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Password Sharing is not Caring

By |2018-10-09T12:00:22+00:00October 1st, 2018|Categories: Cyber Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Cybercriminals thrive on misuse of credentials, and users sharing them only makes the criminal’s job easier.  According to a recent report, password sharing is running rampant. The password has been the long-standing guardian keeping unauthorized users from accessing data, applications, and systems they shouldn’t. But, the password is only powerful when the assigned user keeps it private. [...]

Second Quarter 2018 Top-Clicked Phishing Email Subjects

By |2018-07-25T11:23:13+00:00August 1st, 2018|Categories: Cyber Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We've been reporting on the top-clicked phishing email subjects every quarter for a while now across three different categories: general emails, those related to social media, and 'in the wild' attacks that are a result of millions of users clicking on the Phish Alert Button on real phishing emails and allowing our team to analyze the results. [...]

New Deceptive Strains of Payroll Phishing: “Because that’s where the money is…”

By |2018-07-25T10:22:17+00:00July 15th, 2018|Categories: Cyber Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Most readers will probably be familiar with the mythical story of bank robber Willie Sutton who, after being nailed by the cops, was asked why he robbed the bank. His answer (undoubtedly delivered in the most deadpan voice one can imagine): "Because that's where the money is." Although criminals have gone high tech since the [...]

It Saves Your Battery, But Its Social Engineering Steals Your Data

By |2018-06-26T16:55:46+00:00July 1st, 2018|Categories: Android, Google, Cyber Security, Mobile, Social Media|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Google Play is a walled garden, but the serpents always manage to find their way in.  There is a new snake in the grass with a tempting offer on its forked tongue: an app that "saves the battery" in your mobile device. It begins with a vaguely plausible pop-up: "Samsung clean-up might be required! Your [...]

What Is Angler Phishing And How Do I Avoid Becoming A Victim?

By |2018-06-20T08:18:40+00:00June 15th, 2018|Categories: phishing, Cyber Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

What is Angler Phishing? Angler phishing is the practice of masquerading as a customer service account on social media, hoping to reach a disgruntled consumer. About 55% of such attacks last year targeted customers of financial institutions, trying to lure victims into handing over access to their personal data or account credentials. How Angler Phishing Works Angler [...]

Bad Guys Are Doing More Damage Than They Used To

By |2018-06-06T09:46:32+00:00June 1st, 2018|Categories: Cyber Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The ransomware plague is not letting up and rapidly getting more technically sophisticated. New strains are popping up every month, using innovative methods to spread. Worse, the ransom demands themselves are skyrocketing at the same time. This week, cyber insurance experts reported incidents with ludicrous 1 million dollar extortion attempts after attackers were able to encrypt [...]

Chrome Extensions Spreading Through Facebook Caught Stealing Passwords

By |2018-05-16T20:19:42+00:00May 15th, 2018|Categories: phishing, Cyber Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Luring users on social media to visit lookalike version of popular websites that pop-up a legitimate-looking Chrome extension installation window is one of the most common modus operandi of cyber-criminals to spread malware. Security researchers are again warning users of a new malware campaign that has been active since at least March this year [...]

World’s Largest Phishing Botnet Grows Evasive

By |2018-05-14T09:23:14+00:00May 1st, 2018|Categories: phishing, Cyber Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The notorious Necurs botnet is one of the oldest and largest spam and phishing delivery systems in existence. It controls millions of machines that the criminal botmasters use to send malicious payloads. Necurs has now adopted a retro trick to make itself more evasive and less likely to have its phishing intercepted by your filters. It's begun [...]

Scam Of The Week: Fiendishly Clever Gmail Phishing Scam You Need To Know About

By |2018-04-10T10:47:36+00:00April 15th, 2018|Categories: phishing, Cyber Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

There is a new scam where hackers send you a text that asks you about a password reset on your account, and if you have not sent this request, to text the word STOP.  This is a scam. Here is how this scam works. The victim receives a text asking whether they’ve requested a password reset [...]

Only Half of Organizations that Pay Ransomware Operators Get Their Data Back

By |2018-03-27T11:44:02+00:00April 1st, 2018|Categories: phishing, Cyber Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs) are the preferred target by ransomware operators, due to weaker protection and greater willingness to pay up. Ransomware, the prolific malware that locks down computer files until the victim pays to regain access, remains the fastest-growing cyber threat, targeting users from the regular Joe to entire corporate networks. In a mashup of [...]