American Express Employee Compromises Customer Information

American Express has been quietly contacting some of its customers with a tersely worded communication that reads, in part, as follows: “It was brought to our attention that personal information related to your American Express Card account listed above, may have been wrongfully accessed by one of our employees in an attempt to conduct fraudulent activity, including potentially opening accounts …

Browser Update Warnings May Actually Be Malicious Hackers

Researchers at FireEye have recently unearthed a particularly nasty new campaign that is both multi-faceted and dangerous. At the heart of the attack are hacked websites which display seemingly innocuous popup message informing the site visitor that their browser is out of date. It will helpfully provide a one-touch solution to the non-existen21t problem via a button that promises to download …

Hackers Now Can Access Data In Secure PDF Files

A team of six researchers from Ruhr-University Bouchum and Munster University, in Germany have discovered a critical flaw in the way that popular PDF viewers display data. This makes it possible for an attacker to exfiltrate data from encrypted PDF files.   The researchers tested twenty-seven different desktop and web-based PDF viewer apps ranging from the ubiquitous Adobe Reader, to …

Attachment Extensions Carrying Malware Banned On Microsoft Outlook

One of the most common means by which malware winds up on the computers of its victims is via an email attachment.  All it takes is one careless moment.  One click to open a file that turns out to be poisoned and you’re in for a world of trouble. That’s the exact reason why email providers tend to be incredibly …

Companies Are Losing Billions To Business Email Compromises

The FBI’s statistics on BEC (Business Email Compromise) are alarming to say the least.  Over the last twelve months, the law enforcement agency has witnessed a 100 percent increase in the identified global exposed business losses attributable to BEC. Between June 2016 and July 2019, there were a total of 166,349 BEC incidents reported to the FBI, which led to …

New Ransomware Called TFlower Hacks Into Company Networks

Over the last two years, ransomware attacks have become increasingly common against businesses of all shapes and sizes. While the attack vector saw a dip in popularity last year, this year it has come roaring back to the fore with several new strains of ransomware being developed and enjoying widespread use by hackers around the world. One of the most …

Hackers Can Now Use Fake Voices To Steal Money

You’ve almost certainly been seeing stories on the internet this year about the growing trend of Deep Fakes. They are videos that are expertly engineered to give the appearance of some prominent figure or another saying something that he or she never actually said. It’s a clever, computer generated ruse. The reason it’s been making headlines is that Deep Fakes …

Backup Still Necessary Even When Using Cloud Services

Do you keep all of your data on the cloud?  If so, you’re certainly not alone.  The past few years have seen a massive migration away from storing critical files locally to placing them on the cloud, where they’re more secure and accessible from anywhere you can get internet.  In fact, many people are so comforted by the amorphous nature …

Payment Forms Cause Large Amount Of Online Data Breaches

When surveying the state of your company’s security, it’s important to understand what your biggest risks are. According to the 2019 Application Report published by F5 Labs, the answer is simple. Fully 71 percent of all web-related data breaches in 2018 specifically targeted customers’ financial information. The single biggest culprit?  Formjacking.  According to F5’s Senior Threat Evangelist, Davidd Warburton, formjacking …

Study On Passwords Shows People Still Use Breached Passwords

Google recently released a large-scale password study that will probably give every IT manager in the country heartburn. The results of their study indicate that a disturbing percentage of users continue to use passwords after they’ve been warned that those passwords have been compromised.   One of the most common tactics hackers employ is called ‘password spraying.’  It’s a simple technique.  …