Entries by Ashley Robison

Time to Warn Users About Black Friday and Cyber Monday Scams

Warn your employees to avoid the inevitable scams associated with these two “holidays,” or you risk compromising your company’s network. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday right around the corner, cybercriminals are switching tactics. Rather than preying on the fear that our Microsoft Office, PayPal, or bank accounts have been locked, criminals are launching phishing […]

Cyberattacks Now Cost Small Companies $200,000 on Average, Putting Many Out of Business

PUBLISHED SUN, OCT 13 201910:30 AM EDT Scott Steinberg, special to CNBC.com KEY POINTS Forty-three percent of cyberattacks are aimed at small businesses, but only 14% are prepared to defend themselves, according to Accenture. These incidents now cost small businesses $200,000 on average, reveals insurance carrier Hiscox, with 60% of them going out of business […]

Alexa and Google Home Abused to Eavesdrop and Phish Passwords

Amazon- and Google-approved apps turned both voice-controlled devices into “smart spies.” DAN GOODIN – 10/20/2019, 7:05 PM Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Amazon 108WITH 74 POSTERS PARTICIPATING SHARE ON FACEBOOK SHARE ON TWITTER By now, the privacy threats posed by Amazon Alexa and Google Home are common knowledge. Workers for both companies routinely listen to audio of users—recordings of which can be kept […]

State of SMB Security by the Numbers

SMBs still perceive themselves at low risk from cyberthreats – in spite of attack statistics that paint a different picture. Image Source: Adobe(Pablo Lagarto) Even as attacks and breaches at small to midsize businesses (SMBs) continue unabated worldwide, these companies still don’t consider themselves at high risk from cyberthreats, reports show. “Cyberattacks are a global […]

How the City of Angels is Tackling Cyber Devilry

A new mobile app makes a cybersecurity threat lab available to more small businesses in Los Angeles. (Image: likozor via Adobe Stock) Electricity. Water. Law enforcement. These are services companies and individuals expect to receive from municipal governments. The City of Los Angeles is adding another service to the list: cybersecurity intelligence. And some think the project […]

Spam in Your Calendar? Here’s What To Do.

Many spam trends are cyclical: Spammers tend to switch tactics when one method of hijacking your time and attention stops working. But periodically they circle back to old tricks, and few spam trends are as perennial as calendar spam, in which invitations to click on dodgy links show up unbidden in your digital calendar application […]

Fraudsters Deepfake CEO’s Voice to Trick Manager into Transferring $243,000

by RAVIE LAKSHMANAN — 3 days ago in SECURITY It’s already getting tough to discern real text from fake, genuine video from deepfake. Now, it appears that use of fake voice tech is on the rise too. That’s according to the Wall Street Journal, which reported the first ever case of AI-based voice fraud — aka vishing (short for “voice phishing”) — that cost a […]

The Rise of “Bulletproof” Residential Networks

The Rise of “Bulletproof” Residential Networks by KrebsSecurity Cybercrooks increasingly are anonymizing their malicious traffic by routing it through residential broadband and wireless data connections. Traditionally, those connections have been mainly hacked computers, mobile phones, or home routers. But this story is about so-called “bulletproof residential VPN services” that appear to be built by purchasing […]

The Risk of Weak Online Banking Passwords

Krebs on Security Brian Krebs The Risk of Weak Online Banking Passwords If you bank online and choose weak or re-used passwords, there’s a decent chance your account could be pilfered by cyberthieves — even if your bank offers multi-factor authentication as part of its login process. This story is about how crooks increasingly are […]

Why Every Organization Needs an Incident Response Plan

Kacy Zurkus Edge Articles Why Every Organization Needs an Incident Response Plan OK, perhaps that’s obvious. The question is, how come so many organizations still wait for something to happen to trigger their planning? It’s human nature to procrastinate, especially when people aren’t quite sure of the right way to approach a task. But when […]