Why Fake Conference Scams Continue to be So Effective

Good scams work because they don't look like scams. It's that simple. Many professional scammers have been around for a long time. Like all good professionals, they've learned from their mistakes. That's why scams continue to claim victims. Scammers know their own weak points and, over the years, have shored them up. They have learned … Continue reading Why Fake Conference Scams Continue to be So Effective

F.B.I. Uses Tor Browser to Identify CEO Scammers

The architecture of the Tor Browser confuses almost everyone. So, at the risk of seeming ridiculous, I will attempt to oversimplify how Tor works so that I can explain how the F.B.I. can use it as an NIT (Network Investigative Technique) tool. Okay, imagine that web surfer, Joe, wants to visit a particular website. He … Continue reading F.B.I. Uses Tor Browser to Identify CEO Scammers

Cyber Attacks Now Listed as 6th Most Likely Risk for Economic Collapse

Planet Earth can now be correctly described as a constellation of interacting and interdependent big cities. Hence, anything that harms the economic underpinnings of one of these cities disrupts the economy of the entire planet. The University of Cambridge has recently assessed what the greatest economic threats to Planet Earth are for 2019. Rising quickly … Continue reading Cyber Attacks Now Listed as 6th Most Likely Risk for Economic Collapse

Like to Share Memes? You may be Helping Criminals Distribute Malware

Everyone likes a good meme; those cartoons, doctored photos, or jokes that try to encapsulate a cultural moment in a humorous package. They are often political but don't need to be. The important goal is to get them shared by many peopleā€¦and that's where hackers come in. Hackers often use spambots to help distribute their … Continue reading Like to Share Memes? You may be Helping Criminals Distribute Malware

Bomb Extortion Scam Could Be Upgraded

"$20,000 is the price for your life and business." So read the December 13th spam email from criminals trying to extort money from millions of businesses around the world. As of this writing, they have not been successful in getting any money, according to experts following the scam. But this does not mean that the … Continue reading Bomb Extortion Scam Could Be Upgraded

Businesses Beware: This Year’s Holiday Scam is More Believable than Most

Who could ever guess that this year's most dangerous holiday scam would begin with a phishing email? Yeah, no surprise there. But this phishing attack is quite a bit more sophisticated than most people are used to. You will not be promised romance or an instant fortune. You will only get the satisfaction of doing … Continue reading Businesses Beware: This Year’s Holiday Scam is More Believable than Most

Chinese Government Uses Foreign Universities as Spying Platforms

According to a recent report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) "has sponsored more than 2,500 military scientists and engineers to study abroad and has developed relationships with researchers and institutions across the globe." This integration of the PLA with foreign universities is not simply a way to … Continue reading Chinese Government Uses Foreign Universities as Spying Platforms