Craigslist Scams 2016

2 new Craigslist scams you need to watch out for

2 new Craigslist scams you need to watch out for

By on May 24, 2016 at 10:54 AM.

Craigslist’s heyday may be behind it at this point, but millions of people still flock to the site in search of all sorts of discounted goods and services. And of course, Craigslist often delivers. The trouble with the site is and always has been weeding out the scams from the genuine deals, a task that’s more difficult now than it has ever been in the past. Scammers are lurking in every corner of the site, just waiting to take advantage of vulnerable people in search of bargains.

There are plenty of potential scams to watch out for, but two in particular were recently brought to our attention. More →

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Japan ATM Credit Card Heist

Ocean’s 100: Thieves steal $12.7 million from ATMs in just three hours

By on May 23, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Ocean’s 100: Thieves steal $12.7 million from ATMs in just three hours

The Ocean’s 11 movies are spectacular stories about crazy heists that take lots of effort, careful planning and just a touch of skillful improvisation to pull off. But it turns out that jobs like this exist in real life, too. And they’re equally impressive. A few days ago, 100 coordinated thieves stole no less than $12.7 million (1.4bn yen) from ATMs. The entire thing took just three hours, and no suspect was apprehended since then. More →

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Hackers Banks SWIFT Heists

Banks are helping hackers pull off the perfect heist

By on May 20, 2016 at 3:30 PM.

Banks are helping hackers pull off the perfect heist

News broke in February that hackers were able to steal no less than $81 million from the Bank of Bangladesh in what MANY described as a perfect heist. Well, maybe it wasn’t perfect, as a silly spelling mistake prevented the culprits from walking away with nearly $1 billion. But the sophisticated attack worked almost flawlessly as the hackers were able to take advantage of the backbone of financial transactions, after infiltrating the bank’s systems.

It turns out that the Bangladesh attack wasn’t an isolated event. Hackers have attacked other banks as well in the past using the same methods. New reports show that some of these attacks could have been prevented, but only if only banks were willing to share more details about these attacks with the SWIFT organization. Apparently, the financial institutions aren’t just worried that they’re going to lose the trust of customers, but also that they might generate additional inquiries into their security systems from local regulators. And nobody wants that. More →

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Google Tracking Websites Browsing

Huge new study shows that Google is watching you everywhere you go

By on May 20, 2016 at 2:19 PM.

Huge new study shows that Google is watching you everywhere you go

A new study has uncovered what might be one of the least surprising revelations of the decade: Google follows you all over the internet, whether you know about it or not. Earlier this year, Princeton researchers completed the largest online tracking study ever conducted, and found traces of Google code on a vast majority of the web’s million most popular websites.

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LinkedIn Hacked 2016

Change your LinkedIn password right now

By on May 20, 2016 at 11:04 AM.

Change your LinkedIn password right now

Remember when LinkedIn was hacked a few years ago and the company confirmed that login credentials and other data belonging to 6.5 million accounts were stolen? Well, it turns out that figure might have been a little low. OK it was very, very low — it looks like hackers managed to steal data from not 6.5 million, and not even 65 million, but just over 165 million accounts.

In other words, it’s time to change your LinkedIn password immediately. More →

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ATM Malware

Old ATM malware is back and infecting machines everywhere

By on May 19, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Old ATM malware is back and infecting machines everywhere

An old piece of ATM malware is back, and reportedly more dangerous and harder to detect than ever. According to security researchers from Kaspersky Labs, an updated piece of malware dubbed Skimer has infected numerous Windows-based ATMs across all corners of the globe.

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Starbucks Free Wifi Security Concerns

Is it safe to use the free Wi-Fi at Starbucks?

By on May 18, 2016 at 11:27 PM.

Is it safe to use the free Wi-Fi at Starbucks?

Walk by any Starbucks within 100 miles of your house and chances are that you’ll see several people sitting at a table, drinking coffee and enjoying the free Wi-Fi.

Starbucks and free Wi-Fi have become synonymous with one another over the past few years — one unable to exists without the other — but the next time you log on to a public coffee shop hotspot, you might want to consider the risks you’re taking.

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Norton Antivirus Hacked

Norton antivirus has a gaping security flaw

By on May 17, 2016 at 11:34 AM.

Norton antivirus has a gaping security flaw

A security researcher has discovered a “bug” in Symantec antivirus software, which affects “the core Symantec Antivirus Engine used in most Symantec and Norton branded Antivirus products.” I say “bug” because it’s less bug, and more a gaping security flaw that makes it incredibly easy to hack any PC, Mac or Linux box running Symantec software.

The flaw (spotted by The Register) was found by Tavis Ormandy, a white-hat hacker whose previous work has involved hacking internet-connected scales. The Symantec bug is to do with how the antivirus engine scans code, in particular an old compression tool.

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FBI Hacking Americans History Tools

The FBI has quietly been hacking Americans for 20 years

By on May 16, 2016 at 11:22 PM.

The FBI has quietly been hacking Americans for 20 years

Countless Snowden leaks have detailed the highly sophisticated tools used by the NSA to collect data in bulk from unsuspecting people, including American citizens. But the NSA isn’t the only agency conducting spying operations. The FBI has been spying on US citizens as part of ongoing investigations for two decades, yet many details about its data collection practices are still secret, despite all of the leaks in recent years. More →

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Hackers SWIFT Bank Heists

Clever hackers can steal money directly from banks, ignoring customer accounts

By on May 13, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

Clever hackers can steal money directly from banks, ignoring customer accounts

Although we typically think of malware and phishing attacks being aimed at consumers, some cybercriminals choose to target banks directly rather than their customers so they can siphon money from unsuspecting financial institutions. If successful, these sophisticated techniques can yield impressive results.

A few months ago, unidentified attackers transferred $81 million from the bank of Bangladesh. That’s an serious amount of money, but the hackers wanted to steal close to $1 billion, and only a stroke of luck helped the banks prevent the bigger loss.

It turns out that this wasn’t an isolated incident, and hackers can pull it off again and again by taking advantage of the supposedly secure method banks use to transfer money. More →

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Police Spy Car Google Maps

Police can’t explain why their spy SUV was disguised as a Google truck

By on May 13, 2016 at 10:36 AM.

Police can’t explain why their spy SUV was disguised as a Google truck

An image emerged online earlier this week showing a parked SUV that looked nothing like a Google Streetview car, even though it had a Google Maps sticker on it. Discovered hiding in “the shadows” of the Philadelphia Convention Center, the car had two license plate readers on the front. Unsuspecting people who have never seen a Google Streetview car might confuse the spy SUV for an actual Google Maps car. But savvy internet users who can tell the difference knew better than that, realizing this was likely a law enforcement car disguised in a most unexpected way.

Soon enough, police confirmed the SUV belonged to its fleet. But authorities also denied any involvement in adorning the car with a Google Maps decal. That’s hilarious, stupid and scary, all at the same time. More →

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Tech Scammers

Scammers are using fake tech support pages to steal thousands from unsuspecting users

By on May 10, 2016 at 3:26 PM.

Scammers are using fake tech support pages to steal thousands from unsuspecting users

While most topics in the tech world tend to engender impassioned debate, there’s one issue that everyone can unanimously agree on: tech scammers who prey on and take advantage of unsuspecting Internet users are the scourge of the earth. And while most people are familiar with scams that rely upon adware or ransomware, scammers have recently started using a new strategy that’s as clever as it is loathsome.

According to Malwarebytes Labs, a group of scammers who call themselves ‘Tech Kangroos’ have started putting up tech support webpages designed to look nearly identical to webpages from known software companies. In turn, when unsuspecting users undertake to seek out tech support help via search engines like Google or Bing, they’re naturally tricked into clicking on fraudulent websites. In short order, users are coerced and manipulated into paying hundreds of dollars for non-existent tech support.

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