We all know that phishing ploys are a serious online problem (just look at the latest stats from the Anti-Phishing Working Group for details). Businesses and organizations often have the most to lose from security incidents, so it’s no wonder that they take precautions to reduce the risk of these costly attacks – and even run tests to check how susceptible workers are to targeted Internet scams and fraud.

Data released this week from Google offers insight into the prevalence and growing threat of rogue, or fake, security software.

According to Google’s new report, based on a 13-month study of fake anti-virus distribution:

The New York Times, as well as other sources, recently carried an article about a vast number of Facebook user accounts being sold on an underground hacker forum.

MySecurityEngine is a new rogue anti-virus application. It is a clone of SmartVirusEliminator.

Ever wonder what becomes of your old computer or electronic equipment when it's thrown away? Did you know that electronic waste, or e-waste, is one of the fastest growing waste problems? As much as 50 million metric tons of e-waste is generated annually, as people upgrade laptops and PCs and throw out old models.

Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware software was recently reviewed in Virus Bulletin’s April comparative test.

Users that are looking for information regarding Gray Powell, associated with the Apple iPhone 4.0 leak, may find themselves redirected to rogue websites that launch a fake anti-virus scan upon arrival.

Here’s an important Web warning for our US-based readers: be on the lookout for online tax season scams and census-related fraud.

Here are the details you should know -

Tax Season Scams

DigitalProtection is a new rogue anti-virus program. It is a clone of PaladinAntivirus.

Most of us use the Web on a daily basis, without ever giving much thought to the undersea world which keeps us all connected. (Case in point: have you heard of Google’s $300 million ‘Unity’ project that will soon deliver a new high-speed Internet cable, increasing capacity across the Pacific by 20 percent?).

Here’s some encouraging cyber crime news –

Working with the U.S. FBI, Romanian police this past week have arrested 70 suspects of long-running online scams and fraud, thought to be from three organized cyber crime groups. The alleged fraudsters were involved in online auction scams targeting users of eBay.

News broke this week of another incident involving high-level cyber crime stemming from China –


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