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Covid-related malspam campaign impersonates U.S. Treasury to steal taxpayer credentials

The advocacy group Abuse.ch has found a Covid-19-related malspam campaign that impersonates the U.S. Treasury Department and more than likely looks to steal a taxpayer’s credentials using a remote access trojan. In a recent Twitter post, the group shows a fraudulent letter from the Treasury Department that seeks to get the taxpayer to contact Treasury…

Email phishing scam impersonates LogMeIn to trick remote workers

Add LogMeIn to the list of remote services and collaboration platforms whose users are being targeted by phishing scammers seeking to take advantage of businesses’ current work-from-home policies under COVID-19. In a company blog post, Abnormal Security researchers reported witnessing an influx of campaigns targeting LogMeIn — provider of cloud-based remote connectivity services for collaboration,…

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Arkansas, Illinois COVID-19 unemployment websites leak data

Arkansas and Illinois both reportedly exposed sensitive citizen data after failing to adequately secure web services that the states urgently propped up in order to process applications for the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. Experts say the hurried pace of setting up these digital services could very well have resulted in glitches and overlooked gaps…

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P2P payment apps, users urged to curb COVID-19 advance fee fraud

Fraudsters posing as celebrities, philanthropists and do-gooders offering financial aid to everyday people struggling due to the COVID-19 epidemic are running scams on users of peer-to-peer payment applications such as Cash App and Venmo, but financial service providers and consumers can reduce the risk of becoming victims by implementing a few security measures. Satnam Narang,…

FBI, CISA warn China targeting orgs conducting Covid-19-related vaccine, treatment research

China is looking to lift American research on coronavirus vaccines and treatments through cyberattacks, the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warned health care, pharmaceutical, and research sectors working on COVID-19 response. “China’s efforts to target these sectors pose a significant threat to our nation’s response to COVID-19,” the alert said.  The…

Tor network remains unsure how feds discovered and shut down Silk Road 2.0

COVID-19 inspires Nigerian scammers to launch waves of BEC campaigns

Nigerian cybercriminal actors are shamelessly exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to infect government health care agencies, academic medical programs, medical publishing firms and more with malware, largely for the purpose of conducting Business Email Compromise operations. In a company blog post, researchers with Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 threat intelligence team have reported observing three prominent…

New York City schools OK tailored Zoom platform for remote learning

After privacy issues prompted the New York City Department of Education to transition away from Zoom as a telelearning option, the department has reversed that decision, noting that the teleconferencing company has created a safer platform for the city’s students. “We’ve worked with Zoom to create a tailored platform that provides the safety and functionality…

The fairly convincing phishing scam is being hosted on a compromised EA Games server.

Notification emails impersonate Microsoft Teams to steal credentials

As the use of collaborative platforms continues to tick up as people work from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, hackers are sending fake email notifications that appear to come from Microsoft Teams in an effort to steal employee credentials. “These attackers crafted convincing emails that impersonate automated notification emails from Microsoft Teams,” Abnormal Security researchers…

Reports of COVID-19 malware threats heavier in states with increased testing

Newly published telemetry data collected by the researchers at Bitdefender suggests that U.S. reports of coronavirus-themed malware threat activity have been heaviest in states where testing has increased and the total number of confirmed infections has grown. Among U.S. states, California reported the most threats in both March and April, followed by Texas. New York…

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