WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today issued an alert to payroll and human resources professionals to beware of an emerging phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees. The IRS has learned this scheme part of the surge in phishing emails seen this year already has … Continue reading Towerwall Security Alert Vol 13.05 – IRS Alerts Payroll and HR Professionals to Phishing Scheme Involving W-2s
10. Don’t trust uniforms. Wearing shirts with company logos on them can be enough to gain access to restricted areas. Verify that visitors really are who they say they are. 9. ID caller from IT. If you receive a call offering IT support for a problem you didn’t know you had, get suspicious. That’s probably … Continue reading 10 Things I Know About Social Engineering
Earlier this week a colleague pointed out an intriguing phishing sample that he had come across. It was interesting not because of any great sophistication or complexity, but rather that it illustrated the reuse of an old social engineering trick. The brand being targeted in the phish campaign is Poste Italiane, a well-known Italian group … Continue reading Towerwall Information Security Alert Vol 13.50 – Making phishing more complex – on purpose
While millions of mobile users are anticipating the launch of the new iPhone (5S and 5C), cybercriminals are already making their move to distribute spam that promise to give away the said devices for free, in the guise of a contest. We saw samples of spammed messages that attempted to spoof an Apple Store email … Continue reading Phone 5S Phishing Mail Arrives in time for launch.
Everyday there is a new threat with seemingly innocent emails being sent out that look close to an official correspondence from a company, from Paypal, ADP and BBB – to name a few. Cybercriminals are mimicking the online payment processor PayPal in a malicious spam campaign that attempts to dupe customers into downloading malware from … Continue reading Fake PayPal Emails Distributing Malware
According to the article in Dark Reading, Study: Phishing Messages Elude Filters, Frequently Hit Untrained Users, many people are still being tripped up by phishing emails. The article summarizes the findings of a survey that was conducted at the Black Hat USA security conference held in July 2012. Of the 250 conference attendees that were polled, … Continue reading Dealing with Phishing Messages