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Cyber Espionage’s Latest Target? Your Baby Cam!

Cyber Espionage

Just over a year ago I appeared on Fox Business and wrote a blog about a Texas couple who learned their child’s baby monitor had been hacked when the intruder started screaming obscenities through the device.  At the time the webcam system itself was found to have some glaring vulnerabilities, which were fixed by a firmware update, but I pointed out that the bottom line is that owners had not taken the necessary steps to secure their device and the onus was ultimately on them.

Now the news has broken about the latest in cyber espionage: a Russian website that is streaming footage from thousands of devices, including baby monitors, bedroom cameras, office surveillance systems and CCTV from gyms, in more than 250 countries, including feeds from 4,591 cameras in the United States.  Not only are they streaming the footage, but they are providing the coordinates of where the cameras are located!

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3rd Day: Stopping Hackers When You’re Shopping on Wi-Fi

Holiday Security Tips: On the third day of Christmas, the experts gave to me, 3 stymied hackers!

Although you may trust the baristas at your local coffee shop to make that perfect Gingerbread Latte, you can’t always trust the person sitting next to you. Hackers can easily tap into Wi-Fi connections at public hot spots to steal your identity information, including credit card and bank account numbers. This can be especially dangerous during the holiday season when “hotspot sniffers” come out of the woodwork using free monitoring apps like Firesheep.

Solution: Stop shopping online using free Wi-Fi hotspots.

If you must shop online while out in public, take the following precautions:

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2nd Day: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas- at the Mall!

Two Turtle DovesHoliday Security Tips: On the second day of Christmas, the experts gave to me, 2 shopping tips…

Black Friday  and Cyber Monday will be here before you can say “Man, I ate a lot of turkey!”  Malls, stores, restaurants and cafés are exceptionally busy places during the holidays. This breeds a perfect environment for data thieves to make off with your identity goodies while you shop, dine or relax. It only takes a second to steal a purse from a shopping cart, a briefcase from your car or a smartphone, iPad or laptop from an unattended café table. Solution: Lighten your load and leave excess identity at home. 

  • Consider taking only your mobile phone, driver’s license and one or two credit cards with you shopping to minimize the number of identity storage devices you might misplace. If you can fit the items in your pockets, your security increases. If you must have a purse, use one that zips and hangs in front of you, or consider using a backpack that stays on you at all times.

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12 Days to a Safe Christmas: Prevent Holiday Identity Theft

Holiday Security Tips: On the first day of Christmas, my expert gave to me, the keys to secure my privacy.  

If I could give the world a gift this holiday season, it would be to make the world a safer place to trust. You deserve to know whether or not you can trust the politicians you elect, the advice you receive from your doctor and whether or not you can entrust your privacy to the websites and businesses you use every day.

Identity theft, cyber stalking, and “big data” surveillance—these byproducts of the information economy make it hard to rest easy. Every day in the news we hear about another scam, another breach of corporate data that victimizes more than 11 million Americans a year. But you don’t  have to be a statistic!

 Solution: Give yourself a gift by paying attention to prevention.

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USPS Breach Ironic, Moronic or Both?

USPS Breach

USPS Breach is Latest Security Leakage.

The United States Postal Service ran an ad about how much safer your data is if you use the mail service.  Some of the catch phrases include, “A refrigerator has never been hacked.  An online virus has never attacked a corkboard.”  It goes on to assure you that conducting your daily business using the Postal Service will protect you from the dangers of using modern conveniences.  Or not…USPS has been hacked. Were they inviting the attack?

The good news about the USPS breach is that the cyber thieves didn’t appear to get too much volume (less than a million records); the bad news is that it included the gold standard of identity (SSNs):

  • Up to 800,000 employees may have had their names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, emergency contacts and other information exposed.

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Android Flashlight App Shines Light on Your Data

Android flashlight app

Android flashlight apps harvesting your data for marketing & cyber crime.

You LOVE that flashlight app you have on your smartphone, right?  Whether you’re in that dark restaurant with a size 2.5 font or wanting to share your love at a concert or finding your keys in your purse…you wonder, how did you ever live without it?

Well, it turns out the creators of that wonderful app love it, too, because it has become a way for them to get ahold of your personal data to use or sell.

Android devices seem to be especially vulnerable.  Snoopbit studied the top ten Android flashlight apps and discovered that every one of them collects unnecessary user data and accesses areas of the device completely unrelated to the purpose of the app.  This includes having the ability to read phone status and identity, view Wi-Fi connections, modify system settings, obtain full network access, and determine your precise location via your phone’s GPS, among other permissions.

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Ebola & Cybergeddon: Why the Novelty Could Kill You

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What does cybergeddon have to do with ebola?

In 2014 Ebola has claimed over 4,000 lives in Western Africa and caused ONE death (of a person who contracted the disease in Africa) in the United States. Many Americans are in a proper panic about it and it continues to be front page news.  In typical fashion, we have found something to worry about while conveniently ignoring other, “less sensational” but more critical topics:

  • According to the CDC, Influenza kills about 3,000 people in this country in a good year (1986-1987) and up to nearly 50,000 in a bad one (2003-2004).  Yet during the 2013-2014 flu season, only 46 percent of Americans received vaccinations against influenza.
  • Seat belts have saved an estimated 255,000 lives since 1975.  Yet each year more than 50 percent of people killed in car crashes were not wearing a seat belt.

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After Dropbox Breach, Is It Safe to Use? (Snowden Would Say No)

dropbox breach

Did Edward Snowden Actually Comment on the Dropbox Breach? No.

Almost as fast as every media source out there could jump on the “Yet Another Breach” bandwagon and report that Dropbox had been hacked, the company was denying it. So let’s play a little game of true or false to try to sort out fact from fiction:

Statement: Hackers were able to access logins and passwords of Dropbox users and then leaked 400 account passwords and usernames on to the site Pastebin.

True.

Statement: The usernames and passwords referenced in these articles were stolen from unrelated services, not Dropbox. Attackers then used these stolen credentials to try to log in to sites across the Internet, including Dropbox.

True. (In fact that is a direct quote from the Dropbox blog of October 13, 2014 in which they bluntly proclaim “Dropbox wasn’t hacked”.)

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Is Home Depot Data Breach an Example of the “New Normal”?

Home Depot Data Breach

Home Depot Data Breach Exposes Our Growing Complacency

When Target suffered a data breach back in December of 2013, you couldn’t look at a news source without seeing a new story about it.  Yet when the Home Depot data breach was revealed recently, it received almost a ho-hum reception in the news.  This, even though, it was the biggest data breach in retailing history and has compromised 56 million of its customers’ credit cards!  It seems we have come to expect these data breaches to the point where we have become almost complacent.

Consumers, like the companies that breach our data, have become apocalyptic zombies, staring unquestioningly forward as we are attacked from all sides.

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