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Phishing Continues to be a Bank Theft Menace

The oldest Bank in the world, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, has its headquarters in Siena, Italy.  It was originally formed in 1472 as The Monte di Pietà, or Monte Pio, to give loans to the poor from collected donations, and it continues to operate today, making it the oldest bank still in existence. […]

date:  Nov 30, 2017 comments:  0
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Unathorised use of a client's brand

Taking a Gamble on Your Brand

How Much Are You Willing to Wager? The world of online gambling is becoming increasingly popular as more and more people choose to use online services to seek entertainment from the comfort of their home.  Gambling is ripe for the picking when it comes to fooling users into visiting what “looks like” a legitimate website.  […]

date:  Nov 10, 2017 comments:  0
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The Real Cost of a Ransomware Attack

An Energy Company and Its Customers Targeted by Ransomware The Energy Sector is one that has become more popular with cyber criminals over recent years.  Most customers sit and take notice when they get an email from their electricity or gas company, particularly if it involves special deals, or has an invoice attached.  Cyber criminals […]

date:  Oct 16, 2017 comments:  0
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What is… a Dolphin Attack?

A Dolphin attack is a term that has been given to the method of accessing a smartphone without the users’ consent by executing ultrasonic commands. Our Experts Explain Digital assistants, like Google’s Assistant, Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, are becoming more and more popular as the world embraces this new Artificial Intelligence technology, built to […]

date:  Sep 28, 2017 comments:  0
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Android Banking Trojan Now More Sophisticated

In recent weeks, security researchers at Kaspersky Lab have identified a new variant of ‘Faketoken‘, an Android banking Trojan. The new variant, known as Faketoken.q, is being circulated via bulk SMS messages that prompt users to download a picture, when in actual fact, they are downloading the malware. Faketoken.q has the ability to record calls […]

date:  Sep 21, 2017 comments:  0
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Beware of Woolworths Gift Card Scams

DON’T BE FOOLED by a recent email scam offering Woolworth’s customers a $2000 gift card. On the night of Sunday, 6 August, a processing error was made by Cuscal (a payment processor widely used by banks credit unions and card issuers) and some incorrect withdrawals were made on accounts belonging to clients and customers of […]

date:  Sep 14, 2017 comments:  0
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Case Study: Retail Industry Threatened by… Phishing

Phishing remains one of the biggest cyber-threat criminals are using in order to access a company’s most valuable assets – their clients. Black hats continue to send phishing campaigns to steal consumers details and this rings especially true for the retail industry. Spear phishing (or CEO impersonation) is another popular tactic amongst hackers: by targeting […]

date:  Aug 31, 2017 comments:  0
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Chrome Extension Hijacking – how did it happen?

On multiple occasions in recent weeks, Chrome browser extension developers lost control of their code, when hackers infiltrated the Google Chrome Web Store used to deploy updates to users. Two of these recent hijackings occurred to the creator of the extension called ‘Web Developer’ (which adds a toolbar of web development tools to Chrome) and […]

date:  Aug 30, 2017 comments:  0
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Introducing FraudWatch International New Product: Security Awareness

FraudWatch International is set to launch a new product, Security Awareness, to assist our clients in training their employees to be more aware of cyber-threats. What is Security Awareness? For all businesses, the front-line are the employees. These employees are not only the face of your business, but they are also your last-line of defence […]

date:  Aug 24, 2017 comments:  0
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Ransomware Protection: Security Tips to Lessen Your Chances of Falling Victim – Part 2

As discussed in our previous article, small steps such as backing up files, using antivirus software, installing updates and always being security conscious can minimize the risks of users being infected with ransomware. In this week’s article, we provide security tips for business that can be used to minimize the threat of ransomware attacks. How […]

date:  Aug 16, 2017 comments:  0
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