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The Dance of the Pope virus hoax

Friends don’t share virus hoaxes with their friends. They spend five minutes checking their facts before sharing poppycock on social media.

Coronavirus phishing attack disguises as a message from the Center for Disease Control

Once again we’re reminded that cold-hearted scammers and fraudsters don’t have any qualms about exploiting human misery, and are prepared to do anything if it might net them a rich reward.

Coronavirus – hackers exploit fear of infection to spread malware

With sad predictability cybercriminals are exploiting the Coronavirus outbreak that occurred in Wuhan, mainland China, and is now causing new infections around the world.

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ProtonMail and StartMail blocked as Russia hunts for bomb threat spammers

ProtonMail is the second encrypted email provider in the last week to find itself blocked from its Russian users, after authorities in the country said threats had been spammed out claiming that bombs had been planted in public places.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Smashing Security #162: Robocalls, health hacks, and facial recognition fears

A hospital gets hacked because of an ex-employee’s grudge, robocalls are on the rise, and we share a scary story about the future of facial recognition.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Michael Hucks.

Exams cancelled? University closing due to Brexit? A mischievous email from Southampton’s Vice-Chancellor

Clues sprinkled through the poorly-written email, however, reveal that its author has not done his homework.

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Sextortion scam leverages Nest video footage to fool victims into believing they are being spied upon everywhere

A bizarre sextortion scam is attempting to trick victims that not only has their smartphone been hacked to spy upon their private lives, but also every other device they have encountered which contains a built-in camera.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Jail for bomb hoaxer who targeted Super Bowl, Houses of Parliament, and schools for Jewish children

Andreas Dowling used accounts and text-to-speech software to hide his identity as he caused 35,000 pupils to be evacuated from their schools.

Toms Shoes newsletter “hacked by a nice man”

Footwear retailer Toms has had its email newsletter compromised by someone who calls himself “a nice man”.

And he has strong opinions on the behaviour of other hackers…

Won a free iPhone? No, it’s Calendar spam

An increasing number of people are reporting that their calendars are being bombarded with spam invitations. Here is how to stop them appearing in your Google calendar.

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Email blackmailer threatens to have your website blocked forever

Scammers have contacted websites demanding a ransom message be paid or else they will ensure the site will be blacklisted for aggressive spamming activities.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Extortion emails a go-go

Recent months seem to have seen a rise in extortion emails, designed to scare users into handing over their money.

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Hacker arrested for wave of fake bomb and shooting threats against schools

FBI agents have arrested a 20-year-old man alleged to have been part of a hacking gang which not only launched distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, but also launched a wave of chilling bomb and shooting threats against thousands of schools in the United States and United Kingdom.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

British TV viewers targeted by email fraudsters

TV fraudsters are using the disguise of emails from the TV Licensing authority to steal large sums of money from the bank accounts of unwary Brits.

International email bomb hoax proves to be a spectacular failure

Authorities in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are said to be investigating a wave of bogus bomb threats that have been sent to a variety of organisations late on Thursday.

But if the hoaxer thought they were going to make a lot of money through the scam, they’re going to be disappointed.

Three years in jail for teenager who spammed out school bomb threats

British teenager George Duke-Cohan has been jailed for three years for making hoax bomb threats that closed hundreds of schools up and down the UK.