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FBI: Don’t pay ransomware demands, stop encouraging cybercriminals to target others

The FBI has some unambiguous advice for organisations on how they should handle ransomware demands:

Don’t pay.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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FBI boss warns businesses of Chinese hackers stealing their intellectual property

What’s the biggest cybersecurity threat for US businesses?

If FBI chief Christopher Wray is to be believed, it’s China.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Business Insights blog.


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Smashing Security #106: Google Maps, Fed phishing, and Grinch bots

How are scammers stealing your money through Google Maps? Why did the FBI create a fake FedEx website? And how are US senators hoping to stop Grinch bots ruining Christmas?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Maria Varmazis.

And don’t miss our special bonus interview about passwords with Rachael Stockton of LastPass.


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When the FBI rather than the fraudsters make a fake FedEx website

Fraudsters beware! The Feds are prepared to use your own tricks against you.


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Business email compromise scams have netted $12.5 billion, says FBI

The FBI is warning businesses of the serious dangers posed by business email compromise (BEC) scams, saying that losses globally have risen by 136% since December 2016.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Business Insights blog.


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Apple confirms it’s closing security loophole that police were using to crack iPhones

Yes, Apple is toughening up the security of iPhones with iOS 12. Yes, the steps Apple is taking will make it harder for law enforcement agencies to thwart iPhone security. But no, that’s not the reason Apple is doing it.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Delete all your emails and acid wash your hard drives, says security expert Sean Hannity

Some people don’t know if you should trust the media anymore, with accusations of fake news flying here, there, and everywhere.

Which makes me wonder who can you trust for computer security advice? How about a TV host?


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VPNFilter botnet has hacked 500,000 routers. Reboot and patch now!

At least half a million routers and storage devices in dozens of countries around the world have been infected by a sophisticated botnet, in preparation for an alleged planned cyber attack on Ukraine.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Smashing Security #079: Mugshots, mobile mania, and back end gurus

A website which demands money if you want your mugshot removed, could “sharenting” lead to a rise in fraud and identity theft, and how could the FBI have overcounted encrypted phones so badly?

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, who are joined this week by special guest Maria Varmazis.


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The firms that piggyback on ransomware attacks for profit

“Don’t want to pay the ransom? Pay us, and we’ll pay it for you!”


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Form W-2 data thefts are rocketing, warns FBI

Businesses beware! Online criminals have ramped up their attempts to steal W-2 information from the finance and human resources departments of organisations, according to a warning issued by the FBI.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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FBI failed to break into nearly 7000 mobiles due to encryption

Unless law enforcement agencies can find a way to bypass the device’s security by exploiting a software flaw, the best they can hope for is to guess a mobile phone’s passcode or to find a suspect willing to cough up.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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GCHQ knew FBI was planning to arrest WannaCry’s ‘accidental hero’ before he travelled to the USA

The US authorities saved themselves an awful lot of paperwork and legal expense arresting their suspect on their own soil rather than trying to extradite him from the UK.


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The shocking failure in how the FBI warned the DNC that it had been hacked

Seems to me that I go to more effort when I fix relatives’ computers than the FBI goes to protect a front runner in the US presidential election.


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DDoS-for-hire takedown! 34 arrests made by Europol, FBI, and others

Europol, the FBI, and other law enforcement agencies have arrested 34 individuals who paid for DDoS-for-hire services.

David Bisson reports.


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FBI offers some poor password advice for online shoppers

Changing your passwords regularly isn’t the best advice for online shoppers, despite what the FBI says.


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