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What to do if you think you’ve been hacked

PopSci: “Being hacked can feel like a personal attack: You go to log into Facebook, Gmail, or iCloud—and your password doesn’t work, leaving you unable to access your most important online accounts. This worst-case scenario might bring on feelings of nausea and helplessness. Fortunately, you can take action in the face of digital vandalism. If you find yourself locked out of your accounts, major internet services have prepared a few routes for getting back in. As well as restoring your access, these companies help you limit the damage a hacker can do. How do you know that someone else has truly taken control of one of your accounts? Not being able to log in is a big clue—but don’t immediately assume you’ve been hacked the moment your password doesn’t work. First, make sure the culprit is really a bad actor: For example, if you can’t get into your Facebook or Twitter account on your computer, try logging in on another device to see if you’ve really lost your access. Also make sure to double-check the password you’re typing before you start to suspect the worst. Another warning sign can come in the form of email. Many services will send you messages about suspicious activity, such as when somebody logs into your account from an unfamiliar computer (or an unfamiliar country), or when somebody changes your username or password. Make sure to check your inbox for emails like these. Also, keep an eye out for messages from friends: If “you” have started sending them spam, they can alert you that your account was compromised. Once you realize you’ve been hacked, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and take back your account…”

NSA, CISA publish guide for securing VPN servers

The Record: “The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have published today technical guidance on properly securing VPN servers used by organizations to allow employees remote access to internal networks. The NSA said it put together the nine-page guide [PDF] after “multiple nation-state advanced persistent threat (APT) actors” weaponized… Continue Reading

Want a strong password? You’re probably still doing it the wrong way

ZDNet – Security agencies say that three random words can be a better approach than enforcing complexity to achieve account protection. Bad passwords are easy to remember, but also easy to guess and that can give an attacker access to your online accounts. That’s why the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has explained why… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, July 18, 2021

Via LLRX – 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 complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish… Continue Reading

Ransomware attackers are growing bolder and using new extortion methods

Tech Republic – “IT and OT environments are increasing targets and threat actors are using Dark Web forums to launch cybercrimes, according to Accenture’s 2021 Cyber Threat Intelligence report. It’s hardly surprising that threat actors are pervasive and aggressive, but a new report finds in the first half of 2021, they have been testing new… Continue Reading

Don’t be that employee: How to avoid ransomware attacks at work

Washington Post -“…Ransomware, which locks down a target’s computers and data, can infect a network a few different ways, including through employee accounts. Click the wrong link, open the wrong attachment or log into the wrong website, and you could put your company in a perilous position. Depending on their roles, some employees find their… Continue Reading

The FBI will feed compromised passwords to Have I Been Pwned

Engadget: “Have I Been Pwned, the website that gives you a way to check which of your login details have been compromised by data breaches, is working with the FBI to grow its database. The partnership will give the website access to fresh passwords as they become compromised, depending on what the feds are investigating… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, May 23, 2021

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, May 23, 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

How Strong is Your Password? Use These 4 Tools to Find Out

MakeUseOf: “Creating and maintaining a strong password is a modern-day necessity. Like your house keys, a password acts as the main entry point to your online identity. That’s why cybercriminals are always on the prowl, searching for weak spots to crack your password and infiltrate your digital life. If you are worried about your password security,… Continue Reading