It’s time once again to update my Value of a Hacked Email Account graphic: According to a recent alert from the FBI, cyber thieves stole nearly $215 million from businesses in the last 14 months using a scam that starts when business executives or employees have their email accounts hijacked. Federal investigators say the so-called “business email compromise” (BEC) swindle is a sophisticated and increasingly common scam targeting businesses working with foreign suppliers and/or businesses that regularly perform wire transfer payments.
Original release date: January 23, 2015 The FBI has released an article addressing ransomware campaigns that use intimidating messages claiming to be from the FBI or other government agencies. Scam operators use ransomware – a type of malicious software – to infect a computer and restrict access to it until a ransom is paid to unlock it. Users and administrators are encouraged to review the FBI article ” Ransomware on the Rise ” for details and refer to Alert TA-295A for information on Crypto Ransomware.
Wow! This week’s been such a busy news week that the information security (InfoSec) stories kept pouring in, long after I finished this week’s video. The latest? CERT just warned about some critical vulnerabilities in NTPd, a popular network time protocol (NTP) service that many network devices and software uses
The FBI today said it has determined that the North Korean government is responsible for the devastating recent hack attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment . Here’s a brief look the FBI’s statement, what experts are learning about North Korea’s cyberattack capabilities, and what this incident means for other corporations going forward. In a statement released early Friday afternoon, the FBI said that its investigation — along with information shared by Sony and other U.S.
“The next time you call for assistance because the Internet service in your home is not working, the ‘technician’ who comes to your door may actually be an undercover government agent. He will have secretly disconnected the service, knowing that you will naturally call for help and — when he shows up at your door, impersonating a technician — let him in.
This is a creepy story. The FBI wanted access to a hotel guest’s room without a warrant