Weekend Update

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

WordPress users – do an update now, and do it by hand!

The automatic update to WordPress 4.9.3 broke automatic updating, so the emergency update to 4.9.4 means you need to click a button.

Babies’ data being sold to tax fraudsters on the dark web

Parents – something else to watch for.  Christina Warren was about 12 years old when she started receiving credit card bills. After that, she started getting collection notices. It was at that point that her parents had to convince the creditors that their daughter’s identity had been stolen.

IC3 Warns of Impersonation Scams

02/01/2018 09:18 PM EST  Original release date: February 01, 2018

Isn’t impersonating an FBI agent a crime?  Watch for phishing scams that seem to be from the FBI or the IC3.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released an alert on impersonation scams. In these schemes, scammers send emails impersonating IC3 to trick recipients into providing personally identifiable information or downloading malicious files. Users should use caution when reviewing unsolicited messages.

NCCIC/US-CERT encourages consumers to refer to the IC3 Alert and the NCCIC/US-CERT Tip on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information.

Over 700,000 bad apps removed from Google Play store in 2017

Google says that last year alone it removed 700,000 ‘bad apps’ and stopped 100,000 bad app developers from sharing their apps on the Google Play store.

Hospital MRI and CT scanners at risk of cyberattack

A recent study has concluded that Medical Imaging Devices such as CT and MRI scanners have a number of vulnerabilities that make them attractive targets for cyberattacks.  Like still running Windows XP on the managment PC.

Safer Internet Day

02/05/2018 08:56 AM EST  Original release date: February 05, 2018

February 6, 2018, was Safer Internet Day (SID), a worldwide event aimed at promoting the safe and positive use of digital technology for all users, especially children and teens. This year’s SID theme—Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better Internet starts with you—encourages everyone to play their part in creating a better, safer, and more secure Internet.

NCCIC/US-CERT encourages users to view the Safer Internet Day website and the following tips:



About the Author:

Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Serving small business owners in the St Paul, Minneapolis, and western Wisconsin area since 2001. Cybersecurity and hacking have been a passion of mine since I entered the computer and networking business in 2000. I hold several cybersecurity certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Advanced Security Pratitioner (CASP), and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). Other computer industry certifications include A+, Network+ and Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE). As Cybersecurity Analyst at The WyzCo Group, I help our clients experience high levels of security on their computers, networks, and websites. In addition to consulting on security products and services, we also conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments and full penetration tests. We also work with companies and organizations that need to certify compliance with regulations such as PCI-DSS (credit card processing), HIPAA/HITECH (medical records), and GLBA. We also provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training for clients and their employees. I am a frequent speakers at cybersecurity conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference, the (ISC)2 World Congress, and the ISSA International Conference, and many local community organizations, Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2008.
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