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Ofgem Energy Bill Rebate Phishing Fraud

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  On 3 February 2022, the The UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) issued a warning that there has been a "record increase in global gas prices" which saw an "energy price cap rise of 54% "; adding that " Ofgem knows this rise will be extremely worrying for many people ". That last sentence is precisely why phishing threat actors are beginning to use Ofgem-themed lures as a pretext for phishing attacks to target and defraud UK-based users online.  On 17 May 2022, Ofgem issued a warning  " of a scam email claiming to be from Ofgem asking for bank details so customers can get a rebate ". This was followed by an alert from UK Action Fraud stating it has  received "over 750 reports in just four days about these fake O fgem  emails". The UK NCSC also included the warning in its Weekly Threat Report. On 20 May 2022, while researching newly phishing pages a recently created Ofgem-themed page was discovered submitted to URLscan.

Gamer Cheater Hacker Spy

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The title of this blog is a homage to the film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and presents the fact that video games and cheating is also tied to hacking and spying. It is a common trope in cybersecurity that professionals first became interested in the field through an encounter while playing games.  Speaking personally, I first became enthralled with hacking in 2008 by matching against some modders using hacked weapons while playing  Halo 3   (my favourite game of all time). This blog aims to highlight why monitoring the video game industry is important for cyber threat intelligence analysts hunting down the latest threats. Video games and hacking are very intertwined. Many hackers start out by creating cheats for games, and have to play the games to begin with to learn how to hack them.  There are also several notable incidents whereby hacking in video games escalated to become critical issues for the software development industry and enterprise security realms. This includes zero-day ex