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Author Archives: Jovi Umawing

About Jovi Umawing

Jovi Umawing is Communications and Research Analyst at GFI Software. With 10 years in the antivirus industry under her belt, this decorated technical documenter has written research papers, whitepapers, and various threat reports geared towards enterprise and consumer clients. Jovi has also written for eSecurity Planet and is now a regular contributor to the GFI Labs Blog.

Scammers Invite Facebook Users to Test the New PS4, XBox 720

Scammers Invite Facebook Users to Test the New PS4, XBox 720

on March 7, 2013

Exactly two weeks ago, Sony introduced the new PlayStation 4 (PS4) to the world in a press conference in New York. The only obvious problem that got people on the Web riled up was that Sony only showed the controller, …

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Valentine’s Day Threats: That Front Called “Love”

Valentine’s Day Threats: That Front Called “Love”

on February 14, 2013

If there is one thing Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas have in common, it’s online threats. We know this. But among these special occasions that we eagerly anticipate and almost don’t fail to celebrate, Valentine’s Day is probably the most personal …

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Fake Adobe Flash Updates Resurface on the Web

Fake Adobe Flash Updates Resurface on the Web

on January 24, 2013

Following the return of fake Google Chrome browser updates almost two weeks ago, online criminals are now banking on fake Adobe Flash Player updates to lure the unwary user into downloading malware onto their system. Matthew and Robert, two of our …

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Phishing Scam Spreads via Facebook PM

Phishing Scam Spreads via Facebook PM

on January 23, 2013

We’ve seen a number of cases wherein phishers have used compromised Twitter accounts to send direct messages (DMs) to their followers. We’re now beginning to see this same tactic used in Facebook in the form of private messages (PMs), and this isn’t …

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Phishers Target UnionBank of the Philippines Clients

Phishers Target UnionBank of the Philippines Clients

on January 21, 2013

We have been alerted by an ongoing phishing campaign that targets clients and online banking users of the UnionBank of the Philippines. The phishing URL, which is being sent to users in the form of spam, is found hosted on …

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New Year, New Old Threats

New Year, New Old Threats

on January 9, 2013

If there’s one thing we have to remember about certain Web threats—specifically those related to social networking and social media sites—and email threats, it is this: oftentimes, they come back to haunt us. Case in point, we have found an old …

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Profile Spy Resurrects on Eve of Mayan Apocalypse

Profile Spy Resurrects on Eve of Mayan Apocalypse

on December 21, 2012

Ah, Profile Spy, a once viral scam on Facebook and Twitter that entices users to check out who have been viewing their profiles. Today, on the eve of the rumored EoW, it has decided to rear its ugly head once more. …

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LinkedIn Spam: The Repeat

LinkedIn Spam: The Repeat

on December 19, 2012

Another slew of spam claiming to originate from LinkedIn has hit the wild Internet in less than 24 hours, according to the real time recording and tracking of email threats by our researchers in the AV Labs. The malicious spam, this time, poses …

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GFI Labs Email Roundup for the Week

GFI Labs Email Roundup for the Week

on December 18, 2012

Another week, another roundup of noteworthy email threats for the week. For this release, we’re covering the dates of December 10 to 14. “Mailbox Upgrade” Email is a Phish. If you’re using Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express, I’m sure you’re familiar …

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FTC: Data About Kids Still Being Shared Without Parents Knowing

FTC: Data About Kids Still Being Shared Without Parents Knowing

on December 11, 2012

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has recently released a survey report entitled Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade (PDF), which aimed to study “the privacy disclosures and practices of apps offered for children in the Google Play …

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