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3 Nigerian Scammers Get 235-Years of Total Jail Sentence in U.S.

3 Nigerian Scammers Get 235-Years of Total Jail Sentence in U.S.
May 26, 2017Wang Wei
You may have heard of hilarious Nigerian scams. My all time favourite is this one: A Nigerian astronaut has been trapped in space for the past 25 years and needs $3 million to get back to Earth, Can you help? Moreover, Nigerians are also good at promising true love and happiness. But You know, Love hurts. Those looking for true love and happiness lost tens of millions of dollars over the Nigerian dating and romance scams. These criminals spend their whole day trolling the online dating sites for contact emails and then send off hundreds of thousands of fraudulent emails awaiting the victim's response. A US federal district court in Mississippi has sentenced such three Nigerian scammers to a collective 235 years in prison for their roles in a large-scale international fraud network that duped people out of tens of millions of dollars. The three Nigerian nationals were part of a 21-member gang of cyber criminals, of which six, including Ayelotan, Raheem, and Mewase,

That's A Clever Hack! How anyone could make Money from Google and Microsoft

That's A Clever Hack! How anyone could make Money from Google and Microsoft
July 18, 2016Mohit Kumar
Smart hackers could exploit a loophole that could allow them to steal a significant amount of cash from Google, Microsoft and Instagram using a Premium rate phone number. Security researcher Arne Swinnen from Belgium has discovered an ingenious way to steal money from big tech companies like Google, Microsoft, and Instagram using their two-factor authentication (2FA) voice-based token distribution systems. Swinnen argues that any attacker with malicious intent could create fake Google, Microsoft or Instagram accounts, as well as premium phone services, and then link them together. The attacker could then request 2FA voice-based tokens for all fake accounts using an automated scripts, placing legitimate phone calls to his service to earn him quite a nice profit. Swinnen created accounts on Google, Microsoft Office 365 and Instagram and then tied them to a premium phone number instead of a regular one. As a result, whenever one of these three services would call the account'

Top 8 Cyber Security Tips for Christmas Online Shopping

Top 8 Cyber Security Tips for Christmas Online Shopping
December 21, 2015Wang Wei
As the most wonderful time of the year has come - Christmas , it has brought with itself the time of online shopping. According to National Retail Federation , more than 151 million people shopped in store, but more than 100 Million shopped online during Cyber Monday sales and even why wouldn't it be so given the vast conveniences of online shopping. It is quite visible in these days that more and more people are heading towards online shopping rather than the malls to purchase gifts for Christmas. However, the main question arises: Is it safe to do so? Especially with so many users sharing credit card information online. Here are some tips that you have to keep in mind before providing your credit card number and clicking, ' BUY ' 1. DO NOT CLICK On Suspicious Links Malicious links are sent by scammers who look more real than the original ones. As these links are specifically of the well-known sites like eBay and Flipkart, many online users fal

SCAMMYY! Mark Zuckerberg Can Deactivate Your Facebook Account Anytime

SCAMMYY! Mark Zuckerberg Can Deactivate Your Facebook Account Anytime
May 06, 2014Swati Khandelwal
If you see any wall post or inbox message -- saying, " Warning!!! Facebook Security Warning!!! Do this before your account gets deactivated! ," and urges you to follow some steps to reactivate your Facebook account, then just ignore it; It's a Facebook Scam! Facebook has become one of the most popular website with more than one billion active users this year. Hundreds of people join the social networking website to reconnect with their old friends and get a chance to make new friends. But, with the increase in various scams on Facebook to target users, it became very clear that not only does the social networking platform provide special opportunities for people to connect and share information; it also serves as a great and useful platform for scammers. Once again scammers have targeted Facebook users by spreading new kind of scam that threatens users with account deactivation if they don't register it again. " Attention : to all facebook users Your

Alert : Phishing scam targeting CloudFlare Customers

Alert : Phishing scam targeting CloudFlare Customers
November 12, 2012Mohit Kumar
From Yesterday CloudFlare Security team receiving various reports of a Phishing Scam, which is targeting customers by saying that " you have exceeded bandwidth ". In a blog post , CloudFlare said, " Some CloudFlare customers are currently being targeted with a phishing email that was not sent by CloudFlare. Please do not click on the links in the email. " Scammer asking users to visit a phishing link (removed from sample for readers security). In case you open the URL, we request you to do not enter your username and password in the URL. Please choose a strong password for CloudFlare to save your Domains.

Art of twitter account hacking, now or never !

Art of twitter account hacking, now or never !
November 09, 2012Mohit Kumar
Phishing is most commonly perpetrated through the mass distribution of e-mail messages directing users to a fraud web site or services. These professional criminals daily find new ways to commit old crimes, treating cyber crime like a business and forming global criminal communities. Another latest scam has been notified by GFI that, where cyber criminals are offering the art of hacking Twitter accounts with a web-based exploit. Phishers are sending scam emails and offering fake twitter account hacking service, which in actual will hack their own twitter accounts. Email from phishers have text, " Do you want to learn how to hack twitter? Are you looking for a way to hack your friends twitter account without them finding out? Interested in finding out ways to hack someone's profile? Maybe you want to take a quick peek at their direct message inbox, steal their username or find a glitch to use a hacking script, ". Hackers try to convince readers by showing a exploit code, and ex

Twitter warning, Do not click DM saying "My profile was viewed..times..today"

Twitter warning, Do not click DM saying "My profile was viewed..times..today"
October 14, 2012Mohit Kumar
A very quick and urgent warning for Twitter users, If you receive a direct message (DM) on Twitter saying " My profile was viewed..times..today " with a link then please don't click it. If you do, you will run the risk of having your Twitter account hijacked, your account turned into a spam-spewing tweet factory and all of your Twitter followers will be sent a personal copy of the same DM saying " My profile was viewed..times..today ". The direct message is a Scam aimed at stealing your twitter account. Or If any of this phishing scheme sounds familiar, it's because this scam and others like it have been going around for quite some time now. Reason being, they're all highly effective. Sure, the verbiage in the Twitter DMs may change periodically, but the goal of stealing your Twitter username and password stays the same. We recommend you to: DO  not click the link. DELETE  that message ONCE REVIEW  all the application you have allowed in your
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