Weekend Update

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

Bomb Threats Emailed Around the World

12/13/2018 06:59 PM EST  Original release date: December 13, 2018

The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), part of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA), is aware of a worldwide email campaign targeting businesses and organizations with bomb threats. The emails claim that a device will detonate unless a ransom in Bitcoin is paid.  If you receive a bomb threat email, NCCIC recommends the following actions:

Iranian hackers charged in the US for SamSam ransomware attacks

Two Iranians have been named in a US ransomware indictment – but given that they aren’t in the US, what happens next?

Microsoft cracks down on tech support scams, 16 call centers raided

Yay!!  Police raided 16 Indian call centers last week – a second big raid sparked by Microsoft filing complaints about tech support scammers.

Secret Sister scam returns in time for Christmas

The festive season may be imminent, but it’s a Facebook Secret Sister (not Santa) you have to steer clear of. Secret Sister has been a mainstay of Yuletide scams since at least 2015, and has come back around once more. But what is it?

What DNA testing kit companies are really doing with your data

Thinking of buying a DNA health and ancestry analysis for a loved one this holiday season? Think again.

Google Maps scammers put their own phone numbers onto bank listings

Once they get victims on the phone, the crooks get their account PINs and CVV numbers for debit/credit cards and then drain their accounts.

Router attack exploits UPnP and NSA malware to target PCs

The UPnProxy router compromise uncovered earlier in 2018 is now being used to attack computers on networks connected to the same gateways.

Printers pulled into 9100 port attack spew PewDiePie propaganda

Printers worldwide printed messages urging people to subscribe to the vlogger’s YouTube channel in a demo of a well-known vulnerability.



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Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Serving small business owners in the St Paul, Minneapolis, and western Wisconsin area since 2001. Cybersecurity and hacking have been a passion of mine since I entered the computer and networking business in 2000. I hold several cybersecurity certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Advanced Security Pratitioner (CASP), and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). Other computer industry certifications include A+, Network+ and Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE). As Cybersecurity Analyst at The WyzCo Group, I help our clients experience high levels of security on their computers, networks, and websites. In addition to consulting on security products and services, we also conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments and full penetration tests. 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. We also provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training for clients and their employees. I am a frequent speakers at cybersecurity conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference, the (ISC)2 World Congress, and the ISSA International Conference, and many local community organizations, Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2008.
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