Adult Site Breach Exposes Weak Hashing

affThe site Adult Friend Finder, the “world’s largest sex and swingers site” recently exposed 412 million user credentials due to poor, or in some cases, non-existent password hashing practices. The biggest group losses were:

  • 339 million users of AdultFriendFinder.com
  • 62 million users of webcam site cams.com
  • 7.1 million users of Penthouse.com
  • 1.4 million users of stripshow.com

As we discussed last week, the reason that the Yahoo breach went unreported is ...

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Retailing Hall of Shame – Office Depot Tech Support Scam

office-depotIt was recently reported in Naked Security that a Seattle television news crew interviewed an Office Depot employee who alerted them to the practice of selling in-store repair scams to customers who came in looking for computer help.  This whistle-blower told a story where employees where encouraged and even pressured to run the chain’s “PC Health Check” on evey ...

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Sunday Funnies – Walmart Cashiers

walmart-cashiersFrom Pinterest.  As we approach the holiday season, we ask ourselves the perennial question – Why did Walmart put 24 checkout aisles in the store if they are only going to open 5 of them?

They remodeled the Walmart in Stillwater (actually Oak Park Heights) maybe ten years ago, and tore out a bunch of merchandise space to put in two dozen ...

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How Are Passwords Cracked?

password1The answer to this question is complicated, but not impossible to understand.  The first thing to know is that most passwords are not cracked by guessing, or trying thousands of possibilities one at a time on a typical login screen.  Most systems will lock the account after a certain small number of failed attempts, like 5 or 6. This makes the kind of ...

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Cybersecurity Tips for the Holidays

cyber-mondayWe have Black Friday coming at the end of this week, and Cyber Monday next week.  A lot of money will be changing hands between now and Christmas.  We want to make sure that you are not a victim of some cyber-criminal’s Merry Christmas purchases with your money.  A safe and secure shopping experience both online and in person can be yours if you follow some simple tips:

  • Make sure your computer ...
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Cybersecurity Top 10

cybersecurity_436x270As we approach year-end, many small and medium sized business owners and managers are coming to the realization that their best intentions for creating a cybersecurity program in their organization have fallen short.  This was the year, you promised yourself, that we get a handle on computer and network security.

Well it is not too late to get a start, and here is a ...

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Fixing Your Infected IoT Devices

mirai-botnetThe Mirai and Bashlight botnets have caused quite a stir in the cybersecurity and IT realms.  The easy ability to round up and deploy millions of devices in a botnet using automated tools has raised the bar.  How we respond to DDoS attacks will have to change.

Nevertheless, you can remove your IoT devices from the bot-net and keep them from being reacquired.  Here are some easy solutions:

First, as clever as these ...

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Fake Blue Screen Prompts Phone Call

fake-bsodNaked Security recently reported on a new ransomware exploit that looks like the infamous Windows Blue Screen of Death (BSOD).  The tactic this time is to trick you into calling a toll-free number for “support.”  This is another variation of the “Fake Tech Support” scam that we have written about numerous times.

The lock screen feature is similar ...

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