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July 21, 2010  1:23 AM

Facebook is in trouble with Germany



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Facebook, Privacy, Social Engineering

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September 29, 2009  12:58 AM

New IRS Scam and It Could Cost You More Than Taxes!



Posted by: Ken Harthun
data stealer, E-mail scam, IRS Phishing, keylogger, Security, Social Engineering, Trojan

You usually see this around tax season, but it seems the cyber-crooks have figured out that fear of the IRS is an evergreen topic.

US-CERT is aware of public reports of malicious code circulating via spam email messages related to the...


August 31, 2009  10:40 PM

Have You Noticed? Phishing Attacks Are Down



Posted by: Ken Harthun
insecure, Malware, Phishing, Secure Computing, Security, Social Engineering, Trojan

It’s just not in fashion anymore; phishing attacks are ‘way down, falling out of favor with cybercriminals who now prefer malicious websites and password-stealing Trojan horse programs.

IBM's security research and development division, X-Force, recently issued a report that found...


August 28, 2009  2:39 AM

Twitter Security: TwitBlock Blocks the Spammers



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Fraud, Phishing, Scam, Secure Computing, Security, Security management, Social Engineering, Twitter

Besides being a security Geek, I’m also an Internet marketer (no, not the bad kind—the good kind—I actually try to help people with what I sell). Twitter, at first blush, appears to be a great way to get your message out; it probably is, if done right, but it’s also easily abused. Yes,...


June 29, 2009  7:01 PM

Spam, Phishing, and Malware Related to Recent Celebrity Deaths



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Cybercrime, E-mail scam, Identity Theft, Malware, Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering

Michael Jackson malware? Farrah Fawcett phishing attempts? Billy Mays spam? Ed McMahon notifies you—from the other side of the grave--that you’ve just won the million-dollar Publisher’s Clearinghouse (but you have to send him some money, first)? Yes, expect it. US-CERT is monitoring...


February 24, 2009  3:37 AM

Scareware – Yes, People Do Fall for the Ruse



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Malicious Software Removal Tool, Malware, Scam, Security, Social Engineering, Virus

What happens when people fall for the scareware ruse and actually install the stuff? Oddly enough, they may not even know they’ve been duped. Their systems may run a little slower, but they may be fooled into thinking they’re now being protected by the malware they’ve installed. What...


September 21, 2008  5:10 PM

Beware of the Fake Video Codec Malware Trick



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Cybercrime, Malware, Security, Social Engineering, Trojan

A variant of Win32/Zlob is being spread by cybercriminals via the fake video codec trick. Through misdirection or outright deception (including social engineering), users are sent to a site that has...


March 25, 2008  6:58 PM

Wireless Headset Security Nightmare



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Security, Social Engineering, Wireless

Wireless headsetBeing a Ham Radio operator, I've always understood the risk inherent in using radio signals to transmit sensitive information: anyone with the right equipment can receive and record...


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