30 Jan 2020

Justice Files ‘First-of-its-Kind Enforcement Action’ Against Robocall Carriers

In a first of its kind enforcement action, the Justice Department announced yesterday that it filed two separate lawsuits against individuals that allegedly enable the facilitation of millions of scam robocalls. The Justice Department stated that the individual’s robocalls specifically targeted a vulnerable demographic, the elderly. The civil cases were

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23 Jan 2020

Thousands of WordPress Sites Hacked to Fuel Scam Campaign

Over 2,000 WordPress sites have been hacked according to website security firm Sucuri. Sucuri analysts detected attackers exploiting vulnerabilities in plugins used by many WordPress customers to add additional features to their operations. The analysts detected the vulnerabilities in the third week of January. The hacks were purported to fuel

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22 Jan 2020

FBI Warns Job Applicants of Scams Using Spoofed Company Sites

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center issued a public service announcement warning Americans about scammers setting up spoofed company websites with fake job listings to target applicants. The announcement was released yesterday and states that since early 2019, victims have reported numerous examples of the type of scam to the

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15 Jan 2020

Texas School District Loses $2.3m in Phishing Raid

A Texas school district, Manor Independent School, has been hit by a series of phishing attacks that posed a serious financial threat to the district, costing the entity an estimated $2.3 million. The scam is being investigated by the US FBI, who is encouraging anyone with information regarding the incident

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20 Dec 2019

Phishers prey on fans of latest Star Wars film

Researchers at Kaspersky, a cybersecurity company, have uncovered 65 malicious files disguised as copies of the Rise of Skywalker, the latest and final movie in the Star Wars trilogy, as well as over 30 phishing sites and media profiles posing as official movie accounts that distribute free copies of the

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12 Dec 2019

Hackers allegedly emptied brokerage accounts with a simple email scam — here’s how to protect yourself

In November, prosecutors in New York stated that a Lithuanian man named Vytautas Parfionovas and an unknown co-conspirator emptied the brokerage accounts of several victims, ultimately stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars. The cybercrimes occurred over eight years, starting in 2011, and consisted of the two perpetrators tricking day traders

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12 Dec 2019

The Great $50M African IP Address Heist

A three-year investigation conducted by a US-based researcher named Ron Guilmette found that a top executive at the nonprofit entity responsible for administering Internet addresses to businesses in Africa secretly operated several underground companies that sold tens of millions of dollars worth of the resources to online marketers. News of

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10 Dec 2019

‘Government Imposter’ Scammers Pay $1.2 Million in FTC Settlement

A settlement with the Federal Trade Commission requires three companies controlled by Thomas Henry Fred Jr. to pay $1.2 million for their involvement in a government imposter scheme, as well as a ban on sending further unsolicited direct mail to businesses. The campaign involved mailing thousands of business letters meant

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