Brand spoofing is a type of phishing in which the offender pretends to be a household name. Usually they are veiled emails. A recent study found that Microsoft is by far the most fake brand.
It's incredibly easy to fake a sender e-mail address. With a little time and patience, you can create an e-mail stating that it's from Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, or anyone else you want. This very fact makes it tempting for bad actors to … do bad things too.
Common attacks include emails claiming your account is suspended, and just clicking on a link in the email and specifying your username and password solve the problem. Or, similarly, a request to confirm payment, stating your credit card number. Typically, you are not leading the links to the website it is supposed to be, but to a malware website that may be infecting your computer and recording your input. You pass your username, password, credit card, etc. directly to the people who would never need this information.
FireEye, a provider of security solutions, has released a report on brand imitations Microsoft has been recognized as the target of spoofing and is by far the preferred company.
The Microsoft brand itself was responsible for 30% of all identified brand imitations of FireEye. Things are getting worse, OneDrive is number two with 7%, Microsoft Outlook is number 6 with 4%, LinkedIn and Microsoft Office are also on the list with 2%. Overall, Microsoft properties accounted for 45% of all phishing scams discovered by FireEye. The next closest company was Apple with only 7%.
The FireEye report also states that phishing attacks are on the rise, with a 1
If you receive an e-mail from a company (or someone who claims to be from a business), you are asked for information or confirmation of details, it is safest to include links in the e-mail skip. Open your browser and go directly to the site. Treat the email as malicious until proven otherwise. By following this advice with every e-mail, even from people you know and trust, you will avoid much heartache and frustration on the street. [TechRadar]
In other news:
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- Vivo's new technology fully charges your phone in 13 minutes:
Vivo seems to think that charging a phone takes too long, and we agree. The company introduced Super FlashCharge 120w, which claims to be able to fully charge a phone in just 13 minutes. As you can see from the name, it delivers 120 watts of power to achieve these results. The unanswered question is how hot your phone gets. [Digital Trends]
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- Firefox no longer deletes your settings: Mozilla has just fixed a pretty crazy and frustrating bug in Firefox. If the browser unexpectedly shuts down after the last update (due to power outages or crashes), your settings will be cleared. Fortunately, bookmarks and favorites were spared during the culling. Get the update now if you want to keep your preferences. [TechDows]
Bees are incredibly important to our agriculture industry. When it comes to pollination, they are responsible for everything from almonds to apples to avocados.
But the US grows large quantities of food on large tracts of land, and it's a lot more than wild bees could ever process naturally. Thus, a new industry emerged to meet the demand: Beekeeper Trucker.
Bees from farms are packed in crates and transported from farm to farm. It's amazing what steps the movers have to take to make the shipment safe – both for the bees and you and me.
They travel at night while the bees are sleeping. They spray the bees with smoke because the smoke actually hits the bees, and if possible the beekeepers pause at high altitudes because the cold weather encourages the bees to stay there.
The next time you're on the road and you see a truck Remember to watch a huge swarm of bees on your way to the next farm when you're carrying a lot of crates on a flatbed. [Jalopnik]