PINDROP BLOG

Category: Social Engineering

February 28, 2017
Email Scam Losses Pass $3 Billion, FBI Says
The amount of money that enterprises in the United States are losing to business email compromise scams is growing at an alarming rate, and is now well into the billions of dollars, according to the FBI. BEC scams, also known as CEO or executive impersonation schemes, are the evolution of phishing attacks and rely on the criminals’…
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January 31, 2017
Your Brain Is Bad at Security
OAKLAND–Security teams are frustrated constantly by users who ignore warnings about phishing sites, bad certificates, or malware, and just click through to get wherever they were going. It turns out that behavior probably isn’t the users’ fault. It’s just human nature. There are many reasons why this behavior persists, even when users are told in no uncertain…
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January 19, 2017
Decline of Necurs Botnet Hurts Locky Ransomware
Many ransomware gangs rely on help from other members of the cybercrime ecosystem to distribute their malware, and when those connections don’t hold up, it can cause serious problems. That’s what’s happened to the Locky ransomware in the last few weeks, as its main distribution mechanism, the Necurs botnet, has disappeared. The botnet has been…
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January 19, 2017
Gmail Phishing Campaign Racking Up Victims
There is a clever, well-crafted phishing campaign targeting Gmail users that includes a fake login page that exactly mimics the real thing to trick victims into entering their credentials. The campaign has been going on for some time but it recently began to gain attention after researchers analyzed it and broke down the techniques the…
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December 19, 2016
Hailstorm Spam Campaigns Being Used to Evade Defenses
In an effort to get past anti-spam and anti-malware systems and put their garbage in front of potential victims, some spammers are avoiding the traditional strategy of sending huge volumes of mail for long periods of time in favor of sending large bursts of spam in a very short timeframe. This technique, known as hailstorm…
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December 15, 2016
Transactional Fraud a Rising Threat For Contact Centers
The fraud landscape is a complex one, and the criminals who run these schemes have a wide variety of ruses to choose from. Which one a fraudster selects for a given attack can depend upon the target, the end goal, and the criminal’s particular talents. Almost all of these scams involve some form of social…
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December 13, 2016
How Social Engineering Enables Fraud
Fraudsters who are looking to separate businesses from their money often will specialize in one kind of scam. Whether it’s credit card fraud, 419 scams, or phone fraud, the people behind these schemes tend to focus their energy on one and learn it inside and out. But despite that specialization, there are common skills that…
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November 29, 2016
Phone Fraud Groups Now Offering Phone Fraud Protection Service
Fraudsters are always looking for new ways to empty the wallets of their victims, and scammers in the U.K. recently have hit on a novel phone fraud technique that preys on people’s fear of other phone fraud scams. The new tactic involves scammers calling up potential victims and offering them a subscription service that will…
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November 21, 2016
Adobe VoCo May Raise New Voice Security Concerns
As voice has continued to emerge as one of the key interfaces for new devices and apps, including vehicles, bank accounts, and home automation systems, concerns about the security of these systems have evolved, as well. Now, as both Google and Adobe have demonstrated systems that can insert and replace words in recorded speech or mimic human…
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November 18, 2016
FCC, Canadian Authorities to Cooperate on Robocall Enforcement
Federal authorities in the United States and Canada have signed an agreement that will allow them to share information on robocalls and caller ID spoofing and cooperate on investigations and enforcement actions. The new memorandum of understanding between the FCC and the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission will allow the two agencies to share a wide…
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