scam

November 5, 2015

THREAT RESEARCH

Reverse Social Engineering Tech Support Scammers

This post is authored by Jaime Filson and Dave Liebenberg. Background The amount of fraudulent actors masquerading as legitimate tech support has been on the rise since 2008. According to David Finn, executive director at the Microsoft Cybercrime Center, tech support scammers have made nearly $1.5 billion off of 3.3 million unwitting victims just this […]

July 31, 2015

THREAT RESEARCH

Your Files Are Encrypted with a “Windows 10 Upgrade”

This post was authored by Nick Biasini with contributions from Craig Williams & Alex Chiu Update 8/1: To see a video of this threat in action click here Adversaries are always trying to take advantage of current events to lure users into executing their malicious payload. These campaigns are usually focussed around social events and are […]

July 14, 2014

SECURITY

Big Data: Observing a Phishing Attack Over Years

Overview Phishing attacks use social engineering in an attempt to lure victims to fake websites. The websites could allow the attacker to retrieve sensitive or private information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details. Attacks of this kind have been around since 1995, evolving in sophistication in order to increase their success rate. Up until now, […]

August 15, 2013

SECURITY

The Highs and Lows of the Pump and Dump Scam

The Internet remains an environment where it is important to keep your wits. The recent indictment of nine individuals on stock fraud charges reminds us that the pump and dump scam continues to be perpetrated [1][2]. Stock spam emails were particularly prevalent during the mid-2000’s, with these messages reportedly comprising 15% of all spam in […]