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As they release a customer update on its website, Dell officials admit that their customers’ data including; names, email addresses, and hashed passwords, might get hacked.

However, there is no such evidence whatsoever that it happened or how much data got hacked.

According to the Dell officials, on November 9, they noticed some unauthorized activity on their network and immediately took action against it. As they hired a digital forensics firm involved the authorities. They took precautionary measures of resetting all dell.com customer passwords.


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Though it might seem that customer data might get breached. But authorities said that the credit cards information were not compromised in the incident.

Experts recommended that if your Dell password is the same or similar to what you use on other websites, then you should change it for the sake of security measures.

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Cryptocurrency Mining: Crackdown On Digital Currency Traders https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/24/cryptocurrency-mining-crackdown/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/24/cryptocurrency-mining-crackdown/#respond Sat, 24 Nov 2018 18:20:01 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2328 LAHORE: Prime Minister Pakistan ordered to start an investigation on digital currency mining and crackdown its operations. The investigation is carried down under the supervision of Director Cybercrime Captain Rtd. Shoaib. First time in the history of cybercrime in Pakistan digital currency mining machine creates bitcoins is seized by FIA. Accused named Hassaan, Rizwan, and […]

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LAHORE: Prime Minister Pakistan ordered to start an investigation on digital currency mining and crackdown its operations.

The investigation is carried down under the supervision of Director Cybercrime Captain Rtd. Shoaib. First time in the history of cybercrime in Pakistan digital currency mining machine creates bitcoins is seized by FIA.

Accused named Hassaan, Rizwan, and Salman used to trains people for cryptocurrency mining. According to Investigation Officer Aashir:

A grand crackdown continues on bitcoins and digital currency mining machine is seized by FIA Cybercrime Wing. In order to carry out the operation, there was a raid in Gulberg and arrested three accused. A bitcoin mining machine is seized from their possession.

Adding that, it is a very fine group dealing with all digital currency mining. They established an alleged Bit College to spread the learning of cryptocurrency mining and expanding its trade.


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People are selling and purchasing bitcoins out of the tax net. These are basically a virtual currency having no meaning in reality. Some forums give an online wallet where people can get digital currency.

There is clearly no surety behind the security of their digital currency. If the admin block the website then people can lost their cryptocurrency worth millions.

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New Scam In The Town Beware: ‘WhatsApp Black Friday’ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/23/whatsapp-black-friday-scam/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/23/whatsapp-black-friday-scam/#respond Fri, 23 Nov 2018 18:00:50 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2312 As the popularity of WhatsApp is sky leaping, scammers and such thefts are also very loud in this social medium as well like the one dangerous game scam just recently taking many innocent lives of children. Nowadays a new scam namely BLACK FRIDAY is circling around on WhatsApp which is currently active in U.S.A., U.K., […]

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As the popularity of WhatsApp is sky leaping, scammers and such thefts are also very loud in this social medium as well like the one dangerous game scam just recently taking many innocent lives of children.

Nowadays a new scam namely BLACK FRIDAY is circling around on WhatsApp which is currently active in U.S.A., U.K., and Ireland but such scams reach all over the world in just a blink of an eye. One can get the grip of this WhatsApp black Friday scam popularity by its name.

Under Black Friday logo people can widely shop on super discounts on trending stuff not only in stores but also online. Henceforth, the scammers are pretty much active nowadays as BLACK FRIDAY is on its way.


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Pakistani should beware as well because like the other states citizens people here are also crazy for this upcoming event but these types of events are the playground for the scammers as they play their cards and offer fake deals to people.

Their messages attract users by offering a 90 percent discount on popular international chains and tells them to click on the given link to buy those products at cheap rates. The link directs users to the fake Amazon page which not only ask them to enter personal details and shipping addresses but also their credit cards information.

Though to curb spam messages, WhatsApp is working on a Suspicious Link Detection feature, it will stop fake news from spreading on the platform but this feature is not available for development reasons yet. As they state that it still needs many other improvements before it rolls out and available for everyone.

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Sharing Bank Details Lead To Bank Fraud https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/23/sharing-bank-details-lead-to-bank-fraud/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/23/sharing-bank-details-lead-to-bank-fraud/#respond Fri, 23 Nov 2018 12:00:20 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2317 A man from Vehari, Ahsaan Rasheed got scammed by a person calling him impersonating as an employee of local bank head office and manipulating him for sharing bank details, CNIC and personal information. But the victim finds out the very next day that he was robbed by the scammer left him empty-handed, when he by […]

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A man from Vehari, Ahsaan Rasheed got scammed by a person calling him impersonating as an employee of local bank head office and manipulating him for sharing bank details, CNIC and personal information.

But the victim finds out the very next day that he was robbed by the scammer left him empty-handed, when he by chance went to the bank to withdraw his money.

Cybercrime is very much common these days in Pakistan unlike the past couple of years. The cases some time ago where several Chinese and Pakistani citizens were held as they were involved in similar cases from Punjab and Sindh by the FIA cybercrime circle.


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Recently, a number of people fell in prey with unauthorized withdrawals from their bank accounts fooling them for sharing bank details.

The government recently framed cybercrime laws to cope up these online cybercrimes but it is challenging for the government due to the increase in cybercrime activities.

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Fake Cryptocurrency Apps: Four Fake Apps On Google Play Store https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/13/fake-cryptocurrency-apps/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/13/fake-cryptocurrency-apps/#respond Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:19:47 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2285 According to a report from cybersecurity researcher Lukas Stefanko, four fake cryptocurrency apps were listed on the Google Play Store this week. Three apps Neo Wallet, Tether Wallet, and MetaMask are now in question. These fake cryptocurrency apps were presented since the middle of October but were reported and removed quickly. These apps either impersonate […]

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According to a report from cybersecurity researcher Lukas Stefanko, four fake cryptocurrency apps were listed on the Google Play Store this week.

Three apps Neo Wallet, Tether Wallet, and MetaMask are now in question. These fake cryptocurrency apps were presented since the middle of October but were reported and removed quickly. These apps either impersonate the real cryptocurrency wallets or to phish the cryptocurrency logins of the consumers.

A cybersecurity researcher said:

These malicious apps only display attacker’s public address and not the user’s access to private key. The private keys are owned by the bad guys or hackers. As the fake cryptocurrency apps launched, users think that apps already generated the public addresses where they can deposit their cryptocurrency. But if a user funds to his wallet he’s not able to withdraw afterward as he doesn’t know the private key.

The apps were built using an AppyBuilder which is a drag-and-drop service let anyone use code apps with general knowledge. For cryptocurrency explorers, it’s an important reminder to make sure that your app is loading up your personal private key and not a pre-set key.

Fake cryptocurrency apps are a very hot topic these days as Apple has banned mining apps from its iOS devices. The Google Play Store has been notorious to host malware in the past. Early in 2018, McAfee researchers revealed that Android app store hosts malware aiming to steal photos, contact lists, and even text messages of North Korean detectors.

Some of the apps were impersonating as security apps whereas one was claiming to provide food ingredient information.

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SMS Breach: Hackers Can Get Hands On Your Online Accounts https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/13/sms-breach/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/13/sms-breach/#respond Tue, 13 Nov 2018 12:09:08 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2280 Due to unsecured database operations, millions of text messages may have been breached in the SMS breach by hackers. Cybersecurity researchers discovered that the unsecured database is not even password protected, and they may contain information regarding passwords in a plain text, two-factor authentication codes, account security codes, tracking information, and other precious content. Particularly, […]

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Due to unsecured database operations, millions of text messages may have been breached in the SMS breach by hackers.

Cybersecurity researchers discovered that the unsecured database is not even password protected, and they may contain information regarding passwords in a plain text, two-factor authentication codes, account security codes, tracking information, and other precious content.

Particularly, these messages may include communications from banks, medical institutions, Yahoo, Google, and other social media channels. When a two-factor authentication code or a user login link is sent via text messages, it’s operating firms act as a gateway who convert those codes into text messages.

Notably, the operating firms play the key role in maintaining an unsecured database vulnerable to SMS breach. Hence it is of prime importance for the operating firms to pull the database.

Additionally, information about the recipient’s mobile number is included in the database which can offer real-time access to any hacker. Hackers can cause SMS breach by acquiring password reset links and two-factor authentication codes.

This place many accounts at higher risks. Each code tagged and detailed meticulously which includes the recipient’s cell phone number, the message, the firm’s customer who sent the message, and the shortcode these firms used.


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Even though, when used with login credentials, SMS verification requires more protection than just a username and password. Recently, many security experts have issued alerts about possibilities of SMS breach. Primarily, researchers have warned that SMS breach can happen but utilizing apps or hardware based USB security keys like Google’s Titan keys are safer options.

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Bank Account Hackers: FIA Arrests Key Members of the Gang https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/09/bank-account-hackers/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/09/bank-account-hackers/#respond Fri, 09 Nov 2018 08:35:06 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2249 GUJRANWALA: FIA Cyber Crime Wing arrested the key members of the bank account hackers gang involved in telephone banking fraud. This arrest considered to be a great step towards the imprisonment of bank account hackers who were targeting the innocent people on an almost daily basis by their alleged means of banking frauds done through […]

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GUJRANWALA: FIA Cyber Crime Wing arrested the key members of the bank account hackers gang involved in telephone banking fraud.

This arrest considered to be a great step towards the imprisonment of bank account hackers who were targeting the innocent people on an almost daily basis by their alleged means of banking frauds done through phone calls.

According to FIA Assistant Director, the accused Shabbir was arrested from Hafizabad on a tip of another suspect Shafiq who was arrested on September 28 this year.

The arrest of these two members from the gang of bank account hackers released the information regarding their whereabouts of their other team members. There are more arrests expected from other regions of Punjab, said by FIA officials.

About a day ago, two same cases of back account hackers surfaced in Punjab where they destitute a teacher and a local person from their life savings.

Hackers withdrew over Rs0.3.3 million from the bank accounts in Pakpattan and Bahawalnagar as per some details.


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In the latest cyber attack, a group of bank account hackers drawn off Rs0.2 million from a school teacher account in Pakpattan.

Abdul Ghafar, the victim, said his money was transferred in no time as soon as he provided his bank account details to a man impersonating as the bank official; for the investigation purpose.

He told that fraudsters destitute his five years’ savings and said that bank officials refused to compensate him. In a bank fraud withdrawn more than Rs0.12 million from a Bahawalnagar citizen’s account. The victim told that he deposited the money for his brother’s marriage.

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Google Employees Walked Out: A Climax In The Tech World https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/08/google-employees-walked-out-a-climax-in-the-tech-world/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/08/google-employees-walked-out-a-climax-in-the-tech-world/#respond Thu, 08 Nov 2018 08:00:50 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2203 Last Thursday, at around 11 am, 20,000 Google employees walked out to protest the company’s motive of protecting its executives who are accused of sexual harassment. When the walkout was done, media turned to the US midterm elections. A Google spokesman said that its executives were now pondering workers’ demands mainly include specific changes to […]

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Last Thursday, at around 11 am, 20,000 Google employees walked out to protest the company’s motive of protecting its executives who are accused of sexual harassment.

When the walkout was done, media turned to the US midterm elections. A Google spokesman said that its executives were now pondering workers’ demands mainly include specific changes to hiring and management policies. But the company is not commenting on any of it.

Regulators, lawmakers, academics, and the media have been pushing Silicon Valley to alter its ways since past 2 years. But there are fewer points of leverage in tech and fewer laws for industry practices. The lawmakers are struggling to speed up on the tech’s implications for people.

Google employees walked out in order to give an idea that people who are the backbone of a company hold that power to change its policies.

This summer, a worker-led movement at Google possessed such power to abandon the Project Maven; a plan to work with the Pentagon on software for targeting drone strikes. Amazon and Microsoft workers are coming in the ground to shift the companies’ law enforcing policies.

But the Google employees walked out for something bigger.

Within a week, the organizers used Google’s tools to leverage its company culture and to create a wide-ranging movement. 1,000 Google employees walked out to show comments and suggestions on the demand they made. They include marginalized views in tech for the minority workers, of contractors, and the industry’s second-class citizens.

The walkout organizers said that they want to keep the movement alive and to inspire those in other parts of the tech industry to take up similar arms.

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Employment Scams Haunting Labor Market https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/08/employment-scams-haunting-labor-market/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/08/employment-scams-haunting-labor-market/#respond Thu, 08 Nov 2018 07:00:35 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2212 According to Better Business Bureau’s scam tracker that with the economic growth, employment scams are on the faster pace. Through October this year, more than 3,700 employment scams incidents reported in America only, which is double the number recorded last year. Katherine Hutt, spokeswoman for the Better Business Bureau said: Scammers are opportunists. So the […]

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According to Better Business Bureau’s scam tracker that with the economic growth, employment scams are on the faster pace. Through October this year, more than 3,700 employment scams incidents reported in America only, which is double the number recorded last year.

Katherine Hutt, spokeswoman for the Better Business Bureau said:

Scammers are opportunists. So the more that legitimate companies advertise open positions, the more the shady operators will post job scams.

Unemployment stands at 3.7% the lowest it’s been since 1969 in U.S. 7 million jobs opened in September which is above the number of unemployed worked, according to Labor Department data released on Tuesday.

This change in the labor market opens a door for reemployment scams. Remote jobs getting more common and people are opting part-time jobs or gig work, it’s easier for fraudsters to use electronic communications to present fake opportunities.

Yet, there are still limitations to some extent. Hutt said:

Most employment scams are not for traditional jobs. Fake positions can be home-based work opportunity or a secret shopper gig.


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Employment scams are full of varying opportunities but the reason behind every scam is similar to get hands-on bank account numbers, social security numbers, and money. Even savvy job hunters can fall prey to employment scams which may also include legitimate job search websites.

Hutt said:

Anyone can be a victim or a target. We’ve seen these scams cross all levels of incomes and required skills.

According to BBB, seasonal hiring also provides an opportunity for con artists to take advantage of job seekers to earn extra money during the holiday season, which makes it easy to vet any company offer job.

If you can’t find information regarding a company, you should be vigilant enough for the trap laid by the company under the name of getting a job. And if the job appears to be from a valid company, make sure to first verify all details given on the website and then visit the company.

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Steal Cryptocurrency: 700,000 Websites Are Hacked In A Bid https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/07/steal-cryptocurrency/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/07/steal-cryptocurrency/#respond Wed, 07 Nov 2018 20:26:02 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2200 A breach was experienced on Nov 3 by Statcounter – a well-known web analytics platform – in which around 700,000 web pages were hacked, as their mean was to steal cryptocurrency via malicious script and exchange Gate.io to generate Bitcoin addresses, according to the researcher Matthieu Faou. Faou identifies that the hacker was clever because […]

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A breach was experienced on Nov 3 by Statcounter – a well-known web analytics platform – in which around 700,000 web pages were hacked, as their mean was to steal cryptocurrency via malicious script and exchange Gate.io to generate Bitcoin addresses, according to the researcher Matthieu Faou.

Faou identifies that the hacker was clever because of the malicious code in the middle rather than in the beginning or at the end of a legitimate file which is harder to detect by casual observation. Even though the Gate.io service claims it doesn’t use Statcounter anymore now but the hacker clearly leveraged his advantages.

It’s still unknown that how many end-users are affected but Gate.io said; after they got the notice from ESET; that there’s a suspicious behavior in Statcounter’s traffic they immediately scan the system by antivirus products along with that they also claim to remove the Statcounter’s services.

There is nothing much to fear because the malicious script would active only if URL or web pages contain myaccount/withdraw/BTC that allow the hacker to fill his pocket but Cryptocurrency focused hacks are not new as they famously occurred in the past, particularly with Adobe Flash installers.

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