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US financial regulator warns of phishing sites impersonating brokers

Bleeping Computer – “The U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has issued a new regulatory notice warning members of threat actors using registered brokers’ info to create phishing websites. FINRA is a not-for-profit organization authorized by the U.S. government to regulate member brokerage firms and exchange markets, and to defend American investors by ensuring that the broker-dealer industry functions honestly and equitably. According to FINRA, the organization oversees over 624,000 brokers across the U.S. and it analyzes billions of market events every day…”

Working from home causes surge in security breaches

ZDNet – The coronavirus pandemic is thought to be at the heart of a rise in security incidents this year: “The COVID-19 pandemic shows little sign of slowing down, and for many businesses, employees are still working remotely and from home offices. While some companies are gearing towards reopening their standard office spaces in the coming… Continue Reading

Quit Chrome. Safari and Edge Are Just Better Browsers for You and Your Computer

WSJ via DowJones/Fidelity: “…while Chrome has gobbled up 69% of the desktop-laptop browser market share, according to NetMarketShare, its competitors, all with single-digit percentages, have been laser-focused on kicking Chrome square in the blue dot. Microsoft’s new Edge browser, rolling out to Windows 10 machines this summer and available now for download on a Mac,… Continue Reading

Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data

Motherboard – An Avast antivirus subsidiary sells ‘Every search. Every click. Every buy. On every site.’ Its clients have included Home Depot, Google, Microsoft, Pepsi, and McKinsey. “An antivirus program used by hundreds of millions of people around the world is selling highly sensitive web browsing data to many of the world’s biggest companies, a… Continue Reading

Microsoft Releases Security Advisory on Internet Explorer Vulnerability

Please discontinue use of Internet Explorer, as well as Windows 7 and upgrade to newest versions – CERT: “Microsoft has released a security advisory to address a critical vulnerability in Internet Explorer. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system. According to the advisory, “Microsoft is aware of limited… Continue Reading

NSA Takes Step Toward Protecting World’s Computers, Not Just Hacking Them

The New York Times: “The National Security Agency has taken a significant step toward protecting the world’s computer systems, announcing Tuesday that it alerted Microsoft to a vulnerability in its Windows operating system rather than following the agency’s typical approach of keeping quiet and exploiting the flaw to develop cyberweapons. The warning allowed Microsoft to… Continue Reading

Major US companies breached, robbed, and spied on by Chinese hackers

WSJ via FoxBusiness: “The hackers seemed to be everywhere. In one of the largest-ever corporate espionage efforts, cyberattackers alleged to be working for China’s intelligence services stole volumes of intellectual property, security clearance details and other records from scores of companies over the past several years. They got access to systems with prospecting secrets for… Continue Reading

How to Protect Yourself From Unethical or Illegal Spying

MakeUseOf: “A quick Google search for “spy software” yields over 150 million results. There is a massive interest in spying software and gadgets. Irrespective of the motivation or justification, spying is illegal. It is a gross invasion of privacy in most countries around the world. You don’t have to suffer if someone is spying on… Continue Reading

Germany’s cyber-security agency recommends Firefox as most secure browser

ZDNet – “Firefox is the only browser that received top marks in a recent audit carried out by Germany’s cyber-security agency — the German Federal Office for Information Security (or the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik — BSI). The BSI tested Mozilla Firefox 68 (ESR), Google Chrome 76, Microsoft Internet Explorer 11, and Microsoft Edge… Continue Reading

State of Insider Threats in the Digital Workplace Report 2019

“While cybercriminals, hacktivists, and ransomware often make a big splash in the news headlines, the reality is that the biggest security threat is often right in front of you. Insiders—people already in your organization—pose a pervasive security risk, whether their behavior is malicious or accidental. In fact, according to the 2016 U.S. State of Cybercrime… Continue Reading

The perilous life of computer virus cracker making powerful enemies online

BBC: “Fabian is world renowned for destroying ransomware – the viruses sent out by criminal gangs to extort money. Because of this, he lives a reclusive existence, always having to be one step ahead of the cyber criminals. He has moved to an unknown location since this interview was carried out…Ransomware is a particularly nasty… Continue Reading