Weekend Update

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

History of Flying Saucer Sightings

From the Smithsonian:  A look at the history of unexplained flying objects through the lens of human technological change.

FTC Warns of Online Dating Scams

02/01/2018 09:22 PM EST Original release date: February 01, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an article addressing scams targeting online daters. In this type of fraud, cyber criminals target victims, gain their confidence, and trick them into sending money.

To stay safer online, review the FTC article on Online Dating Scams and the NCCIC/US-CERT tip on Staying Safe on Social Networking Sites. If you think you have been a victim of an online dating scam, report your experience to

Joke dating site matches people based on their passwords

Speaking of dating sites, here’s a fun one.  Hey baby, nice little “abc123” ya got there.

IC3 Issues Alert on Increase in W-2 Phishing Campaigns

02/21/2018 06:31 PM EST  Original release date: February 21, 2018

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert on the increase in W-2-related phishing campaigns. Fraudsters often use tax-related phishing emails to get victims to provide personally identifiable information, click on a malicious link, or pay a ransom.

NCCIC/US-CERT encourages taxpayers to review the IC3 Alert and refer to the NCCIC/US-CERT Tip on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information. If you believe you have been a victim of a phishing campaign, report it to IC3 at www.ic3.gov

FTC Releases Article on Choosing VPN Apps for Mobile Phones

02/22/2018 07:15 PM EST  Original release date: February 22, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued guidance to consumers considering using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for their mobile phones. Some mobile phone users choose to use VPNs to shield the information on their phones when using public Wi-Fi networks.

NCCIC/US-CERT encourages consumers to review the FTC article for more information.



About the Author:

Cybersecurity guru to business owners in the St Paul, Minneapolis, and western Wisconsin area. Computer security and hacking have been a passion of mine since I entered the computer and networking business in 2000. In 2013 I completed a course of study and certification exam to become a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). In 2016 I was certified as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). As Senior Cybersecurity Engineer at Computer Integration Technologies, I help our clients experience high levels of computer security, network security, and web site security. In addition to consulting on security products and services, we also conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments and full penetration tests. We also provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training for clients and their employees. 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. The views expressed on this Web site are mine alone and do not necessarily represent the views of my employer.
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