More Phishers On Twitter

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A Twitter exchange. Virgin ask Dom for his address - which he gives. Then they ask for his full credit card details. He refuses.

My mate Dom was moaning to his ISP on Twitter. They sent him a private message so they could look into his account. Blimey! Thankfully, that was a pretty brazen and inept attempt at phishing. Anyone asking for all your card details like that should set the alarm bells ringing. Of course, phishers often target…

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Scammers registering date-based domain names

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An SMS saying there's a problem with your phone bill.

Yesterday, January 2nd, my wife received a billing alert from her phone provider. Luckily, she’s not with EE – because it’s a pretty convincing text. That domain name is specifically designed to include the day’s date. If you’re stood up on a crowded train, with your phone screen cracked, would you notice that a .…

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Stop! You're talking to fake customer services on Twitter!

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Ever had a moan at your bank on Twitter? You’re not alone – it’s one of the most popular ways to interact with large companies. But how can you be sure that you’re actually talking to the real customer services team? There’s been a worrying rise in the number of fake accounts which attempt to…

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Training Customers To Be Stupid

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Companies face a complicated choice. Make things easy for the customers, or make things secure for them. Convenience seems to take priority most of the time. This forces companies to get their customers to risk their own security. In this example, we see Verizon Wireless asking their customers to type their passwords into Twitter for…

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Anatomy of an Amazon Phishing Attack

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Phishing is the devious practice of tricking users into giving away their usernames and passwords to fraudulent sites. It is big business, and the best defence against it is constant vigilance. I’m going to walk you, step-by-step, through a scam that targetted me today. Along the way we’ll see how to avoid falling prey to…

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Would you fall for this phishing scam?

by @edent | # # # # # | 5 comments | Read ~2,347 times.

Gmail is usually pretty good at stopping spam from reaching my inbox. When it slips up, it reminds me of just how terrifying the modern internet is. Early one morning, I received this email from someone I know (details redacted by me). It came from his email, it has his signature at the bottom. This…

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