Weekly Top 3 – ED #08.2015


The Weekly Top 3 are the three most relevant news for the week that are related to phishing scams reported in the media, security blogs and security magazines on the internet. This week, we look at phishing scams related to Games, Israeli sites and a particular Superfish.

 

Lenovo accused of compromising user security by installing adware on new PCs

Superfish is being described as a software that offers users a “visual search” experience. However, this software distributed by Lenovo, one of the largest PC manufacturers in the world, is being accused of compromising user security by installing an adware application on all its computers. However, the most troubling feature of Superfish is its ability to allow hackers to eavesdrop on encrypted connections and view user’s web browsing activities. Click the link below to read more.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/feb/19/lenovo-accused-compromising-user-security-installing-adware-pcs-superfish

 

Phishing for Gamers

There is a rise in phishing campaigns to attack gamers because of the popularity of digital game distribution platforms like Steam, GOG and Humble Bundle. These companies now hold information such as name, address and in some cases, credit card numbers. This is the reason for cyber criminals to set up fake websites for the purpose of stealing login credentials from unsuspecting gamers. Click on the link below to learn more.

http://wccftech.com/phishing-gamers/

 

Report finds Gaza Hackers Attacked Israeli Sites

It’s called Operation Avid Viper. The spear phishing campaign organized by Gaza hackers to target Israeli government offices, military, academic organizations and average citizens. The e-mails targeted people who regularly received pornographic material and would hesitate to report the incident. The e-mail would contain a file infected with malware that would steal documents from infected systems. Click on the link below to learn more.

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/02/17/report-finds-gaza-hackers-attacked-israeli-sites/

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