Facebook – Avoid Fake Ebola links currently circulating

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Many Facebook users are clicking on well crafted “breaking news” stories that are often false and these may be embedded with malware or may also spread to their contact list to trick others into clicking.  Avoiding the clicking of links or even the “LIKE” button on these items can improve user safety. http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/22/7028983/fake-news-sites-are-using-facebook-to-spread-ebola-panic QUOTE: About […]

Emergent – Real-time Verification tool for News Rumors

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Like Virus Myths, Snopes, and other resources, this is a valuable verification tool and users for social networking “breaking news” which is constantly being shared. However, no matter what news source is offered, it is better to affirm with mainstream news sources, rather than through Facebook or email http://www.emergent.info/   Emergent is a real-time rumor […]

Facebook – New Tools emerging to identify offensive posts

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The Facecrooks security team shares that new security tools are emerging to remove offensive posts.  This is designed to better ensure individuals are treated in a respectful manner within this leading social network environment. http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Trying-Make-Users-Behave-Better.html/   According to a recent New York Times profile of Arturo Bejar, the director of engineering for the Facebook Protect and Care […]

Malware – POS Backoff agent increased sharply during Q3 2014

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Point-of-Sales (POS) malware impacts credit card processing and is designed to hide in a stealth-like manner to capture sensitive information that can be used for fraudulent purposes. Everyone should take utmost care when using credit & debit cards both online and regular purchases as well.  https://www.damballa.com/q3-state-infections-report-reveals-57-increase-backoff-malware-august-september/ http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/backoff-pos-malware-boomed-in-q3/d/d-id/1316957   The security firm Damballa detected a 57% […]

Credit Card Fraud – Tips to spot Credit Card Skimmers

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Credit Card skimmers are devices designed to intercept credit cards, allowing thieves to create a fake duplicate copy of the original and rack up unauthorized charges. Kim Komado highlights these dangers in one of the daily security tips. http://www.komando.com/tips/278304/how-to-spot-credit-card-skimmers   One of the more successful tools of 21st century crooks is the skimmer. Thieves attach […]

FBI Study – over 500,000,000 accounts exposed in past 12 months

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The FBI and other authorities have quantified the many data breaches seen in past year.  The use of “hacked” means security records were exposed and these actual account information may or may not have been downloaded by the bad guys in the process. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/10/20/secret-service-fbi-hack-cybersecuurity/17615029/ QUOTE: WASHINGTON — Federal officials warned companies Monday that hackers have stolen more than […]

Data Breach – Early reports for possible Staples compromise

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Hopefully the scope of the latest will continue to be isolated to about a dozen of the 1800 stores nationwide.  During WSJ report this morning, it was noted that approximately 400 million accounts have been compromised over the past year collectively by the many firms impacted.   http://www.zdnet.com/staples-investigates-possible-data-breach-credit-card-fraud-7000034902/ http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/10/banks-credit-card-breach-at-staples-stores/ QUOTE: Multiple banks say they have identified […]

BEST PRACTICES FOR INTERNET SAFETY FOR 2014

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In November, a presentation is planned for professional organizations in our area.  This represents a planning outline that will be further refined.    1. SECURITY = SEC-U-R-IT-Y was once shared by a class leader that “you are it“.  Careful and well planned human behavior is your BEST defense, even over technological safeguards.  Fort Knox has some of the world’s best security, but […]

Data Breach – JP Morgan 76 million users impacted

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  I had the same reaction of “The Atlantic” as 90 “BANK” servers were compromised and sensitive personal data was mined.  While no financial account data was extracted, phishing scams and targeted attacks could be easily created knowing email addresses and other personal data.   http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/10/why-the-jp-morgan-data-breach-is-like-no-other/381098/ QUOTE: Banks are supposed to have some of the most […]

ATM Malware – Tyupkin allows direct theft from infected ATM systems

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Kaspersky Security is warning financial institutions regarding highly sophisticated ATM malware where a thief knowing the right input codes can steal money directly from the ATM itself https://securelist.com/blog/research/66988/tyupkin-manipulating-atm-machines-with-malware/ QUOTE:  This ATM based malware attack uses several sneaky techniques to avoid detection. First of all, it is only active at a specific time at night.  It […]


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