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Smashing Security #149: Falling in love with fraudsters

We take a trip to Staten Island, New York, to hear how a case of cyberstalking resulted in the arrest of 20 alleged mobsters, learn about the nude photo-loving insider threat at Yahoo, and discover how fraudsters might be boosting Match.com’s profits.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Ran Levi of “Malicious Life.”


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bitdefender.com

CEO voice deepfake blamed for scam that stole $243,000

A company is said to have lost €220,000 (approximately $243,000) after receiving a phone call from a boss requesting the money be transferred into a supplier’s bank account.

But it wasn’t the real boss on the phone…

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


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$1.7 million still missing after North Carolina county hit by business email compromise scam

Money intended for the construction of a brand new high school was instead placed in a bank account controlled by scammers by officials of a North Carolina county.

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


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Smashing Security #134: Sextortion, silicone face masks, and a DDoS doofus

Scammers steal millions by impersonating a French politician, we offer fashion tips for DDoS attackers, and hear how a small town fought a sextortionist preying on young women.

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 Jessica Barker.


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Smashing Security #126: Zombie chickens and fast-food victims

What’s the worst that can happen if you join a Hollywood hard man’s Facebook page? What drove a man to hijack a website’s name at gunpoint? And can you solve the mystery of the Canadian Hamburglar?

Find out in the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast with Graham Cluley, Carole Theriault, and special guest Mark Stockley from Naked Security.


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Bad news for scammers. Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou has been released on bail

Scammers want you to send $2000 to help Huawei’s CFO bribe her way out of jail.


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Smashing Security #106: Google Maps, Fed phishing, and Grinch bots

How are scammers stealing your money through Google Maps? Why did the FBI create a fake FedEx website? And how are US senators hoping to stop Grinch bots ruining Christmas?

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 Maria Varmazis.

And don’t miss our special bonus interview about passwords with Rachael Stockton of LastPass.


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Smashing Security #104: The world’s most evil phishing test, and cyborgs in the workplace

Does your employer want to turn you into a cyborg? Was this phishing test devised by an evil genius? And how did a cinema chain get scammed out of millions, time and time again…?

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 Scott Helme.


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Target and other high profile Twitter accounts exploited for cryptocurrency scams

The latest high profile account to be abused by scammers to promote a cryptocurrency giveaway? US retail giant Target.


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Phone scam exploits Russian hacking fears

Guest contributor Bob Covello describes an unexpected phone call he received out of the blue.


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Mind your company’s old Twitter accounts, rather than allowing them to be hijacked by hackers

There were only 13 episodes of the science fiction TV show “Almost Human” aired before it was pulled from the schedules in 2014.

But its Twitter account lives on, under the control of cryptocurrency giveaway scammers.


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bitdefender.com

Here’s why Twitter will lock your account if you change your display name to Elon Musk

There’s bad news if your name really is “Elon Musk”.

You’re going to have to jump over some additional hurdles to convince Twitter that you should be allowed to change your display name to the one you share with the boss of Tesla and SpaceX.

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


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Elon Musk retracts vile Twitter accusation against cave rescuer

Tesla chief Elon Musk retracts his unfounded allegations against man who helped boys escape from a Thai cave, but scammers are given another opportunity to strike.


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Smashing Security #086: Elon Musk submarine scams and 2FA bypass

Crypto scamming Thai cave scoundrels! $25 million to make anti-fake news videos! TimeHop data breach! Phone number port out scams!

All this and much 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 B J Mendelson.


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Thai Cave rescue scammers pose as Elon Musk

Time and time again, crypto scammers are creating accounts in the names of known Twitter users and using devious tricks to fool their followers into believing they are reading a genuine message from the likes of Elon Musk.


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tripwire.com

WhatsApp users targeted by homoglyph attack peddling free tickets to theme park

Many WhatsApp users would probably view the message as innocent enough, appearing to offer free tickets to Britain’s Alton Towers theme park. But in truth they are being targeted by fraudsters deploying a homoglyph attack.

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


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