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    With the ostensibly harmless nature of adware, we are constantly tricked into believing that they are nothing but online nuisances. But underneath, they are marketing-engineered software that could potentially carry malicious programs to target your browsing behavior and spy on your other online activities. What is adware and why does it exist? Upfront, adware are just annoying ads that pop up every now and then. They come in an assortment of freeware such as toolbars and plugins, icons, wallpapers, advanced search ...

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    In the early 2000s, Africa gained notoriety due to the 419 “Nigerian” scam. This scam involved making payments in exchange for a reward for helping so-called high-ranking Nigerian officials and their families. While all the scams may not have necessarily originated from Africa, the use of Nigerian officials was imprinted upon the public consciousness, thereby forever associating this scam with the continent. Web Defacement as a Popular Form of Protest The 419 scam isn’t the only cybercrime activity in the area. Web ...

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    At the tail end of July, we wrote about Gizmodo Brazil being compromised by cybercriminals in order to lead visitors into downloading backdoor malware into their machine. This is of course a very big deal, since it is a rather large and noteworthy website being hacked into - but it's par for the course for the region, seeing as the modus operandi of criminals that target Brazilian users typically resort to compromised websites and hosts in order to host malware and ...




    Summertime has become synonymous with blockbuster movies. Unfortunately, these movies have become a go-to social engineering lure used by cybercriminals. Just like in previous years, Trend Micro engineers searched for possible threats related to movies released during the summer. This year, 22 Jump Street was the top movie used for social engineering. Transformers: Age of Extinction and Maleficent ranked second and third, respectively. Where are these supposed streaming sites advertised? Tumblr ranks first, followed by WordPress and Blogspot. Figure 1. Commonly used ...

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    While new threats are emerging that hit new avenues or targets like PoS systems and cryptocurrencies, old threats like phishing remains to be an effective means of gathering user data. A simple spam email that leverages holidays, online shopping, release of anticipated gadgets, and hot/current news items can redirect unsuspecting users to survey scams and phishing pages that ask for their credentials and personal identifiable information (PII). A very recent example of this is the attacks we saw leveraging the interest around the World ...

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