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America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned that children who are spending more time online as a result of early school closures face an increased risk of being exploited. In a statement issued on March 23, the FBI wrote: “Due to school closings as a result of COVID-19, children will potentially have an increased online presence and/or...
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Security awareness training and simulated phishing provider KnowBe4 has announced that it has discovered a new type of phishing scam warning people that they’ve come into contact with a friend/colleague/family member who has been infected with the coronavirus and so are at risk of being infected themselves. The email, which is crafted to appear as...
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If you follow @NakedSecurity on Twitter, you’ll have noticed that we warned last week about an old WhatsApp hoax that suddenly reappeared. The bogus news is generally known as the “Martinelli hoax”, because it starts like this: If you know anyone using WhatsApp you might pass on this. An IT colleague has advised that a...
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Earlier this month, we reported on a phishing scam in which the lure was “safety measures” against the Coronavirus (Covid-19). In that attack, the crooks took you to a facsimile of the website of the World Health Organization (WHO), where the information was originally published. On the ripped-off copy of the site, however, the crooks...
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Eight US government departments and agencies have issued a statement warning voters in today’s Super Tuesday primaries to be on their guard for foreign-led misinformation on social media. Voters in 14 states will go to the polls today to choose who they want to see fight the next Presidential election later this year. As such,...
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Sometime this March, the Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Edge browsers will start throwing up warnings when users visit websites that only support Transport Layer Security (TLS) versions 1.0 or 1.1. Announced in October 2018 as part of a joint plan to phase out support, the implications for any holdout sites are stark – enable the...
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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned Americans to be on the lookout for cyber-based romance scams. The Richmond, Virginia, branch of the FBI said criminals used the most romantic day of the year as an opportunity to con victims out of their hard-earned cash or personal data....
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America’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a warning yesterday after observing an increase in the number of targeted cyber-attacks that utilize Emotet. Emotet functions as a modular botnet that can steal data, send malicious emails, and act as a dropper, downloading and installing a wide range of malware onto a victim’s computer. This sophisticated strain of...
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Criminals have been caught trying to sneak a malicious package on to the popular Node.js platform npm (Node Package Manager). The problem package, 1337qq-js, was uploaded to npm on 31 December, after which it was downloaded at least 32 times according to figures from npm-stat. According to a security advisory announcing its removal, the package’s...
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When is a password breach not a password breach? When is a password warning a hoax? That’s the double-trouble situation that faced cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex this week, following a tweet at the end of last year in which, according to Poloniex: [S]omeone leaked a list of email addresses and passwords on Twitter, claiming the information...
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