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Gift Cards, Anyone? Watch Out for Fraud and Malware Hosts

Giving gifts the whole year round is normal, but a whole boatload of presents are bought and sold most especially during Christmas and holiday seasons. The end-of-year holidays, unfortunately, also usher in the greatest number of gift card scams. But the world's biggest brands are no longer newbies to the threat, which is why Amazon, iTunes, and Target, among many others, have put up pages where scam victims can report malicious sites and pages. more

Domain Registrar Selection: A Key Indicator of Overall Organization Security

This week, CSC and SecurityScorecard - the global leader in cyber security ratings for enterprise organizations - released an important piece of research in a whitepaper that shows a company's choice of domain registrar really does matter when it comes to cyber security. more

“Nickel” APT Group: What We Found About Microsoft’s Latest Domain Seizure

Threat actors reportedly attacked 29 government agencies worldwide in a recent malicious campaign. The attacks were attributed to China-based advanced persistent threat (APT) group Nickel, which has been known to trail its sights on governments and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) across Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean. more

Is Your Domain Portfolio Governance Policy Up To Date?

Updating your domain portfolio governance policy regularly will allow you to steadily move away from less effective methods for your business and into a stronger overall digital transformation strategy. more

Are Mypressonline.com’s Free Subdomain Creation Services Being Abused?

It’s not uncommon to see free web hosting providers get abused as part of phishing campaigns. IBM X-Force Exchange, in fact, published three indicators of compromise (IoCs) related to such an incident. more

What WHOIS History Reveals about 3,800+ Verified Phishing Hosts

The ability to retrieve historical WHOIS information can be essential for the cybersecurity community, particularly when it comes to threat hunting and cybercrime investigation. This investigative capability is highlighted in our latest downloadable white paper "Digging Up Zombie Domains: What WHOIS History Reveals about 3,800+ Verified Phishing Hosts" where we analyzed thousands of verified phishing hosts and their historical WHOIS records. more

Facebook Is Now Meta, Will Threat Actors Ride the Wave?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, on 28 October in Connect 2021, introduced Meta, which will be Facebook’s parent company, along with the organization’s various apps and technologies. According to Zuckerberg, "Meta’s focus will be to bring the metaverse to life and help people connect, find communities, and grow businesses." more

Are Banks and Their Customers Once Again at Risk of Typosquatting Woes?

A typosquatting campaign targeting U.S. Bancorp was uncovered a few weeks ago, potentially posing a threat to the financial institution and its customers. As of this writing, four domains and their IP resolutions were identified as indicators of compromise (IoCs). more

Insurance Companies Are The Target of Recent Cybersquatting Campaigns

An ongoing cybersquatting campaign targeting MetLife, a global insurance company, was reported by IBM Exchange X-Force, listing 12 malicious domains. We dug deeper into the campaign as part of our goal to expand lists of indicators of compromise (IoCs). more

Shopping Online for Toys Safely: Protecting Consumers in the Holiday Season

When the holidays roll around every year, online searches for toys increase, giving counterfeiters the opportunity to sell knock-offs of popular items. This time of year can prove expensive -- not just in terms of cash flow, but safety too. Consumers looking for a bargain may not even think about toy safety, or recognize that they're buying a fake, inferior product. more