I Can’t Start My Car – The App is Down!

Some Tesla owners reported being locked out of their vehicles on Labor Day evening because the electric car’s app was down. The problem is, app connectivity shouldn’t have any effect on unlocking a Tesla. On Labor Day evening, numerous drivers found their apps were down “for maintenance” and they were locked out of their vehicles, some for several hours. Tesla allows owners to unlock their cars both More »

Not Again! Medical Data Breach

A Calgary doctor uses his personal Gmail account to communicate sensitive personal health information, does not protect his account, and whammo: 7,000 of his patients now have their private information circulating on the web. Never use your personal email to communicate business sensitive information. In this case, the doctor had been provided with a secure email service by the Alberta Health Service. With many companies, the More »

Are Insurance Companies Promoting Ransomware?

Ransomware is proliferating across America, disabling computer systems of corporations, city governments, schools and police departments. Recently, attackers seeking millions of dollars encrypted the files of 22 Texas municipalities. Overlooked in the ransomware spree is the role of an industry that is both fueling and benefiting from it: insurance. The FBI and security researchers say paying ransoms contributes to the profitability and spread of cybercrime More »

Phone Numbers of 200 Million Facebook Users Found On-Line

A server with databases holding the phone numbers and identity numbers of perhaps as many as 200 million Facebook users in the U.S., the U.K. and other countries has been found open on the Internet by a security researcher. No one knows who the database belongs to, how or when it was copied from Facebook, according to TechCrunch, which first reported the discovery Wednesday. A total More »

Siri is Listening To You

Apple has apologized for its digital assistant Siri sharing some of what it heard with quality control workers as it unveiled new rules for handling data from conversations. Apple will allow its employees to review conversations only from customers who opt into the “Siri grading” program to improve the voice recognition technology. Apple will also delete by default any recordings used for the program. “We More »

Beware of Email Spoofing (Case Study)

Recently, a new small business client (under 5 employees) complained that “nasty” emails were being sent to their customers from one of their email addresses. Upon investigation we found a virus on a Workstation who’s mission was to gather all the e-mail addresses stored in their contacts and send it back to the virus creator. Then, using this list of contacts, the bad guys that More »

How to Lose 20% of Your Customers

Companies that experience a data breach can expect to lose 20% of their sales revenue forever, according to a new study. PCI Pal PLC, a firm out of the United Kingdom specializing in secure payment solutions, surveyed 2,200 Canadian consumers. Of those surveyed 78% said they would stop spending money with a company that mishandled their data, and 58% indicated a willingness to stop spending More »

Hover Test for Emails

I received this email recently – and I thought I would create a post about how to hover on an email to see if it is legitimate. I have a Netflix account so when I first looked at this email, it does look legitimate – the logo looks right, no spelling mistakes.  Let us do a hover test on this email to see if there More »

Hacking from Outer Space?

Concerned about being hacked? Now you have to worry about outer space? NASA is reportedly investigating what’s said to be the first ever instance of a space crime. According to a report by The New York Times, the space organization is currently looking into a claim that astronaut Anne McClain improperly accessed the bank account of her estranged spouse Summer Worden while aboard the International More »

Kaspersky Antivirus Alert

Users of Kaspersky Antivirus products should note the software does something that can help hackers track you. When you go to a web page Kaspersky adds a unique identifying number to the page to see if it’s on a list of suspicious and phishing web addresses. However, a security researcher says that could allow you to be tracked. Notified of the problem, last month Kaspersky updated it More »

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