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Extremely Embarrassing 250,000-record Data Breach At Hookers.nl

The data of 250,000 users of Hookers.nl, a forum where experiences with prostitutes and escorts are exchanged, have been stolen and offered for sale on the internet. It concerns e-mail ...
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U.S. Organizations Involved with Nuclear Deterrence are the Target of North Korean Phishing Attacks

Using some very sophisticated methods, the Kimsuky group is believed to be behind a spear phishing campaign aimed at stealing U.S. secrets.
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Chinese State-Sponsored Phishing

A sophisticated threat group is going after a variety of industries using spearphishing and an arsenal of malware, according to Nalani Fraser and Fred Plan from FireEye. Fraser and Plan ...
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North Koreans Spear Phish U.S. Victims With Social Engineering Hidden In Obscure Kodak FlashPix Format

A suspected North Korean threat actor has been sending spear phishing emails targeting US organizations, according to Prevailion researchers Danny Adamitis and Elizabeth Wharton. Adamitis ...
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Massive phishing wave of account hijacks hits YouTube creators

Over the past few days, a massive wave of account hijacks has hit YouTube users, and especially creators in the auto-tuning and car review community, a ZDNet investigation discovered ...
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Scam Of The Week: See Jeffrey Epstein Last Words On Video

This weekend, news broke that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his cell, apparently a suicide. This is a celebrity death that the bad  guys are going to be exploiting in a variety of ...
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New UK Study: "3 out of 4 phishing scams get to your inbox untouched"

Chris Matyszczyk wrote: "Apple sends me so many invoices every week that I scarcely know what I've gone and bought. This appears to have also crossed the minds of researchers at the UK's ...
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Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Global Telecom Networks With Spear Phishing

The WSJ revealed a brazen hack by Chinese state-sponsored bad actors who totally owned more than 10 global telecom networks, and had full admin access to their networks. They were able to ...
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FBI Alert: Last Week Conflict With Iran Can Cause Spear Phishing Retaliation

This blog post has been superseded by a more recent one.  You can find this new post here.
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“Hack for Hire” Groups Offer Single Account Break-In Services For Just $750

  Along with everything else malicious that’s available “as-a-Service”, the latest addition takes the burden of trying to initially hack an organization off of the plate of would-be ...
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Account Takeover Attacks Increase as Cybercriminals Fine-Tune Their Brand Impersonation, Social Engineering, and Phishing Skills

The latest Spear Phishing Report from Barracuda highlights how cybercriminals are systematically improving their game… and are becoming more successful for it. The capturing of user ...
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Florida Spearphishing: Meddle Globally, Phish Locally

Russian intelligence services sent spearphishing emails to more than 120 email accounts used by Florida election officials in November 2016, according to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ...
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FINRA Warns of New Phishing Attack Targeting Brokerage Firms

The latest warning from Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) puts firms on notice of yet another tailored attack seeking to gain access to firms networks.
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Various Types Of Phishing Attacks Defined

The definition of phishing is a cybercrime in which potential victims are contacted via email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals ...
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Details of North Korea Attacks Highlight Email’s Role in Attacks

When you think of cyber-espionage, you might be surprised it’s far less “Mission: Impossible” and a lot more basic phishing tactics.
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Spike in Business Email Compromise

Business email compromise attacks (BEC) have spiked by 80% over the past quarter, according to a report by Mimecast. The security provider revealed that over the past three months it had ...
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Russian Indictment: They Used Criminal Tradecraft like Spearphishing To Hack The Democratic Party

The email arrived in Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta’s inbox around March 19, 2016, during the height of the presidential primaries, spoofed to look like a standard ...
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State Department warns staff of surge in spear phishing attempts

Eric Geller at Politico reported: "The State Department on Thursday warned employees about a tidal wave of malicious messages attempting to trick staffers into opening a door for hackers. ...
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SAM.Gov Hackers Were Handed Spear Phishing, Spoofing & Credential Theft On A Gold Platter

Cybercrooks who stole federal payments by hacking contractor accounts on a GSA website used sophisticated spear phishing techniques to steal login credentials and then diverted payments ...
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