Linked – Tech-support scammers revive bug that sends Chrome users into a panic
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Linked – Tech-support scammers revive bug that sends Chrome users into a panic

Never, ever. “The most important thing to remember when encountering a browser window displaying a tech-support scam message is to not panic and to never call the phone numbers displayed. When all else fails, the browsers can almost always be unlocked by using the Windows Task Manager (control-alt-delete) or the macOS Force Quit feature (Apple…

Linked – Has paying the ransom become business as usual?
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Linked – Has paying the ransom become business as usual?

This post is full of bad news like this: Radware released its 2018 Executive Application and Network Security Report. For the first time in the survey’s five-year history, a majority of executives (53%) reported paying a hacker’s ransom following a cyber attack. Ouch. Like most hacking/scam/spam tools, they are usually popular because they work. Ransomware…

Linked – Thousands of major sites are taking silent anti-ad-blocking measures
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Linked – Thousands of major sites are taking silent anti-ad-blocking measures

This is going to continue to escalate, and as it does, I suspect the number of websites that I just stop visiting will increase. It’s no secret that ad blockers are putting a dent in advertising-based business models on the web. This has produced a range of reactions, from relatively polite whitelisting asks (TechCrunch does…

Linked – 6 reasons why phishing is so popular and successful

Linked – 6 reasons why phishing is so popular and successful

1. Users are the weak link in the chain   Lack of training/awareness about phishing and ransomware is the number one reason these attacks are so successful. According to the research, 6% of users have never received security awareness training, crushing confidence in staff’s ability to recognise threats and act dutifully. Users should be trained…

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Linked – Facebook offers: why they could be too good to be true

At first the posts are relatively harmless. Many Facebook users don’t see the issue with liking or sharing a post. After thousands of people catch on to the post, Facebook algorithms automatically identify the content as valuable and popular. The algorithm then floats the scam to the top of millions of newsfeeds around the world….