Security Risks

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

By | 2018-06-26T16:55:46+00:00 July 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+00:00 June 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+00:00 June 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+00:00 May 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+00:00 May 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+00:00 April 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+00:00 April 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 [...]

Phishing Via Social Media Up 100 Percent!

By | 2018-03-16T08:46:50+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Categories: Cyber Security, Social Media|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The most interesting trend to surface in a recent phishing report was a 100 percent increase in phishing campaigns leveraging social media platforms, accounting for 20 percent of the top 10 most phished brands. Phishing actors are always innovating and creating new methods to lure victims into gaining access to their financial information, PII, and user accounts. [...]

Scam of the Week: Lowlife Scum Exploits Recent Florida Parkland School Shooting

By | 2018-02-28T15:54:46+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Categories: phishing, Cyber Security|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Lowlife internet scum are trying to benefit from the Florida Parkland school shootings. They are now sending out phishing campaigns with topics and hashtags like #Parkland, #guncontrolnow, #Florida, #guncontrol, and #NikolasCruz  that try to trick you into clicking on a variety of links about blood drives, charitable donations, "inside" information or "exclusive" videos. Don't let them [...]

Scam of the Week: Wave of Payroll Direct Deposit Phishing Attacks

By | 2018-02-14T10:05:10+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Cyber Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

There is a new Direct Deposit phishing attack you need to watch out for!  These scams are affecting employers nationwide without regard to their payroll portals or payroll service providers: "Employers beware: Companies are experiencing a wave of phishing scams that target employee paychecks. Here is the scenario: An employee receives from a company email [...]