Quick Tip: As you start diving into Cyber Monday, be aware of the various scams that are sure to be out there. This is the time of year where hackers and scammers will really throw out fake links and offers in order to get you to click and get your personal information. They can come in the form of too good to be true offers, emails saying that you spent $1000 on something that you didn’t in order to get you to click on a link, or idiots pretending to be legit companies like Best Buy just to get you to submit your credit card number. These cons know how naive people are and will use to Cyber Monday to take advantage of that fact.?Beware, be careful, and above all have fun shopping!!
Yahoo has recently agreed to pay $50 worth of damages to 200 million people in the US and Israel, whose personal data was breached. On top of that, Yahoo has to provide credit monitoring services for two years. Since 2013, Yahoo has had a history of being hacked and breached on multiple occasions. Since Verizon purchased Yahoo last year, Verizon will have to pay half of the settlement.
United States Pentagon recently experienced a security breach in their systems. Items such as military weapons systems have been compromised. As this point, U.S. government officials are trying to figure the source of this attack and how to prevent it from happening in the future. I feel the moral of the story is we should always take every precaution to protect ourselves and our data. The fact of the matter is if the U.S. Pentagon can get hacked, then any one of us can get hacked.
Facebook reported this past week that 50-90 million accounts where hacked or compromised through three bugs in their interface that would allow some hacker to bypass challenges via a stolen access token, video downloaded access. Facebook stated they have fixed the bug and made stolen access tokens unusable for the 90 million compromised accounts. So if you had to re-log in this week, chances are, your account was compromised. Add that point, it would be smart to change your password. On top of that, it may also be a good idea to turn on the 2 Factor Authentication in your Facebook settings.
Online scam artists are targeting users of the direct deposit payroll system, using social engineering attacks to get access to bank accounts and steal your paycheck. The primary targets are in education, healthcare, and airline employees. So be watchful over emails saying you need to log into your account to verify your direct deposit information. That’s where they get you. And it goes without saying, do NOT click on any links in emails. Contact your HR department immediately to verify.
FEMA has planned a test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), which allows the president to send a message to all phones in the United States in the case of a national emergency. This test was originally scheduled for Thursday September 20, but is now postponed until October 3 due to Hurricane Florence and the ongoing response effort. This Presidential Alert alert test will send a message with a loud tone (or vibration if your phone is on silent) at 2:18 PM Eastern time on Wednesday October 3. The header of the message will say “Presidential Alert” and the body of the message will read “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” The message will come through just like a weather or Amber Alert, except unlike those alerts, users will not have the ability to disable the Wireless Emergency Alerts.
On Thursday, FEMA will perform a test of IPAWS: Integrated Public Alert and Warning System. It will send a message to all the phones in the United States to test the infrastructure of the warning system. The test will take place around 2:18 PM ET and will last half an hour. It is a huge deal that the federal government will take command of every cell phone tower in the country in order to reach everyone at once with a test emergency text message. While there is an opt out provision for some emergency alerts, this isn’t one of them. You cannot disable it.