"$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
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
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
Lazarus is not dead. I mean the Lazarus hacking group, of course. In fact, last year, it was designated as one of the most dangerous hacking groups on Earth. Now, with the incarnation of FASTCash malware, Lazarus just might have ascended to the supreme position of world's most dangerous hacking group. Let me give a … Continue reading Lazarus Rises to Make ATMs Pour Forth Cash
How would you like to make a quarter of a billion dollars in just a few months? No problem. Just get involved with the nice folks who run GandCrab Ransomware. They have combined ransomware with botnets to target any business or organization holding large amounts of valuable data. In fact, GandCrab has been so effective … Continue reading Companies and Large Organizations Targeted by GandCrab Ransomware
We all have a good laugh when we hear of the Iowa lawyer who fell for the Nigerian Prince Scam. How can anyone be so stupid! Yet, smart people are scammed everyday. The stereotype of the easy scam victim is an elderly person who just got their first computer or smartphone. "Look,Homer! Our Joey is … Continue reading What Kind of Person is most likely to Fall for a Scam? You May Be Surprised
Facebook, Twitter, and Google are all banned… in China. They are among numerous sites that are banned for their ability to present and propagate views that would disrupt or endanger the social structure of the nation. Here are just some of the sites China bans. In the U.S, the same sites blocked in China do … Continue reading Banning Gab: An Assault on Free Speech or an Act to Protect Society?