Weekend Update

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

Porn-warning security scam hooks you up to “Apple Care”

It’s a toll free “Apple Care” number, meaning that in theory it shouldn’t cost you a thing – so what’s the harm in calling just in case?

Extortionist lawyer pleads guilty to creating porn honeypot

These guys give lawyers a bad name, if that isn’t an oxymoron.  I’ve often said lawyers use the law to extort money from people in ways that would land the rest of us in jail.  Prenda Law masterminds Paul Hansmeier and John Steele filmed and uploaded the porn videos, then sued the “John Does” who downloaded them.  And ended up in jail!

And this article from TechDirt – Prenda Scam Boss, Paul Hansmeier, Pleads Guilty

Alleged SIM-swap scammer nabbed for stealing $5m in Bitcoin

“Hi Daddy Love you,” texted the daughter of one of the hacker’s alleged victims. The reply: “TELL YOUR DAD TO GIVE US BITCOIN”

How Bitcoin and the Dark Web hide SamSam in plain sight

SamSam is a selective and highly targeted ransomware exploit that has made $6 million for the cyber-crime group that runs it.  Bitcoin and the Dark Web are familiar terms, but what are they and how do they help SamSam operate in plain sight?

FBI Releases Article on Building a Digital Defense Against Facebook Scams

08/07/2018 10:57 PM EDT  Original release date: August 07, 2018

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released an article on building a digital defense against a fraud that uses Facebook’s texting app—Facebook Messenger. Scammers send messages that appear to be from trusted sources or trick users into clicking on malicious links or sharing personal information. Before clicking on links, users should verify the validity of the message with the sender outside of the app.

NCCIC encourages users to review the FBI Article and NCCIC Tip on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information. If you believe you have been a victim of these scams, report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov .

Also see our post Phishing on Facebook – Angler Phishing



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 Cybersecurity Analyst at The WyzCo Group, 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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