Cyber Secutiry Update : POS, POP, Cyber Monday, Kim Jong-un, ModPOS, McAfee, South Africa and more !

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User Group Network UGN Safenetting and Malware report Black Friday is over, now Cyber Monday is tomorrow, and upwards to a billion dollars will be stolen from American shoppers in the cybercrime shopping spree. They’ll take your money any way they can — and the only way to avoid it is to get off line and don’t shop. Go to your local store and pay cash. Anyway — there are lots of other evils out there waiting to get you so we’d better get going:

  • Before Shopping Online This Cyber Monday, Secure Your Personal Accounts. Here’s How.
  • Cybersecurity start-ups are proliferating, but sorting out what works is tricky
  • Point of Sale ‘Malware on Steroids’ Could Affect ‘Multiple Millions’
  • South Korea enlists cyber warriors to battle Kim Jong-un’s regime
  • Security Experts Warn of ‘Highly Sophisticated’ ModPOS Malware
  • Cybersecurity professionals: The healthcare industry needs you
  • Top 5 Cyber Monday security threats and what to do about them
  • Don’t expect Anonymous to beat ISIS, cyber-security expert says
  • John McAfee: Volunteers are the key to a secure digital world
  • South Africa Makes Spamming And Phishing Top 40
  • Beware of scammers targeting your smartphone
  • How to protect yourself from cyber crooks

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Cybersecurity professionals: The healthcare industry needs you

According to Gemalto’s Data Breach Index for the first half of 2015 (PDF), the healthcare industry has the dubious distinction of being the industry suffering the most data breaches (187 out of 888) and having the most stolen records (84.4 million out of 245.9 million)

Here's the Full Story Full story : TechRepublic
GO Gemalto Data Breach Index for the first half of 2015 Report.pdf


Cybersecurity start-ups are proliferating, but sorting out what works is tricky

is reputation scorched by Edward Snowden, the former director of the National Security Agency is heading a cybersecurity start-up that aims to shortcircuit data leakers, cyber warriors, terrorists and thieves.
      Keith Alexander’s new company, IronNet, is just one of dozens, possibly hundreds, of cybersecurity start-ups, a group that over the last couple of years has attracted nearly $5 billion in investments.
Here's the Full Story Full story : Los Angeles Times


Before Shopping Online, Secure Your Personal Accounts. Here’s How.

If you chose to avoid the stampedes at brick and mortar stores on Friday and plan instead to shop online, then please read on.
      Cyber Monday, the e-commerce bonanza that kicks off the beginning of the week, is set to be the biggest payday on record for electronic merchants. (We at Fortune prefer Cyber Saturday, of course.) Crooks are no doubt eyeing the opportunity to score. Don’t let them.
Here's the Full Story Full story : fortune.com


How to protect yourself from cyber crooks

On Cyber Monday, we will be busy spending $3 billion snapping up holiday bargains with special discounts and free shipping. Cyber crooks will be busy, too.
      These sophisticated online gangsters and hackers have been working overtime to get their grimy hands on your sensitive personal information so they can steal your identity.
Here's the Full Story Full story : Sun Sentinel (Heavy spam, use protection)


Top 5 Cyber Monday security threats and what to do about them

With Cyber Monday just around the corner, many people still wonder if it is safe to buy online during end-of-the-year sales events.
      Of course it is safe in the sense that you won’t be pushed, hit, or crushed by other customers who also want to get their hands on the big deals. But is your credit or debit card information safe when you shop online? If you take a few basic precautions, you can enjoy the big discounts and not worry about getting into trouble.
Here's the Full Story Full story : www.itproportal.com


South Korea enlists cyber warriors to battle Kim Jong-un’s regime

In a darkened “war room,” dozens of South Korea’s university students are practising hacking one another as part of a government programme to train them to battle some of the world’s best – the shadowy techno-soldiers of Kim Jong-un’s regime in the North.
      To build its defences, President Park Geun-hye’s government has enlisted 120 of the country’s most talented young programmers, offering full scholarships in return for seven years of military service. While the hackers of Mr Kim’s regime may be best known for their link to last year’s attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, their primary target remains South Korea, with the two countries technically still at war more than 60 years after the conflict that sealed their division.
Here's the Full Story Full story : www.independent.co.uk


John McAfee: Volunteers are the key to a secure digital world

Cyberwarfare is an inevitable reality. Over the years, governments around the world have been preparing for cyberwar, and our country is no different. Offensive cybertactics should be one of our highest priorities, along with security.
      These threats are significant and they have extensive reach into nearly every element of our lives. They affect not only our digital lives but reach also into realms such as services, communications, and health.
Here's the Full Story Full story : en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com


Point of Sale ‘Malware on Steroids’ Could Affect ‘Multiple Millions’

Security experts from cyber intel firm iSight have exposed new — and extremely sophisticated — cash register point of sale malware.
      The malicious software, known as “ModPOS,” has multi-layered encryption that makes all but impossible to trace the source of the infection, let alone what data was stolen. In addition to the complex encryption, ModPOS combines multiple malware tricks such as “network monitoring,” “key-logging,” and “RAM scraping,” in order to secure personal data at the exact moment of the electronic point-of-sale.
Here's the Full Story Full story : Breitbart


Security Experts Warn of ‘Highly Sophisticated’ ModPOS Malware

As the holiday shopping season swings into high gear, a cybersecurity firm is warning of a “highly sophisticated” malware framework that could pose a threat to U.S. retailers using point-of-sale (POS) systems. Called ModPOS (for “modular POS”), the malware has been seen in the wild as far back as 2012, and was observed actively targeting businesses throughout 2014.
      ModPOS is not only difficult to detect, but can be configured to target multiple and specific parts of retailers’ POS systems. Based on some IP addresses observed as they reverse-engineered the platform, iSight researchers believe the malware might have ties to Eastern Europe.
Here's the Full Story Full story : www.newsfactor.com


South Africa Makes Spamming And Phishing Top 40

American online users maybe aware spammer mailings, phishing schemes and online emailing scams. Most of these are originating in Nigeria or elsewhere, but none of these countries rank very highly in the online cyber world anymore.
      In fact, South Africa was the 36th most prolific source of spam overall during the third quarter of 2015. The Kaspersky Lab security firm also reported that a total 0.42% of global spam originated from South Africa. Most of this spam sent email was being directed at neighboring locations in Jordan, Nambia and Tajikistan, but this wasn’t all the report surmised.
Here's the Full Story Full story : By Blake Ford Hall — hacked.news


Beware of scammers targeting your smartphone

It’s the holiday season, but that doesn’t stop scammers.
      On Tuesday, Home Federal Savings Bank was notified by several people — clients, non-clients and law enforcement — that text messages using the bank’s name had been sent stating that a credit card account was locked, and that personal information was needed to unlock it.
Here's the Full Story Full story : www.postbulletin.com


Don’t expect Anonymous to beat ISIS, cyber-security expert says

Hacktivist group Anonymous has declared war on the so-called Islamic State terror group. But it’s tough to say just how much damage it has done. Anonymous released a video in the wake of the Nov. 13 Paris massacres saying the attacks “cannot go unpunished.”
      But cyber attacks are not a “magic answer” to destroying the terrorist group — They’re “just one more thing to do.”
Here's the Full Story Full story : globalnews.ca


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