???? Heartbreakers! Scumbag scammer tricks OAP into selling home

Nov 14 2023

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Today’s hottest cybersecurity news

  • ???? Heartbreakers! Scumbag scammer tricks OAP into selling home

  • ????‍???? Hackers fake Google forms quizzes to perform scandalous scams ????

  • ???? U.S. healthcare in turmoil thanks to breaches via ScreenConnect ????️

Romancing The Scam ❤️????????

???? Heartbreaking Story: 74-Year-Old Linda Bemis Falls Victim to Love Scam ????

Linda thought she found love online with “Mr Bravo,” who claimed to be a military serviceman. As their bond grew, Mr Bravo requested huge sums of money, leading Bemis to sell her home share and car, totaling $60,000! ????

????️‍♂️ Shocking Twist:

Mr Bravo is Lisa Miller! ???? Miller, claiming innocence, rerouted her IP address to Nigeria. Arrested on fraud and theft charges, she now faces serious penalties. ????

???? Homeless and Heartbroken:

Bemis warns, “Be careful! Before you know it, you can become a victim just like that.” ????

????‍♂️ Police Caution:

Sergeant Brian Schnell urges vigilance. Scammers are out there—protect yourself and your loved ones! ????️

???? Stay Informed:

Update as of November 10—Lisa Miller found guilty, awaiting sentencing. Justice prevails! ⚖️

Let’s spread awareness and stop scams together! Share this cautionary tale with your friends and family. ????


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???? Hackers Run Crypto Scam Using Google Forms! ????

???? Researchers warn of rising crypto spam! Scammers leverage Google Forms’ “Release scores” to deliver emails, tricking victims into crypto investments or sharing personal details.

????‍???? How it Works:

Spammers exploit Google Forms, using any email to complete quizzes. After submission, they activate “Release scores,” sending customised emails from victims’ Google accounts, increasing delivery chances.

???? Sample Scam:

Subject: “Score released: Balance 1.3320 BTC.” Clicking redirects to a fake form, prompting email confirmation.

Victims led to an external link, urged to activate accounts with Bitcoins worth $46,000. Live chat assistance makes it convincing. Final step: pay a ‘0.25%’ exchange fee or $64 via QR code.

???? Google Features Targeted:

This follows Google’s warning of threat actors using its Calendar service for malicious activities. A tool called Google Calendar RAT exploited event descriptions for covert communication.

????️ Stay Informed:

As scams evolve, organisations must update on IoCs and block malicious indicators. ???? Be cautious, share awareness, and protect yourself from cunning cybercriminals! ????

???? Catch of the Day!! ????????????

???? The Motley Fool: “Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” Good ol’ George Dubya ???? Let us tell who’s not fooling around though; that’s the Crüe ???? at Motley Fool. You’d be a fool (alright, enough already! ????) not to check out their Share Tips from time to time so your savings can one day emerge from their cocoon as a beautiful butterfly! ???? Kidding aside, if you check out their website they’ve actually got a ton of great content with a wide variety of different investment ideas to suit most budgets ???? (LINK)

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???? Digital Ocean: If you build it they will come. Nope, we’re not talking about a baseball field for ghosts ???????? (Great movie, to be fair ????). This is the Digital Ocean who’ve got a really cool platform for building and hosting pretty much anything you can think of. If you check out their website you’ll find yourself catching the buzz even if you can’t code (guilty ????). But if you can and you’re looking for somewhere to test things out or launch something new or simply enhance what you’ve got, we’d recommend checking out their services fo’ sho ???? And how can you not love their slogan: Dream it. Build it. Grow it. Right on, brother! ???? (LINK)

What caused the cyber Black Plague? RATs ????????????




???? Hackers Targeting U.S. Healthcare Orgs Using ScreenConnect! ????

???? Security researchers uncover a concerning trend as threat actors exploit ScreenConnect, a remote access tool, to target healthcare organisations, including Transaction Data Systems (TDS).

???? Who’s Affected:

TDS, a pharmacy supply chain solution in all 50 states, faces attacks on local ScreenConnect instances. Managed security platform Huntress identifies attacks on two healthcare organisations, indicating ongoing reconnaissance for potential escalation.

⚠️ Attack Details:

Between Oct 28 and Nov 8, 2023, hackers employ consistent tactics, downloading a payload named text.xml. This file loads Metasploit attack payload Meterpreter into system memory, evading detection using non-PowerShell methods.

???? Compromised Endpoints:

Windows Server 2019 systems of a pharmaceutical and healthcare organisation, both linked by ScreenConnect instances. The tool instals additional payloads, executes commands, transfers files, and attempts to create new user accounts for persistent access.

???? Connection to TDS:

ScreenConnect instance tied to ‘rs.tdsclinical[.]com’ domain, associated with TDS. It’s unclear if TDS suffered a breach, had compromised credentials, or faced a different exploit.

???? Urgent Action Needed:

Huntress attempts to notify TDS (now ‘Outcomes’) after a merger last summer go unanswered. Healthcare entities urged to stay vigilant, update security measures, and collaborate to thwart cyber threats. ????????????

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