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Fake Internet Explorer 7
Installer Phishing Attacks
Internet Explorer is fast becoming my favorite browser again
and I was preparing to comment about my experiences here when I read
this threat alert on the US-Cert* website today.
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It's really important that everyone be aware that Clever Internet Thieves from all around the world are using very highly sophisticated and stealthy infiltration schemes to plant trojans, worms, viruses and other malware in their computers, and could even be secretly adding any one of us to their botnets.
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March 26, 2007
Fraudulent Telephone Tax Refunds,
Abusive Roth IRAs Top Off 2007 Dirty Dozen Tax Scams
With just a few weeks left to finish preparing your Tax Returns, don't allow yourself to be duped by some of the bogus tax avoidance information being circulated by scam artists
The Internal Revenue Service recently identified 12 of the most blatant scams affecting American taxpayers and warned people not to fall for schemes peddled by scamsters.
This year the Dirty Dozen highlights five new scams that IRS auditors and criminal investigators have uncovered. Topping off the list are fraudulent refunds being claimed in connection with the special Telephone Excise Tax Refund available to most taxpayers this filing season. The IRS is actively investigating instances of this scam involving tax preparers who are preparing inflated refund requests.
Also new to the Dirty Dozen this year are abuses pertaining to Roth IRAs, the American Indian Employment Credit, domestic shell corporations and structured entities.
Taxpayers shouldnt let their guard down, IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson said. Dont get taken by scam artists making outrageous promises. If you use a tax professional, pick someone who is reputable. Taxpayers should remember they are ultimately responsible for what is on their tax return even if some unscrupulous preparers have steered them in the wrong direction.
Learn how to recognize, and report these suspicious scams at the Internal Revenue Site HERE. It's more than worth the few minutes it'll take you to click over to this site and read through the top dozen Tax Fraud scams of the year.
Tags:tax fraudtax scams,
March 20, 2007
SPAM Getting You Down?
It Could be Worse
I just read an article in which David Sykes, Symantecs VP of Asia Pacific was quoted as saying that the current threat pattern hasn't changed much recently.
This is the quote that really caught my attention Bots are of most concern. Theres a major proliferation of bots, usually riding on back of spam. Its more about trying to get you onto fake website via social engineering techniques and trying to harness the power of a PC thats on 24x7 and can generate spam."
There are actually armies and herds of bots that are sold within the cyber criminal world. Any one of our Computers could be a part of these botnets without us being aware of it.
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I hope you encourage your family and friends to get this free guide - it could keep them from innocently sending infected email messages to you.
2007 Did your Computer change itself to
Time? Does it really matter to you?
If you're simply using your computer to send emails to family and friends, surf the Internet for recipes, garden tips, to play games, and similar stuff, a wrong computer clock setting shouldn't create any problems.
So, did your computer change to DST? Look down at the lower right hand corner of your monitor screen. If the display is an hour slow, simply right click on the time, and when
the dialog box pops up, click on "Adjust Date/Time".
An image will open showing a calendar and clock face. You can easily make any correction to the time by typing over the hour and minutes to match your actual Daylight Savings Time.
Wrong Date, Month, even Year? - Fix them, too. Then click OK and the small window will close.
That's fine for us everyday computer users, but if you depend upon Outlook or similar Time management software to schedule your appointments and get to meetings on time, you'll need to visit the Microsoft Update website through the links in Internet Explorer for update patches.
Look for a link at the top of your start menu, or use the Windows Update link in the Windows Control Panel.
If you use the Firefox Browser, type update.microsoft.com in the address bar or go to the the Microsoft Download Center for the necessary Daylight Savings Time patches.
Of course, you could ignore the whole thing and wait a few weeks - your computer will probably make the change to Daylight Savings Time for you.
Tags: daylight-saving-time Browser-tools
March 2, 2007
Major Pharming Attack on 50 financial institutions could have
included your bank
There was a pharming attack on over 50 financial institutions reported last week in the LavaSoft Company Blog. It targeted online customers in the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific. This is particularly unsettling to me because of the sophistication of the attackers and the clever twists they put into their scheme.
Attack exploits that redirect visitors to other sites are often referred to as "pharming".
The culprit website has since been shut down, but not before it was able to infect at least 1,000 PCs per day over a three day period.
If you were not a client of one of these financial institutions, you probably would not be inclined to open and read their baited messages.
But, assuming you were a client, you could more easily be lured to a website hosting malicious code exploiting a Microsoft critical vulnerability.
If you took the bait and clicked on the links in the message, and if your PC had not been updated with the appropriate Microsoft patches, your un-patched computer would have downloaded a Trojan.
That Trojan downloads five more files from a server in Russia, while all you see is an error message recommending that you shut off your firewall and anti-virus software.
When you visited any of the targeted sites with your infected PC, you would be redirected to a look-alike website that tracks your account login information and sends it to the Russian server.
You would then be redirected to the real banking site and you wouldn't have any clues as to what just occurred!
That attacker could then use your personal information for identity theft, fraud, or to sell to other criminals.
At the time of the Lavasoft Company blog report, it wasn't yet known if anyone had lost money. Among the targeted companies were Barclays Bank, the Bank of Scotland, PayPal, eBay, Discover Card and American Express.
As cyber-criminals keep showing us how clever they are and to what lengths they'll go to steal your private information, you need to keep your system updated, your PC secure, and never open any unsolicited email messages from your financial institutions!
Tags: pharming,Browser-tools phishing
February 23, 2007 Browser Updates - Have you updated yours recently?
Among the issues covered in the release for Firefox 188.8.131.52 are the important
While visiting the
read the interesting review on Netcraft's Toolbar.
It displays all the attributes of each site you visit on the Web,
including the sites' hosting location, country, longevity and
popularity (both Google and Alexa ratings).
Updated February 27
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February 7, 2007
Valentines Day brings Gifts, Jewelry,
Cards- Beware of those Cards if they arrive by eMail!
Because so many of us send greetings and express our feelings for friends and loved ones with greeting cards, Holidays present a super opportunity for Cyber crooks and thieves to hide their poison inside of eCards.
I always hesitate when an eCard appears in my mail box. Even though it looks as if it was sent from a familiar address, I never feel completely comfortable about opening it.
A recent reminder from the SpyCop Corporation demonstrated how insidious these eCards can be. Here's the link to their Demo. I tried it (hesitantly), and found it to be safe.
That e-Card Is Not A Trojan Dropper... But It Could Have Been!
ANY eCard can install spy software onto your computer silently without your knowledge or consent!
If this had been an infected eCard, your computer would now be sending everything you do, your emails... credit card info... banking passwords... and even recordings of your screen directly to the bad guys. This little known scam occurs every day! It's no wonder that Identity Theft is the number one crime in America today.
Thanks to the SpyCop Corporation, we can Help protect the privacy of those we care about with this fun educational Valentine card.
Please share this important message with your loved ones.
Tags: E-cards, eCards Infected Greetings
February 1, 2007
More help for People who purchase
from online businesses
and the business who sell to them
February 1, 2007 (Repeated, because it's so Important)
A breach in your personal privacy
protection could easily lead to
hackers, online, and offline thieves stealing your identity.
Nearly everyone is aware that Identity
Theft is a serious crime and that people whose identities have
been stolen can spend months or years - and their hard-earned money
- cleaning up the mess thieves have made of their good name and
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