Hacked! How safe is your data on Adult Sites?

During one of my excursions to the Deepweb (on the Darknet), I discovered a treasure trove of hacked data that appears to be from an adult social networking site. This particular adult site is one of the most heavily-trafficked websites in the world, boasting an Alexa U.S. page rank slightly above 747.

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Was this adult site hacked and extorted?

During a fit of rage, a pissed off hacker (going by the handle ROR[RG]) posted 15 downloadable spreadsheets (in zipped file format with credit card data...

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4 ransomware lessons you need to learn before it snags you

Ransomware inspires fear in the hearts of those who have experienced its tenacious grip, and curiosity in the souls of those who haven’t.

4 ransomware lessons you need to learn before it snags you

To Pay Or Not To Pay

Over the past few years, malefactors have added yet another sinister twist to the crimeware game  cyber extortion.

End users panic (specifically those who have never backed up their system), while many security experts say “never pay the ransom.” Government entities like the Department of Homeland Security also discourage victims fro...

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Security Awareness: Phishing up the weakest links!

Who (in their right mind) would like to appear as the corporate dunce who infected their company network (by clicking on an email attachment or url)? Not you, not me, and certainly not the PR department or the company CEO’s administrative assistant, or even the CEO himself.

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Phishing is an activity that cybercriminals utilize to acquire personal and sensitive information...

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7 Bitcoin notions that are revolutionary

Since early 2012 I’ve been fascinated with the concept of Bitcoin. At the time, I was into the CBS TV series “The Good Wife”, and was engrossed in the episode “Bitcoin for Dummies.” It was a memorable episode that gave me a crash course into the world of Bitcoin. That particular episode was not only compelling, educational, and entertaining — it was also the first time that a TV show ever featured the notion of digital currency.

With so much Bitcoin in the global limelight lately, I am...

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These PUPs are not cute. They will shackle you.

PUPs Potentially Unwanted Programs

These days it is becoming extremely difficult to download software from an official source without getting gobsmacked by a sundry of unwanted programs. PUPs is an acronym for potentially unwanted programs and frequently propagate through:

  • Download portals (Express installations)
  • Fake updates (malicious sites)
  • Browser add-ons (or toolbars)
  • Search bars
  • Shopping helpers
  • Weather apps
  • Legitimate software companies (third-party programs included in their installer)

PUPs Defined

According to PC...

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Twitter Bots, not up my skirt!

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When was the last time you checked your Twitter following? I am embarrassed to say that the last time I analyzed my following was early last summer. During the interim, a slew of 79 cunning and crafty Twitter bots scooted up my profile skirt.

Though these grubby little parasites did not add or detract from my social presence — they managed to piggyback my profile and litter my follower eye-candy with affiliate “get more twitter followers,” porn bots, phishing bots, scam bots, tattoo bots...

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Millennials are changing the workplace

With four generations in the workplace, one management style no longer fits all. Millennials (Gen Y) are the fastest growing segment of the workforce, and perhaps the least understood. Where Baby Boomers and Gen Xers seek job security and structure; Millennials crave feedback, coaching, and flexibility...

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Smart Interactivity in the year 2015

Recently I purchased a VIZIO E-Series 24” Class Razor LED™ Smart TV (for my office). Imagine my surprise when I walked out of the office for a few seconds and stepped back in and saw a firmware update (with a one minute timer alert displayed on the screen) regarding broadcast interactivity. If I had not stepped immediately back into my office — I may never have known that Smart Interactivity was turned on and that the firmware was updated without my permission.

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Malvertising is a ‘toddler’ now

No more dirty diapers, potty training is intact. Within a two year time frame — malvertising mastered crawling and is starting to walk now.

Malvertising (in succinct terms) is defined as the use of online advertising to spread malware. My first experience with malvertising (malicious advertising) occurred on a Saturday in mid-September of 2009. While browsing the New York Times (NYT), a rogue antivirus pop-up appeared...

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