A week in security (July 30 – August 5)

A roundup of the security news from July 30 – August 5, including cryptomining, big data, social engineering, and more.

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What’s in the spam mailbox this week?

We take a look at a few of the most notable spam emails in circulation over the last week, including a money muling scam, Apple phishes, and a sexploitation message featuring old, but real, passwords.

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Red Hen website suffers SEO spam compromise

A website belonging to an eatery currently making waves in the news has been compromised with SEO spam. We take a look at what’s happened, and explain what the hackers are up to.

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Five easy ways to recognize and dispose of malicious emails

What should you check for to determine if an email is spam or malicious? Here are five red flags to look for—and what to do with those malicious emails when you find them.

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Social media: A treasure trove of spam and scams

How do spammers know how to target you for scams? They use social media to produce the most convincing types of spam.

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Instagram story spam claims free Apple Watch

We take a look at Instagram story spam leading to a “free Apple Watch” giveaway on a recently compromised celebrity account.

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Internet Shortcut used in Necurs malspam campaign

The Necurs gang tries out a new trick to load malware and bypass security defenses.

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Facebook spammers making things worse

Adding to Facebook’s burden are two spam campaigns. One is aimed at Finnish users and the other was quickly terminated, but we expect both to resurface in one form or another.

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“Celebrating Stephen Hawking” with a 419 scam

Scammers are using the good name of the recently deceased scientist Stephen Hawking to lure potential victims into a 419 scam, complete with a quiz and large cash prize for the winner.

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Boomerang spam bombs Malwarebytes forum—not a smart move

Boomerang Tech solutions had trouble configuring their spambots, thus dropping a few spam bombs on Malwarebytes forums. Watch us catch them red-handed in a scammer call.

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