Weekly Axis Of Easy #261
Last Week’s Quote was “The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, skepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin.” was by Thomas Huxley,
Biologist and anthropologist. Our winner is Len Giberson.
This Week’s Quote: “Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good.” … by???
THE RULES: No searching up the answer, must be posted to the blog – the place to post the answer is at the bottom of the post, in the comments section.
The Prize: First person to post the correct answer gets their next domain or hosting renewal on us.
In this issue:
- PayPal Scam Uses Invoices Sent Through Their Website
- Defense operators of the U.S. Cyber Command have returned from Croatia following an investigation of malicious cyber activity
- An updated version of Escanor RAT malware is being distributed via Microsoft Office documents and PDF files
- Shalev Hulio: CEO of Blacklisted Israeli Spyware Resigns his Position
- New Russian Malware Detected by Microsoft
- Critics doubt that spyware maker NSO Group’s struggles will lower the use of its eavesdropping tech
- How Microsoft found a critical defect in ChromeOS, and how Google managed to fix it
- Counterfeit Phones Found With Backdoor to Hack WhatsApp Accounts
- NSA: Nigeria Has Become a Part Of Budapest Cybercrime Convention
- Sferra Discloses Data Breach
Scammers now use invoices sent via PayPal to trick beneficiaries into calling a number to debate a pending charge. The letters come from PayPal.com and include a link that showcases the supposed transaction and states that the user’s account will be charged hundreds of dollars.
Recipients who call are asked to download a software that allows the scammers to take control over their computer. According to KrebsOnSecurity, a reader who received an email from paypal.com immediately suspected it was a scam. The subject read, “Billing Department of PayPal updated your invoice.”
Despite the awkward wording, the scam was highly convincing. All links led to PayPal.com, and the “View and Pay Invoice” button loaded a PDF showing PayPal’s email validation.
The reader who shared the email stated that he logged into his PayPal account and couldn’t find signs of the invoice. After a call to the toll-free numbers listed in the invoice, a man received it. He answered the phone as “customer service” instead of trying to spoof PayPal.
Previously on #AxisOfEasy
If you missed the previous issues, they can be read online here:
- August 22nd, 2022: The Newest Anti-Tracking Tool That Checks If You’re Being Followed
- August 15th, 2022: Amazon Plots To Turn Surveillance Network Into Reality TV Series
- August 8th, 2022:Meta Is Being Sued For Giving US Hospitals A Data-Tracking Tool That Allegedly Disclosed Patient Information To Facebook
- August 1st, 2022: An Update To Facebook’s Link Schema Aims To Fight Privacy Browsers And Privacy Plugins
- July 25th, 2022: Verified Twitter Vulnerability Exposes Data From 5.4 Million Accounts