Social Engineering

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Social engineering: The basics

Social engineering is essentially the art of gaining access to buildings, systems or data by exploiting human psychology, rather than by breaking in or using technical hacking techniques. Here are answers to some frequently asked...

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Five new threats to your mobile device security

Cyber criminals are stepping up their attacks on mobile devices with new weapons and variations on old ones.

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Mingis on Tech: How linguistics can help catch cyberattackers

When it comes to tracking down the bad actors behind malware and ransomware, cybersecurity firms are turning to linguists.

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11 tips to prevent phishing

From rewarding employees for savvy security smarts, to showing them how breaches are relevant to their every-day duties, we've got the phishing prevention tips you need.

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8 ways millennials impact your security awareness program

The millennial generation has arrived. Is your awareness program up to the challenge?

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U.S. defense contractor arrested for giving U.S. secrets to Chinese operatives

Kevin Mallory, a U.S. defense contractor, was arrested for allegedly passing secret and top secret U.S. documents to Chinese intelligence.

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Developer uses code to get revenge on tech support and IRS scammers

Tech support and IRS scams have become as common as random emails proclaiming that you've won the lottery, or emails from prince in some foreign land who wants to share their wealth. One potential victim used a bit of code to take...

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New social media scams: Can you tell friend from foe?

Scams on social networks are nothing new, but they're constantly changing to take advantage of the latest apps, trends and news. As with all social engineering scams, the best defense is a skeptical user.

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CEO lies, commits fraud, and yes, the startup craters

WrkRiot CEO Isaac Choi was indicted for defrauding the employees of his tech startup.

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Passwords are lame. The username/password combination is outdated and is now the weakest link in security. There's got to be a better way, right?

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China continues to steal high-tech trade secrets

China continues to steal trade secrets. Six were arrested and seven charged with theft of Trelleborg's dual-use undersea technology.

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Ransomware damages rise 15X in 2 years to hit $5 billion in 2017

Ransomware damage costs are expected to hit $5 billion in 2017. To keep from becoming a victim, implement these six cybersecurity strategies.

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Be wary of fake WannaCry fixes

When the WannaCry malware hit, many users were scrambling for fixes -- but some of the proffered solutions were actually just more malware, in disguise

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Wanna stop WannaCrypt? Don't pay ransoms, backup data, and train employees

Top 3 things for CISOs and IT security teams to do in response to the WannaCry ransomware outbreak.

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Your data has been kidnapped… now what?

If you think you're not a target for a cyberattack recent "ransomware" incidents should make you think again. Ransomware attacks are different than what most people perceive as a cyberattack. There's no theft of data or interest in...

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Worldwide threat assessment - The Director National Intelligence's view

Director National Intelligence presented his state of the global threats to the United States to the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

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Opinion: Some thoughts about Gizmodo's Phishing story

On Tuesday, Gizmodo published a story about how easy it was to get Trump Administration officials and associates to click a Phishing link. In order to do this, the Gizmodo Special Projects Desk developed a fake Google Docs email,...

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BEC attacks have hit thousands, top $5 billion in losses globally

An updated advisory form the FBI says that Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks have become a multi-billion-dollar scam worldwide, as criminals take advantage of lax policies and human nature. Victims include businesses both large...

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