Posts Tagged ‘#breach’

LinkedIn Data Breach

News, Warnings | Posted by Dennis June 8th, 2012

I noticed a lot of spam in the last few days that was making it to my Inbox.  This is unusual; most of the time my spam filters catch this junk and remove it.  It turns out that LinkedIn got hacked recently, along with eHarmony and Lastfm.com.  If anyone on those sites had your email address, you may have gotten the same deluge of crap mail.  Most of those were “phishing” mails, trying to get credit card or other financial info so they could steal from you.  What to do?  First of all DO NOT CLICK LINKS IN ANY EMAILS you receive.  Go straight to the sites, if you have an account, and CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD.  Make sure you follow rules for strong passwords; 8 characters or more with a mix of letters, numbers, and special characters.  This is a storm of data theft that probably isn’t over yet.  Stay Tuned!   (Thanks to the Agence France-Presse for the great article)

Norton

News, Warnings | Posted by Dennis April 14th, 2012

We’ve been recommending Norton protection (again) for the last few months because it seems that Symantec finally got their act together.  So far, so good; it’s fast, reliable, and thus far we have had ZERO infections with the Internet Security (NIS) 2012 product.   BUT there have been a few worrisome glitches, mostly having to do with their registration process.  Many software companies have a way to make sure that you don’t pirate their stuff, and Symantec is no exception.  Although I’ve seen several glitches with the online tracking system, so far their support has been quick to remedy the issue.  In the news:  Symantec announced that users should STOP USING their PC Anywhere software until a patch is released.  See, back in 2006 a hacker stole the code for several of their  products, and then released them to the public when his/her extortion attempt failed.  I don’t really think anyone needs to worry about the NIS package, but DEFINITELY disable PCAnywhere if you run it.  You can read the full article here.

2011 Cyber Attacks

News, Warnings | Posted by Dennis March 1st, 2012

Results are in:  Last year’s majority of “data breaches” (i.e. stolen personal information) for businesses were from Malware and Hacking, according to a new study by Verizon.  This is unusual because other studies frequently show that it’s an INSIDE job.  But the sophistication of external attacks has gone up.  Organized criminals have computers running, night and day, looking for a way in to PC’s across the planet.  If there’s a hole in security, they WILL find it.  The worst news is that many companies didn’t find the problem until months, or YEARS later.  Listen, if you have a business, and you store ANY information about your customers, you need to be proactive about your PC security, both inside and out.  Your customers will be TICKED if you have a breach.  Find a good IT company or person to help you get ahead of the game.  I have clients that pay me to come out every month for a “checkup” just to make sure everything is OK.  Don’t just wait around for it to happen; that can be much more costly in the long run.  Here’s the full article… thanks Network World!