Posts Tagged ‘#phishing’

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)

Banks

Helpful Hints, News | Posted by Dennis July 21st, 2011

Trusteer BannerInternet security has become problem worldwide, and banks have taken notice.  Of all the entities out there, they take brunt of attacks and suffer the majority of losses.  But don’t think they take this lightly – some of the best digital security teams in the world work for the largest banks, and many have started taking proactive steps to help their customers.  Here in Tulsa, my bank is setting up full-scale security analysis for its bigger business clients, and has a great place on the website for smaller customers to get information and help.  A good example is a program called Trusteer Rapport.   It watches connections to secured sites for you, and checks validity against phishing sites.  If you do any online banking, you should have this program.  You can download it here.   Interesting note:  When I tried to take a screen shot of the Trusteer web site, Rapport wouldn’t let me!  Just another security measure  :-)