You may be familiar with cold calls where someone pretending to be from Microsoft is telling you that your computer is infected and needs to be repaired ASAP.
In most cases, if you said you were running a Mac instead of Windows, the scammers would hang up and move on to the next victim.
This might change soon.
We came across a company called Speak Support that advertised its Mac technical support on Bing:
Their website states that they have an “elite band of tech support experts” and that “Apple Consultants are online” waiting for your call:
One of the few criminal requirements that transcends time and the physical/cyber realm is the need for money mules, or a person who transfers money acquired illegally on the behalf of others.
In the physical criminal world, the mule is paid for their service of either using a courier service or hand delivering money obtained through various methods of crime.
In the cyber world, the mule might transfer the money without ever knowing they are committing a crime.
In a blog posted today titled “Fuel for the Mule: Fake Secret Shopper Site a Dangerous Proposition” by Chris Boyd, aka @paperghost, on the ThreatTrack Security blog; Boyd talks about a Bolivian website that was hacked and now hosts a money mule scam disguised as a Walmart Secret Shopper Page.
Just last month, antivirus companies discovered a new ransomware known as Cryptolocker.
This ransomware is particularly nasty because infected users are in danger of losing their personal files forever.
Today is a big day for Apple and their millions of users worldwide who are waiting to hear about the latest features for the new iPhone.
The Cupertino-based company was set to unveil what many hope to be big additions in order to stay in the game and compete against Android.
Meanwhile, the bad guys seem to be more interested in robbing Apple users than rejoicing about the big news of the iPhone 5S.
Phishing emails are being sent en masse to harvest people’s Apple ID. The emails contain links to external phishing websites:
I suppose we all saw this coming, ransomware authors are now posing as the NSA, claiming to be using the PRISM system to identify users performing illegal activities and demanding payment for their system to be unlocked.
This new discovery was found by security researcher Kafeine on his blog, an article labeled “Prism themed ransomware – Kovter evolution.”
The ransomware appears after a user has either executed the malware (via trickery no doubt) or by being hit by a drive-by exploit. After some time, the malware covers the screen and makes it impossible for the user to get around the ransom notice by disabling the Task Manager and forcing the notice to the front of the screen; typical ransomware stuff.
Screenshot courtesy of Kafeine @ Malware Don’t Need Coffee