FTC – Romance SCAM awareness FEB 2020

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During Valentine’s time frame, the FTC warns of dangers & major $$$ losses associated with Romance SCAMs.  Romance scammers typically spin complicated stories to convince people to send money. In 2021, people reported scammers asking them to send money for one (imaginary) health or financial crises after another. Other scammers pretended to be successful cryptocurrency […]

FTC – Consumer issues impacting minority communities FEB-2022

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In an interesting FTC study, there are targeted attacks for minority & poor communities.  It is important to educate & keep all individuals safe as we forge ahead in 2022. Advancing racial equity by addressing consumer issues affecting Black communities | FTC Consumer Information https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/serving-communities-color-staff-report-federal-trade-commissions-efforts-address-fraud-consumer/ftc-communities-color-report_oct_2021-508-v2.pdf Reports to the FTC, analysis of data from FTC enforcement […]

Microsoft Defender – Internet-of-Things improved security v22

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Microsoft Defender has key improvements for IOT in version 22 as noted below Microsoft Defender for IoT Version 22.1 Commercially Released — Redmondmag.com Microsoft this week announced Microsoft Defender for IoT version 22.1 at the “general availability” (GA) commercial-release stage. Microsoft Defender for IoT (formerly known as “Azure Defender for IoT”) is a “network detection […]

Malware – HermeticWiper destructive MBR based attack FEB-2022

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HermeticWiper is a highly destructive Windows MBR based attack that corrupts the boot loading process using partitioning software.  Security ADMINs should remain vigilant of emerging new malware & other cyberattacks during heightened world tensions  Destructive Malware Hits Windows Systems in Ukraine Amid Russian Invasion | PCMag New data-wiping malware has been spotted infecting hundreds of computers […]

FTC – How to resolve Identity Theft in 2022

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Stolen identity? Get help at IdentityTheft.gov | FTC Consumer Information Your Identity Theft Report, recovery plan, and sample letters from IdentityTheft.gov will help you repair problems caused by identity theft. Your recovery plan may tell you to: close new accounts opened in your name remove charges made on your existing accounts contact the three credit bureaus to correct […]

Malware – CISA issues alert for new Sandworm attacks FEB-2022

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CISA & England’s GOVT security agencies have issued a special alert for “Cyclops Blink” that can interact with VPN software to intercept.  The Sandworm group of attackers has written very advanced malware agents & security professionals should track further developments. New Sandworm Malware Cyclops Blink Replaces VPNFilter | CISA https://www.cisa.gov/uscert/ncas/alerts/aa22-054a The United Kingdom’s National Cyber […]

FTC – Equifax settlement guidelines FEB-2022

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The FTC shares safety guidelines related to the recent Equifax settlement Did you get an email or letter about the Equifax settlement? | FTC Consumer Information Lots of people recently got an email or letter about free credit monitoring through the Equifax settlement. That’s because the settlement with Equifax was just approved by a court. […]

FTC – Credit Freezes v. Fraud Alerts as defense tactics

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The FTC highlights steps consumers can take, esp. on inactive accounts for improved protection Is a credit freeze or fraud alert right for you? | FTC Consumer Information During Identity Theft Awareness Week 2022, we’ve talked about reducing your risk of identity theft. Credit freezes and fraud alerts can help. Both are free and make […]

Malware – Ukraine-Russia conflict themed attacks FEB-2022

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Malware attackers often use “big events”, storms, or other disasters to set up fake sites, scams, or as “bait” to implant malware.  Please be careful with all email, weblinks, phone texts, & even possible cyberattacks in days ahead https://www.cisa.gov/uscert/ncas/current-activity/2022/02/18/ncsc-nz-releases-advisory-cyber-threats-related-russia-ukraine https://www.cisa.gov/news/2022/02/16/new-cybersecurity-advisory-protecting-cleared-defense-contractor-networks-against NCSC-GSA-2022-2940.pdf The New Zealand National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-NZ) has released a General Security Advisory (GSA) […]

CISA – Free Cybersecurity Services and Tools FEB-2022

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CISA has published a recommend list  of Free Cybersecurity Services and Tools.  These are valuable resources for security ADMINs to learn/use in defense of their corporate networks CISA Compiles Free Cybersecurity Services and Tools for Network Defenders | CISA Free Cybersecurity Services and Tools | CISA CISA has compiled and published a list of free cybersecurity […]


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