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Scammers Are Using Fake Apple In-App Subscriptions to Make Lot of Money

Scammers Are Using Fake Apple In-App Subscriptions to Make Lot of Money
June 13, 2017Swati Khandelwal
In this year's annual event, Apple announced that the company had paid out $70 Billion to developers in the App Store's lifetime and that $21 Billion of the amount was paid in the last year alone. But has all this money gone to the legitimate app developers? Probably not, as app developer Johnny Lin last week analyzed the Apple's App Store and discovered that most of the trending apps on the app store are completely fake and are earning their makers hundreds of thousands of dollars through in-app purchases and subscriptions. Scammers Use 'Search Ads' Platform to Boost App Ranking Shady developers are abusing Apple's relatively new and immature App Store Search Ads, which was launched at last year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), to promote their app in the store by using a few strategically chosen search ads and a bit of SEO. "They're taking advantage of the fact that there's no filtering or approval process for ads, and

22 Apple Distributors Arrested for Selling Customers' Data in $7.4 Million

22 Apple Distributors Arrested for Selling Customers’ Data in $7.4 Million
June 08, 2017Wang Wei
Image Source: South China Morning Post Chinese authorities have announced the arrest of around 22 distributors working as Apple distributors as part of a $7 million operation, who stole customers' personal information from an internal Apple database and illegally sold it to Chinese black market vendors. According to a report from Chinese media , this underground network reportedly consisted of employees working in direct Apple suppliers, and other outsource firms in the Zhejiang, a province in eastern China. These employees had access to Apple databases along with other tools containing sensitive information about its customers. They allegedly used their company's internal computer system to gather data includes usernames, email addresses, phone numbers, and Apple IDs, and then sold it in the underground market for between 10 yuan ($1.47) and 80 yuan ($11.78) per data point. So far, the network has made a total of 50 million yuan (around $7.36 million). However, it is

'MethBot' Ad Fraud Operators Making $5 Million Revenue Every Day

'MethBot' Ad Fraud Operators Making $5 Million Revenue Every Day
December 20, 2016Swati Khandelwal
The biggest advertising fraud ever! A group of hackers is making between $3 Million to $5 Million per day from United States brands and media companies in the biggest digital ad fraud ever discovered. Online fraud-prevention firm White Ops uncovered this new Ad fraud campaign, dubbed " Methbot ," that automatically generates more than 300 Million fraudulent video ad impressions every day. The cyber criminal gang, dubbed AFT13, has developed Methbot robo-browser that spoofs all the necessary interactions needed to initiate, carry out and complete the ad transactions. The hackers, allegedly based in Russia, registered more than 6,000 domains and 250,267 distinct URLs impersonating brand and names of high-profile websites like ESPN, Vogue, CBS Sports, Fox News and the Huffington Post, and selling fake video ad slots. Cyber criminals behind Methbot are using servers hosted in Texas and Amsterdam to power more than 570,000 bots with forged IP addresses, mostly belong

I'm Warning You, Don't Read this Article. It's a Federal Crime!

I'm Warning You, Don't Read this Article. It's a Federal Crime!
July 14, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Yes, you heard it right. If I tell you not to visit my website, but you still visit it knowing you are disapproved, you are committing a federal crime, and I have the authority to sue you. Wait! I haven't disapproved you yet. Rather I'm making you aware of a new court decision that may trouble you and could have big implications going forward. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has taken a critical decision on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA): Companies can seek civil and criminal penalties against people who access or visit their websites without their permission. Even Sharing Password is also a Federal Crime... Yes, a similar weird decision was taken last week when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that sharing passwords can be a violation of the CFAA, making Millions of people who share their passwords "unwitting federal criminals." Now, you might be wondering how visiting a publically open website could be a crime. We

​Google, Yahoo, Facebook Collaborate to Blacklist Bad Bots

​Google, Yahoo, Facebook Collaborate to Blacklist Bad Bots
July 22, 2015Mohit Kumar
The major tech companies including Google, Facebook, and Yahoo! have joined their hands to launch a new program meant to block fake web traffic by blacklisting flagged IP addresses. Today, majority of data center traffic is non-human or illegitimate, so to fight against this issue the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) has announced a program that will tap into Google's internal data-center blacklist to filter bots. The new pilot program will reject traffic from web robots or bots by making use of a blacklist, cutting a significant portion of web traffic from within data centers, said Google Ad Manager Vegard Johnsen. Google or any other big tech firm maintains a Blacklist that lists suspicious IP addresses of computer systems in data centers that may be trying to trick the human into clicking on advertisements. Google's DoubleClick blacklist alone blocked some 8.9% of data-center traffic back in May. Facebook and Yahoo to Contribute Apart from Goo

FIFA World Cup 2014, Big Opportunity for Cybercriminals

FIFA World Cup 2014, Big Opportunity for Cybercriminals
June 16, 2014Swati Khandelwal
With the beginning of FIFA World Cup tournaments in Brazil, Football fever is going viral across the world. Soccer or Football is the most popular sport in the world with billions of fans who don't even miss a single tournament. Now, this is the most awaited and rejoicing atmosphere for Football fans as well as cybercriminals right now. For bad actors, the World Cup is a perfect opportunities to scam people online. While you are busy figuring out websites where you can stream live Fifa Matches on your PCs without missing a single moment of the world cup tournament, cyber criminals are also busy to launch phishing attacks in form of scams and malwares in order to victimize the system by several Trojans and viruses. This isn't surprising as cyber criminals have become smart enough to gain from every possible eventuality they get and their prior/common target is every time the users' interest based major news and current events. The most popular threat this World

Silk Road alternative 'Sheep Marketplace' shut down after $40 Million in Bitcoin Theft

Silk Road alternative 'Sheep Marketplace' shut down after $40 Million in Bitcoin Theft
December 03, 2013Swati Khandelwal
Sheep Marketplace , one of the leading anonymous websites, after Silk Road 's closure by U.S. Prosecutors, allegedly selling drugs, has gone offline claiming it was robbed of $6 million worth of Bitcoins . Like Silk Road , Sheep Marketplace was a Deep Web site accessible via the Tor network and quickly grew into a replacement of other popular underground Bazaars. Weeks ago, the Administrator of the Sheep Marketplace announced that withdrawals  from online Wallet would be closed for a few hours as a new feature was being implemented, however deposits were still allowed. Recently, The market's administration left a short message for users, which reads: We are sorry to say, but we were robbed on Saturday 11/21/2013 by vendor EBOOK101. This vendor found a bug in the system and stole 5400 BTC – your money, our provisions, all was stolen. We were trying to resolve this problem, but we were not successful. We are sorry for your problems and inconvenience, all of the current BTC will be di

Warning : Emma Watson scam worm spreading widely on Facebook

Warning : Emma Watson scam worm spreading widely on Facebook
July 21, 2013Mohit Kumar
Spammers have now leveraged the popularity of Harry Potter's star Emma Watson in a Facebook scam that offering tape of popular Hollywood movie star Emma Watson with a malicious link, actually spreading the malicious links and Porn images on infected user's profiles. This isn't the first time Emma Watson has been used as the bait in a scam and it surely won't be the last. The worm hitting Facebook Profiles and Groups with post of malicious porn link and tagging others too in same  post. Spammers are abusing Google Translate and Short url services to keep their links unblocked by Facebook's automated malware scanner. Click that link will redirect user to a webpage asking for "Age Verification" , as shown below: Website will ask user to follow some step, before offering the video. In Step one asking them to Click a link, that will be used in Step two and three for generating an activation code. Once user will click "Activate", he wil

Cyber Criminals can make your Diwali unforgettable with Scams

Cyber Criminals can make your Diwali unforgettable with Scams
November 11, 2012Mohit Kumar
Cyber criminals become hyper active during festivals. Diwali is no exception. Shantanu Ghosh, Vice-President and Managing Director (India Product Operations) of Internet security solutions company Symantec has observed that malware authors and spammers are using Diwali (The festival of lights that's celebrated across the world (primarily in the Indian sub-continent) as the latest event to lure unsuspecting users into downloading malware, buying products, and falling for scams. Shantanu said cyber criminals attempt to 'poison' web search engine results to take advantage of huge rush in search activity during popular events. " We have observed that cyber attackers are using various techniques to make the most of Diwali, " he warned. Cyber-attackers make use of social engineering tactics to lure users to purchase from or register on unknown websites. Users may be exposing personal information to Internet scammers. " Before giving into the temptation of clicking on a link in

Scam Alert : You are Twitter 'User For The Month'

Scam Alert : You are Twitter ‘User For The Month’
November 03, 2012Mohit Kumar
The growing popularity of microblogging sites like Twitter has sparked a corresponding rise in social networking scams. If you receive an email or direct message (DM) on Twitter with text " Hello, You have been selected to be the Twitter user for the month! We've got a reward for you text this word ITweet to the following number 6 8 3 9 8 " , don't bother replying the mail. Mary C. Long actually notice this scam and write a quick warming on his blog .  Those who send messages to the number provided by the scammers are actually handing over their phone numbers to the crooks. They can use the information for smishing attacks and all sorts of other malicious plots , Eduard Kovacs from Softpedia explains . Here a small list of most common Twitter-Facebook Scam messages , If any of this phishing scheme sounds familiar, ignore the message. i got mine yesterday you even see them taping u him what on earth you're doing on this movie O M G your in this what on earth could you be

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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