TikTok Users Target Trump Campaign: What to Expect Next

You've all probably heard the story that Trump's Tulsa rally could have been undermined by trolls who pretended to reserve tickets and then didn't show up. This ploy reportedly resulted in far fewer Trump supporters at the rally than organizers had expected. K-Pop fans, TikTok users and other anti-Trump group members were high-fiving each other … Continue reading TikTok Users Target Trump Campaign: What to Expect Next

Scambaiting as a Hobby: Having Fun by Turning the Tables on Scammers

Scambaiting used to be described as attempting to get revenge on a scammer who has scammed you out of money, stolen your personal information, or ruined your reputation. That definition has changed a little. I'm not saying that there isn't an element of revenge in some of the recent scambaiting episodes, but more and more … Continue reading Scambaiting as a Hobby: Having Fun by Turning the Tables on Scammers

Evil Favicons,  Invisible Icons, and Not-So-Funny GIFs

Evil Favicons What's a favicon? That's the little icon symbol that you see before a website in your browser tabs or before sites in your favorites/bookmarks list. Favicon is short for 'favorite icon'. If this is still confusing, they look like this in your browser and this in your favorite's list. So when you open … Continue reading Evil Favicons,  Invisible Icons, and Not-So-Funny GIFs

No One Cares about Cybersecurity Until They Get Hacked

So, if you're reading this, it's probably because you or your company has suffered some sort of cybersecurity incident. At least that's what Microsoft found in a recent survey. Notice that the statistics also show that an attack on another firm could be the stimulus for increasing a cybersecurity budget, but my guess is that … Continue reading No One Cares about Cybersecurity Until They Get Hacked

Russia Meddling and the 2020 Election: Which Party Benefits?

Russian election meddling comes in two basic forms: trolls and government-sponsored hacking groups. Trolls have the job of spreading general discord and no clear evidence exists that they favor one political party more than another. Government hacking groups have more devious goals in mind. They have the capability to maneuver themselves into a position from … Continue reading Russia Meddling and the 2020 Election: Which Party Benefits?

COVID-19 + Excel Attachment = Lost Data

The latest warning from Microsoft unveils a widespread attack that attempts to download a remote access Trojan (RAT) onto infected machines. So what's new about that? Nothing really, except for the way the criminals have organized the attack. To no one's surprise, the attack begins with a phishing email. At this stage, these emails don't … Continue reading COVID-19 + Excel Attachment = Lost Data

Danger! Animal Crossing: Popular Video Game Crosses China’s Red Line

If you haven't heard about the new Nintendo Switch game, Animal Crossing, you must be living on a remote island. Actually, that's the idea behind the game, which is more of a simulation using animated characters than a game. It's kind of a combination of the Sims and Sim City. Each person has their own … Continue reading Danger! Animal Crossing: Popular Video Game Crosses China’s Red Line

[Update: Hackers Fold] Russian Hackers Threaten to Release Incriminating Information on Trump

Update:  Today, the hackers claimed that they had reached a private agreement with someone who wanted to buy all the data on Trump.  "Interested people contacted us and agreed to buy all the data about the US president, which we have accumulated over the entire time of our activity. We are pleased with the deal … Continue reading [Update: Hackers Fold] Russian Hackers Threaten to Release Incriminating Information on Trump

[Update] Celebrity Law Firm Suffers Ransomware Attack. Here are the Documents the Hackers Released on the Dark Web

Update: May 14, 2020 Apparently, the hackers got tired of waiting for their money. As promised, they released some more documents. As they wrote, "It seems that GRUBMANS doesn't care about their clients or it was a mistake to hire a recovery company to help in the negotiations. As we promised, we public the first … Continue reading [Update] Celebrity Law Firm Suffers Ransomware Attack. Here are the Documents the Hackers Released on the Dark Web

Facebook Fined $5 Billion for Deceiving Its Users

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has fined Facebook $5 billion for "deceiving users about their ability to control the privacy of their personal information." With dollar numbers in the billions and trillions being casually tossed about these days, it's hard to assess just how serious a penalty Facebook paid. The FTC, however, points out that … Continue reading Facebook Fined $5 Billion for Deceiving Its Users