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Apr 05
2015

1 Billion Records hacked

Posted by Jessica Hurley in Untagged 

Jessica Hurley

Billions and billions—it’s only a matter of time before this becomes the number of hacking incidents in a single year, because just in 2014, over one billion records were hacked out of 1,500 different hacking incidents, says a recent report.

Apr 02
2015

Watch Out for Tax Scams!

Posted by Robert Siciliano in Untagged 

Robert Siciliano

Spring is here (at least in some parts of the world in the northern hemisphere)! The bees are buzzing, the flowers are blooming, and the accountants are working late because for those in the U.S., it’s tax season! Scammers love tax season—there is a lot of money moving around as people pay taxes and receive tax refunds. And they have developed many ways to take advantage of that and steal your hard-earned money.

Apr 01
2015

What is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)?

Posted by Robert Siciliano in Untagged 

Robert Siciliano

Whether you’re an animal person or not, you have to admit that puppies are pretty darn cute. So cute that there are YouTube Channels, Facebook accounts, and Buzzfeed newsletters devoted to the subject. Unfortunately, there’s a not so cute PUP out in the world, and it wants access to your device. What I’m talking about is a potentially unwanted program (PUP). What is an unwanted program? It’s software or an app that you don’t explicitly want on your device. PUPs usually are bundled with freeware and often installs without your permission.

Mar 30
2015

Frequently Asked Questions About Identity Theft

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Robert Siciliano

I remember my teachers always telling me there are no stupid questions. When it comes to identity theft, this is especially true. The more you know about identity theft, the better prepared you will be to prevent it from happening to you. Here are some commonly asked questions about identity theft.

Mar 26
2015

Hackers for Hire both Good and Bad

Posted by Cinthia Pilar in Untagged 

Cinthia Pilar

Ever see those public bulletin boards with all the business cards on them? Don’t be surprised if you spot one that says “Hacker•for•Hire.” These are hackers who will, for a nice juicy fee, hack into your wife’s Facebook account to see if she’s cheating on you.

Mar 25
2015

Everyone is vulnerable to Attack

Posted by Robert Siciliano in Untagged 

Robert Siciliano

There’s the war on drugs, the war on terrorism, the war on cancer and the war on cyber threats. In fact, more people are vulnerable to cyber attacks than they are to the first three threats combined.

Mar 24
2015

Password Security vulnerable to Trickery

Posted by Jessica Hurley in Untagged 

Jessica Hurley

There’s only one entrance to the house: a steel door two feet thick. If someone from the outside touched the door—even with a battering ram—they’ll get an electric shock. No bad guys could get through, right?

Mar 23
2015

Hacking Humans: How Cybercriminals Trick Their Victims

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Robert Siciliano

Intel Security has compiled a list of the top ways cybercriminals play with the minds of their targeted victims. And the chief way that the cybercriminals do this is via phishing scams—that are designed to take your money.

Mar 18
2015

Attention Lenovo PC Owners: Something’s Fishy with Your Computer

Posted by Robert Siciliano in Untagged 

Robert Siciliano

Does your Lenovo computer have Superfish VisualDiscovery adware (a.k.a. spyware) installed? It’s possible if you purchased a Lenovo PC any time in September of 2014 and thereafter.

Mar 17
2015

Stolen Social Security number? Don’t Worry!

Posted by Jessica Hurley in Untagged 

Jessica Hurley

Just when you think it was safe to believe your Social Security number can’t get stolen…news breaks of the Anthem data breach. Over 80,000,000 patient records were compromised, including SSNs and home addresses. Like a meteor striking the earth, a disastrous ripple effect is underway, with patients getting hit up with phishing e-mails.

Mar 14
2015

The White Hat Hacker

Posted by Robert Siciliano in Untagged 

Robert Siciliano

These days, it is hard to pick up a newspaper or go online and not see a story about a recent data breach. No other example highlights the severity of these types of hacks than the Sony breach late last year.

Mar 12
2015

Victim overcomes Identity Theft with Art

Posted by Cinthia Pilar in Untagged 

Cinthia Pilar

Does your wallet contain enough information about you for someone to steal your identity and commit crimes under your name? That’s what happened to Jessamyn Lovell when Erin Hart stole her wallet in 2011.


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