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Peter Pan Phishing Scheme, Malware on Foreign-Policy Website, Hackers Target Healthcare Industry and more | TWIC - September 13, 2014

Posted by Lindsey Havens on Sep 13, '14


Each week, the PhishLabs team posts The Week in Cybercrime (TWIC) to recap noteworthy cybercrime articles and reports (open source).

With an increase in phishing activity also comes evolving tactics of deceit. In the past month, PhishLabs' R.A.I.D. (Research, Intelligence, and Analysis Division) observed the rise of intentional errors into scammers' playbooks.

Security experts are again reminding internet users not to open attachments or click links in unsolicited emails after a new phishing scam emerged using the unlikely lure of a production of Peter Pan at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre.

Home Depot has acknowledged that it suffered a credit and debit card breach involving its U.S. and Canadian stores dating back to April 2014. Although the company assured customers and banks that no debit card PIN data was compromised, multiple financial institutions reported a steep increase over the past few days in fraudulent ATM withdrawals on customer accounts.

The official website of a prominent Israel-based, Middle East foreign policy-focused think tank, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), has been compromised and abused by attackers to distribute malware.

A recently discovered banking Trojan named “Svpeng” worms its way onto a victim’s mobile device through social engineering in the form of text messages. Once Svpeng has gotten into a device, it will look for banking apps from specific financial institutions for potential exploitation.

In the aftermath of news of the hacking of a test server, security experts and politicians are assessing the seriousness of the attack and lessons that can be learned from it. The Department of Health and Human Services disclosed on Sept. 4 that malware had been uploaded on the Obamacare test server back in July.

Topics: Malware, Exploit, The Week in Cybercrime, Data Breach

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