Cyber Security

KRACK Wi-Fi Attack Threatens All Networks: How to Stay Safe and What You Need to Know

A devastating flaw in Wi-Fi’s WPA security protocol makes it possible for attackers to eavesdrop on your data when you connect to Wi-Fi. Dubbed KRACK, the issue affects the Wi-Fi protocol itself—not specific products or implementations—and “works against all modern protected Wi-Fi networks,” according to Mathy Vanhoef, the researcher that discovered it. That means that if your device […]

iOS Password Popup Indistinguishable From Phishing Scam

Every iOS user is familiar with the popups that require an Apple ID password before completing a task; muscle memory usually takes over to type the secret code and “sign in.” But, according to mobile developer Felix Krause, iDevice owners should think twice before handing over credentials. In a recent blog post, Krause shines the light […]

How to Protect your Credit Rating in Light of the Equifax Data Breach

Follow these steps on a regular basis: Early detection and immediate action is the only way to limit the damage that’s done when your personal information is fraudulently accessed and used. Here are a few steps you can do to help detect and reduce the possibility that your personal account information is used fraudulently: NEVER […]

New Malwarebytes Report: Ransomware Attack Downtime, Not Ransom Demand, is the Business Killer

Malwarebytes has released its “Second Annual State of Ransomware Report,” which surveyed 1,054 companies with less than 1,000 employees across North America, France, U.K., Germany, Australia, and Singapore. The report, conducted by Osterman Research, explores ransomware attack frequency, impacts of attacks in SMB environments, costs of attacks, attitudes towards ransom payments, preparedness and more. 22% […]

Cyber-Attacks Soar by a Quarter as Phishing Dominates

Cyber-attacks were up by a quarter in Q2 2017, with a surprising twist: global manufacturing is now the top target. The report from NTT Security also shows that phishing is the most popular threat vector, two-thirds (67%) of attacks came in the form of just such a threat. NTT is a very large global managed security provider, […]

CEO Fraud Attacks Were Far More Lucrative than Ransomware Over the Past 3 Years

Cisco’s midyear report released this week showed that CEO fraud netted cybercrime five times more money than ransomware over the last three years. The surprising highlight of Cisco’s ninety-page report was that cybercrime made 5.3 billion from CEO fraud attacks–called business email compromise (BEC) by the FBI–compared with a “mere” 1 billion for ransomware over […]

Unsupported OSes (Windows XP, 8, and Server 2003) Get Rare Emergency Updates in Response to WannaCry Ransomware

A day after a ransomware worm infected 75,000 machines in 100 countries, Microsoft is taking the highly unusual step of issuing patches that immunize Windows XP, 8, and Server 2003, operating systems the company stopped supporting as many as three years ago. Microsoft also rolled out a signature that allows its Windows Defender antivirus engine […]

John Hey on WOOD TV8: Online Crooks Selling Stolen umich.edu, msu.edu Emails

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — New research found millions of college email addresses circulating on the Dark Web, hundreds of thousands of which are connected to universities in Michigan. The report comes from the Digital Citizens Alliance, a cooperation of businesses, consumers and experts who work to promote internet safety. Researchers scanned the Dark Web […]

John Hey on WOOD TV8: Most 2016 Data Breaches Happened in US

Nearly half of all data breaches in the world in 2016 happened in the U.S., a new report says. The annual report from Risk Based Security, released Wednesday, says 68 percent of breaches recorded in 2016 happened in the U.S. The U.S. saw 2,000 of them — almost 10 times as many as the country […]

John Hey on WOOD TV8 News: How to Protect Home Devices from Hackers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The recent cyber attacks on home devices has many wondering what they can do to keep hackers out, especially when it comes to baby monitors, routers, and home surveillance cameras. One website gives an unsettling look at unsecured cameras in Grand Rapids where anybody can see what’s going on inside people’s […]

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