Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


FBI Releases IC3 2017 Internet Crime Report

05/07/2018 08:30 PM EDT  Original release date: May 07, 2018

FBI has released the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) 2017 Internet Crime Report, which highlights scams trending online. The top three crime types reported by victims in 2017 were non-payment/non-delivery, personal data breach, and ...

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Why Would Someone Hijack My Website?

If you own a small business, you have a website.  Would you be surprised to learn that your site is a top target of cyber-criminals?  Most people believe their business is too small and insignificant to be interesting to attackers, but your website is valuable to them precisely because it is small.

What makes a small business website an attractive target?   It is ...

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Income Taxes – File Early to Beat the Hacker

The early bird gets the worm.  The second mouse gets the cheese.  The late tax filer gets nothing.  Why?  April is tax fraud time.  The best way to avoid losing your tax refund to a scammer is to file as early as possible, before the tax fraudster can get it done.  Having said that, this information would be more valuable in January than in April.  From US-CERT.

Tax Guidance ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


 Second company claims it can unlock iPhone X

A tiny US company called Grayshift is reportedly quietly touting software it claims can unlock Apple’s flagship handsets, the iPhone X and 8.


How women are helping to fight ...

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What Security Advice Do The Experts Offer?

I recently read an article from Heimdal Security about online safety.  In this article Heimdal had asked 18 experts in the field of cybersecurity for their top 3 ideas about how to stay secure.  The contributors included top cybersecurity professionals from several anti-malware companies, security bloggers, and cybersecurity industry professionals.  The original article is here.

What I found interesting were the ...

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A History of Cyber Warfare – Part 3

Today we finish our story on the history of cyber warfare.

Edward Snowden (May 2013)

Attributed to Edward Snowden.  The target was the National Security Agency of the United States.  Snowden was a former CIA employee, who, while working for Booz Allen Hamilton as a contractor to the NSA, copied and leaked NSA information, particularly the computer exploits that the NSA used abroad and in ...

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New Exploit Uses Disk Images to Deliver Malware

There is a new email attachment exploit making the rounds, that uses a file type called a disk image.  The file extension for this kind of file is ISO.  ISO files are not inherently dangerous, and in the exploit work much the same way that a ZIP attachment works.  This file type can sneak past email security filters because it is generally seen as benign, ...

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Phishing Sites Using HTTPS Too

When you see the secure HTTPS protocol at the beginning of a web address, or see the green “secure site” padlock symbol, does this mean that the site is safe?  Unfortunately, the answer is NO.  There is some confusion among computer users about what HTTPS really means.  This confusion is being exploited by cyber-criminals running phishing exploits.

HTTPS or secure hypertext transport ...

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How Email Accounts Are Hijacked

The most devastating exploit that can happen to you is to have your email account hijacked.  We have spilled a lot of pixels on this subject (see below).  The reason we find this so dangerous is that it is that this is the attack most likely to happen to you.

Google recently released a study that analyzed how Gmail accounts are hijacked.  If you have an Android smartphone, you have a Gmail ...

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