Now, spam makers have more juice with a sex tape leak on Hulk Hogan. The alleged porn tape appeared earlier this year, place in at least one studio, and now it is a key spam topic in email/IM/SEO spamming.
If that isn’t bad enough, Heather Clem, one alleged to be involved in the footage, and is “completely devastated” by it.
There are many other stories popping up about the tape and it’s becoming a big buzz. What’s sad is, with the rise of social networking, contributes to the rise of celebrity problems, which was predicted I’m sure. Celebrities don’t belong with normal people, because either the celebrity goes crazy, or the fan goes crazy.
As usual, if you receive any emails containing information about the Hogan sex tape, kindly ignore it, and do not download the attached EXE file or video that apparently has the footage. Doing so can cause malware to take control of your computer.
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Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a crackdown on tech support and fake antivirus scams that have been problematic for years. The scams such as bogus computer cleanup programs, phone-based tech support scares, etc. is subject to freezing of assets, as well as lawsuits for the six companies involved in the crackdown. Some of these Technogennie, Virtual PC Solutions, and Connexions InfoTech Services, among others.
Scareware scams have gone on for years, whether the classic ones such as SpySheriff (2005) to Personal Antivirus (2009). Many bouts of scareware have been apparent over the years, and they have really fell off the planet more and more the last couple of years. Why is this? Scareware crackdown from the FBI, FTC, etc. Many scams are being sought out a lot faster so the damage to the user communities is very limited.
These companies caught in the current wrap-up/crackdown from the FTC were boiler-room based, making cold calls to people in English speaking communities. Their attempts were to subject the potential customers to fear that their computer is infected, and telling them to purchase solutions to their problems by paying right away with credit card. However, when the users realized their computer was either not infected at all, or that it was a scam, it was too late and the customer was ripped off. Many banks have given the opportunity for chargeback, but that’s only if the person can truly identify that it was a scam. If no evidence can be drawn up, then it’s hard to get the chargeback.
After getting over 2,000 complaints (estimated 2,400), the FTC immediately froze assets of those companies, shut down their phone numbers used for the cold calling, and began a rapid investigation. Victims were usually charged between $49 to $450 to have a “techie” clean their system. Many of the cold callers posed as Dell, Symantec, or even McAfee.
More news about this freezing on the FTC website.
Now, earlier this week, the FTC won a $163 million settlement in a three year-old case against Innovative Marketing Inc. (IMI) and Kristy Ross, former officer of the company. More on that at the FTC website as well.
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It is now known that emails that apparently come from “firstname.lastname@example.org” are fraudulent, especially if they involve subjects such as Microsoft Windows Update. Lately, there has been a rise in the email spam targeting vulnerable users of very popular companies, we reported about Chase bank.
The attack from the “email@example.com” is an attempt to try to steal Yahoo!, Gmail, AOL, or Outlook.com (Windows Live formerly) passwords.
The body text:
Dear Windows User,
It has come to our attention that your Microsoft windows Installation records are out of date. Every Windows installation has to be tied to an email account for daily update.
This requires you to verify the Email Account. Failure to verify your records will result in account suspension. Click on the Verify button below and enter your login information on the following page to confirm your records.
Microsoft Windows Team.
To see an actual image, see the one from Naked Security.
More on this, see the post from Naked Security.
Be careful of new spammy emails from (apparently) Chase.com. These emails state that your account has been locked out, and to “click here” to unlock your account. However, doing so can compromise your computer. Only click links that appear to be real, which means when you hover over the link, it should show the same address in the status bar at the bottom of the browser. If it really is from Chase.com, you should see https://www.chase.com/ as the first part of the address. If there is anything extra placed after the .com part, except for a forward slash (as noted in the link example highlighted red), distrust it. Don’t click on it. If anything, call Chase customer support about the email rather than clicking the link.
It’s also very obviously a spammy email, because of the grammar/spelling errors involved. And also because of the following (when I view the full header):
- Return-Path: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Received-SPF: none (domain of c12.iservidorweb.com does not designate permitted sender hosts)
- Received: from armagedo by c12.iservidorweb.com with local (Exim 4.77)
- Message-Id: <email@example.com> id 1TF5am-00009J-DX
- X-AntiAbuse: Sender Address Domain – c12.iservidorweb.com
- IP: 188.8.131.52
See for yourself:
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- Chase site hiccups following similar Bank of America problems (news.cnet.com)
- Chase’s website slowed by glitches (money.cnn.com)
- Chase says experiencing ‘issues’ with website (seattlepi.com)
- Chase.com is Down, Day After BoFA’s Website Attacked (valuewalk.com)
- Chase Bank Is Second to be Hit with Cyber-Attack In Response to “Sacrilegious Movie” [Hackers] (gizmodo.com)
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