Weekend Update

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


Tax Identity Theft: Protecting Your Credit and Finances

Check this out from the Simple Dollar.  Tax-related identity theft is a growing problem in America, and the more security breaches, information hacks and digital business we do as a society, the more consumers who fall victim to it. In fact, in 2016 alone, thieves stole more than $21 billion in tax refunds as a result of this simple, yet clever, form of identity theft.


IRS kicks off annual list of most prevalent tax scams: Agency warns taxpayers of pervasive phishing schemes in its ‘Dirty Dozen’ campaign

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has launched its annual awareness campaign on the 12 most prevalent tax scams, known as the “Dirty Dozen.” As part of the campaign, IRS will highlight one scam each weekday. The first topic in the campaign focuses on internet phishing scams that lead to tax fraud and identity theft. IRS warns to be on alert for a continuing surge of fake emails, texts, websites, and social media attempts to steal users’ personal information.


Thunderclap: Apple Macs at risk from malicious Thunderbolt peripherals

Researchers have revealed how malicious Thunderbolt and PCI Express (PCIe) peripherals could be used to compromise computers running macOS, Windows, Linux and FreeBSD.


Android nudges passwords closer to the cliff edge with FIDO2 support

Android’s now on board with saying goodbye to passwords: more than a billion devices now support FIDO2.


The Momo Challenge urban legend – what on earth is going on?

Why you shouldn’t worry about the Momo Challenge, and what we can learn from it.


YouTube disables comments on millions of videos of children

After big brands pulled ads, YouTube banned millions of comments, closed hundreds of accounts, and sped up development of a predator filter.


TikTok to pay record fine for collecting children’s data

Are your kids on TikTok?  Better read this.  It’s been a predator’s playground, where children’s photos have been public by default and trolling adults could message them.


Is a Facebookcoin in the works?

Facebook, Signal and Telegram are all planning crypto-currencies. But why these companies, why now, and will they be successful?


 

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About the Author:

Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, Bob also conducts security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. Bob also teaches Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. Bob works as an instruction for CompTIA’s non-profit IT-Ready Program in the Twin Cities. IT-Ready is a tuition free 8-week program designed to teach students of all ages the fundamentals of IT support to prepare them for an entry level position in Information Technology Support. Graduates of the classes take the exams to become CompTIA A+ certified. Bob is a frequent speaker at conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. Bob has been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com
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