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Author Archives: GFI Labs Team

SIR: Regions with High Piracy Rate Also Have High Malware Infection Rate

SIR: Regions with High Piracy Rate Also Have High Malware Infection Rate

on February 11, 2013

According to the special edition of the Security Intelligence Report (SIR) published in February 6 entitled “Linking Cybersecurity Policy and Performance”, Microsoft revealed an interesting correlation: regions with a high prevalence of piracy also have high rates of malware infection. This finding was based on …

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Email Threats Highlights: US Airways and American Airlines Spam

Email Threats Highlights: US Airways and American Airlines Spam

on February 8, 2013

Our researchers in the AV Labs found the following malicious spam campaigns related to airline flights that we’re highlighting this week: ‘Preferred Seat Order’ leads to malware infection. Patrons of American Airlines (AA) were targetted by online criminals via a surge of spam …

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SID 2013: Their Message is Our Mission

SID 2013: Their Message is Our Mission

on February 6, 2013

Yesterday, netizens took to social networks to celebrate and campaign with Insafe, a network of awareness centers in Europe that organizes an annual event every second Tuesdays of February called Safer Internet Day (SID). The objective of this event is to …

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Oracle Releases Early Patch to Address Java Flaw

Oracle Releases Early Patch to Address Java Flaw

on February 5, 2013

This time around, software giant Oracle released its quarterly patch 18 days ahead of schedule in order to finally address the latest 0-day critical Java flaw, CVE-2013-0422, that online criminals are currently and heavily taking advantage of. According to a note in …

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Tumblr Spamrun gets Personal on Facebook

Tumblr Spamrun gets Personal on Facebook

on February 4, 2013

Facebook scams involving free plane tickets aren’t a new thing, but we thought this was an interesting twist – the personal touch comes into play here. The Bit.ly stats for this one reveals at least 99 Tumblr blogs (all of …

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No Love for Lovebug

No Love for Lovebug

That lovable chap Lovebug1136 has started to crank out spam in time for Valentine’s Day, with four missives arriving in our spam trap starting from the 27th of January. All of them look like the below and point to variations on a …

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Paying for Skype Links? No Thanks…

Paying for Skype Links? No Thanks…

A site called Skype(dot)messenger-2013(dot)com was seen to be advertising downloads of Skype, and it resembled the real thing with the exception of a disclaimer at the bottom: Click to Enlarge “Membership is for unlimited access to our site’s resources. We …

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Retweet to Become Verified on Twitter? Not Likely…

Retweet to Become Verified on Twitter? Not Likely…

on February 1, 2013

There’s currently a number of “Twitter Verified” style accounts posting to Twitter, asking users to “Retweet to become verified”, or posting up peculiar minigames along the lines of “The last person to RT this Tweet becomes verified”. It’s all rather …

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Spammers Bank on Brazil Nightclub Blaze

Spammers Bank on Brazil Nightclub Blaze

on January 30, 2013

The Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil caught fire early Sunday morning after the band performing that time lit up fireworks meant only to be used outdoors on stage, causing the ceiling to flare up. The blaze took the lives …

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ICO Fined Sony for the PSN Hacking Back in 2011

ICO Fined Sony for the PSN Hacking Back in 2011

on January 28, 2013

Last April of 2011, Sony disclosed the massive hacking of its PlayStation Network (PSN), which exposed 77 million accounts, and warned their users about scams involving identity theft. Almost two years after this incident, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) fined …

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