23 Aug 2019

Alaska Had the Most Cybercrime Victims Per Capita in 2018

New data by CenturyLinkQuote shows that residents of Alaska are more likely to fall for Internet scams than people in other parts of the country. With 22  cybercrime victims per 10,000 residents, The Last Frontier tops the ranking for the second year in a row. The numbers are based on

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21 Aug 2019

Cyberthreats Against Financial Services Up 56%

A new ZeroFOX report shows that cyber threats targeting financial services firms increased by 56% over the past 12 months, compared to the previous year. The most prevalent was brand abuse, which in 90% of cases took the form of rather convincing impersonation attempts. 40% of cyber threats involved fraud,

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31 Jul 2019

Sextortion Email Scams Rise Sharply

A new Symantec reports highlights the rise of sextortion emails, which claim that the sender has obtained embarrassing information about the recipient, such as a video recorded by their webcam while they were browsing adult websites. The victim is told to pay the sender a certain sum in a given

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23 Apr 2019

FBI: $2.7 Billion in Losses to Cyber-Enabled Crimes in 2018

The FBI released its annual Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) report this week, which shows that the IC3 received close to 352,000 complaints related to cybercrimes last year, with the total losses from Internet-enabled crime estimated at $2.7 billion. The figures indicate a surge in cybercrime costs, which amounted to

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23 Apr 2019

Report: Weaponized PDFs on the Rise

New research by SonicWall indicates that cyber attacks involving weaponized PDFs have dramatically increased in the past months. Last year, the company detected 47,000 PDF-based attacks. However, attacks of this kind began increasing in December and surged in March when 73,000 attacks were discovered, far more than the total for

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05 Apr 2019

Realistic Phishing Attacks Take Advantage of U.S. Tax Season

With Tax Day only ten days away, cybercriminals are trying to take advantage of tax season through widespread phishing campaigns that aim to trick people into providing sensitive information, or opening malicious attachments containing malware designed to steal financial information or cause other trouble. Proofpoint points out that tax-related malware

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05 Apr 2019

BEC Gang “London Blue” Lines Up 8500 New Execs

Agari is warning that a prominent Business Email Compromise (BEC) campaign has added thousands of executives to its list of targets. Since November of last year the group behind the campaign, which is known as London Blue, has obtained information on almost 8500 financial executives at nearly 7800 different companies

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21 Mar 2019

Latest tactics used by cybercriminals to bypass traditional email security

New research by Barracuda sheds light on the evolving strategies used by cybercriminals in email-based spear-phishing attacks. The report distinguishes between three types of spear phishing: brand impersonation attacks, business email compromise (BEC) and extortion. Brand impersonation is the most popular strategy by far, accounting for 83% of attacks. Extortion

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19 Mar 2019

Fraud, Cyber Attacks, and Phishing Follow Christchurch Attack

In a disturbing example of the utter lack of morals displayed by many threat actors, opportunistic cybercriminals are trying to take advantage of the recent mass shootings in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand in order to steal money or for other nefarious purposes. Some cyber crooks have launched online

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18 Mar 2019

Google Took Down 2.3 Billion Bad Ads in 2018

Figures released by Google last week highlight how widespread cybercrime has become. Last year, the company took down 2.3 billion bad ads, 58.8 million of which were phishing ads. 207,000 of the adds were for ticket resellers and over 531,000 for bail bonds. Google stepped up its efforts to fight

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