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  1. MacKenzie Scott Grant scam more widespread than initially thought A massive phishing campaign reaching tens of thousands of inboxes impersonated the MacKenzie Bezos-Scott grant foundation promising financial benefits to recipients in exchange of a processing fee. Known as an “advance fee,” this scam has been practiced since before then internet and became popularized by its “Nigerian prince” variant. Unlike that version of the scam, though, this campaign benefited by wide distribution and took advantage of the charitable acts last year from auth
  2. Phishing campaign uses US tax season to lure victims Researchers at Cybereason have detected a new campaign targeting US taxpayers with documents that purport to contain tax-related content. These deliver NetWire and Remcos -- two powerful and popular RATs which can allow attackers to take control of the victims' machines and steal sensitive information. The malicious documents used are roughly 7MB in size, which allows them to evade traditional AV mechanisms and heuristic detection. "Social engineering via phishing emails continues to be the preferred
  3. Ongoing phishing attacks target US brokers with fake FINRA audits Image: Adam Nowakowski The US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has issued a regulatory notice warning US brokerage firms and brokers of an ongoing phishing campaign using fake compliance audit alerts to harvest information. FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), a non-profit organization supervised by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), is the regulator for all US exchange markets and securities firms. The non-governmental securities regulat
  4. Beware: AOL phishing email states your account will be closed Source: Jeran Renz An AOL mail phishing campaign is underway to steal users' login name and password by warning recipients that their account is about to be closed. While most people are using Gmail, Outlook, or other modern free mail services, many older people continue to use AOL simply because they are used to the service and find it too complicated to switch to a new email service.e. Unfortunately, this also makes them prime targets for phishing scams that, in my experience,
  5. We uncovered a Facebook phishing campaign that tricked nearly 500,000 users in two weeks Our investigation into a malicious Facebook Messenger message uncovered a large-scale phishing operation on Facebook. We also potentially identified the threat actor behind the phishing campaign and his intentions. “Is that you” is a phishing scam circulating on Facebook in various forms since at least 2017. It begins with a Facebook message sent by one of your friends. The “friend” claims to have found a video or image with you featured in it. The message
  6. Microsoft Office 365 Attacks Sparked from Google Firebase A savvy phishing campaign manages to evade native Microsoft security defenses, looking to steal O365 credentials. A phishing campaign bent on stealing Microsoft login credentials is using Google Firebase to bypass email security measures in Microsoft Office 365, researchers said. Researchers at Armorblox uncovered invoice-themed emails sent to at least 20,000 mailboxes that purport to share information about an electronic funds transfer (EFT) payment. The emails carry a f
  7. Phishing campaign lures US businesses with fake PPP loans Threat actors are sending phishing emails impersonating a Small Business Administration (SBA) lender to prey on US business owners who want to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan to keep their business going during the COVID-19 crisis. PPP allows businesses to apply for an SBA loan designed to help them keep their workforce employed throughout the current pandemic. This loan program was launched by the U.S. government on April 3rd, 2020, as part of the CARES act, which allo
  8. Beware of active UK NHS COVID-19 vaccination phishing campaign A very active phishing campaign is underway pretending to be from the UK's National Health Service (NHS), alerting recipients that they are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Today, numerous Twitter users began reporting that they received this phishing email, with some being in the right age group to be eligible and thus falling for the scam. There are multiple variants of the phishing emails, but they all claim to be from the NHS at [email protected] (the real NHS domain is
  9. Hackers using COVID vaccine as a lure to spread malware Criminals impersonating WHO, DHL, and vaccine manufacturers in phishing campaigns Security researchers have exposed a new phishing campaign that uses COVID-19 vaccine news to spread malware, phishing, and Business Email Compromise attacks (BEC). The attacks target individuals within businesses by impersonating organizations, including the WHO, DHL, and vaccine manufacturers. The themes leveraged a range of topics, including the fear that a person had encountered an infected individual; government
  10. Spotify users have to become cautious due to another round of a Spotify phishing campaigns that targets users’ credentials. The campaign employs typical phishing tactics – that is – enticing users to click on malicious links via email. It appears somewhat trivial owing to the many loopholes in it that can alert an avid user of false claims the emails use Spotify Phishing Campaign Targeted At Login Credentials Researchers from the cybersecurity firm AppRiver have discovered a phishing campaign specifically targeting Spotify users. The attack method includes luring the targeted users to
  11. Attackers make use of an old trick and evade detection by blocking users from viewing an embedded link when hovering over the URL. Researchers have spotted a new phishing campaign targeting credentials and financial data of people using the Stripe payments platform. Emails are disguised as alerts from Stripe support. Stripe enables e-commerce, facilitates payments, and helps run businesses with its software-as-a-service platform. Online companies use Stripe to receive payments, manage workflows, and update payment card data, among other things. Its millions of glo
  12. Attackers target United Nations staff to steal their user credentials in a new phishing campaign Hackers are stealing the employees’ user credentials for resale on criminal forums and marketplaces. A phishing site masquerading as a login page for the United Nations Unite Unity is used to trick the victims. Security researchers have discovered a new phishing campaign that targets the United Nations staff. Through the campaign, the hackers are stealing employee credentials for reselling on criminal forums and ma
  13. Phishing campaign uses fake Office 365 page with live chat support An email with a bogus subscription renewal alert contained a link that redirects to this fraudulent website. The scammers used a free live chat application for websites, to provide so-called customer support. Cybercriminals have now resorted to false customer support services to lure victims into disclosing their credentials. In a new revelation, security researcher Michael Gillespie has discovered a phishing page that brags of live c
  14. Amex, Netflix customers targeted in phishing campaign Windows Defender Security Intelligence’s Office 365 Threat Research team has uncovered a phishing campaign targeting Netflix and American Express that attempt to steal payment card information. The campaign was detected on the weekend of March 16 and is still active, according to the Windows Defender Security Intelligence Twitter feed. In each case the phishing emails purport to be from the host company with the Netflix note telling the recipients their account is on hold due to a p
  15. New attacks discovered by Cofense can perform keylogging, steal data and completely hijack a mobile device. A new phishing campaign is attempting to deliver sophisticated malware that can completely hijack an Android mobile device to steal user credentials, install a keylogger and even hold a device’s data for ransom. The attacks are designed for mobile inboxes and leverage the Anubis malware, a sophisticated trojan used originally for cyber espionage and later repurposed as a banking trojan. Researchers at Cofense, who discovered the campaign, s
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