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September 29, 2009  12:58 AM

New IRS Scam and It Could Cost You More Than Taxes!



Posted by: Ken Harthun
data stealer, E-mail scam, IRS Phishing, keylogger, Security, Social Engineering, Trojan

You usually see this around tax season, but it seems the cyber-crooks have figured out that fear of the IRS is an evergreen topic.

US-CERT is aware of public reports of malicious code circulating via spam email messages related to the...

July 27, 2009  8:50 PM

“Of Course, I Never Reply to Spam – Except Sometimes”



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Botnet, E-mail scam, Email security, Phishing, Secure Computing, Security, security awareness, spam

Sounds funny, doesn't it?  But that's part of the title of a consumer survey recently completed by the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG): "A...

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July 18, 2009  3:20 PM

Fraud Alert: eBay, craigslist Broken?



Posted by: Ken Harthun
E-mail scam, eBay Fraud, Fraud, Scam, Security

Bruce Schneier’s June 19, 2009 post Fraud on eBay stands as a testament to the fact that all is not well with the online auction giant.

I expected selling my computer on eBay to be...


June 30, 2009  1:32 AM

Accused Spam King Alan Ralsky Pleads Guilty



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Botnet, Cybercrime, E-mail scam, Scam, spam

Once again, I’m behind on the news. This Security Fix report is almost a week old:

Alan Ralsky, a 64-year-old...


June 29, 2009  7:01 PM

Spam, Phishing, and Malware Related to Recent Celebrity Deaths



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Cybercrime, E-mail scam, Identity Theft, Malware, Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering

Michael Jackson malware? Farrah Fawcett phishing attempts? Billy Mays spam? Ed McMahon notifies you—from the other side of the grave--that you’ve just won the million-dollar Publisher’s Clearinghouse (but you have to send him some money, first)? Yes, expect it. US-CERT is monitoring...


April 30, 2009  1:21 AM

Swine Flu Breeds Spam



Posted by: Ken Harthun
E-mail scam, Email security, Scam, Security, spam

As usually happens with major disaster events—in this case the impending Swine Flu pandemic—email scammers are busy perpetrating pharmaceutical and other types of scams. In some cases, they’re using celebrity names to grab attention. Spam is hitting inboxes with various subjects. The...


April 15, 2009  12:31 AM

Beware U.S. Tax Phishing Scams



Posted by: Ken Harthun
E-mail scam, Email security, IRS Phishing, Scam, Tax scam

It's tax time in the U.S. and with that generally comes an increase in the number of phishing scams directed at taxpayers. The IRS, whether we like them or not, has an excellent anti-scam/anti-phishing web site. One key thing to remember is that the IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications...


October 17, 2008  1:26 AM

Beware of E-Mail Scam Targeting Microsoft Customers



Posted by: Ken Harthun
E-mail scam, email, Email security, Security, spam, Trojan

The latest e-mail scam targeting Microsoft customers delivers the Backdoor:Win32/Haxdoor trojan as an attachment. The email looks like this:

Dear Microsoft...


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