We don't like to think about it, but it can happen: whether by hacking or by theft, someone can get access to your computer and everything on it. When the unthinkable happens, here's how to pick up the pieces. Last week, I inadvertently posted a screenshot online that gave someone remote access to my entire computer—one of the worst things that can happen with your personal machine. Thankfully, they didn't appear to do much—besides post silly pictures of Jack Nicholson on Lifehacker—but it could have very easily been disastrous, and it got me thinking about what would have happened if someone with more nefarious intentions were able to get in. So, I talked with Zachary Blake, a CyberSecurity Analyst for a company that works for the Department of Defense, about how to recover from this kind of disaster—along with a few lessons I learned from my own experience. Figure Out the Point of Entry and Clean Up the Mess Stopping the intrusion in progress is your number … [Read more...] about What to Do When Someone Gets Unauthorized Access to Your Computer
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It’s tax season, which also means it’s tax scam season, and according to the IRS, there’s been a 400% surge in email fraud this year. The good news is: it’s fairly easy to spot a scam. In a press release, the IRS reported: The Internal Revenue Service renewed a consumer alert for e-mail schemes after seeing an approximate 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents so far this tax season. The emails are designed to trick taxpayers into thinking these are official communications from the IRS or others in the tax industry, including tax software companies...E-mails can seek information related to refunds, filing status, confirming personal information, ordering transcripts and verifying PIN information. When you click on any of those email links, you’re taken to a site that looks just like an official IRS page but is actually a fraud site asking for your personal information. Those sites might also contain malware. There were over a thousand of … [Read more...] about Tax Fraud Is on the Rise, Take Extra Care to Avoid Phishing Scams
Last week, health insurer Anthem lost over 80 million patient records, including sensitive information like social security numbers, email and physical addresses, and more. The fallout has already started, with Anthem customers getting bombarded with phishing scams. If you're an Anthem customer—or are just worried about the next hack—here's what you need to do to protect yourself. To add insult to injury, it looks like Anthem didn't even encrypt the data that was stolen (even though the law requires them to.) So if the companies that are required by law to protect your data won't do it, how can you fill in the gaps? Here are some things you can do right now. Put a Fraud Alert on Your Credit Report Putting a fraud alert on your credit report alerts creditors and lenders that any time they pull your credit report—like they would to extend a new line of credit or a loan—that they should take extra steps to verify your identity. Ideally, this means that identity … [Read more...] about What To Do If Your Social Security Number Has Been Stolen in a Hack
Video: Google is the most-spoofed site for phishing campaignsA wave of cyberattacks is targeting organisations' financial departments with a social engineering and phishing campaign designed to trick victims into downloading credential-stealing malware and other threats.Detailed by researchers at Barracuda Networks, the invoice impersonation attacks aim to persuade the victim that the messages are from trusted sources, or to act on impulse -- planting the idea that the target has lost money is a common tactic in phishing emails, as it creates panic for the user. Tech Pro Research IT leader’s guide to the threat of fileless malware Incident response policy IT leader’s guide to cyberattack recovery Auditing and logging policy Cybersecurity in 2018: A roundup of predictions The victim thinks they are reacting to an important request when all they're doing is playing right into the hands of the attackers.A new wave of these attacks involves attackers sending status … [Read more...] about This phishing attack pretends to come from someone you trust
Are you a disgruntled PlayStation Network gamer? At least you're not alone -- there are more than 100 million PSN users who've had their data nicked by shadowy digital thieves. Sony's (probably) working hard to get the service back online before everyone throws their PS3s in a canal, but with the only date we have to go on still nearly three weeks away, we thought we'd rattle through a few suggestions of what to do in the meantime. 1. Go outside Just kidding. We hate the outdoors as much as you. Seriously, it's full of bugs and pollen. Besides, everyone knows you can get a decent tan simply by turning your monitor up really bright.2. PC gaming We're not about to suggest PS3 owners rush out and buy an Xbox 360 just because PSN goes down for a few weeks -- apart from the cost, such a suggestion is liable to raise the blood pressure of Sony fans to lethal levels. But you don't need to splash out on a whole new console to get some online gaming kicks. If you own a mid-range laptop or … [Read more...] about With PlayStation Network still down, what else is there to do?