Email Scams

Fake Payroll Confirmation Email Leads to Black Hole Exploit Kit

Criminal hackers launched an attack campaign earlier this week in which they sent a slew of emails purporting to come from the financial software developer Intuit. The emails contained links that led to sites hosting the Blackhole exploit kit in an apparent attempt to infect the machines of corporate users.

Requesting Sensitive Data Via Google Docs: Phishing Really is That Easy

Please leave your credit card number, its expiration date and security code, along with your full name and billing address in the comments section of this blog post. You’re obviously not going to do this. You know better, I know better, but there are those who don’t. So many, in fact, that scammers are not only comfortable with and willing to invest in scams no more or less complicated, but they are also confident that the scams will succeed.

Deluge of Election-Related Spam, Threats Begins

It was only a matter of time before the inevitable wave of malicious, election-tinged spam began to rain down upon internet users. In the wake of last week’s presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, it appears the floodgates have opened.

Upscale grocery conglomerate Whole Foods Market said it is
continuing to clamp down on a series of Facebook-based scams that
entice users with a purported $500 gift card from the Austin,
Texas-based supermarket chain. Read the full article. [CNet]

Miscreants have begun creating malware that overwrites software update applications from Adobe and others. Email malware that poses as security updates from trusted companies
is a frequently used hacker ruse. Malware posing as update utilities,
rather than individual updates, represents a new take on the ruse. Read the full article. [The Register]

Researchers are reporting on an ongoing targeted malware campaign using a FIFA World Cup 2010 theme, in an attempt to trick end users into executing a malicious PDF file, exploiting a recently patched flaw in Adobe Reader. Read the full article. [ZDNet]

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