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Three Scams To Warn Your Users About

It's the holidays and the bad guys are working overtime. There are three scams you want to warn your users about. Remember the Phil Esterhaus character in Hill Street Blues? To begin ...
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Cybercrime group steals millions from Russian banks and targets US

This is actually quite interesting, hackers that are successful inside Russia, as normally these guys are shut down by the FSB in a heartbeat. It must be that they are outside of the ...
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Phishing Attack on German Steel Factory System Caused Massive Damage

Hackers breached security of a German steel mill's network and caused considerable damage by manipulating the controls of a blast furnace. The attackers gained access to the network ...
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Staples: 6-Month Malware Breach, 1.16 Million Cards

Office supply chain Staples Inc. today finally acknowledged that a malware intrusion by hackers this year at some of its stores resulted in a credit card breach. The company now says some ...
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Scam Of The Week: Spike In Hoax News Spreading Malware

The year 2014 has seen a boom on hoax news stories, as these are particularly successful social engineering tactics used by hackers to get people to click on links, and worse, share the ...
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Sony The First To Be Hit With Destructive Payload

Sony has been hacked several times, and should have learned their lesson a while ago, but no. This time it is really bad though. Late yesterday the FBI warned U.S. business that the ...
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Scam Of The Week: "Shipping Problem"

We have Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us. After losing ground to online competitors, brick-and-mortar retailers have struck back with incredible online deals. Wal-Mart said ...
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Homeland Security: Security Education Deterred Cybercrime

Homeland Security Today has a good article which explains that cybersecurity education, including employee training and awareness programs, is vital in deterring cybercrime. The ...
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Software Support Cybercrime Scam

This week the FTC shut down a $120M tech support scam that consumer software buyers should be aware of. Two telemarketing firms were at the center of this FTC investigation, but there are ...
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STATE DEPT COMPUTERS HACKED, EMAIL SHUT DOWN

Associated Press just reported that the State Department has taken the unprecedented step of shutting down its entire unclassified email system as technicians repair possible damage from ...
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Scam Of The Week: Black Friday Coupon Alert

I suggest you send this reminder to your users. Feel free to change:
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Home Depot Hackers Also Steal 53 Million Email Addresses

As if it wasn't bad enough to lose 56 million credit card accounts, now Home Depot has to admit it also lost 53 million email addresses. This gives the bad guys a fabulous opportunity to ...
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The Next Advanced Cybercrime Service

Here is a mock-up ad for a new real service that became available for cyber criminals recently:
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Koler Android Ransomware Now Spreads in U.S. as Text Worm

Android phones have by far the largest market share, and thus are mobile malware target #1. There is now a new variant of the Koler malware that spreads itself via text messages and holds ...
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Ad-borne Cryptowall Ransomware Claims Fresh Victims

The phones have been ringing off the hook here at KnowBe4. Not customers of ours but people that were hit with CryptoWall V2.0, needed bitcoin urgently, did a websearch and wound up with ...
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What's -Really- The #1 Hot Security Topic?

There is an enormous amount of noise in the security space, so how do you know what people really talk about and think is the most important topic? Well, we created the Hackbusters site ...
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Survey Finds Half of Holiday Shoppers Will Avoid Hacked Stores

Huffington Post Survey: "As another holiday shopping frenzy nears, a new survey suggests that many consumers plan to avoid the growing number of retailers that have been hacked.
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Russian Cybercrime Rakes In $2.5 Billion These Last 12 Months

There is a Russian outfit called Group-IB. They released a report October 15th which goes into great detail on how Russian cybercrime makes its money. The picture is not pretty but very ...
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Ransomware hits admin workstation and kills 7 servers

I wanted to share a horror story with you, something that happened to somebody the day before yesterday. This is what happened in their own words:
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