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Armin van Buuren has Become World’s most Dangerous Celebrity – Intel Security PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 October 2015 15:00

THE ECONOMIC TIMES published on 29th September, 2015 quoting a new study by security vendor Intel Security, as "almost 1 out of 5 results generated by Armin van Buuren searches are links to malicious sites."

DJ Armin van Buuren, Electronic Dance Music (EDM), has replaced humorist and talk-show anchor Jimmy Kimmel as most dangerous celebrity to search online according to Intel Security. For the nine consecutive years, Intel Security has researched popular culture's most celebrated people to highlight who, out of them, generates most dangerous results.

Armin van Buuren is the first DJ and the third male to have found his way to No. 1 spot (moving up from No. 2 in 2014) following Brad Pitt in 2008 and Jimmy Kimmel in 2014. Usher takes the No. 3 spot between Luke Bryan at No. 2 and Britney Spears at No. 4. Top 10 includes Amy Schumer (No. 7), Betty White (No. 8), Lorde (No. 9) and Nina Dobrev (No. 10). Out of top 10, seven are musical artists starting from EDM artists to country, hip hop and pop.

According to the news published by on 29th September, 2015, McAFee asks "Who does not love to search for celebrities online?" apparently verbally before suggesting that everyone does and there may be some negatives associated with this kind of thing.

The firm added: "Hollywood gossip on the web hooks lot of us from the red carpet photos to clips of the latest fashion faux pas but sometimes, our interest in stars can lead us to digital danger zones. Cyber criminals take advantage of our interest in celebrities by damaging search results with links to sites which might host malware and other online threats and steal our personal data which harms our machine.

The roundup in this year has produced some new surprising faces. It is not surprising that world famous DJ Armin van Buuren of Netherland has taken number one spot from number two in 2014.

Intel security said that employees and consumers should be aware that cybercriminals exploit this interest by alluring Internet users to sites loaded with malware.

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Organizations in MENA Region Attacked by Middle Eastern Threat Group - Kaspersky PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 October 2015 15:00

Kaspersky Lab recently reported that a Middle Eastern Threat Group has been targeting organisations in the MENA (Middle East North Africa) region through their IT and Incident Response (IR) staff.

The politically motivated threat actor namely "Gaza cybergang" and "Gaza Hackers Team" has been active since at least 2012 but its activities have increased in the second quarter of 2015.

Experts believe that the attackers are targeting IT and IR teams because hacking the computers of such personnel can make them to penetrate deeply in the network of the organization. published news on 29th September, 2015 quoting the Global Research & Analysis Team of Kaspersky as explaining "IR people are also known to have access to sensitive data related to ongoing cyber investigations in their organisations in addition to special access and permissions enabling them to search for malicious or suspicious activities on the network."

Researchers say that the Gaza cybergang's efforts presently seem to focus on government entities especially embassies in countries like Egypt, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The researchers say that these groups mainly use common remote access Trojans (RATs), Poisonlvy and XtremeRAT as infection modules. These malware strands hijack a system to enable the installation of backdoors, file uploading, remote shell code execution and download and exploitation of running processes and PC registries.

Gaza takes interest particularly in government entities and embassies and frequently use file names and domains - for example, - to refine their social engineering techniques and have a higher chance of tricking victims.

The group also modifies names of their malware files to look like genuine software which comprises names of files WinRAR.exe, Microsoft Log.exe, WindowsUpdate.exe, Skype.exe and Kaspersky.exe.

In one particular campaign, they tried to avoid detection by signing malware with a counterfeit Lab certificate of Kaspersky.

The Gaza criminal group first appeared in 2012. FireEye analyzed the campaign nicknamed Molerats and found that it attacked government of Israel and Palestinian targets plus the US and UK. Tainted .RAR files were employed in phishing operations to inject malware into the machines of victims aiming to compromise systems and steal data.

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New Malvertising Campaign Uses BSOD to Scam Internauts - Malwarebytes PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 October 2015 15:00

Security firm Malwarebytes recently said that a new malvertising campaign employs the notorious Microsoft Windows BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) to scam users into disclosing their identity and handing over their money.

BSOD is being used by the group to reel in prospective victims as a social engineering strategy. The security firm found that attackers command on popular phrases through Google's AdWords advertising service including YouTube as keyword to showcase their adverts at the pinnacle of the search engine. The link is supposed to go to the selected YouTube URL but in its place, a click on this advert takes you to a web page that's convincing and loaded with the BSOD image.

While some Internauts will not be tricked but many naïve technology users might be.

Infosecurity published an analysis of Jerome Segura, a Researcher with Malwarebytes Lab, on 29th September, 2015, quoting "Users are directed to call a toll-free "helpline" to determine the BSOD on the page as a part of a tech support scam. It was "quite possibly the first documented tech support scam BSOD linked to Google AdWords which is the largest online advertising service of the tech giant."

Victims who ended up saying that the bogus support number could have been deceived of anywhere from $200 to $600 for unnecessary support packages. The criminals frequently committed identity theft also and tried to drain bank accounts of victims.

Segura added: "Many times, these rogue advertisers will exploit genuine brands to trick people and provide services on behalf of these companies. Beyond infringement laws of copyright, there is also social engineering aspect present which follows always to cheat people into spending hundreds of dollars without any good reason."

Malwarebytes reported the campaign to Google and the fake ads were withdrawn immediately but it is a good reminder to be always vigilant even when a link looks genuine.

Moreover, this is not the only malvertising campaign which has been going on recently as the well-known porn website xHamster was the latest victim of a massive malvertising campaign which has been going on since middle of August which also targeted other websites such as eBay, MSN, eHow, Yahoo, Wowhead and

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xHamster and other Major Porn Sites Assaulted By Massive Malware Attack - Malwarebytes PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 October 2015 15:00

A cyber attack on a large number of adult websites, including the renowned xHamster site has been identified by security vendor Malwarebytes. The attack reportedly affects millions of users. Malwarebytes had earlier intercepted the 'malvertising' operation on search giant Yahoo! in August, routing users who clicked on maligned online promotional ads to a phishy page comprising fake accusations of criminal doings and directions to pay a penalty.

XHamster, provides free pornographic videos, along with premium payable content, is said to be world's most-renowned domains with nearly half a billion visitors on a monthly basis.

The tainted ad in question was for a dating application nicknamed Sex Messenger and designed to affect Internauts running Microsoft's internet Explorer.

Several checks are entrenched within the advertisement to confirm that the user is legitimate and is using Internet Explorer, said Jerome Segura, Senior Security Researcher at Malwarebytes, as published by on September 25, 2015.

Malvertising often embeds ransomware on a user's system. It loads a webpage comprising fake accusations of criminal offenses and instructions for paying a penalty.

These efforts guarantee that only authentic users will be able to see the landing page of the exploit kit thus, excluding honeypots and security researchers equally, Segura added, published by on September 25, 2015.

Though in this particular case the advertisement was popping up so frequently that researchers were able to examine it after all.

Xhamster is presently positioned 71st most frequented website globally by web analytics business house Alexa and entices hundreds of millions of users on a monthly basis. As per Alexa web rankings, xHamster gets more visitors than other known porn websites that includes PornHub, YouPorn, RedTube, and XVideos.

However, the online pornographic industry does spend on security, Segura added.

He added that this idea exists that adult websites are more risky to visit than regular websites.

I don't think it's entirely true particularly for the top websites as they do devote a huge amount of resources in getting rid of fraud and malware.

Based on what we have witnessed in the last few months to the extent malvertising goes, we have witnessed as many up conventional publishers as pornographic ones, Segura said.

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AG Jim Hood Warns Consumers about Phishing Attacks PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 October 2015 19:00

Attorney General (AG) Jim Hood of Mississippi, (US) recently claimed that an old rip-off has resurfaced yet again and thus warned patrons in the State to not respond to emails that particularly demand private information, as per news published by on September 26, 2015.

Workers of the AG Office have been receiving emails that purport to be from PayPal. These fraud emails tell the employee that he lately had a transaction that was turned down and goes on to request him that he updates his account-linked information by clicking on a link furnished in the email.

The email contains red signs that indicate that it is indeed a fake email. Firstly, it creates a fake sense of rush by highlighting that a transaction has been turned down. Secondly, it has grammatical errors that show that it was drafted by an overseas scammer. Thirdly, it has a link to another site that asks for private information. These kinds of rip-offs are generally termed as "phishing".

AG Hood said that their investigators have asserted that it is actually a scam. These blatant scammers will make anybody their victims even those with the law enforcement agencies in an attempt to bring out their personal information. By following the links and providing your personal or account details, you shall be unbolting the door to become an identity theft victim.

AG Hood thus concludes that even though this rip-off has lingered on for quite some time now, it goes on to try and allure victims. Awareness and education are the best defenses of a consumer.

If you get a phishing email get in touch with the Consumer Protection Division of Mississippi AG's Office or dial their hotline number 1800-281-4418.

Moreover, it isn't the first time PayPal's name is being exploited in a phishing email campaign by scammers. In August 2015, phishing emails purporting to be from PayPal were spotted by security experts. These fraud emails asserted that the company is making modifications to its legal agreements and thus, the email recipient was required to click a 'Confirm Account' button to acknowledge the changes.

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