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Fake Emails Impersonating Microsoft’s Outlook.com Targets Internauts PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 April 2015 07:00

A fresh phishing email impersonating Microsoft's 'Outlook.com Team' is of late hitting innocent Internauts, reported hoax-slayer.com on April 13, 2015.

The phishing email asserts that Microsoft Outlook will suspend support to the email recipients accounts, which shall make them incapable to send or read emails if they fail to update their account's information before May 11, 2015.

Clicking an 'Update your Account' URL embedded within the phony email can however, help you (recipient) to overcome the said issue.

But, the email has no connection with 'Outlook Team' or Microsoft.

Instead, it's a crude phishing scam masterminded by scammers to dupe you into giving up your account details, without any suspicion.

The update URL if clicked takes you to a phony website that emulates the real login page of Microsoft's Outlook. Once you submit your account credentials on this page, automatically you will be redirected to the official Microsoft website.

In the meantime, scammers can lay their hands on your login details and thus employ it to compromise your Microsoft Account. A single set of login credentials can be employed to access a host of Microsoft services. These credentials are thus, like a gold mine for scammers.

Thus, if you get an email with content similar to the above one in your inbox, avoid clicking on any embedded URLs or from opening any attached files.

However, if you fell for the ruse and then become suspicious immediately modify your Microsoft Hotmail/Live/Outlook email id and password. If you fail to change it, report the unfortunate incident to Microsoft on its official website.

Unfortunately, it is not the first time that Outlook.com users have been exploited by scammers since the on-set of 2015, security experts analyzing the scam email highlight.

In January 2015 too, security experts at security firm Malwarebytes cautioned users of phony emails impersonating Microsoft. Citing temporary block from receiving emails to one's account, the fake notification claimed that Microsoft had intercepted illegal and spamming activities from his account to certain email addresses blacklisted by it, thus, for the his personal safety he was instructed to update account details.

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Fake Emails Impersonating United Nations Foundation Discovered PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 April 2015 07:00

Security experts of security firm Malwarebytes warned that cyber crooks have launched scam emails claiming to be from United Nations Foundation which supports its causes but, collects personal information from recipients.

Interestingly, scam emails are designed to convince users to reply and it uses a giveaway offer of $5 / 4.67 million Euros as bait explaining "to help start a business, grow an existing business or give someone out there a better life."

Out of absolute luck, the recipient happened to be the lucky winner of the lottery which allegedly depends on random selection.

Softpedia.com published news on 16th April, 2015 quoting Christopher Boyd, a Security Researcher of Malwarebytes, as saying "this is just a variation of "419" scam which has been seen in the wild in different forms since at least one year."

Crooks ask for full name of the victim and the company they work for, phone number, address, occupation, age and marital status.

This information could be used for contacting the potential victim and make the scam looks like a genuine operation.

However, the United Nations clearly states on its official website that it has come to know about various notifications being circulated via emails from online web sites, text messages and through usual mail or duplicate wrongly saying that these are issued by it or in collaboration with the United Nations and/or its workers. These notifications are fraudulent as they may try to collect money and/or in many incidences, personal information from the recipients of such fake correspondence.

The website further reads: "The United Nations doesn't offer prizes, funds, awards, certificates, scholarships, compensation for Internet fraud or carry out lotteries through mail, email or fax.

The United Nations stoutly recommends that recipients of such scam emails underlined by the UN should exercise maximum caution to deal with such solicitation. You could lose financially and your identity to those who issue such fraudulent notifications. Victims are advised to report to their local law enforcement bodies for appropriate and strictest action that can be taken against the masterminds of such heinous plots that may leave an innocent individual empty-pocketed.

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Cybercriminals Exploiting Easter Break - Warn Experts PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 April 2015 07:00

Softpedia.com published news on 16th April, 2015 quoting a warning of security experts as "Holidays are great time for cybercriminals to exercise their social engineering talent and trap users in providing valuable information or make a small payment through wire transfer in exchange of a promise of a big win to celebrate Easter in their latest campaigns."

They add that crooks had launched a malicious email campaign in trying to make some easy money.

The amount of the prize of the raffle was said to be 950,000 Pound (.32 Euro / $1.4 million) and it was organized by UK division of Microsoft as a part of an alleged celebration of Easter.

The cybercriminals attached a PDF file consisting the logo of the company and pictures of senior management staff members of Microsoft UK so that the message looked credible.

It was just a matter of replying to the email with your personal information (for verification purposes) within 29 days which enables crooks to collect money and keep quiet after that.

Microsoft UK supposedly requested the details like full name, address, gender, age, nationality, country and phone number.

However, there is no prize money as Microsoft never sent the notification and so you have not won a single penny. Security experts explain that actually, the message is a typical advance fee lottery scam designed to steal your money and personal information.

If you replied to the email to claim your prize, you would be immediately requested to send money apparently to process your claim explaining that this money is required to cover necessary expenses like banking charges, tax fees and insurance costs. The scammer will insist that the money has to be paid in advance due to legal requirements and cannot be deducted from the prize money itself.

And if you send the money, more requests for money may follow and it will continue till you finish your money to send or realize that you are being scammed.

Therefore, you have to be careful of any unsolicited message claiming that you have won a large sum of amount in a lottery or promotion in which you have never participated.

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Cybercriminals Targeting NatWest Bank in Latest Phishing Campaign - Experts PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 April 2015 07:00

Cyber crooks in their latest phishing email campaign are attempting to embezzle the login details of UK-based NatWest Bank customers, warned security experts, as published by softpedia.com on April 16, 2015.

The email sent is simple asserting that the processing of an incoming payment is being delayed due to undisclosed fallacies related to the users account details.

To resolve the problem, the email recipient is told to login into his bank account through a given link and then filling up the forms present on the webpage.

It is unknown what details are being sought on the phishing webpage, but generally, scammers make sure to get hold of all classified details that are crucial to do online shopping in the victim's name. These details include: name as inscribed on the card, number of the card, the card verification value, and the card's expiry date.

According to security experts, the server hosting the maligned site has been traced back to Sankt Petersburg in Russia. The reply address 'inf@nmt[.]com' has no relation with the NatWest bank.

Distancing itself from the ongoing phishing scam, NatWest Bank on its official website explains the modus operandi of phishing. It outlines: phishing is when scammers send fake but convincing looking emails to entice you into disclosing your details on a phony website that bears an authentic look. Scammers employ these essential details to access your accounts for money or may even rob you of your identity leading to identity theft. They can also employ hyperlinks or attachments embedded in these emails as a way to malign your system with malware.

To mitigate phishing email campaigns, the Bank highlights some simple tips including: firstly, thoroughly check the email's subject line. Subject lines like: "System Upgrade", "Security Alert", "Important Notification", should be classified as suspicious.

Also, lookout for emails that tell you to click on hyperlinks or to download an attached file stating that you need to verify your account or password details or your account security details need to upgraded. Opening such emails may lead you to a phishing website where you will be forced to your full details (as in this case).

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Hackers Attack Computers in the Mayor’s Office of Taipei PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 07:00

Wantchinatimes.com reported on 15th April, 2015 quoting an official of Taipei city government as saying "The desktop belonging to Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's secretary was recently hacked."

Wantchinatimes.com reported on 15th April, 2015 quoting Lee Wei-bin, Information Technology Commissioner of the city, as saying "a hacker installed a computer Trojan into the computer of the secretary in the beginning of April and asked for personal details of all advisers of another department of the city."

Lee said that officials of the department alerted Ko's secretary about the doubtful letter of request who authenticated that the secretary did not make any such request.

According to Lee, an initial investigation revealed that the hacked system had also been employed to attack 11 other systems but they failed.

Lee added that security pundits will next check systems at the residence of Ko to ensure that they have not been compromised.

He (Lee) remarked after Ko himself disclosed the happening during a question-answer session of the City Council.

DIT says that the hack originated from mainland China. Initially, the department had decided to remain silent about the hacking attempt in trying to trace the person who planted it. "It may be difficult to continue the investigation because the incident has already been reported to the press".

Chinapost.com.tw published news on 15th April, 2015 quoting Sidney Lin, Spokesman of Taipei City Government, as saying "city government has increased its network security to ensure that no information will be leaked and the matter will be investigated further."

Chinapost.com.tw published news on 15th April, 2015 stating that Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Councilor Hsu Shu-hua condemned DIT and questioned about the safety and security of the network of the Taipei City Government and demanded a clear explanation from the department.

Moreover, this is not the first time that China has been accused of hacking. FireEye, a security firm, recently exposed details of a decade-long campaign of cyber-espionage which was carried out by China targeting journalists, governments and businesses based in India and South East Asia. FireEye dubbed it APT30 and the group is supported by experienced software developers following well-organised practices in developing software.

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