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Google AdWords Used in Bitcoin, Banking, and Online Gambling Phishing Campaigns

Posted by Amanda Kline on Aug 19, '16

Hackers targeting bitcoin wallet users are once again leveraging Google’s AdWords in their most recent campaigns. Phishlabs has previously seen similar attacks against banks and online gambling sites over the past year. Some of the most recent attacks have targeted Blockchain and Kraken and have been widely blogged and tweeted about over the past week.  As seen in the screenshot below, a Google search for “” returns a Google ad for a look alike domain “” (figure 1). Kraken has released a statement via their blog acknowledging the ongoing campaigns and its attempt to mitigate the threat which can be read here

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Topics: Phishing, Bitcoin, blockchain, adwords

A Spotter's Guide to Ransomware

Posted by Jenny Dowd on Aug 3, '16

Ransomware is becoming an epidemic. 

From schools and hospitals to police departments, pharmaceutical companies, and even private citizens, it seems like nobody is safe.

And, of course, they aren’t.

So with that being the case, let’s take a look at the different types of ransomware, the most prominent families of 2016, and what’s driving so many threat actors to use this particular style of cybercrime.

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Topics: Phishing, Hacker Tools, Ransomware, Spear Phishing, Bitcoin

The Anatomy of a Successful Ransomware Attack

Posted by Jenny Dowd on Jul 27, '16


You gasp.

Your head hangs, and your heart races. The instant you clicked, you knew something was wrong.

That email seemed so official, and all you did was follow a link… How did THIS happen?

But it’s too late for that now. What’s done is done.

You’ve been infected with ransomware, and now you’ll have to admit it to your boss.

Some difficult questions will be coming your way soon, but before we get to that…

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Topics: Phishing, Hacker Tools, Ransomware, Spear Phishing, Bitcoin

Understanding Bitcoin - the virtual currency of choice for cybercriminals and terrorists

Posted by Andre Correa on Dec 18, '15

Bitcoin is a decentralized, P2P network-based virtual currency that has only grown in popularity and controversy since its creation in 2008.  It is believed that more than 100,000 legitimate businesses accept Bitcoins and 95 percent of all cryptocurrency transactions utilize BTC.

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Topics: DDoS, Fraud, Crimeware, Ransomware, Bitcoin


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