Archive for December, 2018

Critical IE Security Update Issued by Microsoft

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

Microsoft issued an emergency security update on Wednesday to patch a critical zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser IE9, IE10 and IE11. It also impacts IE 9 on Windows Server 2008, IE 10 on Windows Server 2012, IE 11 from Windows 7 to Windows 10, and IE 11 on Windows Server 2019, Windows […]

IRS Issues Scam Warning

Monday, December 17th, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning about a new “tax transcript” scam that consumers are forwarding to the IRS reporting address   Scammers pretending to be the “IRS Online” send out “urgent” emails with attachments labeled some variant of “Tax Account Transcript”.  Tax transcripts are summaries of your tax records.  They are available online, […]

USPS Informed Delivery: Email Isn’t the Only Mail at Risk

Friday, December 14th, 2018

It’s pretty rare these days to find a letter in your mailbox.  With the electronic age dominance, most physical mail a person receives is junk mail or packages.  A new system by the United States Postal Service allows you to get delivery notifications with photos of what’s being delivered, so of course, criminals have found […]

Here We Go Again: Quora Hacked on Heels of Marriott Breach

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Just after the Marriott International breach, over 100 million Quora users recently received an email notifying them of a data breach.  Quora has confirmed that its systems were hacked leaving account and user information exposed. Though the cause is still yet unknown, the intrusion was noted on Friday, November 30th.  Compromised information includes usernames, emails, […]

Malware Combo Targets Mac Systems

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Darthminer is a recently discovered threat that targets Mac systems via Adobe.  Malwarebytes security researches warn that the threat is actually a combination of two open-source programs. The threat is distributed through an application called Adobe Zii.  It utilizes a generic Automater applet icon instead of a stolen Adobe Creative Cloud logo.  The fake application […]

Marriott Starwood Database Breached since 2014

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Up to 500 million accounts have been hacked at the Marriott hotel chain’s Starwood guest reservation database.  Approximately 327 million guest information was released including some combination of names, mailing address, phone number, passport number, date of birth and other sensitive information.  Marriott was also unable to verify if both of their Advanced Encryption Standard […]

Employers Liable for Employee Personal Info Leak

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Back in 2014, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center confirmed a data breach that release that caused over 60,000 employees’ personal information to be released. Hackers then used that information to file and receive fraudulent tax return monies.  Employees sued the company, but the case was discarded from lower courts. Now, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court […]