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A Phishing Scam Targeting Postmates Drivers Pretends to Represent the Company to Empty Out Victims’ Accounts

As if gig workers didn’t have it hard enough already, they now have to be on the lookout for possible phishing scams from malicious actors that pretend to represent their company. Read more...
Tags: Uber, Science, Crime, Fraud, Social Engineering, Phishing, Postmates, Spamming, Online Food Ordering, Deception, Meghan Casserly, Confidence Tricks


Notion’s hours-long outage was caused by phishing complaints

Last week’s hours-long outage at online workspace startup Notion was caused by phishing complaints, according to the startup’s domain registrar. Notion was offline for most of the morning on Friday, plunging its more than four million users into organization darkness because of what the company called a “very unusual DNS issue that occurred at the registry operator level.” With the company’s domain offline, users were unable to access their files, calendars, and documents. We're experienc...
Tags: Security, Florida, Crime, Email, Internet, Web Hosting, Tech, Spokesperson, Cybercrime, Reddit, Phishing, Dns, Notion, World Wide Web, Spamming, Ancestry


Beware of These Creative Online Dating Scams

Both the Better Business Bureau and the FBI are warning people about romance scams, which are expected to remain an elevated threat leading up to Valentine’s Day. This type of scam has been made worse during the pandemic, as cases have spiked by 18% in the last year, according to the FBI. Here’s what you need to know. Read more...
Tags: Crime, Fraud, Fbi, Lifehacks, Social Engineering, Better Business Bureau, Spamming, Matchmaking, Deception, Confidence Tricks, Romance Scam, Advance Fee Scam, Technical Support Scam, Money Mule


Don't Trust Phone Calls From 'Venmo' or Any Other Service

There’s a sucker born every minute, but it’s not going to be you this time around because you’re not going to let some scammer try to steal access to your Venmo account. You’re better than that, convincing as said phishing attempts might be.Read more...
Tags: Security, Gmail, Articles, Cybercrime, Software, Password, Computing, Lifehacks, Phishing, Identity Theft, Venmo, Spamming, Don, Confidence Tricks


You Should Always Pre-Schedule Your Emails

The thing about email, which once revolutionized work communication but now seems almost obsolete, is that it’s an informal medium subject to formal workplace standards. Unlike a Slack message service, a missive sent via email must be properly formatted, include clear syntax, and be free of typos. That’s why you…Read more...
Tags: Email, Marketing, Lifehacks, Spamming, Cyberspace, Online Advertising, Digital Marketing, Computer Networking


Facebook Doesn't Need Your Real Phone Number

It’s time to stop giving out your real phone number around the web. If you can avoid it, don’t link your phone number to your various online accounts, because if (or when) those services are breached—as just happened to Facebook and, almost, TikTok—your number will hanging out in the open for anyone to mess with. Worse…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Internet, Social Media, Software, Google Voice, Computing, Lifehacks, Email Spam, Phishing, World Wide Web, Spamming, Facebook Doesn, Multi Factor Authentication, Computer Access Control


Why You Should Never 'Unsubscribe' From Illicit Spam Emails and Texts

Some of us can be a little too diligent when dealing with email or text spam—because whatever you do, you shouldn’t click “unsubscribe” links or text “stop” in reply, as they literally mean “subscribe” and “please, go on” to illicit spammers. Read more...
Tags: Email, Marketing, Lifehacks, Email Spam, Spamming, Cyberspace, Computer Networking, Anti Spam Techniques


Discord says user abuse reports have doubled since last year

Discord has published its latest transparency report for the first six-months of this year. The big takeaway is that the number of overall reports has almost doubled, largely because of the massive spike in user growth during the pandemic to over 100 million monthly active users. The messaging and chat platform, popular with gamers and streamers, is now said to be worth around $3.5 billion. According to the report, Discord said it received 235,000 reports between January and June 2020, compar...
Tags: Security, Privacy, Marketing, Tech, Software, Freeware, Spamming, Discord


Vicariously mimics another person’s Twitter feed using lists, but it violates Twitter rules

That Vicariously app you might have seen pop up in your twitter feed via a little viral growth hacking has run aground on Twitter’s automation rules. We reached out about it after it started spamming my feed with ‘so and so has added you to a list’ notifications and Twitter says that the app is not in compliance. Updates below. To be fair, they did also say they ‘love’ it — but that it will have to find a different way to do what it does. “We love that Vicariously uses Lists to help people ...
Tags: Travel, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Entrepreneur, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Real Time Web, Spamming, Microblogging, Text Messaging, Harding, Kik Messenger, Jake Harding


Google says Iranian, Chinese hackers targeted Trump, Biden campaigns

Google security researchers say they’ve identified efforts by at least two nation state-backed hackers against the Trump and Biden presidential campaigns. Shane Huntley, director for Google’s Threat Analysis Group, said in a tweet that hackers backed by China and Iran recently targeted the campaigns using malicious phishing emails. But, Huntley said, there are “no signs of compromise,” and that both campaigns were alerted to the attempts. Recently TAG saw China APT group targeting Biden ca...
Tags: Google, Security, Crime, Microsoft, China, Tech, Spokesperson, Iran, Fraud, Cybercrime, Democrats, Biden, Social Engineering, Donald Trump, Director, Phishing


Anti-phishing startup Inky raises $20M to ramp up enterprise adoption

Anti-phishing startup Inky has raised $20 million in its Series B round of funding, led by Insight Partners . The funding will help the company push for greater enterprise adoption and expand to international markets including Europe, Asia and Latin America. Inky started out a decade ago with a bold mission to reinvent email with its desktop app focused on helping users better organize and filter their inboxes. The company pivoted away from its email improvement efforts in 2018 to focus on ...
Tags: Security, Verizon, Asia, Europe, Crime, Email, Tech, Cybercrime, Information Technology, Machine Learning, Cross-site Scripting, Social Engineering, Phishing, Latin America, Identity Theft, Series B


Twitter says Elon Musk’s tweets advocating against expert COVID-19 guidance don’t violate its rules

Twitter has said that tweets posted early Tuesday morning by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk that irresponsibly call for restrictions put in place to defend against the spread of COVID-19 don’t violate its guidelines around inaccurate or disputed information about the coronavirus that could cause harm. Musk tweeted a series of things on Tuesday, including an endorsement of a controversial Wall Street Journal op-ed with the caption “Give people their freedom back!” A Twitter spokesperson tol...
Tags: Health, Social, TC, Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Cdc, Tech, Spokesperson, Tesla, Ceo, Software, United States, Iowa, President


Amazon fires employees for leaking customer email addresses and phone numbers

Amazon has fired a number of employees after they shared customer email address and phone numbers with a third-party “in violation of our policies.” The email to customers sent Friday afternoon, seen by TechCrunch, said an employee was “terminated” for sharing the data, and that the company is supporting law enforcement in their prosecution. Amazon confirmed the incident in an email to TechCrunch. A spokesperson said a number of employees were fired. But little else is known about the empl...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Publishing, Email, Tech, Companies, Law Enforcement, Computing, TechCrunch, Spamming, Ring


Universal Acceptance is the first-mover advantage that may be worth billions

Chris Mondini Contributor Share on Twitter Chris Mondini is VP of Stakeholder Engagement North America and Global Business for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). More posts by this contributor Why Business Must Take The Lead In Protecting The Global Internet Your expanding global business is leaving money on the table if its systems aren’t compatible with web addresses t...
Tags: Python, TC, Column, Asia, Microsoft, India, Tech, Smartphones, Policy, Java, North America, Mobile Devices, Domain Name, Spamming, Rajasthan, Microsoft India


Only a few 2020 US presidential candidates are using a basic email security feature

Just one-third of the 2020 U.S. presidential candidates are using an email security feature that could prevent a similar attack that hobbled the Democrats’ during the 2016 election. Out of the 21 presidential candidates in the race according to Reuters, seven Democrats and one Republican candidate are using and enforcing DMARC, an email security protocol that verifies the authenticity of a sender’s email and rejects spoofed emails, which hackers often use to try to trick victims into opening mal...
Tags: Google, Security, Crime, Government, Elizabeth Warren, US, Tech, Cybercrime, Green, Hillary Clinton, United States, Wikileaks, Social Engineering, Donald Trump, Phishing, Presidential Election


Startups face the same phishing risks as big corporations

This week, we reported on TechCrunch how thousands of remote employees with health and workplace benefits through human resources giant TriNet received emails that looked like a near-perfect phishing attempt. One recipient was so skeptical, they shared the email with TechCrunch so we could verify its authenticity. The message checked every suspicious box. In fact, when, we asked two independent security researchers to offer their assessments, each one thought it was a phishing email devised to s...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Cybercrime, Phishing, Spamming, Cyberspace, DMARC, AGARI, TriNet


Stack Overflow confirms breach, but customer data said to be unaffected

Developer knowledge sharing site Stack Overflow has confirmed hackers breached its systems, but said customer data is unaffected. “Over the weekend, there was an attack on Stack Overflow,” wrote Mary Ferguson, vice president of engineering. “We have confirmed that some level of production access was gained on May 11.” “We discovered and investigated the extent of the access and are addressing all known vulnerabilities,” said Ferguson. “We have not identified any breach of customer or user dat...
Tags: Security, Developer, Samsung, Tech, Sms, Hack, Hacks, Computing, Ferguson, Andreessen Horowitz, Dow Jones, Alexa, Spamming, Text Messaging, Stack, Stack Overflow


Nearly all 2020 presidential candidates aren’t using a basic email security feature

Three years after Russian hackers targeted and breached the email accounts of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, nearly all of the upcoming 2020 presidential candidates are still lagging in email security. New data out by Agari confirms just one presidential hopeful — Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren — uses domain-based message authentication, reporting, and conformance policy — or DMARC . This email security feature sits on top of two existing security protocols, Sender Polic...
Tags: Security, Startups, Email, Congress, Elizabeth Warren, Cybercrime, Policy, Information Technology, Hillary Clinton, United States, Computing, Homeland Security, Donald Trump, Phishing, U.s. Government, Spamming


Microsoft: Hackers compromised support agent’s credentials to access customer email accounts

On the heels of a trove of 773 million emails, and tens of millions of passwords, from a variety of domains getting leaked in January, Microsoft has faced another breach affecting its web-based email services. Microsoft has confirmed to TechCrunch that a certain “limited” number of people who use web email services managed by Microsoft — which cover services like @msn.com and @hotmail.com — had their accounts compromised. According to an email Microsoft has sent out to affected users (the rea...
Tags: Security, TC, Email, Microsoft, Tech, European Union, Mail, Social Engineering, Phishing, Microsoft Windows, Webmail, Spamming


Robocaller firm Stratics Networks exposed millions of call recordings

If you’ve ever had a voicemail appear out of nowhere, there’s a good chance Stratics Networks was involved. The Toronto-based company is the self-proclaimed inventor of “ringless voicemails,” providing its customers a way of auto-dialing a list of phone numbers and dropping voicemails without leaving a missed call. The system uses a backdoor voicemail number typically reserved by the carrier to leave a voicemail directly in a person’s mailbox. The company once claimed it can process up to 10,000...
Tags: Security, Florida, Maryland, Law, California, Toronto, Telemarketing, Tech, Telecommunications, Telephony, Web Services, Michigan, Collins, Amazon Web Services, Spamming, Broward County


How to stop robocalls spamming your phone

No matter what your politics, beliefs, or even your sports team, we can all agree on one thing: robocalls are the scourge of modern times. These unsolicited auto-dialed spam calls bug you dozens of times a week — sometimes more — demanding you “pay the IRS” or pretend to be “Apple technical support.” Even the now-infamous Chinese embassy scam, recently warned about by the FBI, has gained notoriety. These robocallers spoof their phone number to peddle scams and tricks — but the calls are real. So...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Security, Startups, Verizon, Europe, Fcc, Privacy, Samsung, Telemarketing, Smartphones, Fbi, United States, Comcast, Ofcom


We found a massive spam operation — and sunk its server

For ten days in March, millions were caught in the same massive spam campaign. Each email looked like it came from someone the recipient knew: the spammer took stolen email addresses and passwords, quietly logged into their email account, scraped their recently sent emails and pushed out personalized emails to the recipient of that sent email with a link to a fake site pushing a weight loss pill or a bitcoin scam. The emails were so convincing more than 100,000 people clicked through. We know th...
Tags: Security, Email, Tech, Pgp, Bbc, Cnn, Computing, Cell Phones, Belgium, Signal, World Wide Web, Spamming, Cyberspace, Online Advertising, Elasticsearch, Troy Hunt


Periscope cracks on inauthentic behavior including fake hearts, follows, chats and more

Twitter’s video streaming app, Periscope, is cracking down on spam and, specifically, fake engagements. The company says it’s updating its policies around how it enforces its anti-spam rules, and is making improvements in terms of how those rules are enforced. This means users will see increased enforcement actions, Periscope notes – and these may even take place on “high-profile” accounts. The app has had struggled for some time to get a handle on spam and other bad behavior. For example, in 20...
Tags: Travel, Social, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Social Media, Social Media Marketing, Spam, Fake, Periscope, Spamming, Social Media Platforms


Periscope cracks down on inauthentic behavior, including fake hearts, follows, chats and more

Twitter’s video streaming app, Periscope, is cracking down on spam and, specifically, fake engagements. The company says it’s updating its policies around how it enforces its anti-spam rules, and is making improvements in terms of how those rules are enforced. This means users will see increased enforcement actions, Periscope notes — and these may even take place on “high-profile” accounts. The app has struggled for some time to get a handle on spam and other bad behavior. For example, in 2016 t...
Tags: Social, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Social Media, Tech, Social Media Marketing, Spam, Fake, Periscope, Spamming, Social Media Platforms


Even the IAB warned adtech risks EU privacy rules

A privacy complaint targeting the behavioral advertising industry has a new piece of evidence that shows the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) shedding doubt on whether it’s possible to obtain informed consent from web users for the programmatic ad industry’s real-time bidding (RTB) system to broadcast their personal data. The adtech industry functions by harvesting web users’ data, packaging individual identifiers and browsing data in bid requests that are systematically shared with third parti...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Tech, Eu, European Union, Ireland, Digital Media, United Kingdom, Aol, Commission, Poland, European Commission, Data Protection


Only half of the Fortune 500 use DMARC for email security

When Homeland Security told all federal government departments last year to roll out a new email security policy to cut down on incoming spam and phishing emails, three-quarters of all federal domains were compliant by the time of their deadline just a few weeks ago. That’s far more than what the Fortune 500 accomplished in the same period. New data from Agari shows that just half of the Fortune 500 have deployed DMARC — or domain-based message authentication, reporting, and conformance policy. ...
Tags: Security, Email, Tech, E-commerce, Fbi, Cybercrime, Xerox, Computing, Homeland Security, Pentagon, Phishing, World Wide Web, Spamming, Wells Fargo, DMARC, AGARI


ePrivacy: An overview of Europe’s other big privacy rule change

Gather round. The EU has a plan for a big update to privacy laws that could have a major impact on current Internet business models. Um, I thought Europe just got some new privacy rules? They did. You’re thinking of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which updated the European Union’s 1995 Data Protection Directive — most notably by making the penalties for compliance violations much larger. But there’s another piece of the puzzle — intended to ‘complete’ GDPR but which is still in t...
Tags: Travel, Google, Security, TC, Facebook, Europe, Media, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Law, Eu, European Union, E-commerce, Austria, Commission, Data Protection


Twitter widens its view of bad actors to fight election fiddlers

Twitter has announced more changes to its rules to try to make it harder for people to use its platform to spread politically charged disinformation and thereby erode democratic processes. In an update on its “elections integrity work” yesterday, the company flagged several new changes to the Twitter Rules which it said are intended to provide “clearer guidance” on behaviors it’s cracking down on. In the problem area of “spam and fake accounts”, Twitter says it’s responding to feedback that, ...
Tags: Social, Apps, Twitter, France, Government, Russia, US, Dnc, Tech, Iran, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, United States, Hackers, Kremlin, Wikileaks


Duo Security researchers’ Twitter ‘bot or not’ study unearths crypto botnet

A team of researchers at Duo Security has unearthed a sophisticated botnet operating on Twitter — and being used to spread a cryptocurrency scam. The botnet was discovered during the course of a wider research project to create and publish a methodology for identifying Twitter account automation — to help support further research into bots and how they operate. The team used Twitter’s API and some standard data enrichment techniques to create a large data set of 88 million public Twitter acco...
Tags: Security, Social, Startups, Twitter, Spam, Artificial Intelligence, Crypto, Machine Learning, Bots, Shakespeare, Social Network, Botnet, Cryptocurrency, Spamming, Duo Security, University Of Southern California


Russian hackers already targeted a Missouri senator up for reelection in 2018

A Democratic senator seeking reelection this fall appears to be the first identifiable target of Russian hacking in the 2018 midterm race. In a new story on the Daily Beast, Andrew Desiderio and Kevin Poulsen reported that Democratic Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill was targeted in a campaign-related phishing attack. That clears up one unspecified target from last week’s statement by Microsoft’s Tom Burt that three midterm election candidates had been targeted by Russian phishing campaigns. The...
Tags: Security, Crime, Microsoft, Putin, Congress, Government, Russia, Tech, Cybercrime, Missouri, Vice President, Republican, Social Engineering, Phishing, Cyberwarfare, Identity Theft