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The Wall Street Journal Just Published An Interview with Kevin Mitnick, KnowBe4's Chief Hacking Officer

August 16, 2019 - Randy Maniloff wrote about Kevin in the WSJ "Weekend Interview". It's a great article that covers his start as a teenage hacker, how he wound up in jail, and how he ...
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Are Local Government and Municipalities Part of a Coordinated Attack on the U.S.?

There are too many ransomware attacks to ignore the similarities. It’s either government networks are easy prey, or someone is trying to cash out on the U.S., one attack at a time.
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Social Engineering Testing is Necessary to Fend off Phishing Attacks

The success of social engineering as part of phishing and spear phishing attacks has caused organizations to realize they need an effective tactic to make employees vigilant.
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The Unusual Activity Would be the Warning Itself

BleepingComputer has come across a phishing campaign that’s spoofing “Unusual sign-in” warnings from Microsoft to steal users’ credentials. The emails look nearly identical to Microsoft’s ...
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Even when your users don't click...

...they can still be helping the bad guys compromise your organization. Sad but true.
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Report: Data Breach in Biometric Security Platform Affecting Millions of Users

Led by internet privacy researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, vpnMentor’s team recently discovered a huge data breach in biometrics security platform BioStar 2. Once stolen, fingerprint ...
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BYOD Really Means Bring Your Own Risk

A new survey by Nationwide Insurance found that while 83 percent of small businesses let their employees work from home when necessary, one-fifth of these companies don’t provide ...
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Still Dodging that Sextortion Bullet

It has long been true that sextortionists really had nothing on their intended victims. No video, no screen captures, nothing at all beyond shame and an uneasy conscience. Unfortunately ...
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Security warning for software developers: You are now prime targets for phishing attacks

Danny Palmer at ZDNet wrote: "Software developers are the people most targeted by hackers conducting cyberattacks against the technology industry, with the hackers taking advantage of the ...
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[August Live Demo] Simulated Phishing and Security Awareness Training

Old-school awareness training does not hack it anymore. Your email filters have an average 10-15% failure rate; you need a strong human firewall as your last line of defense. Join us ...
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Scam Of The Week: See Jeffrey Epstein Last Words On Video

This weekend, news broke that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his cell, apparently a suicide. This is a celebrity death that the bad  guys are going to be exploiting in a variety of ...
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3 Important Facts to Take Away From the New Data Security Law

By Lecio De Paula, Jr., Director of Data Privacy, KnowBe4. New Hampshire joins Ohio, South Carolina, and Michigan in enacting a new data security law directed at insurers modeled after ...
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Three Lessons from a Recent MegaCortex Ransomware Phishing Attack

The MegaCortex strain of ransomware has been used in criminal campaigns targeting businesses as opposed to private individuals. The QuickBooks cloud-hosting firm iNSYNQ, has sustained ...
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Varieties of Extortion Experience

We are all familiar with ransomware and its increasingly dangerous cousin, wiper malware. The first encrypts your files and demands ransom payments in exchange for the decryption key. The ...
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Here Are Some Interesting Headlines I Found During Black Hat

Black Hat 2019 - The Craziest, Most Terrifying Things We Saw: I ran into Neil Rubenking when I went to the Qualys party which was in the Foundation Room all the way on top of the ...
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Business Email Compromise Doubles in Incidents and Triples in Cost

The latest data from the U.S. government’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) shows fraud via business email is changing tactics and becoming more effective.
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Email Attacks are Having A Major Impact on Business with Employees Seen as a Major Weak Link

With 82% of organizations facing an attempted email-based security threat in the past year, the impacts of these attacks are material and potentially harmful to the organization.
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CEO Fraud hits B.C. lawyers for $2 million

Two B.C. law firms were targets of so-called social engineering frauds causing almost $2 million in real estate and investment funds to be wired to people other than clients the firms ...
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KnowBe4 Fresh Content & Features Updates - July 2019

Check out the content and feature updates in the KnowBe4 platform for the month of July!
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