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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

A desperate YouTube moderator scam spam

Times must be getting tough for spammers if they’re having to resort to these types of tricks to get their unwanted messages seen.

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Scammed via Western Union? Claim your share of a $586 million refund now!

Western Union has agreed to pay more than half a billion dollars (an eye watering $586 million) to scam victims.

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

Using bots to scam the scammers

A new bot takes the work out of fighting back against the scammers.

Bob Covello reports.

Smashing Security #049: Hacking funeral homes, crypto mining websites, and careful with that hairspray

Scammers show a lack of imagination after hacking a funeral home, more websites are secretly stealing visitors’ resources to mine for cryptocurrency, and everyone is very confused about the USA’s airline laptop ban.

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by The Register’s John Leyden.

Taboola ads exploited to serve up tech support scams

Criminals are exploiting users’ natural sense of curiosity with native advertisements to serve up tech support scam pages.

David Bisson reports.

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Don’t fall for Hurricane Harvey charity scams!

Merciless scammers have no qualms about exploiting people’s kind-hearted nature by spreading their attacks via social networks and email, linking to counterfeit charity websites designed to steal the public’s payment card details.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.

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Beware bogus ‘WhatsApp subscription ending’ emails and texts

You ultimately decide what links you click on, and whether you hand over your passwords and payment card details. Always think twice, because the wrong decision could prove costly.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.

Google and Apple should do more to fight phone scammers, says researcher

Technology companies like Google and Apple should be doing more to protect users against phone scammers, says one security researcher.

Remember to always exercise caution around text messages and phone calls delivered from unknown numbers.

David Bisson reports.

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Major cryptocurrency exchange hacked – customers’ Bitcoin and Ethereum accounts plundered

One of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges has fallen victim to hackers, who were able to use information they stole to plunder users’ accounts.

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

Feedback scammers attempting to extort millions from 5,000 major companies

Can you trust that .feedback site really belongs to who you think it belongs?

David Bisson reports.

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Four arrested as Microsoft and UK police team up to crack down on technical support scammers

Four people have been arrested after a two-year investigation by Microsoft and British police forces into telephone scams which prey upon the vulnerable, tricking them into believing their computers have been infected by malware.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.