You would be hard-pressed to find a business or organization that doesn’t use email to communicate among employees, with customers, and with vendors. Email is a vital part of our lives that we have come to rely on. Because it is so ingrained in our lives, we trust the emails that we receive and we trust that when we send an email, it will be secure. This feeling of trust and safety is exactly why cyber criminals have taken advantage of emailing and have used it as a tool to steal information and money from individuals and businesses.
In June of this year, the Office of Personnel Management, a government entity that handles government employees (basically the HR of government), announced that it had been hacked. They discovered the attack in April of 2015 but have since discovered that the breach goes back to March of 2014 and possibly earlier, according to Tripwire.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we have yet another Adobe Flash vulnerability to report. And we are still waiting on a patch for it. Adobe regularly releases updates and patches on Tuesdays and if you are one of the smart and saavy computer users that allows automatic updates or you are diligent about updating software yourself, we are sad to report that even you are at risk from this latest vulnerability.
Facebook’s algorithm has been the subject of much controversy and many complaints over the years as the social network has continually updated the way in which they serve posts to users in their news feed. Facebook pages for businesses, organizations, musicians, etc. have traditionally received the short end of the stick in the algorithm changes as their posts reach fewer and fewer fans.
More and more, the internet is becoming a dangerous place to be, especially without the protection of an antivirus. Researchers from Trustwave, a security firm, recently discovered a new malware advertising technique that hackers are using to infect systems. Criminals have infected over 1.5 million computers worldwide thus far, and that number is growing.
Many of us have been told that using a public Wi-Fi network is risky. It puts your private information directly in front of cyber criminals who want to steal your identity. But do we actually listen to the risks? Do we avoid doing sensitive activities like online banking, shopping, and emailing? Probably not.
An e-commerce plugin called “CartPress” has many vulnerabilities that are causing 5,000 WordPress websites to be open to hacking. As of now, there is no patch for the vulnerabilities and there doesn’t seem to be one coming, as support for the plugin ends on June 1st, according to PC World.
In two days, on February 26th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will take a vote on whether or not Internet Service Providers should be allowed to pay more for faster internet. If the vote is passed, everything will stay the same. If the vote fails, ISPs will be allowed to charge large companies that use more broadband more for faster service. Companies like Netflix will pay more for internet “fast lanes.”
Russian researchers Kaspersky Lab has uncovered surveillance platforms that hide in the firmware of hard drives. The hard drives of more than a dozen manufacturers are compromised, according to TechSpot.com. 500 computers in more than 30 countries have been affected by the malware.
A Russian computer virus, called SoakSoak, has infected 100,000 WordPress websites. The purpose of the attack is unknown at this time. The malware changes the site into an attack platform that will target visitors to the site, according to Entrepreneur.