A closer look at “sextortion” scams

Cyberblackmail/sextortion again raises its not-so-pretty little head. For more than 30 years, I’ve had the privilege of assisting people get rid of viruses and other malicious software.  In the course of doing so, I’ve often been asked questions about computer security-related topics that are not product-specific.  Some are simple or easily answered; some are complex … More A closer look at “sextortion” scams

Criminal hacking hits Managed Service Providers: Reasons and responses

Recent news articles show that MSPs are now being targeted by criminals, and for a variety of nefarious reasons. Why is this happening, and what should MSPs do about it? If you are an MSP, as in managed service provider, or your organization uses the services of an MSP, then you need to be aware … More Criminal hacking hits Managed Service Providers: Reasons and responses

Two men charged with hacking into SEC in stock-trading scheme

The hacking duo is believed to have exploited a software flaw and compromised several SEC workstations with malware in order to take early peeks at financial disclosures. Two Ukrainian men are facing charges over their roles in an international stock-trading scheme that began with the pair’s breaking into the computer systems of the US Securities … More Two men charged with hacking into SEC in stock-trading scheme

New Year’s resolutions: Sharpen up your passwords

In case there are some blank entries in your laundry list of New Year’s resolutions, we have a few tips for a bit of cybersecurity ‘soul searching’. Here’s the first batch, looking at how you can fix your good ol’ passwords. Many of us entered 2019 with a boatload of New Year’s resolutions. Doing more … More New Year’s resolutions: Sharpen up your passwords

Personal data of German political elite dumped online

The vast trove of data was released online and disseminated via Twitter over the span of four weeks – without anybody really noticing. German authorities are investigating a major cybersecurity incident that saw the personal information of hundreds of German politicians, as well as a number of TV personalities and journalists, dumped online in serial … More Personal data of German political elite dumped online

NASA fears hackers may have stolen employee data

A probe launched immediately after the discovery of the suspected incident has yet to establish the scale of the potential damage. The United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has notified all of its employees that their personal data may have been exfiltrated in a suspected security incident discovered two months ago. “On Oct. … More NASA fears hackers may have stolen employee data

Employees’ cybersecurity habits worsen, survey finds

Almost all young people recycle their passwords, often doing so across work and personal accounts. The prevalence of cybersecurity incidents and the concomitant growing concerns about any organization’s cybersecurity posture haven’t done much to discourage many employees from engaging in poor security habits, a survey has found. In some respects, employees’ cyber-hygiene is actually getting … More Employees’ cybersecurity habits worsen, survey finds