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Spear Phishing Leaves a Bloody Wound

Phishing Example (Chase)
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Looks legit as it uses the exact wording of e-mail sent when you change your e-mail address in your account. However, the link, of course, does not take you to the Chase Web site.

Once criminal hackers get a person’s username and email address, they can begin to launch a targeted spear phish scam. Scammers copy the design of each breached entities outgoing email campaign and blast the breached list with “account update” or other ruses.

Gaming site Sega Pass was hacked. On the Sega Pass website it states, “we had identified that unauthorized entry was gained to our Sega Pass database.” Numerous outlets report hackers stole Sega Pass members’ email addresses, dates of birth, and encrypted passwords.

The recent Epsilon data breach resulted in a similar loss of data. Epsilon is a marketing company that sends over 40 billion emails a year, and keeps millions of consumer email addresses on file. When hackers breached Epsilon’s database, the email subscriber lists for over 100 major companies were compromised.

Consumers received breach notifications from financial institutions including Citigroup, Capital One, and JPMorgan Chase, and from hotels such as the Marriot and the Hilton.

All of these organizations customers are eternally susceptible to spear phish scams.

The Wall Street Journal reports that GlaxoSmithKline sent email notifications to consumers who had registered with any of GlaxoSmithKline’s websites for prescription or nonprescription drugs and products, warning that consumers’ names and email addresses had been hacked, and that the stolen data may have included the specific product websites where consumers registered.

GlaxoSmithKline provides medications that help victims of HIV and mental health disorders. The possibility of the stolen data being used to target the ill with spear phishing attacks is a major concern.

These kinds of breaches will have long-lasting effects on the public.

Never disclose personal information or login credentials in response to an unsolicited email. Never click links in an unsolicited email. Instead, use your bookmarks menu or type the address into your browser’s address bar. If your email address has been compromised, consider switching to a new address. Create new, unique passwords, without repeating the same password for multiple accounts.

With more than 11 million victims just last year identity theft is a serious concern.  McAfee Identity Protection offers proactive identity surveillance, lost wallet protection, and alerts when suspicious activity is detected on your financial accounts. Educate and protect yourself – please visit http://www.counteridentitytheft.com.

Robert Siciliano is a McAfee consultant and identity theft expert. See him explain how a person becomes an identity theft victim on CounterIdentityTheft.com (Disclosures)

ROBERT SICILIANO, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com clients include ADT.com, iovation.com, McAfee.com and JustAskGemlato.com is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Set To Outsmart Other Tablets With Spectacular Specs

Samsung’s success with its Galaxy series has been pretty evident from the fact that the corporation came up with its first tablet in the galaxy series soon after the success of its galaxy smart phone. And the move turned out to be a good one as galaxy tab despite a tough call from Apple’s iPad managed to gain applause from critics around the world. The success has reached to such an extent that further installments of galaxy tab series were offered in the same period and each one raised eyebrows.

The basic version, starts with a powerful 1GHz Cortex A8 processor along with a SGX540 graphics card and runs on an Android (v 2.2) operating system. The screen size is a huge 7 inches LCD capacitive touchscreen with a stunning , but the 1024 x 600-resolution that promises a smooth and effective navigation experience to users .This touchscreen display of the handset has been complimented by the advanced proximity sensors, accelerometer and custom made User Inter face known as Touch Wiz. All features combined result in an amazingly responsive screen that proved to be the most outstanding feature of the gadget.

Samsung Galaxy Tab has a sleek look and is relatively smaller than Apple’s iPad and includes a decent 3.15 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash and a rear 1.3 megapixel front camera for video-calling which is absent in iPad. The powerful camera is capable of delivering supreme quality pictures well as high definition video recording backed by a wide screen and an astounding resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.This advanced gadget is made to provide high speed internet access via 3G support and latest HTML browser version. And offer efficient connectivity through Blue tooth and Wi-Fi.This gadget too, like galaxy smart phones packs an array of business phone features and utilities such as preloaded email configuration settings ,(push-mail ), document management support via its ThinkFree Office feature, social network service per-installation, instant messaging support etc all on the go.

This small and compact gadget from Samsung is all a purpose device that incorporates all the standard tools and utilities needed by the user. It is this utilitarian nature of this device that it is being increasingly demanded by the users these days. And that is why the gadget is made available across all prominent networks providers under the PAYG, Sim free as well as Contract Samsung Galaxy Tab deals, offering the device at the best compared price along with added benefits in the form of free text messages or minutes and even free gifts like laptops, PlayStation etc are offered under these deals.

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Fake virus alerts – rogue antivirus attacks.

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There has been a proliferation of fake virus alert or rogue security software attacks. These programs create a legitimate looking pop-up window that appears on your screen while you surf the web notifying you that your computer has become infected and prompts you to take some sort of action such as: clicking to install software, pressing ok to install updates of some sort, or clicking to remove non-existent virus or spyware infections.

When you click the rogue software actually downloads to your computer and installs itself. Once installed the rogue software can perform any number of malicious activities. Predominantly the software will attempt to lure you into paying for non-existent software to remove the ‘viruses’ that are infecting your PC. However, this rogue software also will disable your legitimate antivirus software, steal personal information from your computer such as credit card information, and disable windows updates and/or make your computer completely unusable.

If you suspect that your system has become infected there are a few things you can do yourself to try to eliminate the offending software. One very good free tool that you can download, install and use to scan your system is Malware Bytes anti malware. This software does not work in every instance but it is at least worth trying before you take your computer in to have it repaired by a professional.

In most cases the rogue software will not allow you to download antivirus software to scan your system once it has been downloaded and installed on your computer so you may have to reboot your system in safe mode. To boot your computer in safe mode you must first either power your system completely down or perform a reboot. Once you have initiated the reboot sequence to enter safe mode you should press F8 while the system is beginning to power up. It is best to tap the F8 key several times while the system reboots to ensure that the system detects the keystroke.

You should be presented with a screen with several options one of which will be ‘safe mode with networking’. Use your arrow keys to select this option and press ‘Enter’.

Once you have reached the desktop open a browser and use Google to search for ‘MalwareBytes’ or type ‘malwarebytes.org’ into the url bar at the top of the browser.

Download and save the program to your desktop. Close all browser windows. Double click on the program that you just downloaded. Follow the prompts to install the program and use the default settings. Scan your system for all malware and with any luck you will have removed the offending rogue antivirus program. If after having following the preceding steps your system is still infected you may have to consult with a professional computer repair service.

 

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What is Spyware and Malware?

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You often hear about spyware stealing your passwords. I never believed these stories till this weekend.

I caught these two key loggers right handed!. One of them looking at the letters through his binocs, the other writing down what the first said.

It is like atoms: they say they exists but nobody ever saw one. But with key loggers it is a different story now. They exist, this photo is proof…..

Many people associate spyware with viruses. While it’s true that much spyware shares similar characteristics with viruses, there is a key difference. Viruses were originally created to destroy the computer’s ability to function. Later on, they became the tool by which online thieves could steal identities. In almost all instances, the owner of the computer was aware that a serious problem existed. All that changed with spyware and malware.

What is Spyware and Malware?

Spyware is different because it attempts to accomplish some of the same goals of a virus without being detected; it’s more subtle. While spyware doesn’t seek to destroy the computer’s functionality, it may collect data about you. Again, even the data may be less harmful than that necessary to steal your identity. In fact, much spyware works to secretly deliver advertising to your computer and install toolbars.

Why do People Make Spyware and Malware Programs?

Why would any computer programmer want to secretly install toolbars and deliver advertising instead of stealing your identity? Well, it’s very simple. The motivation is still profit. However, hackers are getting smarter about how they profit. They know that destroying your credit and stealing your identity not only comes with heavy penalties including jail time, but it’s also tantamount to killing the goose that laid the golden egg.

Instead of completely targeting one individual and wiping out their finances, modern hackers are spreading spyware that pays them a small amount, often only a few cents, for each advertisement delivered. Spyware and malware is easier to deliver to victim computers because most users don’t protect from spyware and malware. That means the hackers can profit by spreading the malicious program over many more computers.

The Effects of Spyware on Your Computer:

You may be tempted to say, “Hey, if they’re not bothering me, and it’s not coming from my personal finances, then why should I care?” Well, it’s true that most malware and spyware won’t completely destroy your computer. However, your computer can become very crippled without spyware protection. You’ll notice the effects at first as a general slowdown in everything you do. After a while, your computer may not respond for long periods of time. It may even crash your computer over and over. Essentially, spyware makes it so you can’t effectively use your computer because the spyware is using it instead.

Spyware Protection and Defense:

In order to protect from spyware and malware, you should get a program specifically made for catching and protecting your PC from spyware and various dangerous malware. While most anti-virus programs detect some spyware, they won’t catch all of it because they’re more specifically focused on viruses (which requires a slightly different approach). But a dedicated spyware program will give you total spyware and malware protection. Try out PC Spyware Protection made by Atanium Software which has an excellent anti spyware product spyware protection and defense called PC Spyware Protection.

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The Benefit Of Computers

We all need some improvement in a regular basis, improvement that will help us live our life in the right way and help us with our daily expenses. Basically improvements usually start with embracing new things around us. Now that computer are one of the best invention ever made today people have been doing a lot of things and get a lot of benefit in using computers.

There are actually a lot of task that a computer can do, this usually depend on the program installed to it or the command that is program to the computer. We can see computers in different places and it function according to the task it is programmed.

One of the computers that we usually see on the supermarket are those computers that do have POS systems. This help in managing pricing and payments in an easy way, imagine bunch of different items being sold in a supermarket and the staff on the cashier do not need to memorize the prices of each item to input the total cost of the items bought by a customer. Through the bar code scanner it inputs automatically the prices of each item and computes the total.

Some computers that are use in factories and manufacturing company are those computer that are programmed to command a device and function accordingly. Every program installed on the computer usually is instruction on how machines will work on a precise manner. At the end of every process you will have an accurate result that usually takes some few minutes to finish.

With the use of computer, it helps lessen the time of producing a certain product or accomplishing office jobs. Computer is considered as one of the best gift that technology has ever provided for us, it has been a great help in many ways and people are getting a lot of benefits in using it.

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Lenovo Laptops

 

Man’s dependence on machines has increased tremendously over time. We delegate almost all our daily tasks to machines, whether it’s washing clothes, doing dishes or calculating a large number. Computers, too, have simplified our lives and it is something we cannot dream of living without. But in this day of compact and nano technology, computers are fast being replaced by laptops. Gone are the days, when you had to be stationed at one place to do your work on a PC. Now you can even stretch on a couch while you work on your lightweight, non-cumbersome laptop.

The demand for laptops today is such, that there is a gamut of notebooks in the market. Scores of companies have come out with tons of different types of notebooks. For the serious professional, however, Lenovo laptops are the ideal choice. One of the biggest brands, Lenovo is trusted and recommended world over. Lenovo laptops are high on quality, durability and performance.

Lenovo was founded in China in 1984 and is China’s largest PC manufacturer, and the third largest in the world. After acquiring a percentage of IBM, it became the owner of the legendary Thinkpad laptops. Its first self branded line of laptops was launched in 2006, and since then Lenovo laptops have been creating history.

Lenovo laptops are known to combine cutting edge technology with state of the art features. Emphasizing on security, they have introduced the fingerprint detection feature, so no one other than you can get access to your personal notebook. Their face detection technology too, is a big hit among the high end laptop users.

For those who love their music, some of the best Lenovo laptops come equipped with Dolby digital speaker system that gives unbeatable sound clarity, so your Laptops doubles as a home theatre too! Other cool features include a touch sensitive control panel, integrated TV tuner and a scratch resistant LCD screen. What more can one ask for?

You’re bound to be thinking that such a power packed notebook would surely blow a hole in your pocket. But online Lenovo laptops are reasonably priced and this is what makes them a huge hit with customers all over the world. The best Lenovo laptops are energy efficient as well, so they would help save electricity and power, even while you work. You can browse the net for some low price Lenovo laptops and choose the one that best suits your taste and requirements. If you buy Lenovo laptops, you will surely not be complaining!

 

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