W-2 Phishing Scams Likely to Resurface After the New Year

W-2 Phishing Scams Likely to Resurface After the New Year

W-2 phishing season is just a few weeks away.  For the past several tax seasons, cyber criminals have duped hundreds of payroll departments into providing W-2 information on their employees, which results in the filing of fraudulent tax returns and other identity theft issues.  These attacks are incredibly disruptive to employees, extremely expensive for employers […]

Which of Your Employees Are Most Likely to Expose Your Company to a Cyberattack?

When poet Alexander Pope first said “to err is human,” he probably didn’t realize how prescient those words were in capturing the world of cybersecurity. Yes, the root cause of most security breaches can be traced to human actions, or lack thereof. However, the bigger mistake is to believe that cybersecurity can be attained simply by correcting […]

There Are 1.9 Billion Stolen Passwords and Usernames Available on the Black Market, and Up to 25% of Them Will Still Work on a Google Account

There are hundreds of millions of usernames and passwords traded on black markets that can be used to access Google accounts, write Google and Berkeley researchers in a major new paper. The study, published over the weekend, uses Google’s own, carefully controlled internal “proprietary data” as a case-study to see whether the hacked passwords and other accounts traded on hacker […]

The Devious Netflix Phish that Just Won’t Die

The email hits your inbox with an urgent warning: Your Netflix account has been suspended, due to a problem with your billing information. It offers a link, which takes you to what looks very much like a Netflix landing page. It’s not. Instead, it’s a phishing scam that collects extensive personal data on victims. But as with all […]

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: 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 […]

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