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Revealed: Scammers plaster Google Maps with pins to lure punters from honest traders

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, and Google, are clamping down on fake businesses trying to scam victims through Google Maps. Most Google search results are influenced by your physical whereabouts. Googling restaurants, movie theaters, or hairdressers runs up a list of businesses Google Maps …
Katyanna Quach, 19 Apr 2017

Own goal for Scottish Football Association as fans sent phishy emails

Phishing emails ostensibly from the Scottish Football Association (SFA) were sent to subscribers on Monday as the result of a breach. The SFA blamed a breach at a third-party supplier for a leak of sensitive info that was used in an attempt to trick recipients into opening a dodgy email that appeared under the guise of an …
John Leyden, 6 Dec 2016

Tech support scammers use denial of service bug to hang victims

Tech support fraudsters have taught an old denial of service bug new tricks to add a convincing layer of authenticity to scams. The HTML5 bug allows sites to chew up a mountain of processor capacity, causing browsers to hang. Scammers deploy the few lines of code needed to trigger the bug, hang browsers and then display a …
Darren Pauli, 7 Nov 2016
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Boffins predict web scams with domain registration data

A group of American boffins is loosing artificial intelligence on web scams, demonstrating that analysis of domains at the time of registration can provide an early warning of those that will later be home to spammers and scammers. The idea is to tag the kinds of behaviour at registration time that hints someone is preparing …
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Microsoft: Watch out millennials for evil Security Essentials

Microsoft is warning of fake copies of its Security Essentials that if executed will throw a fake blue screen of death, pwn machines, and lead users to technical support scams. Redmond regards the threat dubbed Hicurdismos as a severe threat which compromises PCs typically through bundled software installers and drive-by- …
Darren Pauli, 25 Oct 2016
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Instagram hackers add porn links and snaps to pwned accounts

Crooks have put together a smut-themed scam campaign targeting Instagram users. Affected users’ profiles have been altered with sexually suggestive imagery to lure their followers to adult dating sites, Symantec warns. Attackers changed the Instagram account pictures and biographies to material plugging x-rated sites, earning …
John Leyden, 10 Aug 2016
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Tinder porn scam: Swipe right for NOOOOOO I paid for what?

Crooks on Tinder are using online safety as a lure to trick users into unwittingly paying for adult content. Automated spam bots masquerading as Tinder users are supposedly tricking other users of the mobile dating app into visiting a malicious third-party website to “verify their profiles”. “The spam bots instruct the user …
John Leyden, 25 Jul 2016
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Silently clicking on porn ads you can't even see – this could be you...

Security firms have repeated warnings that unofficial versions of Pokemon Go are likely tainted with spyware or trojans. RiskIQ has found more than 215 unofficial versions of the app in more than 21 app stores. Separately security researchers at security software firm ESET warn that the first ever fake lockscreen app on the …
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2016

TalkTalk scam-scammers still scam-scamming

Updated TalkTalk customers are still being targeted by scammers, following a series of data breaches at the company. In the last four years, TalkTalk has had to admit to four different breaches of data, two directly from the company itself and two others from partners here and in India. Most notorious was its attack in October last …
Kat Hall, 3 Jun 2016

Celebrities fronting startups again? Now we're interested!

Move over Stephen Fry: a retired Australian rules footballer, motivational speaker and reality television contestant is fronting a startup. As pitched by the Australian Financial Review, Jason Akermanis (a famous-in-half-of-Australia athlete and Celebrity Apprentice contestant ) has become the face of “unbreakable” crypto …

Gotcha: Symantec fires reseller nabbed in tech support scam

An authorised Symantec reseller has been caught hoodwinking users into buying security software by employing underhand marketing tactics. Silurian Tech Support was spotted flinging fake Norton-themed security warnings in an attempt to drum up business by Symantec rival Malwarebytes. The alerts were used to direct users towards …
John Leyden, 22 Jan 2016

British woman loses £1.6 million to romance scam love rats

A love-struck British woman has been fleeced of £1.6 million by two men posing as romantic interests she met through an online dating site. The businesswoman handed over increasingly large sums of cash over 10 months last year to the men totalling US$2.4 million (A$3.3 million). Nigerian Ife Ojo, 31, and Olusegun Agbaje, 43, …
Darren Pauli, 1 Dec 2015

Instascam! Apple yanks phoney app, Google follows

A popular but malicious fake Instagram “who viewed your profile” app has been pulled from both Apple's App Store and Google Play – but not until after between 500,000 and a million suckers downloaded it. “Who Viewed Your Profile – InstaAgent” exploited peoples' insecurity (it's also a popular way for Twitter scam accounts to …
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Patent and trademark troll stung for £500k after fake renewal blitz

A scammer who pretended to be Britain’s Intellectual Property Office to demand money from IP holders has been fined half a million pounds. Trading as the “Intellectual Property Agency Ltd (IPA) – uncannily similar to the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) – Harri Mattias Jonasson blitzed fake patents and trademarks to …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Nov 2015
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Ransomware scammers: Won’t pay? We'll put your data on the internet

Ransomware-peddling cybercrooks have come up with a sinister twist to their increasingly well-worn scam – online publishing. Instead of just simply encrypting files on compromised Windows PCs, the relatively new Chimera ransomware offers victims a threat – if they don’t pay up, their data will be published online, presumably …
John Leyden, 4 Nov 2015

Aircon biz fined $1.3m after boss set up attack websites slamming critical punters

No one likes getting negative reviews online, and it's no secret that many business owners try to fudge the system by posting positive reviews of themselves under pseudonyms. But Mechanic's Heating and Air Conditioning – based in Marietta just outside Atlanta, Georgia, in the US – has taken it to a whole new level. The …
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Dislike: Facebook scammers latch onto anti-Like button calls

Survey scammers have already capitalised on Facebook's tentative plans to develop a "Dislike" button. Last week, Mark Zuckerberg conceded the obvious point that people didn't want to say they "liked" posts about friends' bad fortune, the only single button option available through the social network at present. He …
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2015

Murder suspect alert? Nah: Scammers fling cop-style malware

A new email scam attempts to trick marks into opening a dodgy email attachment by posing as a murder suspect bulletin from “London City Police”.* The fake email alert is designed to appear important, but also somewhat ambiguous, in a deliberate attempt to trick users into opening the zip attachment. The arresting scam is more …
John Leyden, 15 Sep 2015

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