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Catch of the Day: The Amazon Holiday Grinch

Dec 20, 2018 2:02:08 PM / by Stephen Ferrell posted in catch of the day

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How many boxes are piling up at your front door? I will confess I now have three Alexa’s and have accidentally setup a subscription for AA batteries. If you ever need batteries, I’m your man. With the North Pole’s recent Reindeer weight, and carriage regulations Santa is now required to send 90% of his Christmas deliveries from Amazon directly.

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Nobody is Safe From Spear Phishing Attacks

Dec 18, 2018 5:06:35 PM / by Stephen Ferrell posted in phishing attempt, phishing attack, phishing emails, business reputation, phishing solution

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 According to statista.com IT Security spending in 2018 in the United States alone will reach $66B - an incredible number.

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Intuit TurboTax Scams Are Back!

Nov 27, 2018 2:14:37 PM / by Stephen Ferrell posted in phishing attempt, phishing solution, spear phishing, domain spoofing, email scam, phishing email examples

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It is said that that the only things in life that are guaranteed are death and taxes, and with the end of year hurtling towards us, tax season is underway. I can barely remember when my birthday is, but April 15th is a date that never slips any of our minds. The phishing attack we’re sharing today is a clever attempt at domain spoofing, and plays off the victim’s anxieties by amping up the fear that their TurboTax account has been compromised.

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Catch of The Day: Malware-laden Thanksgiving Cards

Nov 20, 2018 11:38:57 AM / by Stephen Ferrell posted in phishing attack, phishing email examples, phishing attempt, domain spoofing

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Imagine scanning your inbox and seeing a “Thanksgiving Greetings” email from your boss. How sweet! What a nice break between everyday messages to read a short email wishing you Thanksgiving Greetings. The email has an attachment called “Greeting Card 2018.”  Maybe this card has a picture of the new puppy, or their beach house? ...

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Not So Wells Fargo: A Stinky Phish Story

Nov 14, 2018 12:35:13 PM / by Stephen Ferrell posted in phishing attempt, email scam, phishing email examples

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When you hear an anecdotal story of a distant acquaintance being snagged by a Phishing attempt it often conjures a questioning of their smarts, but friends there is little about today’s catch that even the most phishing aware would immediately spot, further as we’ll show below, Phish Fence caught this beauty long before anyone else even noticed.  

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Who Would Steal from a Charity? Cybercriminals

Nov 13, 2018 9:18:59 AM / by Stephen Ferrell posted in email scam, domain spoofing, phishing email examples, spear phishing

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I’ve been around technology in the professional sense for about 20 years. As a wee nipper I wrote my first program on my tape drive Amstrad CPC464 in 1987. I made a stick figure run across the screen, he would only ever get halfway though, a bit like me on a jog, but I digress.

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Catch of the Day: Zero Day = Zero Font Attack

Oct 30, 2018 2:57:15 PM / by Stephen Ferrell posted in phishing attack, phishing email examples, phishing attempt, domain spoofing

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I can’t resist writing this blog!! Today’s Catch of the Day falls under one of the many tactics that cyber criminals utilize to bait users into taking action. 

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Phishing Extortion Scam - Bitcoin Blackmail Blocked

Oct 24, 2018 1:52:24 PM / by Stephen Ferrell posted in phishing attack, phishing emails, business reputation, phishing solution, phishing, phishing attempt, email scam

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“I took a screenshot through the camera of your device, synchronizing with what you are watching... I think that you do not want all your contacts to get these files, right? If you are of the same opinion, then I think that $811 is quite a fair price to destroy the dirt I created.”

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INKY Catch of the Day: Phishing attack gets shut down with INKY phish fence

Oct 23, 2018 9:30:00 AM / by Stephen Ferrell posted in phishing email examples, phishing attack, phishing solution

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The United States Postal Service, they drive on the right, and as the saying goes; neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. I must be honest, things do breakdown a bit when it snows. That said, of all our much-maligned public services is there any group of people we trust more than the United States Postal Service? When was the last time you lost a letter or had a package compromised? It’s with that backdrop of trust that today’s catch of day arrives…

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