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The good news is you don’t have cancer…


Monday, March 17, 2014 by Andrew Conway

…the bad news is that if you tried to see your diagnosis you just installed a trojan on your system which stole your credit card number and bank account login. A recent spam attack in the UK pretends to be a notification from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) saying that you […]

Android SMS Spambot Update – SpamSoldier


Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Andrew Conway

Yesterday we told you about an Android trojan used to send SMS spam. Currently, the versions of this malware being distributed by the spammer are: angrybirds.apk MD5 = a0e7a47c6b3582f9c9a4c5166eb0eace gtavicecity.apk MD5 = a8de900d9ff269455f4344b8e8409699 needforspeed.apk MD5  = c18bc53d74e8a6926453a8c86355501a The Command and Control server has moved to pinktrash.mobi, though imperialistic.mobi is still functional for the handsets infected […]

Video about the UPS “package not delivered” scam


Friday, December 02, 2011 by Angela Knox

Mashable did a video spot about the blog post we did earlier this week: Cyber Monday UPS package not delivered email fraud http://mashable.com/2011/11/28/ups-package-not-delivered-scam/

When is an email from PayPal, not really from PayPal?


Monday, August 08, 2011 by Angela Knox

Take a look at this message and see if you can tell if it came from PayPal or not? Fig 1. Fake Email from PayPal. This email is NOT from PayPal.  It’s from a spammer, who wants you to go to your browser and open the “AccountValidation.html” page that he or she has attached. Why […]

I spy something with my little eye


Friday, April 15, 2011 by James Hoddinott

They say things come in threes so, on the back of the Rustock and Coreflood takedowns in recent weeks, it has emerged that last week the UK’s Police Central e-Crime Unit has, as part of a larger international investigation, arrested 3 men in connection with using the SpyEye trojan. This particular trojan is used primarily to steal […]

Another Botnet Takedown: Coreflood Bites the Dust!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011 by David LaMacchia

Quickly following the Rustock Botnet takedown (see “Will Microsoft’s Takedown of Rustock Drive Spammers Outside the United States?”), the Department of Justice and the FBI, again in coordination with Microsoft, have taken the Coreflood Botnet offline.  Coreflood, a trojan able to conduct massive Denial of Service attacks, also steals sensitive information from an infected computer.  […]


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