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“TrojanBanker.Activator.a” Fake Windows Activation

 August 1, 2011

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

A new infection has been spreading on the Internet targeting Windows users. In fact, it is a Trojan horse that pretends to be a Windows Activation program. Once infected, you will receive a professional looking screen simulating Microsoft Windows Activation which will state that you need to re-activate your Windows...

Beware of ‘Wrong Transaction’ Hotel Spam

 July 30, 2011

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

If you get an email message telling you a hotel has erroneously charged your credit card account, be careful. The odds are that it’s part of a new spam campaign that could infect your computer. The messages started popping up in recent days and there are already many variants of...

IDBI Bank Phishing Scam

 July 29, 2011

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

It is now IDBI Bank getting targeted for phishing attacks. A mail carrying subject line : “IDBI BANK VERIFICATION MESSAGE!!” is being circulated containing an .html file as an attachment. If you click to open the .html file, it displays a fake IDBI bank login form. This form gets displayed...

“You have 1 message from Twitter Administration” Spam

 July 28, 2011

Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Have you seen the following message? It is a new fake Twitter administrator spam message that is being circulated. A new social engineering trick involves using Twitter-like emails to encourage users to click on links. The link, of course, doesn’t go where it claims to go. You’ll only find out...

MasterCard spam leads to Fake AV

 July 28, 2011

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

We’re seeing a significant “spam attached malware” campaign in the past 48 hours with different attachment MD5s. 3305f83abf31fc66fa8f588b35be8eb2 8e3331b64a5884e1ef4f4c8a3d09bc7a The username portion of the email sender is random, using a classic misspelling that has been consistent. Usernames are a single word, followed by a “.”, “_” or “-“, followed by...

Dad Drops His Daughter to Try to Catch a Baseball – Facebook Scam

 July 26, 2011

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

The video of a dad dropping his daughter while trying to catch a baseball at an LA Dodgers Vs. Florida Marlins game made for a widely viewed video. Such videos often get popular on YouTube. Spammers have targeted the popularity of this video and have begun to spread spam on...

IRS Notification Letter Email scam

 July 26, 2011

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

The Chepvil malware which comes via email as an attachment is using another trick to spread itself. You may receive an email stating to be from IRS.gov and with the subject line – “IRS Notification Letter”. The email is as shown below: The attachment comes with the name ‘IRS document.rar’....

“System process at address 0x3BC3 have just crashed” Ransomware

 July 25, 2011

Estimated reading time: 1 minute

“System process at address 0x3BC3 have just crashed, please follow these steps to deactivate it from your system.” This is a fraudulent system error warning that alerts users of an erroneous system risk and then prompts users to call the premium-rate phone number mentioned to resolve the apparent issue. This...

Phone Hacking: Are we safe?

 July 19, 2011

Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Recent international news about the hacking of celebrities phones by news reporters from News of the World, a now defunct British tabloid newspaper published by News International, are doing the rounds. The allegations state that the individuals and reporters working for the newspaper are engaged in phone hacking. All this...