Jan 31 2017

What can we learn from celebrity cyber attacks?

Celebrity hacks seem to dominate the news.

Link to CNN

These high-profile cases are illustrative of the kinds of scams we all need to be aware of.  For most of us, naked pictures are not likely what potential bad actors are after, but the methodology used by Mr. Majerczyk in this case was quite common; e.g. he used a phishing email to trick these celebrities into giving him their passwords.

Phishing continues to be the top scam for hacking.  Please be cautious about clicking links embedded in email – this is good cyber hygiene.  Go to the website and look for the SSL cert.

In case you didn’t know, cyber hygiene is defined as a person’s (or organization) practices to defend themselves from malicious activity when using electronic devices such as a laptop or smart phone, or working with electronic data when at work, home, or traveling. An example of cyber hygiene is a person’s behavior when using their web browser. A person who minimizes their risk of compromising their data or access to their protected network is considered to have excellent cyber hygiene. A person who does little to protect themselves online (whether through naivety or negligence) is considered to have poor cyber hygiene.

At Layer 8 Security, we believe that training your teammates in proper cyber hygiene is among the easiest and best things you can do to protect your business.  We conduct phishing campaigns for our customers to help reinforce this training.  People matter when it comes to cyber defense.  We can help your company become more cyber resilient by training your teammates.