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Malwarebytes says that Apple ID Phishing E-mail is Very Poorly Designed PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 April 2014 07:00

Softpedia.com reported on 15th April, 2014 stating that security researchers of security firm Malwarebytes have intercepted an Apple ID phishing e-mail which is so feebly designed that no one would probably fall for it.

Some phishing e-mails enclose "security warnings" in an attempt to make the fake notifications look more authentic.

However in this case, recipients are informed in the beginning that this e-mail is a spam. The unformatted real body of the spam e-mail is displayed at the heart of the email.

Additionally, the email exhibits extra information at its end showing that it is spam and may be malicious.

The actual phishing notification tells the customer that his Apple ID was used to login to iCloud on an iPhone 4. If he recently logged into this device, he can ignore this e-mail. If he has not recently signed into an iPhone with his Apple ID and believes someone else may have accessed his account, he is requested to click on a link to re-confirm his account details and for changing his password.

Clicking the link redirects the user to a phishing page which is presently offline, says Malwarebytes.

Blog.malwarebytes.org published a report on 15th April, 2014 quoting a comment on the above phishing email campaign by Christopher Boyd, Malware Intelligence Analyst, Malwarebytes as saying that sometimes scammers get it correct and pull of witty and fine phishing attack however, several times, they go incorrect and you are left with scratching your head and thinking what on earth has happened. This is most likely a case of the latter."

Security experts comment that Apple is frequently targeted by phishing scammers like any other high-end companies. In November 2013, an email appearing from Apple was intercepted which asserted that Apple ID of the customer had been updated. The message notified that shipping and billing address information for the account was modified. As per the message, if the account user did not approve the change, he should click a link to update the account's password instantly. Users who panicked into clicking the fictitious link were in the process redirected to a fake Apple webpage, instead.

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Sophisticated Cyberattack Targets German Aerospace Center PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 April 2014 07:00

Softpedia.com reported on 14th April, 2014 stating that a foreign intelligence agency apparently targeted The German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany's national hub for aerospace, transportation and energy research, with cyberattacks.

German publication Der Spiegel first reported the news on 13th April, 2014 and confirmed that systems used by admin workers and scientists have been infected with Trojans and Spyware.

The cyberattacks seem to be sophisticated and said to be effective on all operating systems used by the DLR. In some cases, the forensic investigators, analyzing the infections did not discover the presence of malware as it was programmed for self destruction on the very moment of interception by an anti-virus.

Moreover, the attacks have been catalogued as being extremely serious because data related to armor and rocket technologies is stored by the DLR.

Rt.com published a report on 14th April, 2014 quoting an insider of Der Spiegel known to the probing as saying that the malicious code intercepted by the Germans recommended a Chinese hand. Chinese characters in comments and recurring typos characteristic of Asian programmers were also contained.

The insider said that those may be just camouflage to hide true identity of the attacker and involvement of a western intelligence organization such as the USA's NSA (National Security Agency) cannot be ruled out.

SCMagazineUK.com published a report on 14th April, 2014 quoting Graeme Batsman, Security Director of independent UK based IT Security EncSec as saying: "DLR reports prove how easily the organizations can be penetrated by attacks of spear-phishing."

He added: "Conventional singular defenses like anti-virus, anti-spam and firewalls are not successful in identifying even semi-advanced malware let alone something targeted. What is required is a multi-tiered security with modules focusing on regular loopholes like links and files which Internauts suspect less (PDF, Excel, Word etc.)."

Batsman added:"A simple tactic to have your data secured as bullet-proof is to have two screens, two desktops and two servers. Each setup is isolated and the one for core data has no links with the outer world. Several western regimes have a preset policy and if the data categorization is above 'restricted' for example, it has to be stockpiled on a closed network.

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BBB Alerts Customers about Fake Emails Impersonating USPS PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:00

News.ruralinfo.net reported quoting a recent warning issued by Better Business Bureau, an American nonprofit organization focused on building marketplace trust as "Postal customers should be cautious as scammers are posing as U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and sending bogus emails to gain access to personal information."

These scam emails contain information of an attempted or interrupted package delivery or charges for online postage.

Clicking on a link furnished in the email in order to view the package details leads to the opening of an attached file which can activate a computer virus that can steal personal information like usernames, passwords and other information related to financial account.

News.ruralinfo.net published news on 15th April, 2014 quoting a statement by Dennis Horton, Director of the Rockford Regional Office of Better Business Bureau as "These emails are easily mistaken as authorized messages from USPS and clicking on the link can cause theft of identity which could create serious problems for years."

Rockrivertimes.com published news on 15th April, 2014 stating following tips on spotting hoax emails by Chuck McGann, Security Officer of USPS Corporate Information.

The tips are: Firstly, text of such emails contains grammatical and spelling errors. Secondly, emails ask customers to take action immediately otherwise they are threatened with dire consequences. Thirdly, the email asks for personal information on the pretext of re-confirming details."

Officials advise people to delete those suspicious messages which appear to have come from USPS and report to usps.gov about these messages so that it can take instant action to stop the scam emails from spreading and making more people a victim of it.

Security pundits observe that the lure of package delivery notification or online postage charges is not something new as it is commonly used in attacks misusing the brands like UPS. DHL, FedEx and other similar services also.

Moreover, it is not the first time that the name of USPS has been exploited by scammers in a scam email campaign as in July 2012 security firm MX Lab intercepted a failed delivery notifications purporting to be from "USPS Mail Service" containing nasty pieces of malware.

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Con Artists Impersonating Netflix to Collect Private Information - BBB PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:00

Newyork.cbslocal.com reported on 14th April, 2014 stating a recent warning by Better Business Bureau (BBB) as "Scammers claiming to work with Netflix, a well-known American video-streaming service, could try to steal your personal information."

Actually BBB is a nonprofit organization focused on advanced marketplace trust with headquarter in Virginia, United States.

Abclocal.go.com published a report on 27th March, 2014 quoting Steve J. Bernas, President & CEO of BBB serving Chicago and Northern Illinois as saying "Netflix has a good reputation and scammers are taking full advantage of that."

Newyork.cbslocal.com published a report on 14th April, 2014 stating that Jerome Segura, Internet Security Expert working for Malwarebytes, recently investigated a rip-off targeting patrons of the renowned video-streaming service.

Segura said that it is a phishing scam combined with a tech-support swindle.

He investigated the scam with the help of a computer without personal information and by recording the interaction on his screen.

Victims get a spam email or a pop up that directs them to a bogus log-in page of Netflix which looks genuine but it is just a front to collect data. The victim then gets a notice which informs him that Netflix has temporarily suspended his account and he can call a tech support if he wants assistance.

Once he calls that number, a scammer posing as worker of Netflix promises to solve the problem and instructs him to grant distant access to his computer.

Consumerist.com reported on 14th April, 2014 quoting expert as saying "I had set up bogus banking sheets on the desktop and they were taken as we were communicating." However he (expert) hang-up mid-way the moment the scammer requested for credit card details which you should also do if you get that far.

Ever since then the website is down.

Newyork.cbslocal.com published a report on 14th April, 2014 quoting a Spokesperson of Netflix as saying that the company is aware of the scam and thinks that it is no longer active.

However, number of people targeted by the scam wasn't disclosed.

In lieu of the scam, computer experts once again advised Internauts to be careful before granting anybody remote access to their PCs.

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Taxpayers in Canada Being Hit by Bogus Email of CRA Tax Refund PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 11:00

Winnipeg.ctvnews.ca reported on 14th April, 2014 stating that Gwen Martin, a resident of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada suspected a scam on receipt of an email promising her more money as she did not expect tax return of the same year twice.

The scam email appears to come from Canada Revenue Agency which is the official tax collecting agency of Canada.

It (email) claims that she is eligible to get return of approximately $400 after registering for a Government Gateway account.

Martin did not click on the link and instead contacted an agency for anti-fraud who told her to delete the email.

Disturbingly, Martin is not the sole Canadian taxpayer who has been targeted by this tax rebate scam email that is spreading like wildfire across the country with complaints pouring in from other parts of the country as well.

As per news published by brantfordexpositor.ca in mid-March 2014, a retired couple based in Simcoe, Ontario too recently realized that someone was trying to scam them of their hard-earned money.

The couple, Audrey and Allan Dowber, looked carefully at the email apparently from CRA, became skeptical and called the federal agency to check twice.

The couple had been asked to email information about their personal financial data to CRA to enable them to receive refund of tax.

Brantfordexpositor.ca published a report in mid-March 2014 quoting Audrey as saying "We were told its phishing and they need our information to sell it to someone else."

The Dowbers received emails with mild language but many people in Norfolk County, Ontario have received emails and phone calls with threatening language in which they are told to be arrested for tax evasion or fraud in case they don't send CRA personal information including the name of their lawyer immediately.

However, Police announces that these emails and phone calls are fraud and CRA doesn't operate like this, as it (referring to CRA) sends a letter to those who are eligible for tax rebates.

CRA advises that taxpayers should never click on links included in such emails and anyone who receives suspicious email should report it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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