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VPNFilter Router Malware

Posted on by mbordas

Security researchers have recently discovered a type of malware infecting Internet routers around the world. Called VPNFilter, this malware is thought to have already infected over 500,000 devices, including home routers. VPNFilter can allow malicious users to intercept your Internet … Continue reading

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Do You Take Online Quizzes? You Could Be Putting Your Identity at Risk

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If you like taking online quizzes, make sure you’re not giving away answers to common security questions. If you announce the name of your first pet publicly, someone could use that information to reset your password on any online account … Continue reading

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Be Aware of Tax Season Phone Scams

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The IRS is aware of a number of scams targeting taxpayers. In one common scam, victims receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS. The caller tells the victim that due to a tax form error, … Continue reading

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Video Resources for Information Security Education

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Did you know that information security vendor KnowBe4 has a YouTube channel? Continue reading

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Phishing Warning (Netflix Scam)

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Recently, a new Netflix-themed phish campaign has been making the rounds. In this scam, users receive an email, appearing to be from Netflix, stating that their accounts are on hold due to issues with their billing information. Users who click … Continue reading

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Computer Processor Vulnerabilities (Meltdown and Spectre)

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Security researchers have identified hardware vulnerabilities that affect most computer processor chips, including those made by Intel, AMD, and ARM. The vulnerabilities, known as Meltdown or Spectre, could allow specially scripted programs to access information stored in your computer’s memory, … Continue reading

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Security Tips for the Holiday Season

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Cyber scammers don’t take breaks during the holidays, so remember to stay alert for phish, phony web sites, and other scams during the winter break. Check out this short video from the Sophos security news feed for some tips on what … Continue reading

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Resources for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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There are many ways you can protect yourself online, and October—National Cybersecurity Awareness Month—is the perfect time to learn about them. Continue reading

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Getting Help Dealing with Identity Theft

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The Federal Trade Commission provides valuable information about how to report and recover from identity theft. Continue reading

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“Petya” Ransomware Warning

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Earlier this week, a major cyberattack hit government agencies and businesses in Europe and around the world using a type of malware referred to as Petya. Petya is similar to the recent WannaCry attack in that it appears to infect computers with … Continue reading

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