From our friends at KnowBe4. There appears to be a new sort of phishing attack to scare you out of your hard-earned money. And it claims to come from the IRS (spoiler alert: it’s not the IRS). Continue reading SCAM: IRS Form Used to Scare You Out of Money
This one’s good. It sends a user a notice, indicating that a purchase was made on their Apple ID, and provides a link to a refund request form. It asks for your Apple login info, name, address, date of birth, and full payment card information.
DO NOT EVER FILL THIS OUT FOR A REFUND! Continue reading SCAM: Apple Store Phishing Attempt
(Sorry about the lack of posts recently. I just switched day jobs, and the transition is still under way)
These are really just old tricks with a new twist. KnowBe4 is call them “new”, but this is simply the next evolution in the “Windows Tech Support Scam“. Basically, the scammer calls you and says your computer is infected, or in some other way compromised. They then convince you to allow them to access your computer to perform some remedial repairs. But, if they could detect these infections, didn’t they have access before (this should be the first clue)? Continue reading Tech Support Scams and Scareware
It’s still too early for me to talk about the Orlando massacre from the point of firearms, new proposed laws, terror watch lists, etc. But, I did want to bring this up – again, courtesy of our friends at KnowBe4.
It seems that lowlifes are now trying to scam generous people out of their money. Continue reading SCAM: Pieces of S*** Exploiting Orlando Atrocity
It’s that time for KnowBe4’s Scam of the Week. This is a way to fool the end user into bypassing two-factor authentication with no more technical knowledge necessary than sending a craftily-worded text message. Continue reading SCAM: Bypassing Two-Factor Authentication
So apparently the 2012 LinkedIn breach of 6.5 million records was inaccurate. Over 117 million records were compromised, and easily decrypted (somebody probably forgot to salt their decrypted records). And now, they’re asking you to reset your password – this is a good thing.
But the bad thing is that hackers are asking you to reset your password, too. And if you use the wrong method, you could get into trouble. Continue reading SCAM: Reset Your LinkedIn Password
This is utter bullshit. We have the protection of the Fifth Amendment that prevents our government to force a testimony that incriminates oneself, or to be jailed or punished without due process of law.
And yet, that’s EXACTLY what’s happening here. Continue reading Fifth Amendment Violated – Suspect Jailed Without Sentence for Not Giving Up Password
So, the FBI declared yesterday that it finally cracked the iPhone of Sayed Farook (one of the terrorists that attacked in San Bernardino) without the help of Apple. This is good. Apple states they will continue to cooperate with law enforcement as per their previous commitment, while still providing security on their products. This is good.
So, the reported crack came not from a government entity, but from a private entity. And that’s all we know about it. We don’t know if it was a person, a company, some super computer, or what. But some sources suggest it may be an Israeli forensic company, Cellebrite. Continue reading FBI Finally Gives Up–Who Wants To Bet They Find ANYTHING?
I just got notice of this one in my inbox, but I have been hearing rumors about it for about a week, now. But it is an actual scam, happening to real people in the wild. Continue reading For Any Users of DELL Computers – Scam Alert