A surge in SMS phishing attacks this week took security experts by surprise and tricked victims into providing credit card and other sensitive information to scammers, a researcher said today.
The phishing onslaught, which targeted customers of the major cellular carriers in the U.S., started on Tuesday, said Mary Landesman, senior security researcher at security provider Cloudmark.
At least 24 mobile phone masts have been attacked across northern Nigeria, industry officials say.
The militant Islamist group Boko Haram said it had carried out the attacks on nine mobile phone companies - the first time they have been targeted.
Yemen is to receive $6.4bn (£4bn) in global aid to help stabilise the impoverished nation as it battles food shortages and post-Arab Spring unrest, the World Bank has said.
The country faces a humanitarian crisis after months of political conflict following the overthrow of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
At least 34 people have been killed and 30 others injured in a massive blaze at a fireworks factory in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, police say.
The fire at the Om Shakti factory triggered off several explosions of firecrackers with thick black smoke rising into the sky.
A giant sculpture of the head of a 14-year-old girl has been unveiled on the famous Botafogo beach, in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.
The white 12m (39-foot) tall head made out of resin and marble dust is the latest sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa.
A huge wildfire is approaching the wealthy resort of Marbella on Spain's Costa del Sol, where the authorities have evacuated thousands of people.
Flames reached the Elviria area on the edge of Marbella early on Friday.
A French court has opened a murder inquiry into the 2004 death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, prosecutors said, following claims by his wife that he may have been poisoned.
French officials on Tuesday said prosecutors had agreed to begin an inquiry, but they have yet to appoint an investigating judge.
Typhoon Bolaven has caused damage to western parts of North Korea, already hit hard by flooding in recent weeks.
Hundreds of trees were felled and power supply cut as the storm struck, state media said.