PINDROP BLOG

Category: Social Engineering

November 17, 2016
Carbanak Gang Calling Hotels to Convince Victims to Install Malware
The Carbanak gang, one of the more successful and prolific cybercrime groups at work today, is using a new tactic to get its malware onto target networks: calls to customer service representatives at hotels that convince victims to open malicious attachments. The technique is a simple one but has proven to be quite effective. Rather…
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October 27, 2016
U.S. Indicts 61 in International Phone Fraud Operation
Three weeks after authorities in India disrupted a major phone fraud ring in Mumbai, the Department of Justice has indicted 61 people in relation to the scam, which officials say generated as much as $150,000 per day. The indictments are the result of investigations involving U.S. and Indian authorities and the phone fraud scheme affected tens…
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October 27, 2016
Critics Say Robocall Strike Force Plan Falls Short
With the release of its initial report to the FCC yesterday, the Robocall Strike Force laid out plans to implement technical and policy solutions to address the robocall problem, including a Do Not Originate List and more sophisticated traceback techniques. But consumer advocates say that these ideas, while good, aren’t enough to address the problem…
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October 14, 2016
FTC Charges Three in $9M Phone Fraud Ring
The FTC has shut down a phone fraud scam that involved scammers calling consumers–mostly elderly and on fixed incomes–and pressuring them to invest in web sites that supposedly had ties to large companies, promising quick returns. The scheme allegedly netted the scammers more than $9 million. The scheme involved six companies that the FTC alleges were…
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August 26, 2016
Phone Scammers Target Immigrants in New Campaigns
Phone scams come in all shapes and sizes, and there are several new schemes that are targeting immigrants with demands for payments to maintain or update their immigration status. The scams closely resemble the IRS phone fraud scams that prey on victims’ fear of being penalized or arrested for unpaid back taxes. In this case,…
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August 17, 2016
DataSploit Framework Automates Intelligence Gathering for Social Engineers
Social engineering is a broad term applied to an ill-defined list of activities, and many of the techniques that criminals and white hats both use are developed ad hoc. But a new tool called DataSploit aims to pull together many of the reconnaisance activities into one framework that will gather large amounts of data on…
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August 4, 2016
Using Forensic Linguistics to Fight Phone Fraud
LAS VEGAS–One of the difficulties in protecting against phone fraud scams is actually detecting them. Technology certainly helps, but in a lot of cases, it’s up to the potential victim on the other end of the line to figure it out for himself. That has turned out to be a fairly high hurdle for a…
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July 27, 2016
Google Listing, Political Scams Top Phone Fraud Threats
Nearly 20 percent of all phone fraud calls hitting consumers and businesses this year are part of the fake Google listing scam, more than twice as many as the eight percent that are loan scam calls, according to new data released by Pindrop Labs. The Google listing scam is a relatively new one, having appeared just…
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July 19, 2016
Banking Trojan Lurks in Legitimate Software
Cybercriminals have been relying on the watering hole attack for many years as a consistent method for getting their malware onto victims’ machines. Recently, security researchers discovered that one group of attackers had compromised the site of a legitimate software company and found a way to insert their banking Trojan’s code into the company’s own downloader. The…
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June 24, 2016
Seven Jailed in Massive Phone Fraud Scam
Authorities in the U.K. have sentenced seven people to prison for their part in running a wide-ranging phone fraud scam that cost victims more than £1.3 million over the course of several years. The scheme that the gang ran is a common and highly successful one that involves making calls to potential victims and telling them that…
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