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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,…

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…

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No reprieve for health care orgs as ransomware hits hospital operator, plastic surgeons

If there was any lingering hope that cybercriminals would show mercy on health care providers during the COVID-19 crisis — as some claimed they would do — that pipe dream evaporated with the news that various ransomware groups attacked Fresenius, Europe’s largest private hospital operator, as well as a pair of U.S.-based plastic surgery clinics.…

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…

Survey: COVID-19 has changed cyber pros’ roles, increased incident totals

In a new survey of 256 cybersecurity professionals responsible for securing their companies’ digital assets, 81 percent of respondents said their job function has changed in some capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Cybersecurity Pulse Survey study, conducted this month by the international nonprofit membership association (ISC)², suggests that a large contingent of security…

COVID-19’s impact on package deliveries creates golden opportunity for scammers

Cybercriminals are posing as delivery companies and pretending to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as a means to trick potential victims into opening malicious emails attachments or revealing credentials on phishing websites. Spam and phishing schemes that use postal- and shipping-themed lures are nothing new, but the coronavirus outbreak allows attackers to put a…

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