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Tell Your Mom About This Current Scam

"Warn your parents and loved ones about this one. A scam targeting senior citizens is heating up this political season. Mailings, emails and phone calls are going to senior citizens saying that there will be a referendum this fall on Social Security, and you need to participate in the referendum by paying money." More

Ransomware Video: Targeting Your Smartphone!

"Actual video of a Ransomware attack. Be aware of the threat of Ransomware, malicious programs we accidentally allow to infect our devices- that then demand hundreds of dollars or threaten to delete all our data, permanently. Here is a quick video showing the result of an attack, and defenses to keep you safe.” Video

Your Photos Are Betraying Your Secrets

"Do you know each image contains a range of additional hidden data stored within it that can be a treasure trove to hackers, or anyone trying to locate you from something you posted online? As they say, "A picture is worth a thousand words." In the case of Geo Location, a picture is as good as a map.” More

Work-at-Home Jobs: Often Laundering Stolen Money for Hackers

"Hackers who raid corporate bank accounts often launder stolen funds by depositing them in accounts owned by “money mules,” people recruited through work-at-home job scams. The mules are usually instructed to wire the stolen funds to the scammers. Increasingly, however, the mules are being directed to send the funds using bitcoin ATMs." More

What Are Your Kids Actually Downloading On Your Phone?

"A new malware called CallJam has been detected on the Google Play Store that infects Android smartphones and tablets. Specifically, this particular malware takes the form of a game called "Gems Chest for Clash Royale". As many as 500,000 people have downloaded the malicious app since someone first uploaded it to the Google Play Store back in May 2016." More

Secret Service Warns of New ATM Skimmers Stealing Your Money

“According to a non-public alert released to bank industry sources by a financial crimes task force in Connecticut, this is thought to be the first time periscope skimming devices have been detected in the United States. The task force warned that the devices may have the capability to remain powered within the ATM for up to 14 days and can store up to 32,000 card numbers before exhausting the skimmer’s battery strength and data storage capacity.” More

Prilock’s Tip of the Month

Ransomware, Theft, or Hard Drive Crash!
Got a Backup?

We all know that one day, when we least expect it... our hard drive can crash, we might lose our computer to a fire, theft, or one of those forgetful moments in a cab, airport, or hotel. The first thought to go through our mind is, “Is my backup current?” For those of us who have never experienced a computer crash it might be, “Do I have a backup?”

Here’s a strategy that can save your day, save you hours of time and often, lots of money. It’s called the 3-2-1 Backup Strategyand it is widely accepted as one of the best. It goes like this.

Keep:

3 copies of your data.

2 copies on different media – such as a tape backup and a DVD or CD-ROM.

1 copy offsite in the cloud- Services such as I-Drive or Carbonite.

This way you will always have a copy that is safe and available. Having different media formats will ensure you can still access those files. Ever find a floppy disk with your childhood diary and try to figure out how to save them?

Read More about 3-2-1 Backup

Cool Software

Ultimate Privacy - VPN Made Easy

Virtual Private Networks used to be expensive and technical, but now anyone can easily use affordable one click VPN for private browsing, banking, and bill pay. A VPN app establishes a direct connection or tunnel between your device and the site you are connecting to. Your browsing is private from hackers, ISPs and anyone monitoring the network. Next time you’re at the coffee shop, airport, or mall and need to check email or pay a bill, you can do it safely by installing your own private VPN on your phone or laptop.

Here are links to 3 VPN’s that get great reviews. Most have limited free versions but full service for a year ranges from $50 to $80.

Tunnel Bear https://www.tunnelbear.com/

NordVPN https://nordvpn.com/

Hideme https://hide.me/en/

Trust Large Companies? The Stats

An Average Day at an Enterprise

• 75% of the organizations studied were infected with bots

• Every 4 seconds an unknown malware is downloaded

• Every 53 seconds a bot communicates with its command and control center

• Every 32 minutes, sensitive data is sent outside the organization

• 1 in 5 employees cause network breach through either mobile malware or malicious Wifi

• 12 million new malware variants are discovered every month; more new malware was discovered in the past 2 years than in the previous 29 years combined

• Healthcare records have the highest value on the black market; 10 times more than credit cards or other financial data

Source: Check Point 2016 Security Report

In this stunning and comprehensive report from Check Point Software Technologies, the sheer magnitude and growth of the criminal cyber security ecosystem should get your attention.

In addition to the alarming stats listed above the report goes into great detail regarding the dynamic changing attack methods and their success rates as employees continue to be the focus of attack.

It seems that training employee’s to understand the threat they face, the number and variations of attacks targeting them, and the best practices to avoid them is a wise investment in every company’s layered defense strategy.

To read more about the report click here.

 Breaking News

Recent Breaches

Yahoo: Earlier this week it was revealed that hackers managed to steal the private data from some 500 million Yahoo accounts in 2014. Under investigation for the delay in notification

Clixsense: The data breach has exposed plaintext passwords of more than 6.6 Million ClixSense users and a trove of other information.

MoDaCo: MoDaCo suffered a data breach in January 2016, and the attacker made off with email and IP addresses, and usernames and passwords (stored as salted MD5 hashes) of nearly 880,000 subscribers.

UNKNOWN: 324,000 Payment Cards Breached, CVVs Included-likely had their payment records stolen either from payment processor BlueSnap or its customer Regpack; however, neither of the company has admitted a data breach

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA): Media reports indicated the records of more than 300,000 Athens Orthopedic Clinic patients have been compromised.

University Gastroenterology, Inc: Patient data for 14,000 taken in University Gastroenterology data breach

KidsPeace: It was unclear from a written statement released Tuesday whether the records — which include names, birth dates, medical record reference numbers, patient account numbers and service dates — may have been lost or accidentally destroyed.

New York State Psychiatric Institute: The New York State Psychiatric Institute, a facility owned and operated by the New York State Office of Mental Health, has reported the following incident to HHS as impacting 21,880 research participants.

Louisiana State ID Database: Breached last summer, over 290,000 files of residents of Louisiana have shown up on the dark web.

Cool Stuff

Smart Projector 2.0

Show friends your holiday snaps enlarged on a wall, project music videos on to the inside of your tent at festivals, watch a film in bed or set up visuals for a house party; however you use it, it’s the most sophisticated way to turn your small screen in to the big screen, and it's not expensive either.

Please note that this product is intended as a fun gift and is not suitable for commercial or professional projections. It functions by reflecting the image on your phone through a glass lens which will mean any text will appear in reverse.

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Must-Have App

Craftsy: Go Ahead, Create it!

Craftsy offers endless inspiration and hours of classes on how to design, stitch, sew, and knit together countless creative projects, including killer costumes for Halloween.

Craftsy is the online creative community for learning, making and sharing- and it's the best place to get better at what you love to do. There are hundreds of online video classes in sewing, quilting, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, cake decorating, food and cooking, spinning, weaving, drawing, painting, photography, woodworking, gardening, jewelry making and paper crafts.

Need supplies or a project kit to bring your creativity to life? You can find those on Craftsy, too!

Get It for Apple / Get It for Android

This Month’s Top Scam Attacks to Look Out for

"Get The New IPhone 7 For Free”

A circulating Facebook post claims that you can get the new iPhone 7 for free just by sharing the post, commenting “thank-you”, and clicking a link.

Both the post and the Facebook Page that it comes from are fraudulent. You certainly will not get an iPhone 7 by carrying out the steps in the fake giveaway post. The post is a scam designed to trick you into divulging your personal information on dodgy “prize offer” websites.

Scams like this are very common on Facebook. In this case, the scammers are attempting to capitalize on the hype surrounding the recent release of Apple’s iPhone 7. Read more about this scam here.

"Pay IRS or Go To Jail" Call

Still the king of all scams. More than 1 million Americans have been targeted in this scam that demands instant payment for money owed, with victims’ losses at more than $29 million since late 2013. (Tax preparers, beware of a related scam with a “phishing” email from apparent tax software providers looking for sensitive client information.)

Action: The real IRS does not call to demand immediate payment or threaten to notify police or deport family members. If you receive an IRS scam call, notify the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration by filling out an online form or by calling 800-366-4484; or call the IRS at 800-829-1040.

Prilock Security Newsletter October 2016
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