This is Cyber Security Month, and all month we’ll be focusing on the threats we face in todays connected world. While the whole Internet hand-off deal continues to fester, we’re really got more important stuff to worry about. Top story is do NOT search for your favorite celebrity like Amy Schumer, Justin Bieber, Carson Daly, Will Smith, Rhianna, Miley Cyrus, Chris Hardwick, Danieth Tosh, Selena Gomez and several dozen others. If you do, you may be disappointed. Read on:
- National Cyber Security Awareness Month Launches with a Call to Action
- Android malware that can infiltrate corporate networks is spreading
- Digital attack on journalist raises specter of online censorship
- Man Receives Call From Scammer and Proceeds to Waste his Time
- Schumer, Bieber lead the list of most ‘dangerous’ celebrities
- Report: 15 Million May Not Vote Over Fear of Hacked Election
- 6 Easy-to-Follow Tips for MSPs to Stop Ransomware
- Hackers Targeting Macs With New ‘Komplex’ Trojan
- The Amy Schumer attack (Beware Click-Bait)
- Preparing for a cyber attack
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National Cyber Security Awareness Month Launches with a Call to Action
Individuals and organizations around the world are marking the start of the 13th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a widespread initiative co-founded and led annually in October by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
NCSAM was created to empower everyone online to be safer, more secure and better able to protect their personal information. Kicking off with events across Washington State on Oct. 4 and 5, NCSAM 2016 highlights the theme “Our Shared Responsibility,” emphasizing the role each person plays in promoting a more trusted internet.
The Amy Schumer attack (Beware Click-Bait)
This was interesting in so many ways, this week McAfee issued a report showing how malware delivery using compromised websites and gaming Google search analytics has suddenly become a lot smarter. What these criminals are doing is they are watching trends and then positioning their assets against the trends to the sites that pop to the top when you are searching on celebrities.
Let’s call this the Amy Schumer attack if, for no other reason, it makes what otherwise is a terrifying trend sound less terrifying. This attack lends itself to a new generation of bots and analytics. Those analytics coupled with trends, likely pulled from Google Analytics, are analyzed and when a spike is observed a website is created, populated with click bait, and infected with malware to deliver increasingly destructive payloads to unsuspecting users.
Schumer, Bieber lead the list of most ‘dangerous’ celebrities
Googling celebrities is a fun activity for many of us, but it can bring danger as well! Actress and comedian Amy Schumer has been named as the most ‘dangerous’ celebrity to search for online in 2016.
Intel Security announced the results of its annual McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities earlier this week which identifies top threats. Using popular search terms such as “torrent” or “HD download,” the study searches for celebrities and browses celebrity-related pages. The name with the maximum malware and virus threats comes on top – and this year it was the feisty and no-holds-barred Amy Schumer.
6 Easy-to-Follow Tips for MSPs to Stop Ransomware
In a recent blog post we discussed the growing variety of ransomware that plagues today’s IT landscape.
While this proliferation of threats may seem daunting and virtually impossible to combat, there are several straightforward steps MSPs can take to dramatically reduce their clients’ risk of becoming ransomware victims
Webroot Guest Blog in The VAR Guy Blog
Preparing for a cyber attack
What was once an afterthought for oil and gas organizations, cybersecurity is now center stage.
Cybersecurity impacts every facet of oil and gas operations, which are now more digital and connected than ever. As such, chief information security officers (CISO) understand that attacks are inevitable, and what counts today is how organizations respond to threats and their overall level of cyber-readiness.
Amolak Gosal, GE Oil & Gas
Report: 15 Million May Not Vote Over Fear of Hacked Election
More than 15 million people may not vote on Election Day over cyber security doubts, according to a new report.
Carbon Black, a cyber security firm, released a report on Thursday after surveying 700 voters. The report found that more than half of voters (56 percent) fear the election could be affected be a cyber security attack. A slightly higher percentage of voters—58 percent—believe it’s likely that electronic voting machines could be hacked on Nov. 8. More than a one-third of voters think their information is not secure (36 percent).https://www.carbonblack.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Carbon_Black_Democracy_at_Risk_September_2016.pdf
Digital attack on journalist raises specter of online censorship
When cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs exposes internet crime rings or digital fraudsters, retaliation often follows. And it’s not for the faint of heart.
Mr. Krebs’s adversaries have threatened him physically, assaulted his blog with cyberattacks, tried to frame him for selling drugs, and even faked an emergency at his home address so that heavily armed police surrounded his house. The former Washington Post reporter has made so many enemies that he reportedly writes with a loaded shotgun by his side.
The Christian Science Monitor
Man Receives Call From Scammer and Proceeds to Waste his Time
This is a must see video . . . have you gotten the email spam or phone call that you’re under investigation for tax fraud?
Here’s your video!
Android malware that can infiltrate corporate networks is spreading
An Android malware is spreading across app stores, including Google Play, and has the capability of stealing sensitive files from corporate networks.
DressCode, a family of Android malware, has been found circulating in at least 3,000 Trojanized apps, security firm Trend Micro said on Friday.
Hackers Targeting Macs With New ‘Komplex’ Trojan
A new Mac malware, called “Komplex,” was discovered this week. It is linked to the Sofacy Group and appears to be connected to Russian intelligence agencies.
Komplex is a highly targeted threat focused on the Russian aerospace program. However, it’s different than most other malware that has made its way into the news recently, because, while it’s currently not active, once installed it is able to download and install additional malware, execute commands, delete files, and more.