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Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 27, 2021

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 27, 2021 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

FTC – Ignore bogus COVID vaccine survey

Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC – “Scammers are using a new trick to steal your money and personal information: a bogus COVID vaccine survey. People across the country are reporting getting emails and texts out of the blue, asking them to complete a limited-time survey about the Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca vaccine. (And… Continue Reading

Anyone with an iPhone can now make deepfakes

Washington Post – “We aren’t ready for what happens next. Realistic videos of people doing things that never really happened have become shockingly easy to create. Now is the time to put in some guardrails. The past few months have brought advances in this controversial technology that I knew were coming, but am still shocked… Continue Reading

5 Common Cybercrime Attack Vectors and How to Avoid Them

MakeUseOf – “The threat landscape has significantly expanded with the proliferation of the internet and digital connectivity. As of March 2020, there were more than 677 million new malware detections. This figure by Statista indicates a growing threat of cyberattacks against individuals and businesses. Cybercriminals take advantage of cyberattack vectors to bypass your basic security… Continue Reading

Three billion phishing emails are sent every day. But one change could make life much harder for scammers

ZDNet – “Three billion phishing emails are sent every day. But one change could make life much harder for scammers. Phishing attacks remain extremely popular with cyber criminals – but by applying DMARC, organisations can help thwart them. Cyber criminals are sending over three billion emails a day as part of phishing attacks designed to… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 21, 2021

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 21, 2021 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

‘Exit Counselors’ Strain To Pull Americans Out Of A Web Of False Conspiracies

NPR – “…Experts see this spread of disinformation as a public health emergency that’s threatening democracy, increasing the risk of further violence, and straining family relationships. It’s also taxing a bevy of “deprogrammers” who are trying to help. More commonly referred to as “exit counselors” or “de-radicalizers,” they help people caught up in cultic ideologies… Continue Reading

Massive camera hack exposes the growing reach and intimacy of American surveillance

Washington Post – A breach of the camera start-up Verkada ‘should be a wake-up call to the dangers of self-surveillance,’ one expert said: “‘Our desire for some fake sense of security is its own security threat.”  In one video, a woman in a hospital room watches over someone sleeping in an intensive-care-unit bed. In another,… Continue Reading

Your Face Is Not Your Own

The New York Times – “When a secretive start-up scraped the internet to build a facial-recognition tool, it tested a legal and ethical limit — and blew the future of privacy in America wide open…Computers once performed facial recognition rather imprecisely, by identifying people’s facial features and measuring the distances among them — a crude… Continue Reading