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SCAMS

Man Sues OkCupid After Being Catfished Out of $70k

Bummer. (Photo: Zazzle)

Some poor man from Queens is suing OkCupid because somebody named “genuineguy62″ fleeced him out of more than $70,000.

Michael Z. Picciano, 65, first received a message from the grifter on Feb. 11, 2013, the New York Post reports. After a month of phone and online communication, he wired his new paramour $24,000 for alleged business expenses, sending the money to “Dennis E. Racer” in Addison, Texas, and an “Edmond Thebeau” in Canada. Read More

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New Universal Exploit Lets Cyber Thieves Immediately Snatch Data From Browser Forms [Video]

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Malware scammers are streamlining the process they use to steal vital information with a new exploit that works on any website, not just a mocked-up PayPal form. This newly-discovered exploit has been spookily dubbed “Universal Man-in-the-Browser,” or uMitB.

Past scams used plain old Man-in-the-Browser to lift stolen data. Man-in-the-Browser (MitB) extracts data from fake forms that look just like any online purchase page. Cons have to take log files of information gathered by a Man-in-the-Browser scam and sort it for vital information before selling it via black markets online. This need to parse the stolen data worked in the victim’s favor, as it gave anyone who realized they’d fallen for the ploy the time to cancel or close their accounts.

Universal Man-in-the-Browser eliminates the lag time between victim data entry and scammer data use and can pull from any web page. George Tubin, a senior security strategist at security vendor Trusteer, explained uMitB in more detal to CSO Online: Read More

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There’s No Nigerian Man Trapped in Space So Don’t Give Anyone Your Bank Account

Ground control to Major Tunde. (Photo: Robert Couse-Baker on Flickr;images courtesy TASS and NASA)

When was the last time you saw a good, old-fashioned Nigerian scam email? Well, it appears that a classic is making the rounds once more. No longer will mere banking-related slight of hand do the trick. Now, as VentureBeat reports, the scammers must invoke the Soviet space program.

The email at issue actually dates from 2004, but it’s recently resurfaced. The letter revolves around the sorry tale of Nigerian Air Force Major Abacha Tunde, purportedly stranded in outer space for a decade and a half: Read More