As each day goes by, the state of cyber world gets more and more outrageous. Thanks to Trump the predator media has suddenly become accutly aware of the cyber war and all the risks that lie just below the horizon of the nearest internet connection. Talking heads pontificate ad nauseam about the Russian hack and what’s happening next. Suddenly they’ve discovered the threats we’ve been talking about since 2008. First Obama said he wouldn’t do anything (see last week’s InfoManager), now he says he is. People seem to think this is the first time, or that it was specifically Putin supporting Trump. What twits. But seriously folks, this is the season to be hyper aware of your surroundings and what you’re doing to protect yourself. And of course, Safenetting and the InfoManager are there for you!
- Demonization of Putin as “Personally” Behind Clinton Hack Is Old Propaganda Technique
- New York’s cybersecurity regulations may seem burdensome, but they’re necessary
- Germany’s Cyber Security Watchdog Urges Yahoo Users to Switch Email Providers
- Don’t let cybercriminals ruin Christmas: Beware these 12 threats
- Phishing scam using Microsoft and MasterCard documents as bait
- Cybersecurity skills gap: it’s big and it’s bad for security
- Hack Attempt On RNC “Doesn’t Fit The White House Narrative”
- Putin launches ‘propaganda campaign’ against Britain
- 2017 Will Be The Year Of Cyber Warfare
- Bogus Police Emails Circulating
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Hack Attempt On RNC “Doesn’t Fit The White House Narrative”
According to the Wall Street Journal, hackers attempted to infiltrate the RNC system “using the same techniques that allowed them to infiltrate its Democratic counterpart.” The attempts were unsuccessful, according to the report.
The report claims that hackers sent the same “phishing” emails to an RNC address that were used to breach the DNC, but were stopped by a spam filter and quarantined as “potentially malicious.” SEE THE VIDEO
Demonization of Putin as “Personally” Behind Clinton Hack Is Old Propaganda Technique
The leaked allegations supposedly from the CIA that Russian President Vladimir Putin “personally” directed how hacked emails from the Clinton campaign should be used should be treated with a good deal of skepticism.
The things that appear to have hurt Clinton late in the election were her “deplorables” comment about Trump supporters, and the Comey letter about the new emails the FBI had found on Anthony Weiner’s computer. Neither of these incidents had any Russian connection.
Juan Cole – www.commondreams.org
Putin launches ‘propaganda campaign’ against Britain
ritish officials are concerned about growing Russian influence on UK institutions.
Theresa May will chair a National Security Council session within weeks to discuss the issue after senior Whitehall figures claimed the Kremlin is responsible for a plot to sabotage the UK with espionage and misinformation.
Don’t let cybercriminals ruin Christmas: Beware these 12 threats
For many, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year – but find yourself a victim of an online attack and the season may turn sour. With spirits and internet usage at an all time high there’s no better time to lure a victim online
— defend yourself against these 12 threats.* Phishing * Adware * Mobile malware * Smishing * Identity theft * Spyware * Spam * Pharming * Ransomware * Wi-Fi eavesdropping * DDoS attacks * and Password security
Bogus Police Emails Circulating
Residents & businesses are warned to be on the alert after Action Fraud have received a high number of reports concerning a phishing campaign targeting personal and business email addresses with the subject heading ‘Crime Prevention Advice’, with the intention of distributing malware.
The sender on the emails is a spoof email account masquerading as a Metropolitan Police address
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Phishing scam using Microsoft and MasterCard documents as bait
Microsoft security researchers are warning consumers about a string of fraudulent emails, purportedly from MasterCard, telling card owners they need to click on an attachment to avoid an unwanted charge.
However, once clicked Cerber ransomware is installed.
Cybersecurity skills gap: it’s big and it’s bad for security
The cybersecurity skills gap, defined as a shortage of qualified people needed to fill open positions in IT security, is a phenomenon that has been researched quite extensively this year, and with good reason. You may have seen this recent headline:
“Donald Trump Advised to Train 100,000 Hackers to Protect the US”
Germany’s Cyber Security Watchdog Urges Yahoo Users to Switch Email Providers
Germany’s cyber security authority, the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), criticized Yahoo on Thursday for failing to adopt adequate encryption techniques to protect its users’ personal data.
The BSI also advised German consumers to consider switching to alternatives for email after Yahoo disclosed a second data breach that raised fears Verizon might kill a deal to buy its core internet business.
New York’s cybersecurity regulations may seem burdensome, but they’re necessary
In recent years, more and more companies across a range of industries have fallen victim to cyber attacks, including Sony Pictures, Yahoo!, and LinkedIn; however, we have yet to see a successful large scale breach of a major U.S. financial institution.
Given the vast influence that large banks hold over both an individual’s personal finances and the greater U.S. economy, there must be systems in place to help prevent cyber attacks, alert customers in the event of a breach, and allow institutions to recover following an attack.
Christopher Ensey – The Hill
2017 Will Be The Year Of Cyber Warfare
It has recently come to light that more than 1 billion accounts were compromised in a hack of Yahoo that occurred in 2013.
This new revelation, on top of the ever-deepening story about how Russian cyber operations possibly influenced the U.S. election results, further illustrates that 2016 is ending in a way no one would have predicted.