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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