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Fake E-mails Promising Millions of Bitcoins take onto Phishing Sites; Trend Micro PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 19 April 2014 17:00

According to Trend Micro the security firm, spam mails are being distributed that assure recipients can become really wealthy Bitcoin owners by an easy and quick method, but actually attempt at duping them into visiting phishing websites.

Bitcoin, though mayn't have the same worth like before, still online scammers continue to value the crypto-currency. A few online crooks rely on it for executing their criminal activities whereas for others the currency helps to act as bait.

Security researchers lately detected one spam campaign, which promoted so-called "Bitcoin Millionaire" scheme. Displaying a caption "BITCOIN: The Easiest Way to Become a Millionaire in 30 Days Flat," the spam mails state that Bitcoin, a means for huge business, presently has a market value of $12.2bn as also can in an astonishingly easy way be obtained provided an end-user possesses appropriate software working automatically.

The e-mails explain to users that it's possible to earn $23,000 (EUR16,500) if they install certain software, which works automatically via a total of merely 3 mouse-clicks.

But, the web-links embedded on the e-mails do not lead onto any such software.

Rather these take onto a site, which solicits information such as name, payment card number and address of the user. There's also no way by which the asked details can be verified on the registration web-page. Indeed, the page accepts all kinds of info entered into the online form, a typically phishing character exuded of the website, that tries extracting the maximum possible payment card credentials.

Meanwhile, Anti-Spam Research Engineer Michael Casayuran of Trend Micro, while explaining about the above stated e-mail phishing scam, blogged that phishers frequently utilized 'get rich fast' strategies as those marked certain attraction for Internauts. Undoubtedly, there was nobody who would not welcome an enormous sum of money without the hard way. But, such were usually unbelievably true. Therefore, it was advisable that end-users desisted viewing e-mails or following web-links that any unverified/strange source might've sent. Moreover, they required doing some research prior to sharing personal details, particularly financial details, with any website alternatively an online service, Casayuran added. Blog.trendmicro.com published this dated April 9, 2014.

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Spam Mail Run Delivers Malware While Masquerading as UPS PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 19 April 2014 17:00

Two security firms namely Malwarebytes and Cisco warn that UPS (United Parcel Service)-related unsolicited electronic mails are presently hitting inboxes. These spam mails spoofing the globally famous package handing over company i.e. UPS actually represent one malware dissemination scam, published softpedia.com dated April 11, 2014.

Showing a header "UPS Exception Notification, Tracking Number 1Z522A9A6892487822," the fake e-mails inform the recipient that because the shipper wanted, it was decided that the said merchandize would be delivered at some newly scheduled time.

Both Malwarebytes as well as Cisco, while examining the spam attack that seemingly began on 10th April, 2014, found that their respective samples contained an identical tracking number.

Whereas the tracking number does really exist, the cyber-criminals seemingly use it uniformly for each and every message. And as Joshua Cannell, Malware Intelligence Analyst at Malwarebytes outlines, the tracking no. has been assigned for a parcel that someone called "DONNA" sent, and got handed over during February 2014.

When the spam recipients hit a given web-link, it produces a zipped file that carries an apparently innocuous Portable Document Format (PDF) file. Actually, there's malware hidden inside this archive, and it's a Trojan ZeuS variant. Characteristically, ZeuS mines hijacked PCs for sensitive information and transmits the same onto remote criminals. Sometimes with this malicious program, the criminals even manage in acquiring full hold over the contaminated systems.

Security analysts comment that the bogus e-mails talking about parcel delivery continue to be successful since many people look forward towards getting genuine notifications.

But, UPS usually doesn't contact clients through a generic, unsolicited electronic mail which has delivery details within a file attached to it similar as within the aforementioned instance. Cyber-criminals frequently target UPS with the purpose to distribute malware. The malware purveyors also repeatedly use other popular parcel handing over firms such as FedEx and DHL.

So anyone getting a sample of the above fraudulent UPS e-mails alternatively one likewise asserting as being from other parcel delivery firms, should refrain from viewing its attachments. Moreover, a few versions may even attempt at duping recipients into following web-links, which take onto hijacked sites, which too have malware.

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An Email Scam Conned out 1.1 Million Pound from St Aldhelm Academy PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 April 2014 07:00

Metro.co.uk reported on 8th April, 2014 stating that St Aldhelm's Academy which is a school with England's worst GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) has been duped of 1.1 million Pound after its staff fell victim to a simple online fraud.

The staff of St Aldhelm Academy in Poole, Dorset, England was persuaded to pay large sum of money via an email scam last year.

The school was undertaking a huge rebuilding plan and a group of scammers posed as Kier, the building contractor of the school.

The fraudsters got in touch with the school notifying them that Kier has changed its bank information and urged the school to change mandate of its bank details. The school complied as a result funds were transferred into a bogus account.

It is obvious that the government loaned this money to for rebuilding purpose, due to which Police were called in to probe the matter when staff realized that they have been conned.

Tes.co.uk published news on 8th April, 2014 mentioning a statement of Cheryl Heron, Principal of St Aldhelm, which confirms the ripping of the academy but despite it confirmed the smooth functioning of the school.

Dailymail.co.uk published news on 7th April, 2014 quoting Conor Burns, a British Conservative Party Politician who worked closely with the school, as saying "This appalling fraud is a very sad and serious event for the school. I have been aware of this for some time and working with ministers to try to support the school maximum. The top priority for me and them is to ensure recovery of the school from this blow and it firmly focus on giving best possible learning to young people for starting their life."

Spokesman of a Department of Education said that St Aldhelm has been victim of a complicated serious swindle by a third party.

Dailymail.co.uk published news on 7th April, 2014 stating that the matter was instantly referred to the Police and Action Fraud and EFA (European Finance Association) by the trust of Academy and police continues to investigate the matter.

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Bogus Newsletter Phishing E-mails in Circulation, Warn Security Experts PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 April 2014 07:00

Security researchers warn that phishers are distributing fake e-mails offering newsletter while actually cheating end-users into giving away username and password of personal e-mail accounts, reported softpedia.com dated April 9, 2014.

Containing a header "Vital Newsletter," the malevolent notices addressing recipients tell that the e-mail sender posted one important newsletter onto the Internet with the help of his Google Doc. To obtain this item instantly, users should CLICK HERE and they should also respond by providing their e-mail, the messages indicate.

Nevertheless, the web-link doesn't take onto any newsletter. For, the e-mail represents another phishing campaign crafted for duping readers into handing over the login credentials of their e-mail A/C to cyber-criminals.

Clearly, Internauts who believe the message and follow the web-link will land on a site that asks them to login while provide personal e-mail information so they can see the document. They even get asked to select the provider of their e-mail A/C via hitting on the suitable picture displayed on the fake site. But, hitting the picture generates one fresh pop-up which directs that users should give their e-mail id as well as password.

Also, upon hitting Enter for "Sign In" one 'please wait' message appears till the time the users are informed that they require following the procedure again after sometime, as presently there's too much traffic for the server. Subsequently, they'll get diverted automatically onto Google Docs' top-page.

Apparently, this strategy of too much traffic on the server clearly is devised for giving an explanation as to why the promised important newsletter is non-accessible.

One commonly comes across phishing e-mails of the above kind which has several formats. Indeed, Trusteer a security firm detected one likewise incarnation of the aforementioned electronic mail during April-start 2014. Therefore, it's necessary to maintain caution when users encounter dubious e-mails.

According to specialists, end-users must reset their passwords in case of doubt that the above phishing message has victimized them. It's also advisable for deploying the 2-factor authentication mechanism for locking users' A/Cs. The mechanism ensures that criminals would get nothing beyond the password for accessing any end-user's account, note the specialists.

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Fresh Lottery E-mail Scammers using Facebook’s Name, Caution Security Specialists PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 April 2014 07:00

Security experts have warned about spammers exploiting the name of well-known website for social-networking, Facebook within one fresh lottery e-mail fraud, reported softpedia.com dated April 8, 2014.

A sample e-mail tells the recipient that Facebook is happy to inform that the 30th March 2014-held annual Final lotteries by Facebook have been concluded and the results are out. The draw is for cash promotion while persuading every Facebook surfer globally to participate. Of the fifty participants who were lucky to win USD600,000 each, the recipient's name is one. He's the winner through Facebook's promotion award associated with the 5647600545189 ticket number along with the 55643451907 Ref No. © Serial number.

The e-mail continues that the recipient requires replying quickly so the fund delivery can start. He should also communicate with the lottery program's dispatch department at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it while re-validate his entire information. In doing so, he must cite his Ticket, Batch as well as Reference numbers just as within all other messages. Moreover, incase of any alternation within his e-mail id, he should inform the company on time, the message concludes.

But there is no actual relation between the e-mails and Facebook.

If anyone makes the mistake of getting in touch as per instructions, he'll swiftly be directed for making different upfront payments supposedly for meeting costs like insurance, tax, bank, else delivery charges. Besides, these expenses can't get debited from the award money as reasons attributed to lawful alternatively company policy.

Unfortunately, irrespective of any amount of money victims remit, there wouldn't ever be the promised reward that didn't even exist. Moreover, the money remitted would only land inside the greedy cyber scammers' pockets.

Furthermore, suppose the victims divulge sufficient financial/personal details while the scam runs, there may even be identity theft besides theft of money by the criminals.

Therefore, end-users must remain extremely careful about any e-mail asserting they're winners of a huge monetary reward within a promotion or lottery, which they haven't at all participated in. Such an e-mail shouldn't be answered. Moreover, any web-link/attachment inside it shouldn't be clicked or viewed. It's just proper to erase such messages, specialists advise.

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