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APWG and FTC combine to fight ID fraud

Agencies join forces to release safety guidance documents.
Agencies join forces to release safety guidance documents. The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) and the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have pooled their resources and… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2007/09/apwg-and-ftc-combine-fight-id-fraud/

Monster haul of data reaped from job site

Trojan gathers 1.6 million sets of jobseeker records.
Trojan gathers 1.6 million sets of jobseeker records. Researchers at Symantec have reported discovering a server carrying 1.6 million entries from the popular jobseeking website… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2007/08/monster-haul-data-reaped-job-site/

Phish poses as Sophos malware alert

Fake security alarm lures users to spoofed site.
Fake security alarm lures users to spoofed site. A phishing email recently spammed out uses the name of security firm Sophos to lend credence to a fake malware alert, designed to… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2007/08/phish-poses-sophos-malware-alert/

Facebook users warned of phishing dangers

41% happy to hand out personal data to strangers.
41% happy to hand out personal data to strangers. Research carried out by Sophos has found that 41% of users of hugely popular social networking site Facebook risk revealing… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2007/08/facebook-users-warned-phishing-dangers/

House of Lords warns of e-crime fears

Report recommends harder, smarter fight against online dangers.
Report recommends harder, smarter fight against online dangers. A major report by the Science and Technology Committee of the UK's House of Lords has found the internet to be rife… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2007/08/house-lords-warns-e-crime-fears/

57% of spam scam sites hosted in US

Study investigates sites and servers linked to from spam.
Study investigates sites and servers linked to from spam. A detailed investigation into the distribution and usage of webservers to host the various 'scams' pushed by spam… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2007/08/57-spam-scam-sites-hosted-us/

Malware and phishing cost US users $7 billion in two years

Survey finds 1 in 4 risk of being hit by viruses, spyware and scams.
Survey finds 1 in 4 risk of being hit by viruses, spyware and scams. US consumer watchdog Consumer Reports has unveiled its annual 'State of the Net' study, showing serious numbers… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2007/08/malware-and-phishing-cost-us-users-7-billion-two-years/

26 phishing arrests in Italy

Police swoop on Poste Italiane spam scam gangs.
Police swoop on Poste Italiane spam scam gangs. In a first for Italy, the Guardia Di Finanza has made 26 arrests from two separate groups of phishing fraudsters, in the culmination… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2007/07/26-phishing-arrests-italy/

UK users ignoring security issues

Surveys find public in the dark and careless about sensitive data.
Surveys find public in the dark and careless about sensitive data. Several surveys out this week have shown the UK public is failing to take basic security precautions to protect… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2007/06/uk-users-ignoring-security-issues/

100,000 new phishing sites set up in 7 days

IBM sees huge rise in kit-build scam sites.
IBM sees huge rise in kit-build scam sites. Phishing watchers at IBM's X-Force research team have recorded an enormous burst of phishing activity in the last seven days, with over… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2007/06/100-000-new-phishing-sites-set-7-days/

Phisher gets six years

Californian receives 70-month prison sentence, avoids 101 years behind bars.
Californian receives 70-month prison sentence, avoids 101 years behind bars. A Californian man, found guilty in January this year of operating a phishing scheme aimed at scamming… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2007/06/phisher-gets-six-years/

Phishing techniques and technology revealed

Serious software used to analyse phished data, and a phisher talks.
Serious software used to analyse phished data, and a phisher talks. Some insights into the workings of phishing scams were revealed this week, as a sophisticated tool designed to… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2007/05/phishing-techniques-and-technology-revealed/

Phishing moves into more new areas

Surveys, phone lines, USB sticks and call girls the latest tactics for spammers and phishers.
Surveys, phone lines, USB sticks and call girls the latest tactics for spammers and phishers. The latest social-engineering methods being put to use by phishers show no let up in… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2007/05/phishing-moves-more-new-areas/

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