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FBI warns of COVID-19 phishing scams promising stimulus checks, vaccines

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued a public service announcement warning citizens to watch out for email-based fraud and malware schemes that take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic. Among the scams to look out for are emails purporting to contain helpful information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and…

Cybercriminals weaponize the World Health Organization name to lure phishing victims

The World Health Organization (WHO) is among the premiere sources of up to date and accurate information on COVID-19 so it is now surprise cybercriminals are leveraging this for their benefit. Malwarebytes has found a new phishing campaign using the well-respected WHO name as a lure to trick people who are rightfully fearful of Coronvavirus…

Be wary of medical-related emails: Proofpoint

Coronavirus may be the subject of choice for cybercriminal to lure victims into opening or responding to a message, but that does not mean other serious medical issues are also not being abused. Proofpoint found a small campaign recently running using emails purportedly from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center with the subject line “Test of…

Email scam swindles $2.6M from Puerto Rican government corporation

The Puerto Rico government fell for a phishing scam that bilked the U.S. territory out of $2.6 million — an incident that sounds like a possible business email compromise. According to an Associated Press report, the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO), a government-run corporation created to promote the island as an investment destination, reportedly filed…

FBI tallied 467K cybercrime complaints in 2019, totaling $3.5B in losses

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) last year fielded 467,361 complaints related to cybercrime activity that collectively cost victims $3.5 billion in losses, according the agency’s just released 2019 Internet Crime Report. The 2019 complaint count represents a nearly 33 percent increase from the 2018 total of 351,937, and the $3.5 billion figure also…

Cyberattackers bringing more weapons to bear on real estate deals

Traditionally, when it comes to monetizing a real estate deal its all about location, location, location, but malicious actors are now targeting everyone from the home buyer to the lender to steal vital information. Proofpoint recently looked at 600 real estate transactions came across six attacks targeting those involved that utilized a laundry list of…

The first half of 2013 saw a 355 percent uptick in social spam. Facebook is a big target.

Renewed Emotet phishing activity targets UN, government and military users

Since resuming operations after a holiday hiatus, the malicious actors behind the Emotet banking trojan network have reportedly targeted at least 82 countries with spam and crafted a special phishing campaign targeting the United Nations. Meanwhile, an additional report has revealed an increase in Emotet phishing activity targeting government and military entities over the last…

Researchers detail BEC scams

Texas school district phished for $2.3 million

The Manor Independent School District fell victim to an apparent phishing scam to the tune of $2.3 million. Officials for the Texas school system did not release many details other than to say in a January 10 statement posted on Facebook that the incident was caused by a phishing email and that the local police…

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