Symantec released new research highlighting widespread “ransomware” scams in Europe, the U.S., and Canada. The research estimates cybercriminals are *extorting* millions each year from victims. The full research can be read here.
“OMG! My email is hacked!” This is a true account of an email hack we’ve just witnessed and helped a client through. It all started with one of our client’s bank account manager calling our client (will call him Bob in this email): Bank: Bob, Happy New Year! We have received an email from your [...]
People tend to think that with all those jokes and games, Facebook should be a safe place to play. Not true!
Smishing happens over 30 million times per day already. They are SMS messages with a call to action, but are simply an attempt to gather your name, address, email, etc. SMS messages are treated with higher priority and response rates are dramatically higher than email. The best action you can take is to forward the [...]
The Apple AppStore offers thousands of free apps. Many developers offer in-app purchases for extra functions. The system isn’t perfect because if you make an in-app purchase on one device, it is not transferrable to another. This is what thieves many of us use as a justification for bypassing the in-app purchase technology altogether, and [...]
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has issued a warning about scareware messages saying a computer is associated with child pornography and demanding money to fix the problem. The government agencies insist they NEVER send out e-mails to that effect, and are encouraging people to not fall for the scams.
Unexpected calls to homes from all over the world continue with callers’ statements like: “We are calling you from [XYZ] company and noticed that your computer is infected with a virus.” Unaware clients are then misled into giving remote access to home computer(s) to the caller, who proceeds to install what appears to be anti-virus [...]
It’s tax season, which means there are bad guys out there looking to take advantage of those filing returns, and who may expect to be contacted for whatever reason by the Canadian Revenue Agency.