Monthly Archives - March 2019

2018 Was The Record Breaking Year For Data Breaches

We knew fairly early in the year that 2018 was on track to beat 2017 and set a new record for the number of data breaches in the year. After all, 2017 had shattered 2016's record the year before.  Now that the final numbers are in though, we can see just how big an increase we've seen in the number of data breaches from one year to the next. The numbers aren't pretty.  With 12,449 reported data breaches in 2018, we've...

Microsoft Account Email Phishing Attempt Looks Legitimate

Researchers have discovered a pair of nasty phishing campaigns that are making use of Microsoft's Azure Blob Storage in a bid to steal the recipient's Microsoft and Outlook account credentials. Both campaigns are noteworthy in that they utilize well-constructed landing pages that have SSL certificates and a windows.net domain, which combine to make them look totally legitimate. Given that most users don't pay close attention to the exact address they're navigating when they click on a link embedded in an email,...

Microsoft Account Email Phishing Attempt Looks Legitimate

Researchers have discovered a pair of nasty phishing campaigns that are making use of Microsoft's Azure Blob Storage in a bid to steal the recipient's Microsoft and Outlook account credentials. Both campaigns are noteworthy in that they utilize well-constructed landing pages that have SSL certificates and a windows.net domain, which combine to make them look totally legitimate. Given that most users don't pay close attention to the exact address they're navigating when they click on a link embedded in an email,...

Iconic Software Adobe Shockwave Unavailable After April

It's the end of an era.  Way back in 1995, a company called Macromedia released the iconic Shockwave player, which quickly became a mainstay on Windows-based machines. A decade later, Adobe purchased Macromedia, taking ownership of the Shockwave player and the company's other products (like Flash), both of which continued under the Adobe brand. Time has not been kind to technology.  Not only has the company struggled to keep them secure, but the web itself has moved on.  While Flash and...

Faster USB Standard Is Coming But There Are Complications

If you have a need for speed, you'll be thrilled to know that USB 3.2 is on its way. It offers incredible transfer speeds up to 20GB per second, but there's a catch that could throw a wrench into the works, or at least make things more complicated. At the most recent Mobile World Congress, it was announced that the new USB 3.2 specification will encompass both USB 3.0 and USB 3.1, which creates three different tiers of speed. The...

Hackers Find Ways To Run Malware EXE Files On MacOS

Hackers Find Ways To Run Malware EXE Files On MacOS In 2015, macOS Security Expert Patrick Wardle reported an almost shockingly simple method hacker could employ to get around the Mac Gatekeeper system, which is the first line of defense against malware. He simply bundled two executable files: One signed and one not signed. Apple promptly fixed this weakness when Wardle reported it, but the hackers did not stop looking for new ways to infect Mac systems. Recently, researchers at Trend...

Hackers Hit Dunkin Donuts Accounts For The Second Time

America might run on Dunkin', but the company has just taken another big hit.  For the second time in recent months, hackers have gained access to an unknown number of DD Perks user accounts. What makes this issue even worse is the fact that the hackers were able to breach the system in exactly the same way they did three months ago.  They used a technique known as Credential Stuffing. It's not a sophisticated form of attack, but it is surprisingly...

GPS Devices Could See Some Issues on April 6th

  If you're like most people, the GPS function on your smartphone has become the one feature you use and value more than any other. Few people these days can even remember what life was like before the ascendency of GPS.  Paper maps?  Written directions? Those things seem as archaic in today's world as a stone axe. Unfortunately, your trusty GPS may go dark, malfunction, or experience difficulty starting on April 6th of this year (2019). The reasons are complicated, but in...

Software Similar To MS Office May Include Hacking Vulnerabilities

A small but growing number of people have been making the switch to MS Office clones like Apache's OpenOffice and LibreOffice. The thinking is that they can get the same core functionality but avoid many (if not most of) the costs, bugs, flaws, and weaknesses that have plagued Microsoft's offering. This situation is often seen as low-hanging fruit by hackers around the world, given its enormous user base. Unfortunately, that strategy has its limits. Given the vast similarities in functionality all...

Skype Video Calls Get Background Blur Feature

Skype is introducing a new feature to its video call service that users have been asking about for quite some time now.  Background blur. If you regularly make video calls, you've probably been in a situation where such a feature would have come in handy. It could be anything, really.  Maybe you're working from home and your place is a mess. Or people keep coming in and out.  Or you've got a whiteboard behind you that contains sensitive information you'd rather...