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Category: Social Engineering

February 2, 2016
New Data Shows Google Listing Phone Scam On the Rise
Like malware authors, phone scammers change their tactics and lures often, but for the most part, they play the hits. And the number one song so far this year has been the Google/Yahoo/Bing listing scam that accounted for 22 percent of robocalls in January. The new data from Pindrop Labs shows that scammers are using this…
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January 26, 2016
CEO Phishing Scam Costs Belgian Bank Crelan $75M
The venerable phishing scam has been trying on some new clothes as of late, and quite often those outfits are costing victims dearly. The latest and perhaps most expensive of these is the version of the executive email scheme that hit a Belgian bank recently and cost the firm more than $75 million. This particular scheme, which also…
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January 26, 2016
Feds Indict More Than 50 in Jury Duty Phone Fraud Scam
Federal officials have indicted more than 50 people, including 15 former prison officials and 19 former inmates, in a long-running vishing and phone fraud scheme that was run through a Georgia prison. Using cell phones smuggled into Autry State Prison by guards, the inmates would call victims, mostly in the Atlanta metro area, and inform them…
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January 12, 2016
Steal 54 Identities, Get 334 Years in Prison
Civil rights advocates and security researchers for years have been decrying the penalties that result from prosecutions under the United States’ Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), saying they often are too harsh. But those sentences pale in comparison to what a Turkish man is facing after his second conviction for hacking and identity theft.…
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January 7, 2016
Fake Tech Support Scams Evolve to Include Support, Purchase History
Calling a tech support line can be a fairly miserable experience. Having tech support reps calling you at home to warn you about supposed malware on your PC is even worse. It’s an old scam, but one that’s gotten a vicious new twist of late with scammers who know every detail of a victim’s support…
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January 5, 2016
How an IRS Employee Allegedly Stole $1 Million from Taxpayers
Few, if any, companies or government agencies store more sensitive personal information than the IRS, and consumers have virtually no insight into how that data is used and secured. But, as the results of a recent Justice Department investigation show, when you start poking around in those dark corners, you sometimes find very ugly things. Beginning…
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January 4, 2016
Nigerian Email Scams Alive and Well
Nigerian email scams have been ongoing for more than a decade and in that time have morphed, spread, and evolved from simple pleas for money from consumers to highly targeted schemes going after multi-million companies. And though law enforcement agencies have been following them for years, arrests and indictments related to these scams are still rare.…
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December 28, 2015
On the Wire Podcast: James Chappell
Dennis Fisher talks with James Chappell of Digital Shadows about the state of the underground economy, how he goes about his research into the economy, and the evolution of fraud and attacks. Music by Chris Gonsalves and Ken Montigny. Image from Flickr stream of Dean Hochman.
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December 17, 2015
Welcome to On the Wire
The Internet is useful for a lot of things—watching videos of dogs dancing to Toto, ordering drone-delivered ice cream—but it has become less-than-useful at the task that it was originally designed for: organizing information and connecting people to that information. The sheer volume of data, opinions, and speculation available on any given topic makes it…
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December 17, 2015
Anatomy of a Phone Fraud Scam
When Nargess Sadjady answered the phone at her home in London one early evening in August, the man on the other end gave her some disquieting news: There were some suspicious online purchases on her account. The caller spoke with a soft Scottish accent and said he was from the security team at her bank,…
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