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    Recently, I received a rather unusual call that claimed to be from National Australia Bank (NAB), one of the four largest banks in Australia. The caller had my complete name and my address. They claimed that they had flagged a suspicious transaction from my account to an Alex Smith in New Zealand to the tune of 700 Australian dollars. They needed my NAB number to confirm if the transaction was legitimate. There was just one problem with this seemingly plausible call: ...

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    2013 was another year marked by many changes - for good and bad - in the threat landscape. Some threats waned, others grew significantly, while completely new threats emerged and made life difficult for users. What remained constant, however, were the threats against the safety of digital information. In this entry, we present some of these threats that were seen last year. These are described in more detail in our roundup titled Cashing In On Digital Information Cybercrime: Banking Malware, CryptoLocker Grow; ...

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    Recently, the German Federal Office for Information Security disclosed that the email accounts of up to 16 million users had been compromised. The computers of these users were infected with information-stealing malware which were used to steal these login credentials. The German government has set up a page where users can check if their email accounts have been compromised. We recommend that users in Germany check their accounts, as we're seeing a re-occurrence of certain scams which rely on compromised email accounts. Recently, ...

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    We’ve seen "get Twitter followers" scams in the past, but a recent one stood out for a very good reason: it actually delivers what it promises—and then some. This scam tries to attract potential victims by using tweets with the phrase “GET MORE F0LL0WERS” and a URL that is apparently from Google. (In this particular case, Google is just used as a redirector to the scammer's site.) It also uses Twitter's Discover feature and trending topics to boost its visibility. It ...

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    Fake Flash player scams have been around for a long time, but remarkably they still haven't gone away. Now, they're targeting users in Turkey. A recent attack that we found starts off with a video link sent to users via Facebook's messaging system (sent in Turkish). This "video" prompts users to install a Flash Player update ; it actually installs a browser extension that blocks access to various antivirus sites. It also sends a link to the "video" to the victim's ...

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