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Another IRS Scam Is Making The Rounds

A little more than a year ago we posted about an IRS phone scam that was fooling thousands of people into giving up their hard earned money.  The scammers used an automated “robo voice” message that stated the IRS had filed a lawsuit against the targeted victim.  The message sounded official and scary enough to fool even myself for a …

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Hackers Steal Sensitive Account Information Of 143 Million From Equifax

The biggest hacking story of 2017 will undoubtedly be the fact that Equifax recently announced that hackers had stole the sensitive account information from approximately 143 million people.  Equifax is one of the “big three” credit bureaus in the United States, handling the credit information for millions of people that enable loans, credit scores, mortgages, and more.  Information stolen includes …

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Fireball Adware Could Be Infecting A Quarter Billion Computers

There’s a new strain of malware making its way through the internet recently, and it goes by the callsign Fireball.  Fireball is a relatively newly discovered adware set that has some rather dangerous side effects besides just tracking user browsing data and switching default search pages; Fireball also appears to be able to run code on users computers without their …

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IRS Lawsuit Phone Scam – It Happened To Us!

This is not really a “malware” article per se, however we here at the website were recently attempted victims of a phony “IRS” phone call.  This particular phone phishing scam has apparently been going on for about a year and a half, and unfortunately many people are falling for it as the perpetrators use extremely aggressive scare tactics. The story: …

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New Malware Defeats “Air Gap” To Transmit Data Via LED Light

An “air gap” in computer security is a form of protection in which the designated computer is shielded from any network access whatsoever, effectively protecting it from hackers, malware, and other internet related threats.  The result is a truly standalone machine that cannot transmit data in or out except by physical means such as USB, CD-ROM or disk.  A new …

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Get Ready For IoT Attacks

This past year saw the rise of massive DDoS attacks waged by hackers harnessing the power of the “Internet Of Things” to knock out swaths of the internet.  You might remember back in October when a large number of popular websites such as Twitter and PayPal were knocked offline by one of the biggest DDoS attacks that was leveled at …

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Massive DDoS Cripples Part Of Internet

On Friday a massive DDoS attack aimed at Dyn, a DNS provider, crippled several large internet sites including Twitter, Netflix, Shopify (and all sites hosted under Shopify), Paypal, Reddit, SoundCloud, Spotify, and more.  Affected sites are still being added to a long list of outages reported.  The outage was first felt primarily in the morning on the East Coast, but …

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Real Life Mr. Robot

I have been watching the hit TV series “Mr. Robot” recently, and it is quite intriguing in its plot that centers around a top secret hacking group that is bent on taking down one of the largest financial institutions on earth.  Doing so, they predict, will cause the greatest redistribution of wealth the world has ever seen, erasing debts for …

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Ransomware Becoming More Targeted

In an attempt to reap more cash from ransomware, hackers are now turning to more targeted, surgical strikes to businesses small and large.  Ransomware started out as a general wide sweeping program that would infect a computer and lock its data behind super-strong encryption.  In exchange for the key to decrypt and release the data the ransomware creators often asked …

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Video Jacking Targets Hotels

Travelers beware: a new form of data harvesting is taking the form of small “video jacking” devices that mimic a USB charging device or hub, but secretly record the video that is discreetly split off from the phone via this crafty device. As reported by Krebsonsecurity.com, these new video jacking tools are great ways for criminals to record the video …

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