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COVID-19 Themed Templates for Hackers

Hackers use COVID-19 Themed TemplatesNew, Sophisticated Hacking Techniques in the Age of COVID-19

Hackers are using new methods to create very credible looking, fake websites to steal login credentials. Security firms are seeing an increase in the use of website templates to create phishing websites that look and feel like the real thing. These templates, available on underground forums and marketplaces, are a quick and easy way for criminals to create convincing, fake websites to steal information. The known templates mimic websites from the World Health Organization (WHO), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the United Kingdom government, the government of Canada, and the government of France. Many of these templates have multiple working pages to make them look more realistic. The template that mimics the government of Canada even has English and French segments.

More than half of the phishing campaigns recorded since January are using these new spoof templates to fool consumers. Hackers are using normal phishing techniques, creating urgency by claiming recipients will lose benefits, or reporting a breakthrough on the pandemic. The difference is the use of these templates to create very convincing fake websites. This change in strategy has been effective, resulting in an increase in successful phishing attacks.

Below are some examples of the fake phishing site templates:

This fake CDC site is asking user to authenticate with an email service to generate a vaccine ID.

Fake IRS Page

This fake IRS website created from an available template goes a step further, asking users to enter SSN, DOB, and other private identity information.

Avoid falling prey to these new phishing campaigns by being aware of the links you click on in emails. If an email is creating urgency or preying on emotion (click on this link now or you will lose your vaccine benefits!), the email is probably a scam. Instead of clicking the link, go to the known government website and look for the information. The criminals are making it more difficult to differentiate the fake websites and using emotion to get users to click. Stay informed and think before you click.

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Posted by Charles Wright in Cybersecurity, Information Security, Recent Posts, Small Business

Firefox Private Relay Service

Firefox Private Relay ServiceLiving and working on the internet means exposing your email address to many opportunities for spam. A new service from Firefox aims to give users more control over the exposure of their email address. Firefox is testing a new browser extension named Private Relay Service. The extension would generate private, or ‘burner’ email addresses as needed, and forward the incoming traffic to the user’s actual email address. These burner addresses could be used to sign up for online services, or be used when a website requires an email address for access to content. Often these websites will use the email address provided to send a confirmation email, and then spam or sell the address to other services.

A burner email address could be turned off temporarily, or deleted all together if the user notices a lot of spam coming from a single outlet.

Private Relay adds UI to generate unique, random, anonymous email addresses that forward to your real address. You can use your relay addresses to sign up for apps, sites, or newsletters. When you’re done with that service, you can disable or destroy the email address so you’ll never receive any more emails from it.”

The service would also add a layer of security in the event a company’s database is compromised; giving users more control over who has their email address.

The Firefox add-on is currently in testing, but interested users can install the add-on to Firefox now and create a login to be available for the first round of invitations. Apple announced a similar service earlier in the year called ‘Sign in with Apple.’ This service is also currently in testing.

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Facebook Trend Gives Hackers Personal Information

There is a trend going around Facebook in support of this year’s seniors who missed out on prom and graduation due to the pandemic. Many users are posting their senior pictures along with the year they graduated, and the school they graduated from. The problem with this trend is it gives hackers information that is commonly used as security questions for banking or other high security websites. Even if a user doesn’t use these specific questions, it gives hackers a head start on information for spear phishing campaigns.

Last year we saw a shift from generalized phishing campaigns to spear phishing campaigns. A general phishing campaign sends out thousands of emails with the hope a small percentage of recipients will click on the link or attachment and become a target of the hacker. A spear phishing campaign differs because they target individual users. Instead of sending out thousands of emails, they are sending single highly detailed emails to known people in attempt to infect their computer or steal personal information. The hackers learn as much as they can about an individual person before sending a phishing email referencing personal information. The problem with this new trend is Facebook users are giving hackers their name, city, and graduation date from which they can infer a birth date. Then users are tagging the post #Classof2020, so the posts are very easy for hackers to find.

The Better Business Bureau raised concerns about this new trend. Below are some tips from BBB on staying safe on social media.

Resist the temptation to play along. While it’s fun to see other’s posts, if you are uncomfortable participating, it is best to not do it.

Review your security settings. Check your security settings on all social media platforms to see what you are sharing and with whom you are sharing.

Change security questions/settings. If you are nervous about something you shared possibly opening you up to fraud, review and change your security settings for banking and other websites. 

Source: Better Business Bureau News Release

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