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Week 8: New types of social engineering attacks

27.02.2024 - Classified ad fraud is one of the offences most frequently reported to the police. The fact that new variants continually arise shows that this is a lucrative business for scammers. Three new types of social engineering attacks reported to the NCSC in recent weeks are designed to trick users of the TWINT payment app.

Florian Schütz takes part in the Common Good Cyber Workshop 2024 in Washington D.C.

26.02.2024 - On 26 and 27 February, Switzerland will once again play an active international role in efforts to improve cyber security. Florian Schütz, Director of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), will take part in the Common Good Cyber Workshop 2024 in Washington D.C., organised by the NGO Global Cyber Alliance.

Week 7: Mods and cheats - What you should be aware of in video games

20.02.2024 - Computer games are very popular and, as in real life, not everyone always plays by the rules. The following report explains how searching for ways to cheat a game can end badly.

Week 6: Your email account: a hub for online fraudsters

13.02.2024- The NCSC frequently receives reports of hacked social media accounts or unknown online purchases. In many cases, the scam can be traced back to a hacked email account. Unfortunately, people tend to underestimate the importance of protecting their email accounts.

Week 5: Secure your home network from unauthorised access

06.02.2024 - The NCSC was recently notified of a case where hackers managed to break into a person's home network. After encrypting family photos and other personal data, they issued a ransom note demanding a substantial sum of money.

Week 4: The tricks that phishers use to get clean data

30.01.2024 - Many internet users will now recognise phishing attempts when they see them. The main thing is not to click on the link: just ignore or delete the email or text message. Still, a lot of people are tempted to click on the link anyway and enter a made-up name or a password comprising a random combination of letters, just to give the scammers a hard time. This sort of data, which is totally worthless to scammers, then gets mixed up with real credentials stolen from unsuspecting victims. Before they can use or sell lists of stolen passwords, the scammers have to screen out all the junk data – and that takes a lot of time. So they are always looking for new tricks to keep their password lists as clean as possible.

Anti-Phishing Report 2023

29.01.2024 - Last year, the NCSC received and analysed around 554,000 phishing reports. Of those, 10,007 websites were ultimately identified as phishing websites and the website operators informed. In the Anti-Phishing Report published today, the NCSC provides insight into that analysis and information on the most frequently misused brand names and domains. It also sets out the most important measures and recommendations to protect against phishing.

Week 3: Alleged payments on the Etsy sales platform

23.01.2024 - Last week, the NCSC received several messages concerning the e-commerce platform Etsy. Immediately after creating an account, new sellers receive a message, purportedly from Etsy, stating that the seller must verify payment before the shop can be activated. This, however, is a phishing message.

Administration websites disrupted by DDoS attack

17.01.2024 - A DDoS attack disrupted temporarily access to a number of websites today, including some belonging to the Federal Administration. The Russian-linked hacker group ‘NoName’ claimed responsibility for the attack, citing Ukrainian President Zelenskyy's attendance at the WEF Annual Meeting. The cyberattack was promptly detected and the Federal Administration's specialists took the necessary action to restore access to the websites as quickly as possible. An attack of this kind had been expected, and appropriate security measures were in place. DDoS attacks are aimed at making websites unavailable. They do not result in any data being lost or compromised.

Week 2: The fraudsters who claim to live in the Alps

16.01.2024 - Classified ad fraud is one of the phenomena that is very frequently reported to the NCSC. This type of fraud involves either the buyers or sellers of goods in classified ads on one of the common internet platforms. The reason why the fraudsters often allege that they live in a remote area is explained here.

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Last modification 28.12.2023

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