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Security Concerns This Winter – Android Malware, Facebook Problems, Anonymous, among other things

We’ve discussed over the past couple of weeks some of the things that happened in 2012, and things we’re focused on coming into the new year. There is a surge in a lot of security concern over several different issues, including Android malware, Anonymous, cyberwar, among other things. Here is a comprised list of the top concerns this Winter that we’ll be investigating on a continual basis.

  1. Identity Theft – this can be a problem for most people that get viruses and other malware on their computer. It can also be a problem on social networks. It is best to have a good antivirus and keep your social networking information safe. You don’t have to enter everything in your profile. Leave some fields blank so it is more trivial for the unsuspecting stalker. Sadly, you cannot know who’s viewed your profile, which makes it more difficult to discover stalkers. Hmm…hint Facebook.
  2. Spear-Phishing – plain and clear, spear-phishing is similar to identity theft. This is done by email-spoofing, which the attacker is masking him-or-herself as a legitimate company with legitimate looking emails. However, these emails are only subject to make you click and to either steal your information, or distribute malware, or even both. Normally, this is a big problem over the holidays, but now it’s starting to become widespread no matter the time of year.
  3. Human Error and the Failure to Update – Vulnerabilities – It is true that humans forget a lot of things. One of the biggest security risks we have always faced is that users fail to update their browser plugins and programs on their computer. However, through the use of this vulnerability, attackers exploit and send malware your way. Using a vulnerability scanner can help you keep managed of this atrocity.
  4. Browser Hijackers and Junkware – we still continue to see the problem of browser hijackers and junkware being distributed in installers for legitimate programs. What’s sad is, the royalties are so high for software developers to add in the install code for junkware, that the developers don’t know how bad the issue is. From Babylon Toolbar to Claro Search…these toolbars and homepage hijackers are unnecessary and technically need to be done away with. Good thing our security community has the ability to remove this crap with our special tools.
  5. Malware growth on Other Platforms – it’s no surprise that malware problems are lighting up on the iOS now, as well as Linux. It sure will start to become a problem this year. Even more on Windows 8 and Android than any other device.
  6. Android Malware Growth – This has become one of the biggest problems right now in the computing world is the steady high growth of malware on the Android platform. It will continue to be a problem, sadly.
  7. Anonymous Cyberattacks, and Government Cyberwar – we will still see cybercrime and cyberwar problems continue this year.

Stay in tune with this blog for further updates.

Unknown hackers allegedly steal $400,000 from city of Burlington, Washington

The town of Burlington, Washington fell victim to a recent attack by a band of unknown hackers, stealing $400,000 in the operation. Odds are that taxpayer data was stolen, also.

Burlington officials have warned residents in the city that their private data could have been stolen, and becoming targets for identity theft. A number of billing systems in the town were attacked, notably the online automatic utility billing system, which holds a large amount of resident data. Once these systems were attacked, the band of hackers were able to leak $400,000 out of the city’s funds.

According to Computer World, an alert [that was] issued this morning, city administrator Bryan Harrison said all autopay customers should assume that their name, bank account number and routing number was compromised following an intrusion into a city utility billing system.

Authorities are still investigating this issue, and will provide updates soon.

Spotting Fraudulent Tech Support Phone Calls


Let’s say you get a call from a tech support company (unsolicited) and they say something like: “Your computer is infected, we need to remote in and fix it for you. Please pay $120 for this service now in order for us to continue”:

Cut it off! HANG UP!

This type of call is a popular scam. Once you agree to allow them to do their “tech support”, they may ask for your username and password for a popular service or router, etc. This is dangerous, because of the possibility for identity theft.

Here are the tips to prevent problems:

  • Hang up is really the best option.
  • Do not trust these calls! Do not provide personal information!
  • Do not purchase software or services of any kind. Decline all payments.
  • Never give control of your computer to a third party unless you know 100% sure it is legitimate.

Have you already been a victim? Do the following:

  • Change your password on all of your services or websites. Particularly those that have personal information access, including social networks and email.
  • Scan your computer for viruses using a good antivirus program.

Fake Best Buy Gift Cards Now at your Fingertips

Lately, smartphone users mainly, have received SMS text messages regarding Best Buy Gift Card for free. The main lead to the Best Buy site was actually a fake Best Buy site. The prefix of the URL was http://www.bestbuy.com however, the suffix of the URL was fake. So, a URL like http://www.bestbuy.com.fake.url.biz (fake.url placed in for example only) could be the full address in some cases.

Do not click this link in your text message (or even email).

The text messages commonly received appear like the following:

Your entry in our drawing WON you a FREE $1,000 Best Buy Giftcard! Enter “123” at http://www.bestbuy.com.fake.url.biz to claim it and we can ship it to you immediately!

Once you are to do that (and please don’t, for crying out loud), it will ask for an email address. Once they have your email address, as stated in the Privacy Policy, they have free reign to sell your email address and other personal info they may ask for, to third parties!

If you receive a text message or email such as this: IGNORE IT! You will save yourself TIME, MONEY, and even IDENTITY!

It is highly important to have some sort of anti-spam and antivirus protection for your mobile device. Kaspersky Mobile Security can block unwanted calls and texts from specified or unknown numbers and prevent spam and viruses from infecting your phone while you’re surfing the Internet. Get Kaspersky Mobile Security today!

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