Have you been SMiShed? « CanoeTech Blog When we make credit or purchases at the store we always keep our card in sight and carefully hide our pin number from prying eyes; We’re savvy about emails promising us the lion’s share of a Nigerian estate settlement and those that congratulate us on winning the Irish Sweepstakes when we’ve never set foot outside of Canada or even bought a ticket. We are always on high alert knowing that these tactics are fraudulent and we know they’re a scam. But can we truly manage to keep from falling prey to cyber predators? While emails offering outrageous windfalls can often be questioned using common sense, sometime those from supposedly legitimate sources have shown that they can truly throw us off-guard.
Pressure builds over iTunes, App Store fraud Make it stop... developers and consumers want more action against App Store fraud. In a little more than an hour, Ryan Matthew Pierson racked up $US437.71 in iTunes charges for virtual currency that he could use to buy guns, nightclubs and cars in iMobster, a popular iPhone game. One problem: Pierson, a technology writer in Texas, has never played iMobster. ''This was fraud,'' said Pierson, recalling the November incident.
Passwords that contain multiple words aren't as resistant as some researchers expected to certain types of cracking attacks, mainly because users frequently pick phrases that occur regularly in everyday speech, a recently published paper concludes. Security managers have long regarded passphrases as an easy-to-remember way to pack dozens of characters into the string that must be entered to access online accounts or to unlock private encryption keys. The more characters, the thinking goes, the harder it is for attackers to guess or otherwise crack the code, since there are orders of magnitude more possible combinations. Passphrases only marginally more secure than passwords because of poor choices
If you're using 'Password1,' seriously, change it now The number one way hackers get into protected systems isn't through a fancy technical exploit. It's by guessing the password. That's not too hard when the most common password used on business systems is "Password1."
A serious flaw was found in OpenSSL, a software program vital to the security of many websites, including Yahoo Mail. It is estimated that 17% of the world’s secure websites, or roughly half a million sites, were impacted by the bug at the time it went public. This includes extremely popular sites such as Yahoo Mail, the most popular web email service in the world.
Protect Yourself from Vishing “Vishing” occurs when criminals cold-call victims and attempt to persuade them to divulge personal information over the phone. These scammers are generally after credit card numbers and personal identifying information, which can then be used to commit financial theft. Vishing can occur both on your landline phone or via your mobile phone. The term is a combination of “voice,” and “phishing,” which is, of course, the use of spoofed emails to trick targets into clicking malicious links.
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