Malware and Fraud Alerts

This page will show articles informing you of recent malware attacks and fraud alerts. Malware may include, for example, viruses, phishing, and ransomware, for your computing devices (Windows PCs, Macs, Apple/Android/Windows Tablets & Smartphones, etc.).

June 2017 ….The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is cautioning consumers against an email “phishing” campaign that sends a notice to email users stating they must pay a ticket within 48 hours or their license will be revoked. While the notice is made to appear as if it comes from DMV, it is a hoax. Read more …

May 2017 ….Google Docs Phishing Alert! A very convincing Google Docs phishing scheme is racing around the internet right now, which means you should avoid clicking any weird Google Docs that have been emailed to you (email and text message) recently — even if it’s from someone you know. It’s spreading incredibly quickly. Read more …

April 2017 … AARP Fraud Watch – IRS allows Third Party Debt Collectors

The IRS is now allowing 4 Private Debt Collectors to recover unpaid tax debts to the IRS. So you may get a legitimate call, but only if you owe the IRS a long overdue debt. Beware scams pretending to be legitimate calls from the IRS. Read more …

March 2017 … Apple iCloud hack threat

Hackers are threatening to remotely wipe an unknown number of iPhones, iPads, and Macs unless Apple pays a ransom. The picture is becoming clearer. This is what you need to know. Read more …

March 2017 … AARP Fraud Watch – Is the “Say YES” scam real?

News reports have warned that a fraudster will call and ask a question and get the victim to say yes. The scammer records that affirmation to use it to authorize unwanted charges to a phone bill, utility bill or even a credit card. Read more …

January 18. 2017 … There’s a new Gmail phishing attack going around, and it’s fooling everyone

Tech professionals don’t generally fall for phishing attacks: They know what to look for and when to be suspicious. One new attack, however, is even fooling the experienced. Read more …

October 26, 2016 … AARP Fraud Watch targeting Veterans

In the “how low can you go” category, scammers often target veterans – either in direct scams offering bogus services, or in charity scams that closely mimic the names of legitimate organizations helping veterans and military families. Warn your loved ones of these top tricks: Read more …

October 24, 2017 … Microsoft warns about FAKE “Blue Screen of Death”

Microsoft has sounded the alarm over a fake installer for its Security Essentials, which attempts to trick victims into contacting bogus help centers.

Tech-support scammers have stepped up their technical game, prompting a “severe” warning from Microsoft over new Windows malware that mimics Microsoft’s free Security Essentials antivirus, and then displays a fake blue screen of death, or BSoD, with an error message and a suggestion to call a 1800 number that is not a Microsoft support center. Read more …

September 22, 2016 … Yahoo accounts breached

The stolen data includes users’ names, email addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, scrambled passwords, and the security questions — and answers — used to verify an account holder’s identity.

Changing Yahoo passwords will be just the start for many users. They’ll also have to comb through other services to make sure passwords used on those sites aren’t too similar to what they were using on Yahoo. And if they weren’t doing so already, they’ll have to treat everything they receive online with an abundance of suspicion, in case hackers are trying to trick them out of even more information. Read more ….

August 31, 2016 … report by Have I been pwned?

In mid-2012, Dropbox suffered a data breach which exposed the stored credentials of tens of millions of their customers. In August 2016, they forced password resets for customers they believed may be at risk. A large volume of data totalling over 68 million records was subsequently traded online and included email addresses and salted hashes of passwords.

Why are you only hearing about this now? Whilst the breach occurred in July 2012, sometimes there can be a lengthy lead time of months or even years before the data is disclosed publicly. “Have I been pwned?” will always attempt to alert you ASAP, it’s just a question of how readily available the data is.

Users should be aware of possible hacker attempts to leverage news stories about the discovery to trick people into clicking on links to malware and other security risks. Also, individuals who received a notification from Dropbox should also be alert to spam or phishing.

As with any data breach, the usual advice applies: go to the impacted site and reset your password immediately plus, of course, ensure that you’re not reusing that password on any other sites.

May 20, 2016 … LinkedIn emails and password breached

As many as 100 million users on LinkedIn began getting emails Thursday telling them to change their passwords. They should.

Earlier this week the website Motherboard reported that a hacker going by the name “Peace” was looking  to sell emails and passwords for 117 million LinkedIn users stolen in a 2012 breach. reported by USA Today

May 9, 2016 … Gmail accounts breached

Is your Gmail account among the 42 million leaked credentials? Reports that a massive leak of webmail accounts includes a huge number of credentials never seen before has been met with a mixture of panic… and doubt. How accurate is the news, and could your Gmail, Hotmail/Outlook or Yahoo Mail credentials be in the mix?

Click here to read the full story. – hint > change your passwords now! from

April 14. 2016 … Apple’s Quick Time buggy

If you’re a Windows PC user who uses Apple’s QuickTime video player, you might want to think about uninstalling it. That is the advice of the Department of Homeland Security’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), after two new bugs were discovered in the software.

Because Apple is ending support for the product, an alert stated that unpatched bugs put users at an increased vulnerability to viruses and malware.

Click here to read the full story as to how it affects Windows and Mac computers and the solution – hint > uninstall! from c/net

April 7, 2016 … Email scam – overdue invoice with correct home address

There is a new email scam that you should be aware of. The recipient receives an email that includes his or her home address, and a request for payment for an overdue invoice. If you click the link to the invoice, ransomware will be installed on your computer. (Ransomware is malware that encrypts your files and locks you out of your computer until you pay a ransom.)

Click here to read the full story on ZDNet. The basic message, though, is this – don’t click the link to the invoice if you receive this type of email. from ZDNet

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