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Digital blackmailing

We are used to see ransomware encrypting files and requesting money (bitcoin) to decrypt them. I received now a new email on a corporate address, which is a black-e-mail … in digital form. I have to say, that the amount of thoughts expressed in the email is interesting. Somebody, with some basic knowledge and bad English knowledge has put some infos together. 🙂   Here is the plain text, so that it is easier to index: Hello. I do not want to judge anyone, but as a result of several occasions, we have point of contact from now. I do…


I received the first “nigerian scam” on XING

As a premiere, I received the first Nigerian Scam on XING. It is quite common to receive such requests on LinkedIn, but for me it is the first time on XING. This is the text: Hello Sorin Mustaca, I have partners who I front for to assist source for a foreign partner who could be of help to receive fund for the purpose of various viable investment abroad on their behalf, they are all still in service and want anonymity to protect their reputation in service.I will furnish you with their mode of operations after receiving your readiness. Regards, Dr….


Why do the more recent spams have so colorful subjects?

And I mean really colorful, as in it has signs and colors. Like the one in the featured image. If you look in their source, they look like this: Subject: =?utf-8?b?8J+QlfCfkIhZb3UgY2FuIHNhdmUgb24gcGV0IGZvb2Qg8J+QlfCfkIg=?=     As it can be seen on this page, there are all possible symbols described: http://www.unicodetools.com/unicode/codepage-utf8.php All it has to do is to force the email client to display them. Most of the time, it actually works, as can be seen above. Sometimes, it doesn’t, even if the symbols are correctly set up: Subject: =?utf-8?q?=F3=BE=86=93_sorin=2Emustaca=2C_Discount_Dental_Implants_in_You?= =?utf-8?b?ciBBcmVhIPO+hpM=?= You can actually see the character’s code number 🙂     So, are…


What do you think: new type of spam or just misconfigured servers?

My Junk folder from ITSecurityNews.info is currently flooded with “Delivery Status Notification” from various servers, all with the same content. Various servers, same content, in Russian:     The email goes indeed from a non existent email address of my domain to some server that refuses it for various reasons. What can you do? Block the spam: Fortunately, Google detects this mail as spam and blocks it. Unfortunately, this is pretty much everything you can do. 2) Don’t use a catch-all email address The reason for which my Gmail account was receiving this amount of emails was because it was…


How you can see that the cyber crooks are preparing for XMas

I start this post with the Conclusion Don’t fall for these scams! You will never get money or vouchers like this.     Details I see a lot of these messages in my Spam folder:   PayPal payment received     Report Spam Hi, Your account has been credited with $563.50 Click Here to Claim If you don’t want to get any more e-mails please Unsubscribe     Malware as invoice   Dear Customer Your invoice appears below. Please remit payment at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your business – we appreciate it very much. Sincerely, Dwain Dale Courier…


LinkedIn phishing ? Think again…

When you see such an email, you don’t think that it is a phishing… After all, why would anyone steal your LinkedIn credentials, right? Nobody would request a ransom to give your credentials back, nobody would steal your email & password and try to reuse them on other websites. You have, after all, read my eBook “Improve your security” and you do have an algorithm to create a unique password for each website.   Linked In Jamie Moore has sent you a message Date: 10/25/2015 http://www.linkedin.com/?viewMsg=d7fff&profile=67994&recipient=sorinmustaca View or reply to this message Don’t want to receive e-mail notifications? Adjust your…


Bought a new domain, the effects in the web are incredible…

I wrote in the post “What do you think: aggressive sales campaign or fraud?” about the attempt to impress and scare me of losing my domain. Now, I bought a new domain which was free in Internet. I watched this domain for two years to become available again, after i lost it because of a bad ISP. Minutes later I started to get emails related to the above mentioned campaign: Attention: Important Notice , DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE Domain Name: urlcheck.org ATT: Sorin Mustaca urlcheck.org Response Requested By 19 – Oct. – 2015 PART I: REVIEW NOTICE Attn: Sorin Mustaca As…


Email campaign with malware: Javascript downloaders instead of executables as attachments

Several types of emails are being sent with a ZIP attachment containing a single file with this mask: <number>.doc.js.   Here is as text. Apparently, Google loves text because it can index it better, so I am doing here some SEO 🙂   Notice to Appear, You have not paid for driving on a toll road. Please, do not forget to service your debt. The copy of the invoice is attached to this email. Yours faithfully, Sean Worley, E-ZPass Manager. ——————————- Notice to Appear, This is to inform you to appear in the Court on the August 22 for your…


“Apple iPhone 7 testers wanted”: Probably the most complex scam I’ve seen this year!

  This scam is sent by CHTAH.COM platform which is known to send millions of spam emails. You can see its added “value” by inserting the three colored rectangles on top of the mail. “iPhone 7 Testers Wanted!” is trying to lure the readers to a website that looks very much like the times.com website.   Hey there,   It is official. Apple stores are crazily giving out iPhone 6 for ONLY 1£.   In order to claim your iPhone 6 for 1£, please follow the instructions below: 1) Click this link to tell us what improvement you want to…


Interesting blog trackback spam

A trackback is one of four types of linkback methods for website authors to request notification when somebody links to one of their documents. This enables authors to keep track of who is linking to their articles. Some weblog software, such as SilverStripe,WordPress, Drupal, and Movable Type, supports automatic pingbacks where all the links in a published article can be pinged when the article is published. The term is used colloquially for any kind of linkback. A trackback is an acknowledgment. This acknowledgment is sent via a network signal (ping) from the originating site to the receiving site. The receptor…


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