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A massive international email scam netted $3 million worth of top-secret US military equipment

In a recent case first reported by Quartz, a crew of international cyber criminals allegedly convinced an unidentified US defense contractor to send them millions of dollars worth of ...
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It's Happening The World Over: $300K Lost To Phone Scammer

A woman in Singapore lost $300,000 to a scammer posing as a Singtel customer service employee, according to the Straits Times. The scammer told the victim he would fix some problems with ...
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An Australian Watering Hole (but in Canberra, not the Outback)

The Australian Federal Parliament suffered a malware infection earlier this year after some users fell victim to a watering hole attack, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) ...
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Cybercriminal Gang, Silent Starling, Creates New ‘Vendor Email Compromise’ Category

New attacks focus on organizations with global supply chains looking to trick a supplier’s customers into paying fake invoices and have already impacted 500 organizations worldwide.
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Malware Delivered Via Fake Browser Updates Are Back and are More Sophisticated Than Ever

Leveraging vulnerable website content management platforms, these attacks seek to trick users into installing malware under the guise that their web browser is out-of-date.
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Now HERE is an interesting Phishing Campaign!

It's a phishing campaign against phishing campaigns! :-D It's a public service program that educates organizations and societies globally on the greatest cyber risk of all - the falsehood ...
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Ransomware Attack Hits Louisiana State Servers

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards on Monday revealed that a ransomware attack hit state servers, prompting a response from the state’s cyber-security team. The incident appears to have ...
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A Look at Election Influence And Social Engineering

Attempts to influence elections are by no means new, but highly targeted online advertising requires people to think about social engineering in the form of political messaging in a new ...
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Real Estate Scams Have Gone Global. Bad Guys Caused Tens of Thousands of Dollars Damage Down Under

Scammers hijacked a total of $70,000 by imitating an Australian settlement agent’s email address, and then tricking two property buyers into sending the money to the wrong account, Perth ...
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[Heads-Up] Scam Of The Week: Thousands Of Hacked Disney+ Accounts Are Already For Sale On Criminal Sites

Apart from me, guess who has been anticipating the Disney+ channel?
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A Majority of Organizations Experience Breaches Despite a Majority Saying They Are Prepared to Defend Against Them

The mismatch of signals by IT organizations shows a potential overestimation on IT’s part about its ability to prevent and protect against new cyberthreats.
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Don't Leave Your Users At Risk For Holiday Scams. Get Your Free Resource Kit From KnowBe4!

With users focused on holiday activities, cybercriminals take advantage of lowered defenses and holiday distractions to scam users into becoming victims. Phishing emails about shipping ...
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[Heads Up] This New, Unusual Ransomware Strain Goes Exclusively After Servers

Danny Palmer at ZDnet alerted on the following: "An unconventional form of ransomware is being deployed in targeted attacks against enterprise servers – and it appears to have links to ...
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TrickBot Malware Uses Highly Personalized Fake Sexual Harassment Complaints as Phishing Bait

Fake sexual harassment complaints appearing to come from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are the latest baits used by attackers to disseminate TrickBot banking ...
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People Need to Work Together to Spot Con Artists

It might not be possible to resist a good con artist, according to award-winning author, journalist, and champion poker player Maria Konnikova. On the CyberWire’s Hacking Humans podcast, ...
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Phishing Resistance for Charities

81% of charities say they’ve been targeted by a phishing attack this year, according to Ed Macnair, writing for UK Fundraising. Meanwhile, only 37% of charities think their IT and ...
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US Govt Asks Users to Be Wary of Holiday Scams and Malware

US consumers are encouraged by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to be wary of malicious campaigns and scams that usually start targeting during each year's holiday season.
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Specially Crafted ZIP Files Used to Bypass Secure Email Gateways

Attackers are always looking for new tricks to distribute malware without them being detected by antivirus scanners and secure email gateways. This was illustrated in a new phishing ...
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The Most Fascinating Layer in a SOC: The Human Layer

During my travels, the topic of security operations comes up often. And nearly every security professional I talk to is either contemplating or already implementing some form of ...
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APWG Q3 Report: Phishing Attacks at Highest Level in Three Years

According to the APWG’s new Phishing Activity Trends Report, the number of phishing attacks continued to rise into the autumn of 2019. The total number of phishing sites detected by APWG ...
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