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Password Management is More Important Than You Think

Password Management is More Important Than You Think Personal Data Protection Series 3 of 6 Passwords Strong passwords keep apps and online services secure. Layer 8 Security wants our community to be safe with their personal information by playing it smart. Please pass this information along to co-workers, family and neighbors. These recommendations will benefit not only yourself but also your workplace. Passwords are a key component of keeping yourself protected from bad guys trying to steal your personally identifiable [...]

Back to School

BACK TO SCHOOL Back-to-school time is exciting for kids and parents alike. There is much to think about and anticipate when embarking on a new year and a new adventure. One crucial task you should be sure to tackle is protecting your online security. The need for tablet, laptop, and smartphone security is just as important as getting the right school supplies. Many of us at Layer 8 Security have kids and understand how easy it is to get caught [...]

The BEC – Not Your Grandfather’s Phishing Scheme

The BEC - Not Your Grandfather’s Phishing Scheme The FBI has reported cyber criminals are using new tactics to steal millions from US companies. The schemes target companies that do business overseas, and use wire transfer of funds on a regular basis. The schemes is called a Business Email Compromise. As the name implies legitimate business emails are compromised through social engineering or direct cyber attack. This information is then used to make fraudulent wire transfers to banks, usually in [...]

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ISP Phishing Scam

The BBC is reporting cyber criminals are targeting users with a fake pop-up window designed to look like a legitimate message from the user’s ISP. The message states there is malware on the user’s system and please call the toll free number provided. It’s a scam. But as phishing campaigns go this one is particularly nasty. Criminals are using the credibility of real ISPs to attack consumers. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36084989 The attacks so far have occurred in the US, Canada, and Great [...]

Good advice can lead to bad cybersecurity choices

  Generation Y and Millennials have a skewed view of cybersecurity. They are told constantly “be careful what you post; once it’s on the web it’s there forever.” Good advice. Unfortunately this has given the impression to 16-34 year olds that they can retrieve their data from sources other than their PC, phone or tablet, namely the web! Ransomware in particular is not seen as a threat. Ransomware is malicious software designed to take over a PC or other Internet [...]

Why Spear Phishing and Social Engineering Work

Why Spear Phishing and Social Engineering Work People are the weakest link when it comes to cybersecurity. Why do they click on an embedded link contained in an email. Why do they open what looks like a suspicious email in the first place? Successful ransomware and spear phishing attacks continue to be on the rise; in February a Los Angeles hospital paid $17,000 to hackers in order to “free” their computers. http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-me-ln-hollywood-hospital-bitcoin-20160217-story.html So far this year the FBI estimates $200 [...]

Tactics of the Attacker – New European Spear Phishing Campaign

Tactics of the Attacker - New European Spear Phishing Campaign Cyber criminals are taking ransomware to a new level. The BBC is reporting consumer personal information is being stolen from unsecured databases. See here for details: http://www.zdnet.com/article/new-phishing-attack-knows-your-address-and-brings-ransomware/ That data is then used to create carefully crafted spear phishing email. The emails have names, addresses, etc of the user. The email comes in the form of a collection letter,demanding money for an unspecified service or overdue bill. The email looks legitimate. [...]

VPN: Protecting the Business Traveler

Business travelers and anyone who frequent public WiFi hot spots are especially vulnerable to cyber attacks.  You never know who is also on the free WiFi, and what they might be doing. Eavesdropping for user data at these places is easy and can yield a treasure trove of information to a hacker. Businesses have been using Virtual Private Networks (VPN) for years; enabling employees to safely connect to the business network from a remote location. Company laptops are routinely supplied [...]

Savvy New Android Malware – Buyer Beware

The FBI has identified two new kinds of Android Malware; SlemBunk and Marcher. These are  designed to target US financial institution customers.  These two bugs are phishing for specified US financial institutions’ customer credentials. The malware monitors the infected phone for the launch of a targeted mobile banking application to inject a phishing overlay over the legitimate application’s user interface. The malware then displays an indistinguishable fake login interface to steal the victim’s banking credentials. The malware defeats two factor [...]

Speeding Ticket Spear Phishing

There is a new email scam that hits close to home: fake speeding tickets! The Spear Phishing email appears to be a speeding ticket. Several people in Tredyffrin Township, Pennsylvania received the emails which appeared to be from a local police department. The email contained accurate driving information: date and time, speed, license number, street address. Even more frightening, the drivers were actually speeding on the date and time listed in the email. The email demands payment through an attached [...]