We Predicted the Death of Ransomware in 2017. Oh, Time Machines. We first wrote about Ransomware attacks in Tech Essentials in 2017 – back when a Bitcoin was valued at $1800 (oh, the good old days). The crux of the article was that many victims were paying their ransom to the cyber perpetrators, but they […]
In the past, for individuals and small businesses, cyber security was important to mitigate the inconvenience of spam, viruses that required restoring back-ups of corrupt files, and letters to credit bureaus to clear up identity theft issues.
What do United Airlines and footballer David Beckham have in common? Disastrous leaked emails. In these recent cases, the leaked emails appear to be legitimate, though Beckham claims some of the leaked emails were “doctored.” But how do we know that leaked email messages discussed in news stories and tabloid columns are actually authentic?
Cyber pirates have found easy prey in real estate brokers, title agents and estate attorneys. Their emails are a treasure trove of information about pending transactions involving large wire transfers. Real estate buyers, eager to close the deal, blindly trust the email they receive and the advisors with whom they correspond.
Your Friends Siri and Alexa Have Changed IT Security Your close friends Siri and Alexa may have done more to change how IT staff are re-inventing how they think about Internet security than years of tech tips and training sessions.
End of Summer Phishing, Hooks Office 365 Users The phishermen are getting smarter, using better lures to catch ever smarter phish (in this case, you, as an Office 365, OneDrive, SharePoint, or Dropbox user).
Anatomy of Phishing in this Pandemic – Spearphising is Great, Whaling Best If you have money, savvy phisherman and whalers will find you. With most of the world hunkered down working from home, normal processes are disrupted, so this is a target-rich environment for scammers. They are lurking. Beware!
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