Tag Archives: Technology

Tech Support Scams and Scareware

(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

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SCAM: RNC Attendees Get Hacked Through Fake Wi-Fi Networks

So it seems a security company wanted to troll the RNC a little bit, and see who would connect to a potentially malicious Wi-Fi Hotspot. The results were scary…but expected.

(NOTE: This is not about Democrats vs. Republicans. I have no doubt that if this test were performed at the DNC, we’d see similar results)

Continue reading SCAM: RNC Attendees Get Hacked Through Fake Wi-Fi Networks

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SCAM: Pieces of S*** Exploiting Orlando Atrocity

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

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SCAM: Bypassing Two-Factor Authentication

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

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SCAM: Reset Your LinkedIn Password

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

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FBI Finally Gives Up–Who Wants To Bet They Find ANYTHING?

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?

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Finally Added SSL To The Site!

That’s right! I’ve finally got SSL encryption added to this site.  It took me nearly two years to pull off (mostly due to cost reasons), but ryancash.co is now on an HTTPS site with a trusted certificate. Continue reading Finally Added SSL To The Site!

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For Any Users of DELL Computers – Scam Alert

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

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No Government-Mandated Decryption

So it appears the federal government, supposedly under the purview of the Obama administration, won’t seek to create a law to force back doors into encryption.

But that’s not the entire story. You still need to be cognizant of your communications, and here’s where it gets tricky. Continue reading No Government-Mandated Decryption

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How To Disable Wi-Fi Sense (Post Upgrade)

In my last post, I talked about the all-too-scary potential dangers of Windows 10’s Wi-Fi Sense.  Today, I’ll give a quick post on how to turn if off, if you’ve forgotten to do so during the installation/upgrade process.

Continue reading How To Disable Wi-Fi Sense (Post Upgrade)

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