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Caught in a bad romance: Feds indict 80 alleged members of romance/BEC scam ring

Federal prosecutors today unsealed a 252-count indictment against 80 individuals – mostly Nigerian nationals – who allegedly conspired to bilk at least $46 million from victims via romance scams, business email compromises and other online fraud schemes. The grand jury indictment was filed in the Central District of California back in October 2018 and unsealed…

What can be done about the growing threat of spoofing?

Robocalls and “spoof” calls are much more than just annoyances. They’re also a lucrative underworld business that poses significant security and privacy threats to businesses and consumers. Between March 2017 and March 2018, nearly 25 million Americans lost almost $9 billion to scam phone calls. If any doubt remains how insidious the business is, just…

Lake City recovering from ransomware attack

Lake City, Fla. has started to recover from a June 10 ransomware attack that knocked out its email and online payment systems. Lake City was hit with TripleThreat ransomware, City Manager Joe Helfenberger said in a statement posted to Facebook. Cloud cybersecurity company AppRiver reported on TripleThreat last January, but at the time only mentioned it…

Google adds to Baltimore’s ransomware woes

A recent attempt by Baltimore government officials to create a workaround that would allow them to email while the city recovers from a ransomware attack was temporarily stymied by Google. Baltimore staffers had started to create Google Gmail accounts as a temporary replacement communication system. However, Google’s automatic security apparatus shut down the accounts as…

Going stealth: Bad guys embrace the power of branding

By Stu Sjouwerman Since the very dawn of organized phishing attacks, the bad guys have recognized the power of exploiting trusted brands and online services. Our original experience with phishing was defined by spoofed emails purporting to hail from popular banks. Their objective was simple: trick users into coughing up their online banking credentials with…

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