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Watch out for the fake Poloniex phishing apps on Google Play

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Avid cryptocurrency traders ought to be extra careful what apps they download from Google’s Play Store – especially if they do their trading on popular exchange desk Poloniex. ESET security researcher Lukas Stefanko has stumbled upon a malicious Poloniex copycat app designed to phish your credentials and steal your funds. The researcher noted that when he first discovered the app, it was still in its “feeding phase” – meaning that it was set to redirect to the official Poloniex website until it has built up trust and a large enough user base. “Once hundreds/thousands of users are logging into Poloniex…

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How to Spot and Avoid the New Apple App Store Phishing Scam

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Phishing emails are an old trick, but scammers continue to employ them. As you’re probably familiar with, phishing emails pretend to come from a legitimate authority, such as a bank, online retailer, or similar. But if you click through the links in the email, you’ll end up on a fake page where you’ll hand over sensitive information to thieves. The latest popular phishing email poses as a receipt from the Apple App Store. Here’s what you should know about it and how to stay safe. The New Apple App Store Phishing Scam This phishing scam involves “Apple” sending you a…

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Apple Shares Tips on Avoiding App Store and iTunes Phishing Emails

Apple last week shared a new support document that’s designed to help App Store and iTunes users avoid phishing emails that mimic legitimate emails from Apple.

In the document, Apple outlines techniques to identify an actual App Store or iTunes email, which the company says will always include a current billing address, something scammers are unlikely to have access to.

An example of a well-crafted phishing email

Apple also says that emails from the App Store, iBooks Store, iTunes Store, or Apple Music will never ask customers to provide details like a Social Security Number, mother’s maiden name, a credit card number, or a credit card CCV code.

Apple recommends that customers who receive emails asking them to update their account or payment information do so directly in the Settings app on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, in iTunes or the App Store on a Mac, or in iTunes on a PC rather than through any kind of web interface.

Customers who receive a suspicious email can forward it to, and any customer who may have entered personal information on a scam website should update their Apple ID password immediately.

Scam and phishing emails like those Apple describes in this support document are not new, but at the current time, there’s a new wave of legitimate-looking emails going around that look much like Apple emails that can easily fool customers who don’t know what to look for.

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Apple last week posted a new support document to its website detailing a few tips designed to help customers distinguish official emails from phishing attempts, the latter of which have become increasingly sophisticated in recent months.
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You can never be too careful when visiting unfamiliar websites or opening emails from sources you don’t recognize, but on occasion, it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s fake. For example, in recent weeks, a convincing new phishing scam has been appearing in the inboxes of App Store users, and while it isn’t particularly innovative, it has apparently become enough of a problem that Apple felt the need to warn its customers on its website.

9to5Mac shared a copy of one of the phishing emails on Tuesday, which appears as a subscription confirmation for a service that the user didn’t actually sign up for. In the email, the user is alerted that they have signed up for a 30-day free trial of YouTube Red, and that they will be charged $ 144.99/month once the trial period ends.

The point of the scam is to have the user click on the link to cancel the subscription (which they never actually signed up for in the first place). Once they click through, they are asked for a range of sensitive information, from Apple ID to credit card details. Most of us would catch on at this point, but the email is admittedly fairly convincing.

In response to this phishing attempt, Apple has published a page on its site explaining how to identify a legitimate App Store or iTunes Store email from a fake. Here’s what you need to look out for when you see an email from Apple:

If you receive an email about an App Store or iTunes Store purchase, and you’re not sure whether it is real, you can look for a couple of things that can help confirm that the message is from Apple.

Genuine purchase receipts—from purchases in the App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or Apple Music—include your current billing address, which scammers are unlikely to have. You can also review your App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or Apple Music purchase history.

Emails about your App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or Apple Music purchases will never ask you to provide this information over email:

  • Social Security Number
  • Mother’s maiden name
  • Full credit card number
  • Credit card CCV code

If you’re concerned about an email or a message and can’t decide if it’s real, just contact Apple. Customer service will be able to pull up your account and make sure that you aren’t making any unexpected payments.

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A phishing attack scored credentials for more than 50,000 Snapchat users

In late July, Snap’s director of engineering emailed the company’s team in response to an unfolding privacy threat. A government official from Dorset in the United Kingdom had provided Snap with information about a recent attack on the company’s users: a publicly available list, embedded in a phishing website named, that listed 55,851 Snapchat accounts, along with their usernames and passwords.

The attack appeared to be connected to a previous incident that the company believed to have been coordinated from the Dominican Republic, according to emails obtained by The Verge. Not all of the account credentials were valid, and Snap had reset the majority of the accounts following the initial attack. But for some period of time,…

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Apple Fights iCloud Password Phishing with New Privacy Icon

Apple is combating phishing on its operating systems with the planned addition of a small icon to identify first-party information requests.

Basically, the company is introducing a new Privacy icon that will appear when Apple — rather than a malicious third-party — is asking for your login details or other confidential information. The icon will be available in the public release of iOS 11.3 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4.

The new security feature was first discovered by developers who are beta testing iOS 11.3. The icon appears as two silhouettes shaking hands. According to an information splash page, the privacy icon appears when “an Apple app or feature is asking to use your personal information.”

The splash page notes that the icon won’t appear with every feature, but only when Apple is collecting personal information. It’s also not readily clear where the icon will pop up, perhaps it’ll show up in the top menu bar or next to a password login field.

In other words, if you’re running iOS 11.3 and you see a prompt without the Privacy icon, then you’re probably dealing with a malicious entity attempting to phish your password.

Phishing, of course, is a way of stealing passwords by having a user input them into a fraudulent password field. Oftentimes, these malicious phishing exploits look nearly identical to actual, authentic requests for information, as we’ve seen in an October blog post by developer Felix Krause.

iPhones will regularly prompt users to input their password — and at times, it can be hard to know why or when iOS asks for a password. Because of that, many users are prone to falling for a fraudulent password request. And while Apple’s reviewers try to keep as many malicious apps out of the App Store as possible, some phishing apps can still make it through the cracks.

While there have been workarounds to avoid phishing, this new privacy icon is Apple’s first proprietary attempt to thwart the tactic.

And that’s because, according to the Privacy icon splash page, “Apple believes privacy is a fundamental human right.” As we’ve written before, Apple’s commitment to privacy is its best product.

The Privacy icon is new to iOS 11.3 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, which are both currently in the beta stage. Apple announced today that iOS 11.3 — which includes a handful of other significant features — will launch for all users in the spring.

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With fraudsters recently targeting Whatsapp, Facebook and even Google Play, it seems that mobile phishing scams are on the rise. Here’s a recap of the latest tricks, the threat to enterprise and what to avoid if you don’t want your business to fall victim. Attempts at compromising user email accounts through phishing exploits has sadly become a part of everyday life. Anyone with an email address can attempt a phishing attack. Little surprise then that more private and corporate accounts are being targeted. Scammers typically use social engineering techniques to impersonate an individual or company. The idea is to trick…

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