The holiday shopping season means big business for retailers around the world, but it unfortunately also means big business for hackers. The reasoning is, people tend to be on the lookout for various package delivery emails, lowering their guard when potential phishing emails arrive. Hackers know this and are already on the move with their holiday scams.
The FBI successfully breached a bitcoin cryptocurrency wallet held by Colonial Pipeline hackers by tracing its public blockchain and recovered 85% of the ransom payment. With Bitcoin now ‘traceable’ some hackers are retooling ransomware to use a privacy-enhanced cryptocurrency called Monero Coin.
Hackers success with ransomware has shifted our focus away from other common cybersecurity attacks, including Gift Card scams. However, these other scams have not gone away entirely. The US DoJ announced this week an indictment of four gift card scammers who held 5000+ fraudulently obtained gift cards.
Apple’s AirTag is a tracking device that can track nearly any valuable so users don’t lose them. Tags are frequently put on their Keys, Cars, and Pets. Apple’s ‘Find My’ iPhone App can help track them. Unfortunately, cybersecurity experts have now documented privacy abuses of hackers using airtags to track people and more.
Meet Our Newest vCISO
Each day in October, CyberHoot published a short interview with its Co-founder Craig Taylor. These interviews were conducted by our partner Mindwhirl and were designed to improve people’s cybersecurity awareness during October’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Check out CyberHoot’s VLOG and social media pages (links below) to see what we published, and dive into specific videos to hear some sound advice for any SMB or MSP owner.
Cybersecurity Awareness Month Samples
In addition to these VLOGs, CyberHoot posted valuable infographics, outlining various vital security topics to help users in their personal and professional life. If you would like to download your own personal Cybersecurity Awareness Month graphics, visit https://cyberhoot.com/cybersecurity-awareness-month/ to get your 31 days of infographics!
Also, check out our Vlog partner Mindwhirl’s blog to stay on top of your marketing and cybersecurity news!
Cybrary Term of the Month
An Out-Of-Band (OOB) Patch is a security update released outside of a normal patching release window. Microsoft, for example, releases patches on the second Tuesday of each month, called Patch Tuesday. Any Microsoft update or security patch released outside the second Tuesday of the month is considered an OOB patch.
The typical reason Microsoft releases an OOB patch is the widespread, in-the-wild, exploitation of a software vulnerability by hackers. A zero-day exploit will often become an OOB patch. All OOB patches should be taken seriously; your organization should take action immediately to review and plan your remediation.
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