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Compromised Apple IDs Used to Hold iPhones for Ransom

Sat, 31 May 2014 22:36:27 +00002014-05-31T22:36:27Z

(image) Cybercriminals are using stolen Apple credentials to lock iPads, iPhones, and Macs and are doing this for ransom. The target users are mainly from Australia and New Zealand, but there are also some reports of victims within the United States.

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eBay Security Breach

Mon, 26 May 2014 03:01:49 +00002014-05-26T03:01:49Z

(image) The eBay security breach exposed customers' private information including mailing addresses, email addresses, date of births, phone numbers, and possibly additional information.  Furthermore, the loss of passwords has the potential to compromise additional websites other than eBay's due to the fact that online consumers tend to use the same password on multiple sites.

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Check for Heartbleed Vulnerabilites with Chromebleed

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:21:20 +00002014-04-16T15:21:20Z

(image) There are multiple scanners available that you can use to protect yourself from the Heartbleed bug. These scanners require you to manually enter the websites you want to inspect. If you're looking for a more intuitive approach, I recommend using Google Chrome's extension called Chromebleed.

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Companies Asking Customers to Change Passwords Due to Heartbleed Bug

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:06:58 +00002014-04-14T11:06:58Z

(image) The Heartbleed vulnerability has been around for two years and it's uncertain if cybercriminals have exploited it during this time frame. Now that the news is out, it's very likely that malicious actors have attempted to harvest your personal information.

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Windows Trojan Downloads Ransomware Cribit

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:09:59 +00002014-03-31T22:09:59Z

(image) Windows users infected with a particular Trojan downloads ransomware that encrypts computer files and demands Bitcoin payment to decode the data. According to Trend Micro, the Windows Trojan called Fareit is an information stealer that downloads other malware, such as Zeus. Recently, it has been determined that Fareit also downloads "Cribit."

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Two Ukrainians and One American Charged for Cybercrime Operation

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:56:17 +00002014-03-24T10:56:17Z

(image) Three men, believed to be part of an international cybercrime operation, were charged with conspiracy to commit identity theft, access device fraud, and wire fraud.  The group targeted financial institutions and major organizations in the United States.

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Mac Malware: Fake Angry Birds Game Steals Your Bitcoins

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:21:29 +00002014-02-28T19:21:29Z

(image) Cybercriminals have distributed the OSX/CoinThief malware that steals Mac users' Bitcoins. The threat is disguised as various applications and games, including Angry Birds.

ESET Security Professionals warn that the malware is being distributed through torrents. In addition to Angry Birds, cybercriminals have disguised OSX/CoinThief as various popular Mac OS X apps such as BBEdit, Pixelmator, and Delicious Library. "There is clearly strong evidence that the trojan was specifically designed to profit from the current Bitcoin craze and fluctuating exchange rates," security expert Graham Cluley stated on ESET's WeLiveSecurity blog.

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Virtual Currencies Continue to Fuel Malware

Sat, 01 Feb 2014 00:32:50 +00002014-02-01T00:32:50Z

(image) McAfee predicts that virtual currencies will fuel malware attacks globally in 2014. In general, growth in virtual currencies benefits and promotes economic activity. However, this has also provides cybercriminals with an anonymous payment infrastructure that they use to collect money from their victims.

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Snapchat Hacked!

Fri, 03 Jan 2014 01:47:17 +00002014-01-03T01:47:17Z

(image) On the first day of 2014, more than 4.5 million Snapchat user names and phone numbers were leaked online and made available for download. The hacker group responsible for the leak claims they had notified Snapchat of the vulnerability but Snapchat never responded.

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Beware of LinkedIn Job Scams

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:08:45 +00002013-12-31T16:08:45Z

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LinkedIn is one of the top social media platforms for job seekers and cybercriminals are finding ways to exploit the site by posing as recruiters.  According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), scammers create fake profiles disguising themselves as recruiters and then send messages with links to malicious sites that steal your personal information. The legit looking websites often ask for your bank information, Social Security number, etc., and scammers use this information to access your bank accounts and attempt to steal your identity. Business professionals who use LinkedIn within their corporate network should also be alarmed as cybercriminals use these same methods to infect computer systems with malware.

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