PayPal Scam

by certifiedbug on August 6, 2012

in Internet Security

Take a second to confirm we have your correct information.

That you do NOT want to do.


eBay Scam

by certifiedbug on July 23, 2012

in Internet Security

Mousing over the hyper-linked text of > ID, Transaction Details, Help Center Security Center, revealed:


Alleged “Likejackers” agree to root out Facebook spam

Adscend Media LLC also pays $100,000 in attorneys’ fees to state

SEATTLE – The owners of a California-based online marketing company have agreed to stop spamming Facebook users. The details were revealed today in a settlement – a consent decree – between Adscend Media LLC and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.

“Today’s settlement puts a stop to Adscend’s ‘likejacking’ and other misleading tactics that led Facebook users to fork over personal information or buy subscription services from sites that appeared to be recommended by friends,” said Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna.

In January, McKenna’s office and Facebook sued Jeremy Bash and Fehzan Ali, the owners of Adscend Media LLC for initiating posts to Facebook pages that appeared to offer visitors an opportunity to view scandalous or provocative content. However, before being able to view the content, a series of required steps lured Facebook users into eventually visiting commercial websites. Other tactics included “likejacking,” in which Facebook users were tricked into clicking the “like” button, inadvertently spreading the sales pitches to friends.

Adscend, hired to promote products, in turn does business with “affiliates” who create attention-getting marketing messages. Too often, according to the Attorney General’s Office, those messages amounted to social media spam.


Microsoft Security Blog

Today we released the latest volume of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) containing a large body of new data and analysis on the threat landscape. This volume of the SIR includes:Latest industry vulnerability disclosure trends and analysis

  • Latest industry vulnerability disclosure trends and analysis
  • Latest data and analysis of global vulnerability exploit activity
  • Latest trends and analysis on global malware and potentially unwanted software
  • Latest analysis of threat trends in more than 100 countries/regions around the world
  • Latest data and insights on how attackers are using spam and other email threats
  • Latest global and regional data on malicious websites including phishing sites, malware hosting sites and drive-by download sites

In addition, we have included a section in the report focused on how the threat called Conficker continues to propagate.


“I was at a party yesterday” spam

March 13, 2012

Malicious spam continuing to do the rounds from a random name @ the same domain as your own. Delete without opening any attachments or links.

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Fake “Important Account Information from Verizon” carries Zbot

December 8, 2011

Heads up from the Microsoft Malware Protection Center. Friendly spam carries Zbot This morning I spotted a few messages from my mobile carrier in my email inbox. This was not surprising as, only a few hours prior, I had logged into the carrier’s website to pay the monthly bill. The standard mode of operation for […]

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Rejected Federal Tax Transaction Scam

October 4, 2011

A malicious scam which continues to do the rounds with three caught by my spam filter, the transaction ID changes. How does IRS e-file work?A. You or your tax professional, prepare your tax return. In many cases, the tax professional is also the Electronic Return Originator (ERO) who is authorized to file your return electronically […]

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Ach ‘payment canceled’ spam

September 28, 2011

Resurgence of malicious ACH spam, the digit number changes randomly from email to email. Keep your anti-virus application up-to-date and if the spam does arrive in the email box don’t click on links within or open any attachment. The bad guys goal is to install a Zbot variant of a password stealing Trojan that also […]

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Microsoft: Rustock Civil Case Closed

September 22, 2011

The Official Microsoft® Blog Rustock Civil Case Closed: Microsoft Refers Criminal Evidence to FBI 22 Sep 2011 As you may have read in this morning’s edition of CNET, on Sept. 13th, Judge James L. Robart, of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled that the domain names and Internet protocol addresses […]

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Facebook-You have been made an Administrator

July 18, 2011

Uh Huh, thanks but no thanks “Madlen” This isn’t the first scammer on Facebook using this technique, I report such “events” as spam.

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