No, we’re not talking about the sport. We’re talking about one of the internet security threats that have been making a lot of rounds lately. Spearphishing scams are a more evolved form of traditional phishing – highly targeted efforts at identity theft.
(Once) The world’s greatest conman giving advice on how to protect yourself against Facebook scams? Now, that’s a bit controversial. But, come to think of it, who better to offer advice on how not to get scammed than a scam expert?
If you saw Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can,” you probably know who I’m talking about.
Are your children asking you for permission to get on Pinterest? It’s pretty hard NOT to be a Pinterest fan, with all of those beautiful pictures – no wonder it’s the third-most visited social networking site and that your children are so eager to get on to it. It’s not surprising then, as a result of the site’s dramatic increase in popularity, that Pinterest has become a haven for cybercriminals.
No, we’re not talking about your morning coffee! We’re talking about security holes in Java! Okay, sure – you’re not worried because you’re so smart and have got your security settings on “High” or “Very High”. Sorry folks… you are still at risk. Flaws in the Java software mean an attacker could indeed sidestep those security settings, at which point he could go ahead and run malware, ultimately gaining remote control of your Java Web app.
Recently, we talked about some vulnerabilities in mobile apps that could put mobile users’ security at risk. Now, critical vulnerabilities discovered over the past few weeks in widely used software, such as Java 7 and Microsoft’s browser Internet Explorer, urge us to focus our attention on weaknesses in computer software.