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Top 5 Popular Cybercrimes: How You Can Easily Prevent Them Over the course of the past few years, hackers and cybercrooks armed with sophisticated malware have stolen literally hundreds of millions of dollars from online banking accounts and individuals all over the world. We have said it many times before in recent articles, the days of robbing banks in...
Fake Windows Support Calls Seek to Scam and Infect Computer Users with Malware Fake phone calls from crooks on the other end claiming to be a support team from a well-known entity is an increasing pandemic, which has claimed an alarming rate of victims in the recent weeks. There have been a large number of phone calls received by computer users in various countries from...
Spam Alert: Phishing Email Scam Titled 'Bank of America Alert: Account Suspended' We recently discovered a new phishing scam from a Bank of America spam email message that attempts to warn a computer user of an 'invalid login' resulting in a 'suspended banking account'. The spam message is ultimately a phishing scam that tries to lure computer users to a phishing site to...

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LockerGoga Ransomware

LockerGoga Ransomware screenshot

While security researchers have expected ransomware attacks to slow down in 2019, recent ransomware outbreaks remind us that we must remain ever vigilant. One such outbreak that made headlines involved a ransomware known as LockerGoga. The ransomware targeted Norwegian manufacturing company Norsk Hydro, one of the world's top aluminum producers, forcing it to halt operations in multiple factories. This severely hindered the company's production and caused its stocks to fall by 0.8 percent. It is also suspected that a variant of LockerGoga was used to target French engineering company Altran Technologies earlier in January. Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts the files of a...

Posted on March 31, 2019 in Ransomware

'National Consumer Center' Pop-Ups

'National Consumer Center' Pop-Ups screenshot

The 'National Consumer Center' pop-ups are connected to known online tactics. According to complaints, the 'National Consumer Center' pop-ups may claim that the computer user has won a free iPhone or some other similar costly prize. The 'National Consumer Center' pop-ups may include the legend 'National Consumer Center' in the upper left corner, with an official looking font, and advertisements on the right. These pop-ups are among the most common online tactics and may be used to intrude on the computer user's privacy. The 'National Consumer Center' pop-ups may be caused by adware components installed on the affected Web browser. However, the 'National Consumer Center' pop-ups also may...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Browser Hijackers

Movies123 Ads

Movies123 Ads screenshot

People who do not like paying for legal streaming services often end up either looking to download the media they are after illicitly or searching for Web pages that offer to stream pirated content for free. However, as it is said, there is no free lunch. Websites that host pirated media tend to work with a whole network of other dodgy actors. Mainly dubious advertisers who will try to sell you all sorts of shady products and subscriptions. A common trick used by dodgy websites like the Movies123 page is to try and trick the user into giving them permission to display browser notifications. Many legitimate websites ask for permission to send browser notifications, but their goal is to...

Posted on September 13, 2019 in Adware

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$$$ Ransomware

A new data-encrypting Trojan has emerged recently. The name of this new threat is $$$ Ransomware. As we can see by the name, the authors of the $$$ Ransomware are not hiding exactly what they are after – cash. Like the majority of ransomware threats, the $$$ Ransomware will make sure to encrypt all the data present on the compromised system including documents, images, videos, spreadsheets, presentations, audio files, databases, archives, etc. Often, authors of ransomware threats claim that the victim's data can only be restored with the decryption key they possess, but this is not always true. Propagation and Encryption < Malware analysts have not yet pinpointed the exact infection vector involved in the spreading of the $$$ Ransomware. Spam emails are a likely candidate, as this is one of the most common propagation methods used by...

Posted on January 29, 2020 in Ransomware

EnCiPhErEd Ransomware

Many creators of ransomware threats opt to take the easy route, and they base their threatening products on already existing ones, and often well-established, data-locking Trojans. This appears to be what the creators of the newly uncovered EnCiPhErEd Ransomware did.. The authors of this nasty Trojan have based their creation on the Xorist Ransomware. Taking this approach saves the cyber crooks a lot of time and effort, which is why it is so popular in the world of cybercrime. Propagation and Encryption The most commonly utilized infection vector, in regards to ransomware threats, is spam email campaigns. The attackers would target a large number of unsuspecting users who would receive an email that claims to be sent by a government body or a well-regarded company. Usually, the email contains a fake attachment and a bogus message that...

Posted on January 29, 2020 in Ransomware

'IFC Global Development Funding Program' Email Scam

One of the newest email tactics is known as the 'IFC Global Development Funding Program' email scam. This fraudulent scheme has been around since the dawn of the Internet, and countless users have fallen victim to online schemes. The Email Claims the User can Receive Up to $1,500,000 The 'IFC Global Development Funding Program' email scam appears to target users at random. The targeted users would receive an email stating that they are approved for a supposed fund as the message is titled 'IFC Fund Approved.' The con-artists go on to say that the users have been the lucky one selected from millions of others and they are eligible to receive a fund of up to $1,500,00 from a program called the 'IFC Global Development Funding Program.' Many users, even ones who may suspect something may not be right, might be tempted to follow the...

Posted on January 29, 2020 in Adware

Sciencedaily.news

The Sciencedaily.news page is yet another website that hosts no content of meaning or value. Fake pages like the Sciencedaily.news site serve one purpose only - to convince the visitor to authorize them to display Web browser notifications. Spams Users with Unwanted Advertisements The Sciencedaily.news website is likely tricking users into visiting their website by posing as an informative page that would contain interesting new from the world of science. However, this does not apply to this case, certainly, and the Sciencedaily.news page does not contain any valuable information or features. As soon as a visitor opens the Sciencedaily.news site, they will be asked to allow the site to display notifications in their Web browser. Genuine Web pages can provide useful notifications for their users, but bogus sites like the...

Posted on January 29, 2020 in Browser Hijackers

CryptoPatronum Ransomware

The CryptoPatronum Ransomware is one of the most recently spotted data-locking Trojans circulating the Web and seeking victims. Cybercriminals' interest in distributing ransomware threats do not seem to be winding down. Likely, the low-entry barrier and the fact that it is fairly easy to generate cash may be the main reasons behind the popularity of file-encrypting Trojans. Dealing with a ransomware threat is not a pleasant experience certainly – these Trojans would infiltrate your system, encrypt your data and blackmail you into paying them a fee. Propagation and Encryption There are several propagation methods that are very popular when it comes to infection vectors linked to ransomware threats. Spam emails containing macro-laced attachments, fake software updates, and downloads, torrent trackers, malvertising campaigns, bogus...

Posted on January 28, 2020 in Ransomware

2NEW Ransomware

Cybersecurity analysts spot new ransomware threats lurking on the Web almost daily. Building and propagating threats of this type are easier than one may think. There are many freely available ransomware-building kits that help low-level cybercriminals create and propagate data-encrypting Trojans that would lock their targets' data, enabling the attackers to extort the users for their hard-earned money. One of the last threats of this class has been dubbed the 2NEW Ransomware. This newly uncovered file-encrypting Trojan belongs to the notorious Dharma Ransomware family. The Dharma Ransomware family was the second most active ransomware family throughout the whole year of 2019, claiming numerous victims all around the world. Propagation and Encryption Malware researchers are not certain how the creators of the 2NEW Ransomware are...

Posted on January 28, 2020 in Ransomware

Younwild.com

The Younwild.com is a fake website, like numerous others, that has one sole purpose induce its visitors to grant it permission to display Web browser notifications. Web browser notifications can be very helpful as long as they are utilized correctly and are displayed by legitimate websites. For example, genuine Web pages can inform their visitors about breaking news, send them reminders, or inform them about new deals via the user's browser notifications. However, shady sites like the Younwild.com page utilize the users' Web browser notifications to flood them with unwanted and often irrelevant advertisements. Tricks Users into Permitting Web Browser Notifications Unfortunately, not only are the constant notifications irritating and disruptive, but they may be pushing fake services and low-quality products too. To generate revenue,...

Posted on January 28, 2020 in Browser Hijackers

Rewardsawesome.com

There are countless tricks used by con-artists online to generate revenue off the backs of unsuspecting users. One of the old tricks in the book is bogus giveaways and fake raffles. The operators of the Rewardsawesome.com website have taken this approach. This dodgy Web page would implement a variety of social engineering tricks to convince the user to follow its instructions. Attempts to Look Legitimate by Associating With Popular Brands Visitors of the Rewardsawesome.com website are likely to be presented with a fake pop-up window that claims they have won an amazing prize. However, the site would state that the user needs to follow the instructions they are presented with if they want to claim the amazing prize in question. In an attempt to make their page look legitimate, the operators of the Rewardsawesome.com website claim to be...

Posted on January 28, 2020 in Browser Hijackers

Usinesmycete.info

Like many other websites of this kind, the Usinesmycete.info is a dodgy page whose sole purpose is to trick its visitors into allowing it to display Web browser notifications. Such websites tend to trick users into believing they are hosting engaging content like an interesting video or a gallery of high-quality images. However, this is never the case, and if visitors fall for this trickery, they may allow the shady page to display notifications in their Web browser. Of course, Web browser notifications can be a useful tool if they are in the right hands. Legitimate websites often ask for permission to display Web browser notifications in order to keep their visitors up to date with new deals, latest gossip, or breaking news. However, dodgy websites like the Usinesmycete.info provide no content of value, and you should not allow them...

Posted on January 27, 2020 in Browser Hijackers

Xiny

Some cyber crooks prefer to target a low-hanging fruit instead of going after big fish. This is the case with the developers of the Xiny malware who have chosen to target users who are still using outdated software. This threat is a Trojan that targets exclusively Android devices. The Xiny Android Trojan targets outdated variants of the Android OS. This Android Trojan has been operating for several years now. Around 12% of the victims of the Xiny Trojan appear to be using Android 4, which is an OS that was first released back in 2011. Needless to say, using an OS that is nearly a decade old is neither safe nor wise. Outdated software usually has a number of vulnerabilities that can easily be exploited by cybercriminals. However, the Xiny Trojan is also capable of infiltrating devices that run Android versions 5 to 9. Capabilities Once...

Posted on January 27, 2020 in Malware

AlphaBetaCrypt Ransomware

Among the most popular threats online are data-locking Trojans. The popularity of these malware kind stems from the fact that any rookie cyber crook can build a threat using a ransomware building kit and quickly start generating cash. The AlphaBetaCrypt Ransomware is one of the newest threats of this type. This threat operates in a similar manner to most file-encrypting Trojans - compromises a user's system, locks their files, and then demands them to pay a ransom fee while promising to provide them with a decryption key. Propagation and Encryption Although there is no confirmation regarding the propagation method used in the distribution of the AlphaBetaCrypt Ransomware, there are some speculations. Malware researchers think that the likely infection vectors may include bogus application updates, malvertising campaigns, spam emails...

Posted on January 27, 2020 in Ransomware

Installflash-upgrade.com

Many low-level shady actors online choose to build dodgy websites that are used for the promotion of fake application updates. One of the most commonly pushed application updates are updates for the Adobe Flash Player. This trick is so popular because most regular users online would have the Adobe Flash Player installed on their system. While the majority of bogus application updates usually serve to promote the installation of PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs), some push more threatening software like Trojans. It would appear that the operators of the Installflash-upgrade.com website promote different applications periodically. Some visitors of the website report that they were asked to download and install a dodgy application meant to optimize their PC performance. Others state that the Installflash-upgrade.com page pushed a...

Posted on January 27, 2020 in Browser Hijackers

Zahkit.pro

Operators of dubious websites are known to use countless social engineering techniques to convince the users to take actions they otherwise would not. One of these tricks is tricking the visitor into believing that their dodgy website is hosting very entertaining content that they can only view if they comply with the website's requests. Often the page would require the user to either install a fake update of the Adobe Flash Player or click on the 'Allow' button they are presented with. The creators of the Zahkit.pro have taken the latter approach. Tricks Users into Allowing Web Browser Notifications Upon visiting the Zahkit.pro website, users will be asked to click on the 'Allow' button if they wish to view the content of the page. However, visitors of the Zahkit.pro site who click on the 'Allow' button will not be presented with the...

Posted on January 27, 2020 in Browser Hijackers

Dengelmeg.com

The Dengelmeg.com site is a page that would attempt to hijack your Web browser’s notifications to promote dodgy products and shady services. While Web browser notifications can be a useful tool if used the correct way, dubious websites only use them to bombard their visitors with unwanted and irrelevant advertisements. Promotes Dodgy Products and Shady Services Operators of dodgy pages like the Dengelmeg.com site tend to use a variety of tricks to get the user to allow them to display Web browser notifications. It would appear that the Dengelmeg.com site claims to host adult content as its visitors are asked to confirm their age. However, this is nothing more but a trick as clicking on the button that is meant to confirm your age will actually give the shady page permission to display browser notifications. It is far more likely for...

Posted on January 24, 2020 in Browser Hijackers

Seriorladded.info

There are countless shady websites online that do not host any valuable content and whose main goal is to promote dodgy products and bogus services. Among these dubious Web pages is the Seriorladded.info site. The operators of the Seriorladded.info generate revenue by hijacking their visitors' Web browser notifications and bombarding them with advertisements. Presents Visitors with a Bogus CAPTCHA To trick users into allowing the Seriorladded.info site to display Web browser notifications, the dodgy page would require them to click on the 'Allow' button that is supposedly going to confirm that they are not a robot. However, this is not a real CAPTCHA, and clicking on the 'Allow' button will enable the Seriorladded.info website to begin spamming the user with unwanted advertisements via their Web browser notifications feature. This is a...

Posted on January 24, 2020 in Browser Hijackers
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