Archive for September, 2016

Credit Card Theft Coverup at Trump Hotels

Monday, September 26th, 2016

It’s known that Trump Hotel Collection suffered a data breach and credit card theft last year.  Generally, when a company suffers such a breach, they redouble their cybersecurity efforts.  Not so in this case, and because of the carelessness, it’s happened again. Owned by Donald Trump, real estate mogul and Republican presidential nominee, Trump Hotel Collections […]

Massive Yahoo Hack

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

When’s the last time you changed your Yahoo password?  If you haven’t done it since 2012, now is the time to do it. Yahoo is expected to confirm a massive hack that’s been rumored to have happened since August, when a hacker known as Peace claimed to have hacked them back in 2012.  The data […]

Problems with the State of Cybersecurity

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

In the war between cybercriminals and cybersecurity, the good guys are losing, and it’s not even close. In 2015, over $3 billion was sunk into startups with the aim of battling hackers in one way or another.  The European Union is investing $2 billion in cybersecurity.  The United States is going to spend a whopping […]

September 2016 IT Security Numbers

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

The September 2016 Threat Report from McAfee Labs had some sobering statistics. Ransomware continues to grow, which is no big surprise given how easy it is for people with limited programming experience to partake in it.  Instances of ransomware have increased more than 125% from last year, up to around seven million. Not to be outdone, […]

Secret Service Warns of New ATM Skimmer: Periscope

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

The Secret Service has issued a new warning to the banking industry about a new type of skimming device that has started showing up at ATMs. Being called “periscope skimming,” it involves a connecting a probe directly into an ATM’s circuit board in order to steal bank card data. The thieves behind the technology were […]

Customize Your Own Ransomware

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Have you wanted to get in on the ransomware craze?  Infect a few computers, hold their files for ransom and make a few hundred bucks real quick?  Well now you can, and you can customize it to your heart’s desire. The Philadelphia Headquarter, a version of the Stampado strain of ransomware, was developed by a malware […]

Hacking with Sound

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

What do Tibetan monks, sophisticated hackers and famous rock stars all have in common? The ability to harvest soundwaves into power. Case in point: Israeli Video Researchers from the Negev Cyber Security Research Center at Ben-Gurion University discovered a MacGyver-esque way to syphon data from a PC to a mobile device using nothing but the […]

Hillary Clinton’s Lost Laptop

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

If Hilary Clinton’s email troubles weren’t bad enough, it appears that two archive of her emails, one on a laptop and the other on a thumb drive, were lost in the mail. According to the FBI’s report, meant as a reference for writing a future book, the archives were created in 2013, before she turned […]