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Author Archives: Chris Boyd

Fake Twitter DM emails leads to Canadian Pharma spam

Fake Twitter DM emails leads to Canadian Pharma spam

on December 27, 2012

We’re seeing quite a few of these “Can I use your…” style messages arriving in mailboxes, taking the form of fake Twitter DM notifications. The most common fakeouts seem to be asking about videos and photographs. Click to Enlarge Hello, …

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Ransomware Locks Desktop with Survey Offers

Ransomware Locks Desktop with Survey Offers

on December 15, 2012

Ransomware – malicious files designed to lock an end-user out of their desktop while demanding lots of money in return – have been a bit of a plague this year, perhaps stealing the limelight from Ye Olde Fake AV as …

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Sheamus themed wrestling site is all about the Kayfabe

Sheamus themed wrestling site is all about the Kayfabe

on December 10, 2012

I stopped watching wrestling around the time of Bret Hart, Ric Flair, Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior (and I thought the last guy mentioned here was a type of low-fat biscuit) but someone, somewhere wants to make a little …

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Fake PayPal Emails: Windows 8 and Vintage Photo Collections

Fake PayPal Emails: Windows 8 and Vintage Photo Collections

on December 7, 2012

If you want to panic over a mysterious transaction on Ebay to the tune of $564.48 for a “Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Anytime Upgrade”, then this is probably the email you’ve been waiting for. It reads: You have made an …

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Spam gets Socl

Spam gets Socl

on December 6, 2012

Microsoft have thrown open the gates to their new social network, Socl (which has a faint whiff of Pinterest about it and is also pronounced “social”. No, really). It didn’t take spammers very long to sink their claws in: below …

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Fake delivery notification gets confused, has nice lie down

Fake delivery notification gets confused, has nice lie down

on December 5, 2012

Looks like some scammers had a bit of a mix-up while counting out their cash on a gold plated yacht. Click to Enlarge Here’s the contents of the mail. The text in bold is a not-very-subtle clue: “The UPS Office“: …

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Bieber / Gomez Sextape Spam Shuffles across Twitter

Bieber / Gomez Sextape Spam Shuffles across Twitter

on December 4, 2012

Selena Gomez! I’ve no idea who she is, and she is apparently most well known for being a character I’ve never heard of in a program I’ve never seen. So, off to a good start then. I know who that …

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Festive UPS Delivery Notice Serves up Fake AV

Festive UPS Delivery Notice Serves up Fake AV

on November 28, 2012

There may only be 26 days until Christmas, but you can get your hands on a jolly bundle of “My computer is on fire and would you like a mince pie” considerably faster than that. Here’s a rather seasonal looking …

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The Fail is Strong with This One: Angry Birds Star Wars Android SMS Sender

The Fail is Strong with This One: Angry Birds Star Wars Android SMS Sender

Back in April, fake copies of Angry Birds Space were in circulation – with the recent release of Angry Birds Star Wars, scammers have caused  a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of phones cried out in terror and were …

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Fake “Beyonce Nude” Flickr Fakeout leads to Shenanigans

Fake “Beyonce Nude” Flickr Fakeout leads to Shenanigans

on November 26, 2012

It’s entirely possible that someone is onto a good money thing when the third result in Google for “Beyonce nude” is a stray Flickr account up to a little spamming, using a tried and tested caper that isn’t typically seen …

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