Scam iOS apps promise fitness, steal money instead

Fitness-tracking apps use dodgy in-app payments to steal money from unaware iPhone and iPad users. Multiple apps posing as fitness-tracking tools were caught misusing Apple’s Touch ID feature to steal money from iOS users. The dodgy payment mechanism used by the apps is activated while victims are scanning their fingerprint seemingly for fitness-tracking purposes. There … More Scam iOS apps promise fitness, steal money instead

World Cup squads briefed on cybersecurity best practices

The FIFA World Cup in Russia has passed without much incident so far. Indeed, the only controversial moments have involved the use of the video assistant referee (VAR) for the first time in World Cup history. The doom and gloom prophecies that accompany the build-up to these major sporting events have become as commonplace as the drama … More World Cup squads briefed on cybersecurity best practices

This test will tell you how likely you are to fall for fraud

The questionnaire measures a range of personality traits to distinguish people who are more prone to taking the bait than others. Researchers have devised a test that gauges a person’s susceptibility to falling for online scams and other types of internet crime. The freely available questionnaire – called “Susceptibility to Persuasion – II” (StP-II) and … More This test will tell you how likely you are to fall for fraud

Tech support scams and the call of the void

The importance of providing the best possible after-sales service to customers. L’appel du vide is an expression meaning “the call of the void”, with a similar meaning to what Poe called The Imp of the Perverse: you might define it informally as the sudden irresistible urge to do something harmful, to oneself or perhaps to others. I … More Tech support scams and the call of the void

Scammers and jobhunters

In The Guardian, Snighda Poonam recently explored the competition for jobs in general in India, with massive numbers of applicants chasing relatively small numbers of job opportunities. The article on The scammers gaming India’s overcrowded job market goes some way to explaining why so many find it hard to resist a career in call-centre scamming. Tech support … More Scammers and jobhunters