You’d have to live under a rock to not be aware of Amazon’s delivery issues in the United States… after an unexpectedly large rise in last minute online shopping, Amazon was caught off guard, and failed to deliver some products in time for Christmas.
If you’ve ever wondered what ‘social engineering’ means it can be summed up in one word: manipulation. It’s the art of hacking into the human psyche and getting people to do something you want them to do but they wouldn’t want to do if they knew what you were up to. Got that?
But think of it in terms of the population of the US which is just over 300 million, or five times the total number of people in the UK, and you get a better sense of how insanely popular these funky, snazzy smart phones are.
4.6 million Snapchat users were hacked this month, were you one of them? Usernames and phone numbers were stolen and if that weren’t bad enough, the data was also posted online on a site called SnapchatDB.info, which has since been taken down. While the last digits of each phone number were censored, and the site is no longer online, it has been reported that a cached version can still be accessed.
As we move into 2014, the tail end of 2013 has certainly been a busy period for hackers. Perhaps the Target hack, in which 40 million credit/debit card details were stolen, will go down as one of the largest and most damaging of 2013. But a raft of smaller attacks which followed Target illustrated just how every day hacking is.
Is Bitcoin set to become the currency of choice for cyber criminals? It certainly looks that way. Bitcoin is an untraceable virtual currency that’s ideal for cyber criminals. It’s not backed by any central bank and can be transferred between any two people anywhere.
If you’ve recently had trouble using healthcare.gov you are not alone. However rest assured that the Department of Health and Human Services has announced the site is now fixed. We wouldn’t recommend you rest easy though, as the Department made no mention of the caliber of security on the site.
As a result, cyber crimes are becoming increasingly sophisticated, techniques have evolved which is why here at BullGuard we do our best to keep you educated on the latest updates so that you’re always one step ahead of the cyber criminals.
Does your company make you change your password every 30 to 60 days, leaving you constantly forgetting what your password is? If you nodded yes to that question, you have found yourself in the Password Management Paradox. The idea behind it being, the more passwords we have to remember, actually decreases security; either you’ll ignore the requests to update your password, or you’re constantly on the phone with IT resetting your lost passwords.
A recent report about the hacking of financial services organisations reveals an industry that is almost under siege. According to the survey, during 2013 about 1,400 financial institutions were targeted across 88 countries.
During the first 9 months of 2013 the number of Trojans targeted at banks grew by three times compared to the same period the previous year. Somewhat obviously, the report’s authors also say concerted cyber crime directed at banks was first noted when online banking started becoming mainstream, about 10 years ago.