Social Engineering

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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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Healthy security cultures eat lots of phish

The Google Docs phishing scam was widespread across the internet recently. Thanks to regular phishing training and a strong security awareness culture, our company was spared and as the CISO, I didn't even have to drive the effort....

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Recent Google Docs Phishing attack is a win for Blue Teams

On Wednesday afternoon, social media exploded with reports of a new Phishing attack targeting users of Google Docs. The attack was clever, centered on getting the victim to grant permissions to an application called Google Docs before...

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Job seekers beware of recruiters

Paying a recruiter to find you a job could leave you the victim of a scam. Trending scams that could leave N00bs paying to stay unemployed.

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Healthcare records for sale on Dark Web

A clinic in Baltimore is just one example of a healthcare provider having its records stolen, only to find them on the Dark Web for less than one cent per record.

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Social engineering scam targets Indian call center

Call centers in foreign countries can be at times ripe for social engineering. Most operators are supposed to stick to a script. Find out what happened when the operator left that script.

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Job seekers on ZipRecruiter being targeted by scams via email and text

Right now, thousands of people are looking for a new job online. Some of them just want a change, but others are looking for a stable income to support themselves and their families. Scammers are targeting job seekers with precision,...

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How to deal with the bot crisis on Twitter

You may have run into these bots a few times. What looks like an actual human being could have been a bot sending you Twitter spam...or even worse. One of the most nefarious examples is when Twitter bots are used to inflate traffic to...

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Scammers Phishing for financial credentials on Twitter

Scammers are using Twitter as a vehicle to target people looking for customer support or asking general questions. They interject themselves into legitimate discussions, offering friendly chatter and a link that directs the target to...

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Email security appears grounded as attacks continue to take flight

With clever cybercriminals finding creative new ways to get to users, has email security lost the battle to protect.

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7 sexy high-tech enterprise ‘surveillance engineering’ techniques that criminal hackers use

7 ways criminal hackers use high-tech surveillance—sometimes with a social engineering element—to tap into the enterprise to get the keys to your kingdom, or sensitive information.

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