The Joys of Owning an ‘OG’ Email Account

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 03 Sep 2020 01:08:56 +0000

When you own a short email address at a popular email provider, you are bound to get gobs of spam, and more than a few alerts about random people trying to seize control over the account. If your account name is short and desirable enough, this kind of activity can make the account less reliable for day-to-day communications because it tends to bury emails you do want to receive. But there is also a puzzling side to all this noise: Random people tend to use your account as if it were theirs, and often for some fairly sensitive services online.

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday, August 2020 Edition

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2020 20:55:02 +0000

Microsoft today released updates to plug at least 120 security holes in its Windows operating systems and supported software, including two newly discovered vulnerabilities that are actively being exploited. Yes, good people of the Windows world, it’s time once again to backup and patch up!

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Three Charged in July 15 Twitter Compromise

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2020 21:43:11 +0000

Three individuals have been charged for their alleged roles in the July 15 hack on Twitter, an incident that resulted in Twitter profiles for some of the world’s most recognizable celebrities, executives and public figures sending out tweets advertising a bitcoin scam. 

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FEMA IT Specialist Charged in ID Theft, Tax Refund Fraud Conspiracy

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2020 22:07:37 +0000

An information technology specialist at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was arrested this week on suspicion of hacking into the human resource databases of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in 2014, stealing personal data on more than 65,000 UPMC employees, and selling the data on the dark web.

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How Cybercriminals are Weathering COVID-19

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2020 18:20:57 +0000

In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a boon to cybercriminals: With unprecedented numbers of people working from home and anxious for news about the virus outbreak, it’s hard to imagine a more target-rich environment for phishers, scammers and malware purveyors. In addition, many crooks are finding the outbreak has helped them better market their cybercriminal wares and services. But it’s not all good news: The Coronavirus also has driven up costs and disrupted key supply lines for many cybercriminals.

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Security Breach Disrupts Fintech Firm Finastra

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2020 16:52:19 +0000

Finastra, a company that provides a range of technology solutions to banks worldwide, said it was shutting down key systems in response to a security breach discovered Friday morning. The company’s public statement and notice to customers does not mention the cause of the outage, but their response so far is straight out of the playbook for dealing with ransomware attacks.

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U.S. Govt. Makes it Harder to Get .Gov Domains

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2020 15:01:21 +0000

The federal agency in charge of issuing .gov domain names is enacting new requirements for validating the identity of people requesting them. The additional measures come less than four months after KrebsOnSecurity published research suggesting it was relatively easy for just about anyone to get their very own .gov domain. In November’s piece It’s Way Too Easy to Get a .gov Domain Name, an anonymous source detailed how he obtained one by impersonating an official at a small town in Rhode Island that didn’t already have its own .gov.

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Happy 10th Birthday, KrebsOnSecurity.com

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2019 00:49:22 +0000

Today marks the 10th anniversary of KrebsOnSecurity.com! Over the past decade, the site has featured more than 1,800 stories focusing mainly on cybercrime, computer security and user privacy concerns. And what a decade it has been. Stories here have exposed countless scams, data breaches, cybercrooks and corporate stumbles. In the ten years since its inception, […]

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