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What is phishing?
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What is phishing?

From banking scams to industrial espionage, we look at why phishing is so lucrative
29 Apr 2022
Shiseido reportedly suffers data breach
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Shiseido reportedly suffers data breach

The Japanese cosmetics company has been accused of failing to notify affected staff of the leak
12 Apr 2022
Harmful ads and scams to be included in Online Safety Bill
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Harmful ads and scams to be included in Online Safety Bill

Ofcom will have the power to issue a fine of up to £18 million pounds – or 10% of the company’s global annual turnover
9 Mar 2022
Almost a quarter of all spam emails were sent from Russia in 2021
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Almost a quarter of all spam emails were sent from Russia in 2021

Last year's spam emails mostly centred around money and investment, Bond and Spider-Man movie premieres, and the pandemic
11 Feb 2022
UK gov criticised after £5bn in Bounce Back Loans paid to fraudsters
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UK gov criticised after £5bn in Bounce Back Loans paid to fraudsters

A National Audit Office report has also branded plans to recover 0.1% of stolen funds "inadequate"
3 Dec 2021
SMBs urged to update software ahead of Black Friday
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SMBs urged to update software ahead of Black Friday

NCSC identified 4,151 online shops compromised using vulnerability within e-commerce platform Magento
25 Nov 2021
HMRC issues scam warning ahead of Self Assessment deadline
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HMRC issues scam warning ahead of Self Assessment deadline

The department stated that 2021 has already seen 797,010 tax-related scams reported
16 Nov 2021
Ofcom report reveals alarming uptick in smishing attacks
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Ofcom report reveals alarming uptick in smishing attacks

Text-based scams now more common than phone calls among young adults
22 Oct 2021
Android Trojan charges millions of victims €36 per month
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Android Trojan charges millions of victims €36 per month

Up to 10 million users across 70 countries are thought to have been affected
30 Sep 2021
Smishing attacks increased 700% in first six months of 2021
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Smishing attacks increased 700% in first six months of 2021

Which? has urged businesses to play their part to protect people from text message scams
14 Sep 2021
10 quick tips for identifying phishing emails
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10 quick tips for identifying phishing emails

Avoid falling victim to a phishing attack with these easy tips
17 Aug 2021
Delivery scams become most common form of smishing
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Delivery scams become most common form of smishing

Cyber security provider Proofpoint finds a major increase in the number of threat actors impersonating postal services
17 Aug 2021
NCSC simplifies Outlook scam-reporting tool
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NCSC simplifies Outlook scam-reporting tool

Users are now able to report phishing emails with just one click
12 Aug 2021
British man 'PlugWalkJoe' arrested in Spain over 2020 Twitter hack
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British man 'PlugWalkJoe' arrested in Spain over 2020 Twitter hack

Joseph James O'Connor is also accused of hijacking TikTok and Snapchat user accounts, as well as cyberstalking a juvenile
22 Jul 2021
Microsoft cracks down on sophisticated BEC scam campaign
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Microsoft cracks down on sophisticated BEC scam campaign

The firm’s Digital Crime Unit seized a variety of malicious domains targeting Office 365 customers
20 Jul 2021
Google clamps down on financial fraud with new ad restrictions
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Google clamps down on financial fraud with new ad restrictions

The move comes after it was revealed that the FCA pays Google £600,000 a year to run anti-fraud ads
30 Jun 2021
Eight arrested over Royal Mail ‘smishing’ scam
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Eight arrested over Royal Mail ‘smishing’ scam

The arrests come weeks after researchers found a 645% increase in Royal Mail-related phishing scams
24 May 2021
Tax refund scammers target university staff and students
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Tax refund scammers target university staff and students

Like every year, tax refund scammers are in full force
31 Mar 2021
Hackers turn to 'silent stealing' in bid to exploit home workers
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Hackers turn to 'silent stealing' in bid to exploit home workers

Cyber criminals are abandoning large-scale heists in favour of scams that earn them significantly smaller amounts of money
22 Feb 2021
Nokia partners with Hiya to stop spam calls
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Nokia partners with Hiya to stop spam calls

Machine learning could end the barrage aggravating fraudulent and spam phone calls
27 Jan 2021
Trend Micro insider sells customer data to scammers
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Trend Micro insider sells customer data to scammers

Scammers used stolen data to make fraudulent phishing calls
6 Nov 2019
Neighbourhood Watch and Avast to tackle cyber crime
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Neighbourhood Watch and Avast to tackle cyber crime

Growing concern over cyber crime launches new Cyberhood Watch with Avast
5 Nov 2019
Businesses stung by convincing Office 365 voicemail scam
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Businesses stung by convincing Office 365 voicemail scam

This latest wave of phishing attacks incorporates real audio recordings to create a sense of urgency
31 Oct 2019