Telephone scams in which callers claimed to be Microsoft ‘security experts’ offering to fix your computer first surfaced over five years ago. They’re still around and seemingly undergoing something of resurgence. The scammers can’t fix anything they just want your money.
It sometime seems that every other major business on the planet has outsourced its service centre to India. Banks, insurance companies, internet service providers, utility companies, even railway ticket booking services.
The reason for the front page news is the amount of damage they have caused worldwide: over $100 million attributed to GameOver Zeus alone, not to mention the amount of money extorted by Cryptolocker from its victims in exchange for file decryption keys.
In the last few days rogue software CryptoLocker and GameOver Zeus have received a lot of attention following an announcement by the US and European officials that they have temporarily managed to disrupt the system used by the malware.
And according to the UK’s National Crime Agency, UK citizens will have a two-week window to reduce the threat by strengthening their computer’s protection.
BullGuard already protects you against these two viruses: it detects them and successfully cleans the infected machines.
Global auction site, eBay is calling on its users to change their passwords.The move comes after hackers apparently got into one of its databases that contain encrypted passwords and email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth.
The company said it has conducted extensive tests across its networks and has found no evidence of user’s accounts being compromised.
Hackers have been targeting a security hole in the popular word processing application Word 2010. The attacks are limited at the moment to unnamed targets, possibly a number of organisations, but in the meantime Microsoft has issued a temporary fix pending a full investigation.
Microsoft has just announced that Word 2010 has a vulnerability that has already been exploited by hackers.
Yahoo, the world’s second largest email service, has revealed an attempted hack on customer’s email accounts. The company hasn’t said how many accounts have been hacked but it has said it is contacting those who have been affected.
Yahoo is believed to have about 273 million accounts worldwide, including 81 million in the US. If you’ve got a Yahoo account, and haven’t received a notification from the company, it’s worth changing your password anyway, just to be on the safe side.
It’s a Facebook-based plot that asks users to visit another web page in order to claim the voucher.
No doubt, if users visit the web page they’ll unwittingly end up with some kind of nasty malware on their machine.
Apparently, it can break into the accounts of about 100 different banks and uses just about every trick in the hacker’s handbook to do so. Moreover, there’s a widespread belief within the industry that it could do a lot of damage and potentially infect millions of vulnerable computers.
An email is in circulation allegedly written on behalf of the Winamp Team. It cleverly uses the same language as that used in the original announcement on the Winamp site, informing users about the closure.
On Thursday, a hacker group called Cyber Reloaded Offensive Gangstas (Cyber RoG), released in the wild two videos showing how to exploit a “Password Reset” vulnerability for Western Union and Sify Mail Service users.