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Microsoft seizes malicious domains used in COVID-19 phishing

Microsoft has seized control of several malicious domains that were used in COVID-19-themed phishing attacks against its customers in 62 countries around the world.

Last month, the technology giant filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in order to stop cybercriminals from “exploiting the pandemic by attempting to obtain personal access and confidential information of its customers.” The court documents were unsealed on Tuesday as Microsoft secured control of the domains, which were used in a variety of phishing and business email compromise (BEC) attacks.

In a blog post Tuesday, Microsoft revealed that the “civil case resulted in a court order allowing Microsoft to seize control of key domains in the criminals’ infrastructure so that it can no longer be used to execute cyberattacks,” Tom Burt, corporate vice president of customer security and trust at Microsoft, wrote.

Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit first observed a new phishing scheme in December of 2019, which was designed to compromise customers’ Office 365 accounts. While efforts to block the sophisticated scheme were successful, Microsoft recently observed renewed attempts by the same threat actors, this time with a COVID-19 lure.

“Specifically, defendants in this action are part of an online criminal network whose tactics evolved to take advantage of global current events by deploying COVID-19 themed phishing campaign targeting Microsoft customers around the world. This sophisticated phishing campaign is designed to compromise thousands of Microsoft customer accounts and gain access to customer email, contact lists, sensitive documents and other personal information,” Microsoft wrote in the complaint.

Microsoft seized six primary domains, five of which were revealed to have the name “Office” in them; the sixth domain was mailitdaemon[.]com, which is used to receive forwarded mail from compromised Office 365 accounts.

Burt wrote in the blog post that BEC threats have “increased in complexity, sophistication and frequency in recent years.” As BEC rises, threat actors have become equipped with new tactics that take impersonation to the next level. “These phishing emails are designed to look like they come from an employer or trusted source,” Microsoft wrote in the complaint.

In these coronavirus phishing emails, threat actors included messages with a COVID-19 theme to lure in victims, playing on the fear and uncertainty caused by the pandemic. For example, threat actors do this by “using terms such as ‘COVID-19 bonus,'” Burt wrote.

According to the FBI, half of cybercrime losses in 2019 were BEC alone. Some experts say BEC attacks have led to as many cyberinsurance payments as ransomware, and in some cases more.

Microsoft isn’t alone in seizing coronavirus-related malicious domains. In April, the Department of Justice announced the disruption of hundreds of online COVID-19 related scams, through public and private sector cooperative efforts.

“As of April 21, 2020, The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center has received and reviewed more than 3,600 complaints related to COVID-19 scams, many of which operated from websites that advertised fake vaccines and cures, operated fraudulent charity drives, delivered malware or hosted various other types of scams, ” the DOJ wrote in the announcement.

Like many security vendors, Microsoft said it has observed cybercriminals adapting their lures this year to take advantage of current events such as COVID-19. The company recommended several steps to prevent credential theft, including implementing two-factor authentication on all business and personal accounts.

“While the lures may have changed, the underlying threats remain, evolve and grow,” Burt wrote.

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For Sale – clearout of comp stuff, ext hdd, brix, cpus, psu’s, ram, hdd bundle, mobo/cpu bundle

hi

having a clear out of some used tech. these items have all been used and work fine. mostly left from upgrades etc. assume no warranties unless stated otherwise.

1) Gigabyte Auros Z390 Ultra gaming motherboard and a i3 9100 chip along with a arctic cooler freezer 33 plus cooler bundle. no ram. fully working, mobo on latest bios. £330 inc

2) Griffin reserve power bank 10,000mah unused £20 inc

3) 2 x hd5450 1gb GPU low profile £15 inc each

4) Aerocool integrator 500watt bronze wired psu. used for literally a week before upgrade. £35 inc

5) following lots of laptop purchases for friends and family recently and upgrades to SSD, i have this lot for sale for £115

8 x seagate laptop thin ST500LM021 500gb
1 x Hitachi 500 gb 5K750-500
5 x samsung 500 gb ST500LM012
1 x HGST 500gb Z7K500-500
1 x seagate 320 GB momentus 5400.6
1 x seagate 160 GB momentus 7200.4

7) Xeon 5650 cpu. £20 inc

8) core i7 930 DO stepping cpu £20 inc

9) sumvision rio mini wireless keyboard usb £15 inc

10) gigabyte brix BXBT-2807, celeron N2807, 8 gb ddr3, 240 gb ssd, win 10. marks from use, boxed with psu. £175 inc.

11) ace 500 br switching power supply £20 inc

12) Western digital my cloud ultra EX2 unused, project never got off. brand new £150 inc

13) 2 x 4 gb ddr3 10600R server ram kit £25 inc

14) 1 x 8 gb 10600R server ram dimm £35 inc

15) arctic cooler freezer pro 7 rev 2 with intel fitting £20 inc

16) cooler master evo 212 cooler. have fittings somewhere for it. not sure what ones. £20 inc.

17) western digital my book 8TB ext drive. unused, purchased last yr to use on the TV but didn’t do it in the end. £140 inc.

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For Sale – Home Media Windows 10 PC / Remote Control / GTX 670 / i5 / 8GB / SSD & HDD / TV Tuner

Media PC Desktop Computer i5, SSD & HDD TV Tuner, Win 10 Pro, Gtx 670. Condition is good but Used. Case is new, small so can be placed in most places and plenty of airflow. Remote control startup so you don’t need to press the button, has its own little remote via a Pcie card from Silverstone.

Has a Hauppage TV Tuner in it to allow DVB and regular TV channels to be streamed through your favourite Media software. I have configured WinTV as a LiveTV Streaming Service with Record functionality

Very Nice Small Compact Case with plenty of airflow the Coolermaster Q300L which is virtually brand New.

Pictures to follow, pickup from Thetford, Norfolk with Cash or PayPal for delivery. Will be packaged well.

Any questions just ask or can video call me if you would like proof of it working all OK.

Spec:

Intel i5 750
ASUS P7P55-M Motherboard
Akasa artic freezer 11LP Low profile Cpu cooler (brand new)
8GB DDR3 Ram
MSi Gtx 670 Graphics card
Crucial 256gb SSD
1Tb 7200rpm HDD
Silverstone Pcie remote control card and remote (Brand new)
USB dual band WiFi dongle
Hauppage satellite, digital and terrestrial tv tuner
Cooler master 700w PSU
Cooler master Q300L case (Brand New)
140mm akasa intake fan (Brand New)
2 x 120mm Exit fans
Windows 10 Professional

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For Sale – Silverstone SG06 Black SFF case – no PSU but inc. DVD RW

Hi, reasonable condition SG06 Black SFF case used as office PC for a few years. Would suit HTPC or other SFF use. Looks fine from the outside, a few small scratches on the inner surfaces but nothing major. Also what looks like a tiny bit of corrosion in one of the top ventilation holes, not visible unless you look – I’ve tried to show in the pics.

I’ve left a Sony AD 7700S DVD-RW drive in there, which I mainly used for CD ripping and works fine with dbpoweramp, Accurip and so on.

Internal hard drive, SSD carrier and (obviously) DVD drive carrier are present, as is the PSU bracket and the expansion card bracket on the rear of the case (you can see it above the expansion card slots). I don’t have the slot blanks – they are just standard full height ones though so any old ones will do if needed.

No PSU – pretty sure it needs an SFX PSU.

Front USBs dodgy/not working, there’s a small controller board that screws onto the rear of the fascia – I expect the board could be replaced but I never bothered and just used the motherboard USB ports. Front power button and LEDs work fine, as does the front fan.

This is a good and well built case.

Asking £40 delivered inc. the DVD RW drive.

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For Sale – 775 CPU/mobo/RAM bundle + 775 Barebones unit

I have an old cpu/mobo/ram that I haven’t used in years; just been boxed away. To my knowledge, it works perfectly fine. Backplate included, and I can spare a SATA cable if you need one.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13GHz
Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L
OCZ Technology DDR2 2x1GB Platinum 800MHz

I took the cooler off to see what the CPU is, but put it back on. So you’ll want to take it off and reapply thermal paste before using. If you want, I can reapply some for free.

£15 £10 collected. I can post it for £5 extra.

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Another old setup. Barebones unit. Just need a storage drive and PSU.
The case and GPU heatsink are dusty and I lost the screws to hold to sides of the case, but it sort it stays in place.
I have one 3.5″ drive holder, will have to have a look but I don’t think I have any others. Probably best to get a new case tbh.

NZXT Gamma Mid-Tower Case
MSI P35 Neo2-FR
Intel Core 2 Duo LGA775 E8200 2.66GHz
Titan Fenrir
OCZ Technology DDR2 2x1GB Platinum 800MHz
Sapphire HD4850 512MB
LG DVD Drive

£25 £20 collected only.

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Both for £35 £25

Any questions, ask away.

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For Sale – Cheap Laptop Levono E545 AMD A8 Win10Pro +Office2016pro

For sale a Lenovo Thinkpad E545 15.6″ HD widescreen Laptop- not been used so for sale,

15.6″ WideScreen HD Screen
AMD A8-5550M 4-Core CPU @2.10Ghz
Radeon HD8550G Graphics
4gb Memory
250gb HD
Inbuilt 720p webcam
USB 3.0 x 3
USB 2.0 x 1 – Always on fast charge for mobile phones
Hdmi/VGA video out ports
Gigabit ethernet
Wifi Card
Optical DVD RW drive
4-in-1 Card reader
Stereo Dolby enhanced speakers
Built in Mic

No dead pixels, usual minor wear and tear marks – Overall in good condition.

Windows 10 pro Licenced, built in key.
Microsoft Office 2016 Professional Plus Licenced, key provided.

Supplied with PSU and Laptop Bag

Looking for £250 inc Delivery. – Now £220

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For Sale – 2016 12″ MacBook 256/M3/8GB/333-cycle-count £500

Lightly used 12″ 2016 MacBook – 256/M3/8GB RAM.

The thinnest and lightest laptop Apple has ever made. I absolutely love this little computer and feel sad that I need to let it go – but I’ve also moved all travel work into an iPad and don’t need this anymore with my iMac around.

Colour: Space Grey
OS: Catalina 10.15.4

Battery Condition: Normal. Only 333 cycles.

Includes original Apple charger + USB-C cable
Includes original box

Condition:

External – A few minor hairline minor scratches on the top and one along the edge of the machine (see detailed high-res zoomed in photos). A small rather unnoticeable indentation at the bottom (I only just noticed it now).

Internal – pristine. Not a scratch, and everything works well, including the keyboardl. Please see video for it in action.

I would prefer contact-free collection (Sheffield or Yorkshire in general), but happy to post, with buyer paying postage through whatever service they prefer.

iPad trades can be considered, but prefer cash. Happy to offer full refund (minus delivery fees) within 7 days if delivered. The whole thing will be wiped with Dettol wipes before delivery. Apologies in advance for any late replies – NHS worker with manic shifts right now – will try to answer questions ASAP.

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For Sale – Barebones HTPC (Silverstone, Atom 330)

I have an incomplete HTPC that has not been used for a few years. It will need a PSU and HDD/SSD. Untested because I don’t have a spare PSU, but was working fine when last used and made an excellent HTPC for playing HD movies off Plex.

Silverstone GD04 case, cost was nearly £100 new. In good cosmetic condition with only a few tiny marks on the brushed aluminium front panel.

Asus AT3IONT-I motherboard. Intel Atom 330 CPU and Nvidia ION GPU. The GPU does accelerated h.264 encoding so can play 1080p content with ultra-low CPU/GPU usage. These were £99 new and still fetch around £50 used.

– 2GB of Kingston RAM is fitted to the board

– optical drive, which I am sure is DVD (not Bluray).

There are no boxes or manuals available, so collection in person please from just outside of Chorley, Lancashire.

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For Sale – Barebones HTPC (Silverstone, Atom 330)

I have an incomplete HTPC that has not been used for a few years. It will need a PSU and HDD/SSD. Untested because I don’t have a spare PSU, but was working fine when last used and made an excellent HTPC for playing HD movies off Plex.

Silverstone GD04 case, cost was nearly £100 new. In good cosmetic condition with only a few tiny marks on the brushed aluminium front panel.

Asus AT3IONT-I motherboard. Intel Atom 330 CPU and Nvidia ION GPU. The GPU does accelerated h.264 encoding so can play 1080p content with ultra-low CPU/GPU usage. These were £99 new and still fetch around £50 used.

– 2GB of Kingston RAM is fitted to the board

– optical drive, which I am sure is DVD (not Bluray).

There are no boxes or manuals available, so collection in person please from just outside of Chorley, Lancashire.

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For Sale – Cheap Laptop Levono E545 AMD A8 Win10Pro +Office2016pro

For sale a Lenovo Thinkpad E545 15.6″ HD widescreen Laptop- not been used so for sale,

15.6″ WideScreen HD Screen
AMD A8-5550M 4-Core CPU @2.10Ghz
Radeon HD8550G Graphics
4gb Memory
250gb HD
Inbuilt 720p webcam
USB 3.0 x 3
USB 2.0 x 1 – Always on fast charge for mobile phones
Hdmi/VGA video out ports
Gigabit ethernet
Wifi Card
Optical DVD RW drive
4-in-1 Card reader
Stereo Dolby enhanced speakers
Built in Mic

No dead pixels, usual minor wear and tear marks – Overall in good condition.

Windows 10 pro Licenced, built in key.
Microsoft Office 2016 Professional Plus Licenced, key provided.

Supplied with PSU and Laptop Bag

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