Unhappy Valentines Day – Romance Fraud

This Valentine’s Day, be careful of who you let into your heart.  Unfortunately for every love-lorn single there is a fake Romeo or dating site scammer waiting to separate them from their money.  According to the FBI, the amount of money losses to victims of romance fraud makes it the second most lucrative cyber crime, generating $211 million for the perpetrators. Only business email ...

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Too Legit – The DocuSign No Malware Phishing Exploit

You or your CFO receive an email offering business capital at attractive interest rates.  The company that sent you the offer has provided an application for the loan using the legitimate document presentation platform, DocuSign.  Everything looks legit, and it is.  No fake web pages or near-miss web addresses.  But this is the latest in “no malware” phishing scams.

Filling out the form will give ...

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It’s Income Tax Fraud Season Again

Every year about this time, cyber-criminal groups start to ramp up for the annual income tax fraud season.  If you would prefer to receive your own tax refund, as opposed to letting some scam artist get it instead, the basic solution is to file your returns as early as possible.  Here are some things to be watching for.

  • W-2 reports phishing scam – This phishing scan usually targets company HR department personnel, ...
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Top Cyber-Attack Vectors – Past, Present, and Future

Are you wondering what exploits represent the biggest threats in 2019?  It can be difficult and expensive to defend against everything.  If your company is budget-constrained, it may make more sense to defend against what is “likely” instead of everything that is “possible.”  Today we look at some of the biggest cyber-attack methods from the past, the present and the future.

Past

While these threats ...

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Weekend Update

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


Glitter bomb engineer exacts revenge on parcel thieves

Everyone else has reported this Christmas gem, why shouldn’t we? NASA engineer Mark Rober “over-engineered the crap” out of it, including motion detection, geofencing, and 4 cameras to record some priceless reactions.  Here is the YouTube video.


Dark web goldmine busted by Europol

What’s the ...

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Russian Active Measures for the Internet Age.

Is Donald Trump Putin’s Revenge?

Was the election of Donald Trump the result of the successful application of “active measures” by Russia? Did the massive Facebook and Twitter campaigns by the Russians change public opinion enough in the final days of the Presidential campaign to move the needle and help Trump win?

According to Retired KGB Maj. Gen. Oleg Kalugin, former Director of Foreign Intelligence ...

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Keeping Your Accounts Offline Is Not More Secure

You think you are the clever one because you never use the Internet for online banking, online shopping, or managing accounts like your retirement account, gas and electric utilities, telephone, cell phone, and Internet.  Open a Facebook account?  Never!  You think you are safer from account hijacking and identity theft because you never set up any online accounts.  If you don’t have it, they can’t hack it – right?  Wrong!

If you ...

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Weekend Update

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


Potential Hurricane Florence Phishing Scams

09/14/2018 02:19 PM EDT

NCCIC warns users to remain vigilant for malicious cyber activity seeking to exploit interest in Hurricane Florence. Fraudulent emails commonly appear after major natural disasters and often contain links or attachments that direct users to malicious websites. Users should exercise caution in handling any email with a subject line, attachments, ...

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SIM Swap Fraud Is Growing

In the middle of the day your cell phone mysteriously goes dead.  Later on, when you call the cell phone carrier, you find out that someone else pretending to be you has visited a store and claimed to have lost your phone.  Customer service agents moved your mobile number to a new SIM card on a new phone, and using your phone and other personal information gathered earlier through phishing scams ...

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