The Internet Storm Center warns that new email attacks are circulating that appear to come from credit card, telephone, banks, Facebook, or other concerns. These fake email messages use real HTML graphics and often appear to be authentic. It's a best practice to avoid clicking on any email link. Instead go into the site's home page directly with your browser to verify any alerts received.
QUOTE: We have come to expect quality phishing/fake email work these days. In a recent diary I showed how well one crew impersonated Verizon e-mails to spread malware. The e-mail has a number of obvious deficiencies. For example, the missing "digits" in the payment amount., and the fact that it is all lower case. But all wasn't lost. Looks like ACME Phishing was hard at work fixing the bugs, and the QA team shortly sent a second email
Finally, real e-mail from American Express. I blurred the amount and the last few digits of the account number. I also replaced the image of the card. But as you can see, the real e-mail is VERY CLOSE. Probably the most significant difference is that the last digits of the account number are missing at the fake. But I doubt many people look for this.
So what is the fake e-mail trying to do? Imagine that: It will get you malware ...
McAfee is reporting that malware attacks were active, spreading to mobile devices and remains highly polymorphic during the second quarter.
QUOTE: The bad guys are winning the war on cybercrime: Computer viruses, trojans and web attacks are soaring at their fastest pace in four years. In its quarterly "Threats Report," McAfee said that it had found more than 8 million new kinds of malware in the second quarter, up 23% from the first quarter. There are now more than 90 million unique strands of malware in the wild, the security company said.
Windows PCs remain by far the largest targets for malicious cyberattacks, but hackers are targeting other devices too, including Apple Macintosh computers and mobile phones. "Attacks that we've traditionally seen on PCs are now making their way to other devices," said Vincent Weafer, head of McAfee Labs. "This report highlights the need for protection on all devices that may be used to access the Internet."