Oh Canada: Why half of phishing attacks target the Great White North

Though phishing volume remained relatively stable, attacks against Canadian users dominate, according to an RSA report. Some 52% of phishing attack targets are in Canada, according to the Q1 2019 RSA Quarterly Fraud Report, published this week. Spain ranked second at 16%, with the Netherlands in third at 10%, the report indicates. Phishing targets in the US comprised just 6% of all attacks, tied with India. This finding is congruent…

May 24, 2019
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Nessus expands vulnerability scanner offerings to 16 IPs in commercial environments

Tenable introduced the free Nessus Essentials product, and also discussed the wisdom of building apps in Electron, along with fixes for Spectre and Meltdown. Cybersecurity firm Tenable is making their vulnerability assessment tool Nessus more widely available with the free Nessus Essentials version, introduced earlier this month, which replaces the previous non-commercial-use Nessus Home version. Nessus Essentials permits users to scan up to 16 IPs on home or work networks,…

May 24, 2019
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GDPR fines levied so far: The lessons businesses can learn

After one year of enforcement of the GDPR, businesses can learn much from how the provisions of the regulation have been applied and how organizations have been fined. Image: SBphotos, Getty Images/iStockphoto Enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect May 25, 2018. In the approximate span of one year since that date, European data protection authorities confirm that almost 90,000 separate data breach notifications have been…

May 23, 2019
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Arm suspends cooperation with Huawei, endangering mobile and server business

UK-based Arm Holdings has issued a memo to staff indicating it must stop working with Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei, following a US trade dispute. Arm Holdings has instructed employees to stop “all active contracts, support entitlements, and any pending engagements” with Chinese smartphone and telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei, according to a BBC report on Wednesday. Although Arm Holdings was founded in and remains headquartered in the UK, the company was…

May 22, 2019
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How to change the complexity of your Windows PIN

Learn how to create a Windows PIN with more than four digits. Image: bluebay2014, Getty Images/iStockphoto Those of you who create a PIN to back up your password in Windows probably rely on a standard 4-digit number, but did you know that you can create a longer and more complex PIN? You can devise a PIN with 6, 8, 10, 12, or more digits. You can also create a PIN…

May 22, 2019
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How to improve cloud provider security: 4 tips

Many IT pros remain concerned with the risk of data loss and leakage in the cloud, according to a new survey from AlgoSec. Many companies are increasingly looking to the cloud as a more effective and efficient way to manage their applications and other business assets. Ideally, a cloud environment can offer the agility, flexibility, and scalability that a company may not be able to achieve internally. However, the cloud…

May 21, 2019
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Your data, stolen twice: Pirated phishing kit contains hidden backdoor

A commercial phishing platform that targets Apple users has proven popular enough for other criminals to pirate, though the pirated version transmits harvested data through a hidden back channel. Phishing is an evergreen security issue, as criminals trading in personally identifiable information now have numerous avenues to monetize this information—including identity theft, improper access to banking accounts, and resale of information gathered through access of cloud-based storage systems. Phishers go…

May 21, 2019
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Massive DDoS attacks lasting more than an hour increased 487% in 2019

After decreasing in 2018, the number of DDoS attacks jumped up in Q1 2019, according to Kaspersky Lab. Here’s how to stay safe. After declining throughout 2018, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are back with a vengeance, according to a Tuesday report from Kaspersky Lab. In Q1 2019 alone, DDoS attacks increased 84%, with major growth in the number of attacks lasting more than an hour, as well as…

May 21, 2019
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