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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.


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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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tripwire.com

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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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tripwire.com

Spam-spewing IoT botnet infects 100,000 routers using five-year-old flaw

Security researchers are warning that a botnet has been exploiting a five-year-old vulnerability to hijack home routers over the last couple of months.

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


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WannaCry ransomware scam tries to extort money without actually infecting your computer

Someone is trying to pull a fast one, attempting to trick unsuspecting users into paying a ransom… even though they *haven’t* infected your computer with ransomware.


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bitdefender.com

Hackers continue to exploit hijacked MailChimp accounts in cybercrime campaigns

MailChimp, a service that millions of people around the world use to send out email newsletters, is being abused by hackers to spam out malware.

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


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Facebook SMS spam risks spoiling adoption of 2FA

It’s hard enough getting people to turn on 2FA without sites using it to send non-security notifications.


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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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Using bots to scam the scammers

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

Bob Covello reports.


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Banking trojan campaign uses commercial packers to target Brazilian users

A banking trojan campaign is using commercial packing platforms to evade analysis and thereby successfully infect unsuspecting users.

David Bisson reports.


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welivesecurity.com

Spammed-out emails threaten websites with DDoS attack on September 30th

Websites are being told that they have until September 30th to pay extortionists $720 worth of Bitcoin, or else suffer a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

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


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tripwire.com

Poisoned plugin allowed hackers to post spammy content on up to 200,000 WordPress websites

As many as 200,000 websites may have been running a WordPress plugin that allowed third parties to publish any content they wished on victims’ sites via a backdoor. Watch out for supply chain attacks that could impact your website…

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


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bitdefender.com

Insecure Office 365 setups could be a ticking time bomb for your business

Messages your customers receive from a hacker who has already compromised your email system are going to look much more convincing, and could result in your clients transferring large sums of money into a scammer’s bank account and you losing customer trust and future business.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Business Insights blog.


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