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Adult Dating Scammers expand to Faketortion, target Australia and France

Recently, Forcepoint Security Labs have encountered a strain of scam emails that attempts to extort money out of users from Australia and France, among other countries. Cyber-extortion is a prevalent cybercrime tactic today wherein digital assets of users and organizations are held hostage in order to extract money out of the victims. Largely, this takes in the form of ransomware although data exposure threats - i.e. blackmail - continue to become popular among cyber crooks.

In light of this trend, we have observed an email campaign that claims to have stolen sensitive information from recipients and demands 320 USD payment in Bitcoin.

The iPhone 6S £1 Facebook UK Scam

Apple products are no strangers when it comes to the world of online scams, so it was no surprise recently when Raytheon | Websense® Security Labs™ researchers discovered a new Facebook post being shared that was offering an iPhone 6S for only £1.

Black Friday Themed Amazon Voucher Scam

The Websense®  ThreatSeeker® Intelligence Cloud has detected Amazon voucher scams using Black Friday Gift Card themes as a lure.

Can't Sleep? Let's Count a Typosquat Hive

The Websense® ThreatSeeker® network has uncovered a typosquat hive hosting hundreds of hosts targeting well-known brands.  This hive constantly moves around to evade detection.  Numerous popular brands are being abused – can you spot the difference between these scam URLs and the real ones?

'Jacked Frost' Facebook Scam Goes Wild and Doubles Over the Weekend

Last week we wrote a blog about a Facebook scam that appeared to spread rather aggresively.

Christmas-Themed Facebook Scams: How Cybercrooks Kick it up a Notch and Piggyback on Big Brands

From time to time the Websense® ThreatSeeker® Network detects high volume surges of badness rolling across Facebook. In the past 48 hours we've seen a rapid increase of a particular scam campaign that has aggressively spread through the world's largest social networking site. 

Personalized Letters From "Scamta" Claus

With Christmas fast approaching, the Websense® ThreatSeeker® Network, replete with festive sleigh bells and twinkling lights, has detected a marked increase in spam emails seeking to exploit fans of the big man himself: Santa Claus. While Santa, along with his ever-loyal team of elves, his reindeer, and, of course, Mrs.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Survival Guide

Many of our colleagues, customers and readers would have now enjoyed their fill of turkey and pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and are preparing for a second day of festivities with the arrival of Black Friday.  This traditionally, for North American retailers and consumers, marks the start of the holiday shopping season and although it is not observed for many as a national holiday, more and more

New spam delivers fake hotel reservations

Now is tourist season when lots of people are using online services to book hotels or flights. The Websense® ThreatSeeker® Network has detected spammers who are using fake email addresses to send hotel reservation confirmations with malware to unsuspecting users. 

Here's what the spam email looks like: