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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 [...]

A Reminder On The Danger Of An Inside Job

If you haven't heard this before, then get ready to hear it a lot more now. While outsider threats can be and are a big deal, and obviously a major concern, one of the biggest areas of risk for ANY company is and will be it's internal resources. Put another way, you have to be as careful about those who you give access to, as you are with those who don't have access to your network and corporate resources. Just [...]

Inspecting Cyber Events Of July 8

By now, you've probably seen and heard a wealth of coverage pertaining to the cyber events that took place on July 8, 2015 and are known to have impacted the New York Stock Exchange and United Airlines, at the very least. Many people are reading of the reports and hearing one of two scenarios-these were very large and debilitating glitches-albeit oddly coincidental. Or that these were orchestrated attacks that could be part of a larger-scale cyber war. We know at [...]

Hackers For Hire

Don't laugh. It  may sound crazy, but there are actually online marketplaces, online, out in the open, where you can hire a hacker to meet your particular needs. Now, the guidelines seem to indicate that every request should be on the up and up, but taking a look around tells another tale on Hacker's List. (https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/01/19/hackers-for-hire-hackers-list-for-those-with-no-ethics-or-espionage-skills/) And keep in mind-this is only one website, out in the open. This does not take into account those more unsavory actors operating in [...]