27 Nov 2019

Black Friday Cyberattacks Just Soared 275%: Here’s What You Do Now

A new Check Point report warns that retail phishing URLs have surged by 275% this month. Last year the researchers also noted a rise in phishing attacks in the period leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but this seasonal spike is far bigger this year. Cybercriminals use a

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27 Nov 2019

How scammers use Black Friday to target consumers

A new study by ZeroFOX analyzes holiday cyber scams. While focusing on 26 retail brands, the company detected 61,305 potential scams in the period from November 1 through November 20. The vast majority of these campaigns impersonated brick and mortar stores, with less common targets being tech brands and online

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26 Nov 2019

They See You When You’re Shopping: Holiday Cybercrime Starts Early

This year, cybercriminal activity related to the holiday season has started earlier than was the case in previous years, researchers with Avira Protection Lab warn. In 2018, phishing rose by 61% during the September-December holiday shopping season. This year, phishing activity has been rising since July and in September the

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26 Nov 2019

Scam Browser Notification Prompts Increased by 69% in 2019

In the first nine months of this year, the number of ad and scam browser notifications surged by 69%, a new report by Kaspersky shows. If users allow browser notifications for a certain website, these can be sent even when users are not visiting that website. Malicious websites increasingly try

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26 Sep 2019

Google removes Android apps caught grossly overcharging users for basic features

A new report by Sophos Labs shows that certain Android developers have been trying to take advantage of users by charging large amounts of money for simple apps including calculators, QR or barcode readers and photo editors. Researchers found 24 apps charging users between $100 and $240 for basic tools.

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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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