Christopher Boyd
Malware Intelligence Analyst

Former Director of Research at FaceTime Security Labs. He has a very particular set of skills. Skills that make him a nightmare for threats like you.

September 15, 2016 - Phishing URL compromise is surprisingly common, as many phish pages are fully expected to have a short shelf life. Of course, having a site taken down isn't the only thing making life difficult for phishers. As you'll see, it's often the least of their worries given the surprisingly plentiful ways people want to celebrate International Give a Phisher a Headache Day.

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September 12, 2016 - It always pays to train a wary eye on your text messages, as conniving phishers don't always stick to the tried and tested route of email scams. We take a look at a pair of SMS phishes sent directly to a mobile device - if you bank with Wells Fargo or Bank of America, these are two to watch out for.

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September 2, 2016 - This bogus error site can't decide if Windows or an iPad is at risk. Given the URL, you'd expect to see some sort of iPad related shenanigans taking place - an interesting twist on the well worn theme of tech support scams.

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August 26, 2016 - Here's a Facebook phish which uses the incredibly old technique of blurring the supposed page underneath the login prompt. This is supposed to tantalise victims with what they could see if only they hand over login details. This tactic has been around from Facebook and Tumblr all the way back to Myspace, most typically in the form of the infamous "See who visited your page" type scams of yesteryear.

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August 22, 2016 - On July 29, we published a blog titled "PUP Friday: Cleaning up with 5 star awards", taking a look at a registry cleaner called RegCleanPro made by Systweak. We detect the file in question as a PUP, and covered it as part of our regular PUP Friday series. The makers of Systweak software posted both to our blog comments (with no response to my reply, at time of writing) and also posted a blog on their website titled "How Malwarebytes Got It All Wrong with RegClean Pro". Below is a reply to both the comments made to our blog and their own post. The comments from their blog are numbered and in bold, green text, with our responses to each point underneath.

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