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Coronavirus Email Phishing Scams: How to Avoid COVID-19 Phishing Attacks

Coronavirus Email Phishing Scams: How to Avoid COVID-19 Phishing Attacks

April 1, 2020

Coronavirus Email Phishing Scams: How to Avoid COVID-19 Phishing Attacks

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Summary: This week, Ruin a Bad Guy's Day Radio discusses the recent coronavirus email phishing scam. Learn how to protect yourself from fraudsters that are sending you bogus emails and phishing attacks made to look like they are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) about the coronavirus outbreak. Cybercriminals are using outbreak and the panic and fear as basis for email attacks designed to steal your personal information, defraud you, and infect computers with malware. Curated Content Source: nbcnews.com

Malicious emails linked to the coronavirus outbreak started appearing in February. Stay informed - this email scam is turning into one of largest phishing campaigns of the year.

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Topics Discussed:
-Coronavirus Email Phishing Scams
-What Bogus Emails Look Like
-What You Can Do?

You should always to be skeptical of any email that asks you to click on a link or open an attachment — even when the email seems legitimate. In most cases, you can probably get the information you need by typing in the URL yourself.

This bogus email is not from the CDC. It’s another email scam phishing attack designed to steal usernames and passwords from people who click on the link. Notice the email URL highlighted in red. The actual URL for the CDC is cdc.gov. The other link highlighted in red is a fake Microsoft Outlook login page. See below.

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For the latest on the coronavirus outbreak - Go directly to the CDC website.

Kaspersky has 10 tips to protect yourself from phishing attacks on its website.

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How Fraudsters Exploit Malware and Phishing for Financial Gain

How Fraudsters Exploit Malware and Phishing for Financial Gain

April 29, 2019

How Fraudsters Exploit Malware and Phishing for Financial Gain

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In this episode we discuss how fraudsters exploit malware and phishing for financial gain. A recent conviction of international cybercriminals in federal court reveals how these fraudsters operate and target their victims. Learn how protect yourself from malware and phishing schemes.

Source: Department of Justice
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/two-romanian-cybercriminals-convicted-all-21-counts-relating-infecting-over-400000-victim

Romanian Cybercriminals Convicted of All 21 Counts Relating to Infecting Over 400,000 Victim Computers with Malware and Stealing Millions of Dollars
A federal jury convicted two Bucharest, Romania residents of 21 counts related to their scheme to infect victim computers with malware in order to steal credit card and other information to sell on dark market websites, mine cryptocurrency and engage in online auction fraud, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman of the Northern District of Ohio

Two Romanians were convicted after a 12-day trial of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit service marks, aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to commit money laundering and 12 counts each of wire fraud. Sentencing has been set for Aug. 14, 2019 before Chief Judge Patricia A. Gaughan of the Northern District of Ohio.

According to testimony at trial and court documents, the defendants who pleaded guilty collectively operated a criminal conspiracy from Bucharest, Romania. It began in 2007 with the development of proprietary malware, which they disseminated through malicious emails purporting to be legitimate from such entities as Western Union, Norton AntiVirus and the IRS. When recipients clicked on an attached file, the malware was surreptitiously installed onto their computer.

This malware harvested email addresses from the infected computer, such as from contact lists or email accounts, and then sent malicious emails to these harvested email addresses. The defendants infected and controlled more than 400,000 individual computers, primarily in the United States.

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Malware:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malware

Malware (malicious software) is any software intentionally designed to cause damage to a computer, server, client, or computer network. Malware does the damage after it is implanted or introduced in some way into a target's computer and can take the form of executable code, scripts, active content, and other software. The code is described as computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware, and scareware, among other terms. Malware has a malicious intent, acting against the interest of the computer user—and so does not include software that causes unintentional harm due to some deficiency, which is typically described as a software bug.

Phishing
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing

Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Typically carried out by email spoofing or instant messaging, it often directs users to enter personal information at a fake website, the look and feel of which are identical to the legitimate site.

Phishing is an example of social engineering techniques being used to deceive users. Users are often lured by communications purporting to be from trusted parties such as social web sites, auction sites, banks, online payment processors or IT administrators.

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Breaking News! 773 Million Records Exposed in Monster Breach!

Breaking News! 773 Million Records Exposed in Monster Breach!

January 21, 2019

Breaking News! 773 Million Records Exposed in Monster Breach!

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On Today’s podcast, we'll discuss the latest monster data breach as detailed on Wired.com and discuss various ways to safeguard your identity, your email accounts, and passwords. 

Source: Wired.com

There are breaches, and there are mega breaches, and there’s Equifax. But a newly revealed trove of leaked data tops them all for sheer volume: 772,904,991 unique email addresses, over 21 million unique passwords, all recently posted to a hacking forum.

The data set was first reported by security researcher Troy Hunt, who maintains Have I Been Pwned, a way to search whether your own email or password has been compromised by a breach at any point. (Trick question: It has.) The so-called Collection #1 is the largest breach in Hunt's menagerie, and it’s not particularly close. Download the Podcast for more information!

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Catch of the Day: Eleven Individuals from Lagos, Nigeria Indicted for Conspiring to Commit Wire Fraud

Catch of the Day: Eleven Individuals from Lagos, Nigeria Indicted for Conspiring to Commit Wire Fraud

December 31, 2018

Catch of the Day: Eleven Individuals from Lagos, Nigeria Indicted for Conspiring to Commit Wire Fraud

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Source: Justice.gov

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return of an indictment charging numerous individuals from Lagos, Nigeria, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. 

According to the indictment, the defendants, all Nigerian citizens, targeted multiple U.S. corporations with “phishing” e-mails requesting that the companies’ payroll/human resources personnel send IRS Forms W-2, containing employee personal identifying information, for review. They used “spoofed” email addresses, which masked the actual email address, making it appear as if the message was sent from a high-level manager within the victim companies. Numerous companies around the United States were victimized by this sophisticated scheme, including a local Jacksonville-based business.

The defendants, once they obtained the tens of thousands of employee W-2 Forms, used the information to file false federal income tax returns with the IRS claiming millions of dollars in fraudulent refunds. To receive the fraudulent tax refunds generated from the scheme, the defendants used individuals in the United States to accept the proceeds and send the money to Lagos, Nigeria. In many instances, the individuals assisting in the United States were victims of a romance scheme, whereby the defendants developed online relationships using fake social media platforms.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Cyber Squad and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay Taylor.

Topics Discussed:

  • Email Spoofing
  • CEO Fraud/Phishing
  • Whaling Attacks
  • Romance Fraud

More Information:

  • FBI.gov
  • Internet Crime Center - File a Complaint
  • IC3.gov

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Question of the Week: What is Phishing, Vishing, and Smishing?

Question of the Week: What is Phishing, Vishing, and Smishing?

December 17, 2018

Question of the Week: What is Phishing, Vishing, and Smishing?

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Thank you for all of your emails and questions about Phishing, Vishing, and Smishing. This week we'll discuss the bombardment of social engineering techniques fraudsters use to lure us into giving away our personal information. We'll also go into greater detail on each of the primary methods currently being used to steal your identity.

Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising itself as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Typically carried out by email spoofing or instant messaging, it often directs users to click a link, download an attachment and enter personal information at a fake website. From Wikipedia.org

Vishing or Voice phishing is a form of criminal phone fraud, using social engineering over the telephone system to gain access to private personal and financial information for the purpose of financial reward. From Wikipedia.org

Smishing or SMS phishing is a form of criminal activity using social engineering techniques. Phishing is the act of attempting to acquire personal information such as passwords and details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. SMS phishing uses cell phone text messages to deliver the bait to induce people to divulge their personal information. From Wikipedia.org

 

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