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China suspected in Google Gmail phishing attacks

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Corporate News, Google, Internet

Spear phishing attempts to penetrate the personal Gmail accounts of U.S. officials, journalists, and activists, report ed by Google in June, have not ceased, according to a security researcher who first discovered the attempts in Fe bruary.

Spear phishing uses bogus emails to trick recipients into entering personal details, like home addresses and Gmail passwords.

"I am posting this only to highlight the fact that once compromises happen and are covered in the news, they do not disappear and attackers don't give up or stop. They continue their business as usual," wrote Mila Parkour, a D.C.-based security researcher on her Conta gio Malware Dump blog, as picked up by Com puterWorld.

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Monster Database Hacked

Monster logoLooking for a job on Monster? Then you may be at risk of security theft. Apparently their database was hacked into worldwide and data such as user IDs and passwords, email addresses, names, phone numbers and some basic demographic data was accessed. The site suggests that you change your password and has a security page with more guidelines. They do not ever contact you by email, so if you see one that looks Monster related, delete it quickly as it may be a phishing scheme. We would suggest that you never post a resume online as this is way more info than you should put out there.

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IE 3 and 4 Blocked by Paypal

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The newest version supports EV SSL certificates. The comments were made in a paper written by the site’s Security Officer Michael Barrett and Risk Management Director Dan Levy. Our best advice? Head on over to IE and update to 7.0 or switch to Firefox.

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