The "Girl killed herself video" bait-and-switch scam on Facebook, now in its fifth year, is back.
Here are three tips to help us stamp these scams out at last.
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Kristy Ross, employee at rogue anti-virus pushers Innovative Marketing Inc., dragged her appeal against her whopping $163 million fine through the courts for years - and has lost. Do you think the fine fits the crime?
Our colleagues at SophosLabs pointed us at a interesting item of malware the other day, namely a data-stealing Trojan aimed at Mac users.
Paul Ducklin looks at how the attack unfolds...
It has been a busy week for cyber law enforcement this week. Two interesting sentences were handed out to a 24-year-old American hacker, as well as 49-year-old Ukrainian national Roman Vega, co-founder of CarderPlanet.
Chet and Duck dig into the good and bad of the week's news, from the amusing "Happy Hour Virus", through Twitter's implementation of forward secrecy, to LG's data-grabbing TVs and the company's unamusingly casual attitude...
Not only was the Justin Bieber-Selena Gomez sex tape fake, it weaseled Facebook session account tokens out of many who clicked on it, then replicated itself onto their newsfeeds. Facebook's tried and tried to scrape the guy off, it says, but he keeps coming back for more.
The rise of online dating has been spotted by cyber-crooks looking to exploit every weakness of the web-using world. Poor "Tony" lost $500,000 (CAD) to online scammers after being pulled into a complex, long-term fake romance con by a man he met on a dating site.
Hack not lest ye be hacked yourself, says researcher Josh Long. The "Facebook Hacking Site" actually leads hacker-wannabes into receiving premium SMS texts that jack up their phone bills and may also collect login details, he's found.
Once every three months, we tot up our country-by-country spamtrap statistics for the previous quarter and calculate the Dirty Dozen.
Of course, this is one "competition" in which getting promoted into the Premier Division - the SPAMMIERSHIP - is a cause for disappointment, not jubilation...
The crime was allegedly carried out with the help of mobile remote deposit capture, which entails sending a scan or photo of your check to your bank, leaving the original paper copy to, evidently, burn a hole in your pocket, given that there's currently no real-time duplicate detection databases in place.
Do you know someone who's been scammed online?
Chances are that you do - or you may have been scammed yourself.
The National Consumer Fraud Week aims to spread the word about how to avoid becoming a victim online.
Beware the auto seller on Craigslist who says he'll send photos on request - he could well be a crook who sends files packed with malware, the FBI has warned.
Fake anti-virus is mostly for Windows, with OS X a long way back in second place. But other operating systems aren't exempt from the depredations of cybercriminals.
Paul Ducklin shows you round some recently-discovered Android scareware...
Facebook phishers are targeting Page owners with a bogus message supposedly sent from Facebook Security. They've had such a trying time with stolen Pages, the posers say, that they simply must delete them all. Except yours! Yours has High Quality Content - initial capitalization and all!
What happens when a scammer decides to marry fake anti-virus and bogus support calls?
Paul Ducklin has a bit of a weekend chuckle at the result...
Even if you are used to phishing scams, it still pays to take the occasional look at a scam campaign, just to remind yourself not to let your guard down.
Paul Ducklin digs into a recent "tax refund" phish with an added Man-in-the-Middle attack...
A government department in New Zealand has had to apologise twice after mixing up CC: and BCC: when apologising for mixing up CC: and BCC:.
It's a really easy mistake to make, so take a moment to remind yourself why it's a bad idea...