounts on the social networking website attempt to trick users into handing over their login details to one of a series of fake sites. The assault follows the pattern of a previous similarly-focused attack last month.

The sites associated with the attack this time around include www.151.im, www.121.im and www.123.im.

Staff at the social networking website are removing messages that link to dangerous sites as well as helping to turn over control of compromised accounts to their rightful owners. Facebook's FAQ on security can be found here.

Security watchers speculate that cybercrooks are interested in getting their hands on Facebook login details because many consumers share the same password across multiple sites. The theory runs that access to a profile on a medium-sensitivity site, such as Facebook, could be a stepping stone on the way to owning a more sensitive online banking account or similar tasty miscreant treat.

In other social networking security attack news, the Twitter profile of the New York Times fashion blog (The Moment) was briefly taken over on Thursday to punt links to a webcam smut site to its 510,000 followers. Control of the profile was quickly restored to its rightful owners, who have since apologised for the cock-up. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described
'A degree of technical competence rarely seen'
You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes
Free anti-virus software, expires, stops updating and p0wns the world
You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes
Fix issued, fingers pointed, forums in flames
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
HACKERS can DELETE SURVEILLANCE DVRS remotely – report
Hikvision devices wide open to hacking, claim securobods
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
The Heartbleed Bug: how to protect your business with Symantec
What happens when the next Heartbleed (or worse) comes along, and what can you do to weather another chapter in an all-too-familiar string of debilitating attacks?