When you find yourself attempting to cheat while playing Mafia Wars on Facebook, take that as a sign that you’re taking the moral of the game a bit too seriously.

Nevertheless, for those less than honest mobsters that want an easier way to ’86 the rat, one wrong click may cost them more than just the game.

New phishing scams using toolbars that advertise ways to cheat at popular Zynga games like Mafia Wars have been popping up that lure users to access their Facebooks through a button featured on the toolbar. The toolbars direct Facebook users to fake websites that appear to be the Facebook login page and collect usernames and passwords. fbpshtb44_thumb11

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mm_twitterThis past weekend Twitter users were subjected to a Chinese phishing scheme that stole many users Twitter login credentials. Apparently, the hackers used GroupTweet, so humorous links began appearing in individual tweets as well as many public feeds. The widespread reach of this virus has caused concerns for Twitter users.

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phishingNearly 100 people were charged with aiding a national identity theft ring that attacked thousands of bank accounts and stole millions of dollars.

An indictment released Wednesday charged 50 people in Los Angeles with running the “phishing” program in conjunction with another 47 people that were arrested in Egypt. The phishing scam works like most, where Egyptian hackers would direct people to fake bank sites and get them to enter sensitive financial information. The FBI says it’s the largest number of defendants ever charged in a cyber crime case.

The identity theft has supposedly affected thousands of accounts and drained millions of dollars. This mass arrest across country lines has proven that governments worldwide are being more diligent when it comes to cyber crimes and computer safety.

(Via Associated Press)


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gmail-security-issue-300x300Google’s Gmail has become the target of an industry-wide phishing scam. Phishing is when hackers create fake websites in an attempt to get voluntary information like e-mail or bank account passwords. Although this particular phishing scheme originally targeted Hotmail accounts, BBC News has seen lists detailing more that 30,000 Gmail accounts that have been hacked into and posted online.

A Google spokesperson stated “We recently became aware of an industry-wide phishing scheme through which hackers gained user credentials for web-based mail accounts including Gmail accounts. As soon as we learned of the attack, we forced password resets on the affected accounts. We will continue to force password resets on additional accounts when we become aware of them.” The company spokesperson stressed the fact that the attack was “not a breach of Gmail security.”

Google discovered the scam after a list of 20,000 victims emerged containing Hotmail, Aol, Yahoo, and Gmail accounts. Though some of the accounts are unused or fake, it has been confirmed that several of the accounts are real and are in use daily. A spokesperson for Microsoft stated that phishing was an “industry-wide problem.” A Yahoo spokesman urged customers to “take measures to secure their accounts whenever possible, including changing their passwords.”

The biggest risk according to a study by Sophos Security firm, was the fact that 40% of people use their e-mail passwords for every other website they have an account with, making hacking almost easy. Carole Theriault, a Sophos employee, told BBC News “Getting access to one password can give someone access to lots of things. People need to see a difference between an online bank account and booking cinema tickets online.” It is important for computer users to install and continually download updates for their security systems to help protect against scams like these. Users should also be wary of the links given to them in e-mails from people they don’t know and even the ones they do.

(Via BBC News)



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twitterUsers of the social networking website Twitter have yet another virus to fear. According to these latest reports, there is a new worm related to a phishing scam floating around Twitter and it’s using the system’s direct messages to spread.

An already compromised account will send a direct message to another account with a body similar to:

“rofl this you on here? http://videos.twitter.secure-logins01.com.”

Once users click on the link they are asked to submit their information via a fake Twitter login page. And, once they’ve entered their login information, hackers use the compromised account to send a fresh batch of messages to all of the person’s Twitter followers. By luring unsuspecting users with “rofl is this you?” promises of a funny picture, victims are inclined to click on the fake link and thus subject themselves to the phishing virus.

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