Social Engineering

Email Compromise Campaign Hits Hundreds of Companies
Hacking, Social Engineering

Email Compromise Campaign Hits Hundreds of Companies

A large-scale, long-term business email compromise campaign has been targeting large industrial companies, including those in the energy, metals, and power sectors. The campaign has been running for several years and has included a variety of tactics, namely compromises of corporate email systems, network exploitation, social engineering, and highly targeted […]

New IRS Phone Scam Tied to Prepaid Debit Cards
Phone Fraud, Social Engineering

New IRS Phone Scam Tied to Prepaid Debit Cards

Although tax season has been over for two months now, phone scammers are continuing to target victims with a new version of the venerable IRS phone fraud scam, using the agency’s electronic payment system as a lure. The latest iteration of the scheme involves scammers calling victims and trying to […]

Democrats Ask FCC to Dump Ringless Voicemails
Privacy, Social Engineering

Democrats Ask FCC to Dump Ringless Voicemails

A group of Democrats is asking the FCC to prevent robocalls telemarketers and political candidates from being able to use ringless voicemails to deliver their messages to consumers. The use of ringless voicemails is a controversial technique, because it allows callers to deliver voicemails directly to consumers without actually ringing […]

FTC Shuts Down Another Tech Support Scam
Phone Fraud, Social Engineering

FTC Shuts Down Another Tech Support Scam

The FTC has reached settlements with two people and companies who the commission alleges were using fake pop-up ads and persuasive phone tactics to run a fake tech support scam. The settlement includes a fine of more than $800,000 and a permanent ban on any of the defendants engaging in similar schemes. […]

No Call For Ringless Voicemails
Social Engineering

No Call For Ringless Voicemails

There aren’t many things that you can get broad consensus on these days, but one of them is that telemarketing and political robocalls are terrible. Some of them are illegal, all of them are annoying, and if some influential groups get their way, these calls will soon take a form that’s even […]

Ringless Voicemails May Become the New Robocalls
Phone Fraud, Social Engineering

Ringless Voicemails May Become the New Robocalls

Federal regulators are working on various methods to block robocalls, both to landlines and to mobile phones, with varying degrees of success. As those technologies make their way into the marketplace, some companies now are looking for clearance from the FCC to deliver their messages directly to customers’ voicemails without ringing their […]

After Reports of Abuse, Developer Disables Phonecord Bot
Social Engineering

After Reports of Abuse, Developer Disables Phonecord Bot

The developer of the Phonecord bot has disabled it for the time being after security researchers discovered that threat actors were using the bot for harassing calls, including some to federal law enforcement agencies. Phonecord is a bot designed for use on the Discord communications app, which is used by […]

New Phone Bot Being Used in Harassing Calls
Phone Fraud, Social Engineering

New Phone Bot Being Used in Harassing Calls

Some attackers have taken to using a new phone bot for the Discord chat and voice app to send large numbers of harassing and nuisance calls to individual victims, retailers, and even law enforcement agencies. Known as Phonecord, the bot is being used in a number of different ways. But unlike […]