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There has been such a lot of press lately about the tactics criminals are using to get technology users to click or tap on contents of an email (or click on a link, message or advertisement on a website) and then give away login credentials, download malware, or give away personal and financial information, and money.
The image shown here is of an email I received in the past fortnight - telling me I had been Subpoenaed by the Federal Police, and asking me to 'download notices'.
I had not seen that particular scam before - and believe me, I see so many of the scam emails through the email addresses that are published on the iTandCoffee website.
Banking apps may not really be banking apps, scam emails may now include personal information about you that makes them look very authentic.
I even read in late Feb about malware that works in secret, visiting porn sites without the device user ever knowing!
Here's a summary of the articles that have appeared over the past couple of weeks. Make sure you are aware of all of these types of scams, and keep yourself safe online.
'Australia Post' Ransomware scam uses details from Facebook
I read an article just today about the Australia Post scam email, where the scammers are 'skimming' personal information from peoples' Facebook accounts, and then using this information to make the scam emails look more authentic.
This tactic has caught out millions of people worldwide, causing the downloading of 'ransomware' to their computers and locking up the device until they pay a ransom in 'bitcoins'.
Read more in today's The Age article.
Ransomware on Macs too
Apparently, ransomware Malware has also recently hit Mac computers whose owners downloaded a BitTorrent file sharing application called Transmission. The Transmission software itself was not compromised - however, hackers had added the extra malicious software to the downloaded software bundle.
This attack has now been blocked by Apple and the makers of Transmission, but it shows how any downloads could be at risk of such attacks if hackers gain access to a website containing downloads of legitimate software.
On a Mac, the best way to avoid this type of malware is to only download apps from the Mac App Store.
Here is the article from this week's The Age newspaper, covering this attack.
Recent articles about Malware on Android Devices
There have also been recent reports of malware on Android devices. One of these describes Malware that creates fake 'login screens' for your banking app - screens that look exactly like your Bank app's login screen. This allows them to steal your login details. The Malware is also able to steal any 'two-factor' codes sent from the bank as SMS.
The Malware is delivered to the Android device after the user inadvertently downloads a fake 'Flash Player' after being tricked by a fake message, or clicking on an infected ad on a web page. Read more in the article below, to find out what Android users can do to ensure they are not susceptible to this type of attack.
But wait, there's more! Android devices could be visiting 'porn sites' without the owner even know this is happening. Apparently, there have been fake versions of real apps that have made it into the Google Play store, and unsuspecting users have downloaded these fake apps - which then constantly and secretly visit porn sites, to gain advertising revenue for the developer. Read more about this one here.
Related articles and handy hints
As you can see by the long list of previously published blog articles below, the topic of email scams is one that iTandCoffee features on a very regular basis. Click on any of the below article names to read the full article.
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