Tag Archives: Cyber crime

Spammers Use New Technique for Bait-and-Switch Ploy

Spammers are now establishing their own fake URL-shortening services to perform URL redirection, which has led to an increase in spam by 2.9 percentage points this month, according to new research. The Symantec May 2011 MessageLabs Intelligence Report reveals that in a bait-and-switch ruse, scammers supply legitimate shortened URLs in …

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Travel, Education Industries Most 'Phish Prone'

The top five industries most susceptible to cyber crime include travel, education, financial services, government services and IT services, according to a recent phishing experiment conducted among small and medium enterprises featured in the latest Inc. 500 and Inc. 5000 listings. Cybersecurity awareness training firm KnowBe4 sent out a simulated …

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Dog Lovers Fall Prey to 'Heartless Scammers'

Dog lovers are the latest victims of cyber crooks, with at least $9,000 being lost to cyber criminals in western Africa, alone,  The West Australian reports. In the past two months, nine people lost between $350 and $1,800 after attempting to buy a a puppy online after responding to ads …

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Cyber Crime Rises in Canada

Canada is the new breeding ground for cyber criminals and is experiencing a 319 percent increase in phishing sites, ranking second behind the U.S. in hosting malicious sites, according to the Financial Post. Senior Security Research Manager for cybersecurity firm Websense Patrik Runald said while the number of servers hosting …

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Cybersecurity Top Priority in Austria

What is the biggest threat facing Austria these days? Cyber attacks. According to an Austrian magazine report, the country’s defense department is refocusing its defense efforts on protecting the country from cyber threats. The initial threat of a military attack is no longer apparent. In the 21st century, a solid …

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Proposed Bill Would Curb Cyber Crime in Africa

Two of Africa’s key institutions are working to draft a proposed bill that would deal with the growing problem of cyber crime on the continent, Business Day reports. UN Economic Commission for Africa and the AU Commission are working closely to ensure legislation against Internet-based criminal activity, Aida Opoku-Mensah, a …

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Norton Unveils Global Effort to Fight Cyber Crime

Norton has announced the launch of a cybersecurity institute, which will bring together the company, law enforcement and consumer safety groups to fight cyber crime around the world. “Cyber crime is a global epidemic that can’t be solved by one company or law enforcement agency alone; keeping the Internet safe …

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South Pacific Nation of Tonga Hosts Cybersecurity Workshop

Tongan capital Nuku’alofa is currently hosting a regional workshop to address regional and national demands to ramp up cybersecurity efforts. The workshop will focus on the development of necessary policies and legislative frameworks to improve security and battle cyber crimes, according to Tonga news community Taimia Media. “The growing threat …

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Malaysia Steps Up Cybersecurity Battle

The Malaysian specialist center for cybersecurity has lined up five projects under the 10th Malaysia Plan to fight the increasing cyber crime threat in the nation, according to Bernama. Among the new projects CyberSecurity Malaysia has already realized includes Cyber999, a public service that provides emergency response to cybersecurity-related emergencies …

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Scammers Target Love-lorn Online Daters

IC3, the FBI’s cyber crime center, is warning the public to be cautious of romance scams in which scammers target individuals looking for love or friendship online. Scammers prowl chat rooms, dating sites and social networking sites looking for victims, who typically are 40 years old and divorced, widowed, elderly …

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FBI’s Gordon Snow Testifies on Cyber Threats

Assistant director for the cyber division of the FBI, Gordon Snow, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on crime and terrorism this week to talk about how the bureau is responding to the ongoing threat of cyber crime terrorism. Snow discussed the overall cyber threat and said he couldn’t …

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