Social engineering is a hacker’s clever manipulation of the natural human tendency to trust, with the goal of obtaining information that will allow him/her to gain unauthorized access to a valued system and the information that resides on that system. Pretexting is the act of using an invented scenario to persuade a targeted victim to release information or perform some action, usually over the telephone. The ultimate goal is to get enough information from enough [...]
If your Twitter account is sending tweets and/or direct messages that you haven't actually sent, your Twitter account has been hacked. Some of the messages may look like this: Hey someone is spreading nasty rumors about you: <link added> LOL! I’m laughing so hard at this pic of you: <link added> Did you see this funny tweet about you? <link added> Watches on Sale! $99 <link added> Lose weight fast! <link added> If your Twitter [...]
Malware. What is it and why should I care? Two years ago, there were nearly 3 million unique forms of malicious code, and thousands of new ones are discovered daily. The risk of being infected is greater than ever because every single possible data communication method can be used to transmit malware. And we know this is true because we so often see it in the news. But what exactly is malware? Malware = MALicious [...]
Cyber Monday is the day when all employers cringe. They know that many employees will spend a portion of their work hours making online holiday purchases instead of working. For employees who spend time making purchases either at lunch, break time, or at the end of the work day, here are some tips to stay safe on the largest online activity day of the year.  Make sure your desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, or mobile [...]
Can you guess how many of the top 10 Twitter users have been hacked? Or what the most common password was before Twitter had to ban it for security reasons? There’s a lot to learn from this infographic from MediaBistro, especially if you’re good at learning from others’ mistakes
InfoSight has detected a flood of phishing emails that are propagating through the Internet and targeting small community banks. This spam campaign is delivering hundreds of thousands of messages that masquerade as a failed wire transfer, while delivering the password-stealing Zeus banking Trojan. The hackers were very aware of who to target; they went after the individuals in the bank responsible for wire transfers. A snapshot of a sample email is provided below. The <From:> [...]
Internet-based attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated and specialized as profit-driven criminals continue to hone their approach to stealing data from businesses, employees and consumers. Security threats are propagating more rapidly, becoming increasingly difficult to detect, and are exploiting technological and human vulnerabilities. Learn about the top security threats for 2009.