For retailers and consumers, Cyber Monday marked the beginning of the online holiday shopping season. For cybercriminals, however, it marked the opening of their winter phishing season. Here at MarkMonitor, we are currently seeing an uptick in cybercriminal activity targeting online retailers’ brands. Linked here is an example of a phish attack involving a well-known national retailer. Clearly, brand-based phish and malware attacks such as this one, possess great potential to harm consumers. They also pose a great risk to customer trust and loyalty in your brand. As a result, the range of advice which you can give to your customers to... Read More
Tags: Malware, phishing
It’s bad enough that malware is virally spread via paid search and social networking links.  But now there are more accounts of it being spread via natural search links as well.  In a practice called “SEO Poisoning,” fraudsters use Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques to mix malware-laden search results with legitimate ones.  Many infected URLs are found within the top 10 search results and thus have a higher likelihood of a user clicking through.  Many of these attacks are targeting major product events and popular websites.  Just last month, for example, two attacks (as reported by Websense) targeted the much anticipated... Read More
Phishing attacks targeted at retail registrars are nothing new. But are malware attacks geared towards the managers of corporate domain portfolios the next likely target? After all, wouldn't the fastest, most effective way to redirect website traffic be to update name servers, and/or DNS settings for a popular site?              One likely scenario might be an instance where malware is downloaded from a seemingly harmless site (a site with domain rules and requirements for instance), and a keystroke logger is used to track logins and passwords for corporate domain name management portals. With this credential information, fraudsters could unlock and hijack domains,... Read More
Recently, MarkMonitor has discovered several instances of company names and brands being used to steer visitors to web sites that eventually result in malicious or bogus software being installed on their system.     Upon receiving a Google Alert or searching the web, users end up on a free web hosting site like Geocities.  The landing page contains seemingly random paragraphs of text and a long list of links to other free web pages.   The goal of this random text is to create a “link farm” that is indexed by search engines and shows up high enough in search results to... Read More
Tags: Malware


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Alison Simpson
With more than 13 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Managem... More