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How can I spot an online shopping scam?

Amazon has forever changed how we shop online. With their massive spectrum of products, easy-to-use website, and extremely efficient shipping methods, Amazon has become the face of e-commerce. Fortune estimates that by 2021, Amazon will have been responsible for half of all e-commerce sales! Although Amazon is widely considered a trusted name in e-commerce, it is easy for third party sellers to fool customers into buying phony products. Through false descriptions, fake package tracking information, and luring prices, these deceptive [...]

Bad Rabbit Did a Bad Bad Thing

New Ransomware Bad Rabbit is Wreaking Havoc Bottom Line Up Front: Preparation is your best friend to defend against Ransomware – get a backup system now for your company’s network and your personal computer On October 24th, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team announced reports of a new ransomware infecting computers around the world. This attack is the third major international ransomware campaign in 2017 alone, with NotPetya and WannaCry preceding it. These fittingly ominous names represent the widespread damage [...]

Your Email is the Treasure Hackers Want to Plunder

Personal Data Protection Education is the Best Defense Series 2 of 6 Email is the preferred method of hackers to steal data and extort money. 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. Email C-level executives are often targets of spear phishing attacks. One such scheme attempts to steal money [...]

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New Prevention Tactics for Avoiding Malware

In an effort to combat the epidemic of ransomware attacks, the FBI identified key steps to help prevent a breach. There are over 4000 ransomware attacks per day, and the number is expected to increase. Individuals and businesses need to protect themselves against this insidious intrusion. Ransomware is a form of malware designed to extort money from businesses and individuals. It encrypts data on a home computer or business network, and in some cases seeks out connected backups to encrypt [...]

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 [...]

Today’s SDLC and Cybersecurity – Coding, SMEs, and Spaghetti

One of our friends in the insurance world sent us an email with an interesting article about the nature of "secure programming" (see here for the article) and how it has influenced some of the information security challenges the market is facing. I initially shared my insights (below) to the email, but I figured it was worth posting. Enjoy! -- -- Over 30 years ago, one of my personal heroes (Ken Thompson, coder-extraordinaire and inventor of the B and Go programming languages) said something [...]

Protecting Our Seniors from Scams: The Importance of Education and Awareness

Recently, a friend of mine called me with a problem: his elderly father in law that was living with him had his bank account hacked; nearly $10,000 had been stolen. Could we help? We couldn't retrieve the money, but we did take a look at his father's laptop. Sure enough, it was rife with malware and a key-logger had gotten his bank credentials. Unfortunately, our seniors are vulnerable to scams. These come both in the form of phishing emails or, [...]

This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Phishing Trip

One thing we've likely all gotten, is an email from some "rich Nigerian prince" offering us millions, in exchange for a little legwork or some such activity. The scam is old, but surprisingly effective. You wire them what seems like a pittance, for what you expect will be a major financial windfall on the return. Except that the phisher isn't a prince and doesn't have millions. But, they do have that untraceable money order you just sent them. That was [...]

New E-mail Extortion Campaigns Threatening DDoS Attacks

A warning to our clients and those concerned with the latest cybersecurity threats.  The FBI has issued an Extortion email PSA stating that there has been an exponential jump in the number of extortion threats sent via email to businesses of all sizes.  The threat involves the launching of DDoS attacks against a victim’s website unless or until a ransom is paid. This type of attack has been around for years, however they have recently grown in size, impact, and duration.  DDoS (Distributed [...]