Watch Out For Social Security Scammers

Your phone may be ringing soon with a fraudulent call from the “Social Security Administration” about problems with your social security number.  The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers about this fraud.  A transcript of a typical call is below.

“…law enforcement agencies to suspend your Social Security number on an immediate basis, as we have received suspicious trails of information in your name. ...

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The Old is New Again – Return of the Trojan Horse

Trojan horse, backdoor, and spyware exploits are back with a vengeance, according to a recent report by cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes.  These exploits may seem like old and out-of-date attack vectors, but these tools have been updated and revamped, and are appearing at an alarming rate.  Last year, Trojan horse deployments increased by 132%, backdoors increased by 173%, and spyware exploits increased 142%.

Crypto-ransomware and crypto-jacking exploits have been the hot and sexy ...

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Phishing – Not Just For Email Anymore

You know those surveys, games, and “like and copy” messages that your Facebook “friends” share with you?  Would you be surprised to learn that many of these “fun with friends”  activities are just cover for a new form of phishing exploit?  In the last few years phishing attacks have evolved from a primarily email-based attack into attacks using other vectors including surveys, games, gifts and prizes, and social networks.

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Weekend Update

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


This online quiz is now confirmed to be a phishing scam

Those social media quizzes and surveys? Yeah, they’re probably stealing your data.


All the reasons why cybercriminals want to hack your phone

Hacking’s not just for computers anymore. See why your phone is vulnerable.


Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week

01/24/2019 12:17 PM EST Original release date: ...

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Data Privacy Day

Next Monday Jan 28 is Data Privacy Day.  According to StaySafeOnline.org, “Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the Jan. 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day is observed annually on Jan. 28.

The ...

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Recovering From A Cybersecurity Incident

Ever feel like there should be a 12-step program for your cybersecurity career?  “Hello, I’m Bob and I’m a recovering cybersecurity professional.”  Doing the same old “defense in depth” stuff and still the barbarians get onto your network and wreak havoc.  Remember the definition of insanity?  “Doing the same thing and expecting different results.”  As with any 12-step program, the first step would ...

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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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Weekend Update

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


Steps To Take If You Are the Victim of Identity Theft.

It can be overwhelming to learn you’ve been a victim of identity theft. As in your case, crimes involving identity theft and credit fraud are often committed online.


How to share photos without using Facebook

There are other options for photo sharing ...

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