How To Detect Phishing Emails Sent To Your Business | Avast

Find out why hackers are using phishing email scams and how to detect them and warn your employees Businesses are embracing technology and relying more heavily on the web for communications —  attracting cybercriminals with new attack methods. Phishing is a tactic defined by the U.S. government as an online scam that targets users by sending emails that appear to be from a well-known source. The sender could be posing…

September 16, 2019
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DDoS Attack Takes Down Wikipedia | Avast

Plus, a BEC bust leads to 281 arrests, a new phishing scam cleverly uses captcha, and will the next trend of IoT hacking involve your local gas pump? Last Friday, the Wikimedia Foundation issued a statement that a malicious attack had forced its popular information site Wikipedia to go offline for intermittent periods in several countries. The foundation confirmed to Forbes that it had been hit by a massive DDoS…

September 13, 2019
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A Primer On The Internet Of Things | Avast

Granular behavior profiling paves the way for new digital lifestyles – and creates big privacy and security questions The city of Portland, Ore. has set out to fully leverage the Internet of Things and emerge as a model “smart” city.

September 12, 2019
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How Hackers Set The Pace | Avast

Criminals get a head start, but we can chase them down with laws, industry tools, and consumer protection In cybersecurity, the bad guys almost always have a head start on the good guys. There are several reasons for this, but basically security is fundamentally reactive, and there is asymmetry in the battle.

September 11, 2019
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Exposed Facebook Server Leaks 419M Records | Avast

Plus, ransomware hits yet another NY school district, a phishing scheme uses hacked SharePoint accounts, and a unique RAT targets Brazilian Android users. A security researcher discovered an exposed server that contained several databases of information on over 419 million Facebook accounts, Tech Crunch reported. Predominantly listing users’ phone numbers and Facebook IDs, the server also exposed other bits of data such as gender, country, and full name for certain…

September 6, 2019
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Flaw Allows Phony Provisioning Alerts on Androids | Avast

Android phones made by Samsung, Huawei, LG, and Sony have been found to have a major vulnerability. Cybersecurity researchers have identified a critical flaw in the Android smartphones built by Samsung, Huawei, LG, and Sony, whereby a bad actor could potentially infiltrate a victim’s phone using a phony provisioning message. Mobile operators send out provisioning messages as SMS texts when they make internal changes to their systems, and the messages…

September 5, 2019
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Avast Finds Child Trackers Unsecured From Hackers | Avast

Researchers warn consumers about vulnerabilities affecting nearly 30 models for sale on large online retailers Avast researchers have discovered serious security vulnerabilities in some 600,000 child trackers for sale on Amazon.com and other large online merchants. The devices expose data sent to the cloud, including the exact real-time GPS coordinates of children.

September 5, 2019
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Deepfake Voice Fraud Causes $243,000 Scam | Avast

Criminals used AI to impersonate the CEO’s voice, and it worked. A UK-based energy firm was scammed out of $243,000 when criminals targeted the company with an effective vishing campaign. “Vishing” is short for “voice phishing,” the tactic of tricking targets over the phone. This incident marks the first time AI-based voice fraud has netted such a high payload, according to The Next Web. 

September 5, 2019
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The Internet’s First Smart Device | Avast

He knew it was ridiculous – but also realized putting devices online was opening up a whole new world In 1990, there were 3 million people on the internet. (Today there are 1,000 times that many.) And while there were experiments – such as a “wired” soda machine at Carnegie Mellon University – there were no smart devices online, at least not as we think of them today. It was an internet…

September 3, 2019
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