The Facebook Deadline Hoax

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Evidently there is a message circulating on Facebook stating that everything you’ve ever posted will become public tomorrow. People are even encouraged to copy and paste the text jargon and repost it. This message and the content in it is a hoax and no such deadline exist. So there is no need to repost the message. It is believed that the post originated from when Facebook got its IPO in 2012. Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have also made the statement that they have made no such deadline.

The Glitter Bomb And The Package Thieves

During the holiday season, Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer, got fed up with package thieves and took it upon himself to do something about it. So he went out to make a glitter bomb using an Apple HomePod box with a fake mailing label with the name ‘Kevin McAllister’ from the Home Alone movies. Inside the box, he had four smartphones with cameras that were recording, along with an engine that spun with glitter. On top of that, he had aerosol cans with odor that would spray a nasty smell. The video of this with the reactions of the thieves has 45 million views on YouTube. You can watch the video below to see for yourselves. This is hilarious!!!

 

The Worst Passwords of 2018

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If you read the news stories here on The Digital Blaze, you see a lot of stories about some company or someone being hacked. It seems like there is a cyber attack going on every day. Even with all of these attacks, people are still not taking their choice of passwords seriously. SplashData, which is a password managing service put together its annual list of the 25 worst passwords of 2018. Evidently, 123456 is still being used and that reached number one. Words like sunshine and donald also made the cut. Check the list of passwords. They are as follows:

1. 123456
2. password
3. 123456789
4. 12345678
5. 12345
6. 111111
7. 1234567
8. sunshine
9. qwerty
10. iloveyou
11. princess
12. admin
13. welcome
14. 666666
15. abc123
16. football
17. 123123
18. monkey
19. 654321
20. !@#$%^&
21. charlie
22. aa123456
23. donald
24. password1
25. qwerty123

Australia Getting Ready To Pass Anti-Encryption Law

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Parliament in Australia is gearing up to pass an anti-encryption law that will make it not only illegal to use encrypted communications, but will also give law enforcement and other government authorities the power to use malware to crack an encrypted network. This will endanger the security of anyone using an online service and obviously violates an individual’s privacy rights. Russia has a similar law, so does England.

A Popular Microsoft Scam Traced Back To India

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For some long time now, scammers have been calling or displaying a popup message on PCs with the threat that their computer access will be restricted if they don’t call a number and make a payment. According to the New York Times, this official looking message has been traced to a scam operation in Mumbai, India – which is the main hub for call centers. Real tech support people are moonlighting with this scam. Microsoft says that 20% of users actually call the number, and 6% actually give them money through a credit card, along with giving them remote access to their computer. And that’s when the real malware gets installed. Thankfully police have shut down many of these operations in recent days.

Marriott Starwood Data Breach Affects 500 Million Users

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Marriott just announced this past week that they learned about a security breach from four years ago. On top of that, 500 million users are affected. For 327 million guests, the exposed information include names, phone numbers, email addresses, passport numbers, and arrival and departure information. For millions of others guests, credit card numbers and expiration dates were compromised. Marriott says that it will begin emailing guests that were affected by the breach.

If you go to answers.kroll.com, you can read their story and what they’re doing. They are also going to give users free monitoring for a year.

New Bitcoin Scam On Facebook

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A couple of weeks ago, there was a bitcoin scam happening on twitter. Scammers were hijacking the twitter account of celebrities and various people claiming they were giving away free money. All you had to do was submit a small payment to verify who you are and of course, it was a scam.
Now this scam is back in different forms on Facebook. One example is an ad on Facebook looking like it is from CNBC promoting an investment opportunity in a new crypto-currency. All you have to do is submit our credit card information in order to invest. Of course there is no new crypto-currency.  Beware of these ads and similar ones. It all goes back to that expression that if something is to good to be true, then it probably is.