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Articles of interest from the week of March 18, 2019

Phishing Scams to Watch Out This Tax Season
If it's too good to be true, it most likely is. Tax season – between January 1 to April 15 – seems to bring out the most deceiving and cleverest of cybercriminals. They're a creative bunch. Often times they pose as someone you know – or an institution you use – and offer an easy "fix" to a problem you have in an official-sounding way. (By Security Boulevard)

WordPress 5.1.1 Patches Dangerous XSS Vulnerability
Researchers have offered more detail on a recently patched vulnerability that would allow an attacker to take over a WordPress site using something as simple as a maliciously crafted comment. (By John E Dunn, Naked Security)

Google Took Down 2.3 Billion Bad Ads in 2018, Including 58.8M Phishing Ads
Google recently shared details about its efforts against malicious advertisement, the giant took down 2.3 billion bad ads last year. (By Pierluigi Paganini, Security Affairs)

Cryptojacking of Businesses' Cloud Resources Still Going Strong
In the past year or so, many cybercriminals have turned to cryptojacking as an easier and more low-key approach for "earning" money. While the value of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Monero has been declining for a while now and Coinhive, the most popular in-browser mining service, has stopped working, cryptojacking is still a considerable threat. After all, attackers need to expand very little effort and are using someone else's resources for free. (By Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security)

Point of Sale Malware Campaign Targets Hospitality and Entertainment Businesses
A newly-discovered cybercrime campaign is targeting restaurants, cinemas and other retailers in the entertainment and hospitality industries with point-of-sale (POS) malware in an ongoing effort to steal credit card information from customers. (By Danny Palmer, ZDNet)

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