Posts by Doug

Phishing with your email contacts as the bait

  A new phishing scam that involves the use of a person’s email contacts, has been observed via Google’s Gmail service.This phishing scam centers around the appearance of an email being sent by a familiar email contact.The catch is that the “familiar” contact’s account has been compromised and is being used maliciously. Within the email is a PDF attachment that appears to be legitimate. The malicious actor crafts the email around familiar context that would seemingly come from the user’s contact and uses that information to create a subject that is more likely to evoke the recipient’s trust. This cunning
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Get your two-step (verification) on

  Two step verification or Two-factor authentication (2FA), is an additional layer of protection beyond your password.  It decreases the risk of a hacker accessing your online accounts by combining your password (something you know) with a second factor such as a cell phone or tablet (something you own). Thankfully, a majority of the world’s commonly accessed websites have made 2FA readily available. It is highly recommended to use this feature but it’s up to you to activate it within your online account settings. With the recent breach that involved Yahoo and now McDonalds, turning on Two-factor authentication has never
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Google Chrome “Font wasn’t found” Malware Scam” – that’s cool, I don’t need that font anyway.

  Recently a Google Chrome scam has been observed that can infect a computer with crafty malware. This scam called “Font wasn’t found” involves malware that changes website text into missing objects in order to appear as if the font is missing from the website.This fake font update is hosted on compromised websites that contain outdated security patches or plugins. Upon visiting a compromised site, a “HoeflerText font wasn’t found” popup message appears intending to trick the user into downloading a font file, disguised as a browser update. Compromised websites are hotspots for hosting malware that waits for unsuspecting website
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#youraccountmatters – 8 tips for online banking

  With the recent increase of new accounts being opened with black owned banks in support of the #bankblack and #blackmoneymatters initiative, online security should still be at the forefront when it comes to protecting your bank account. Here are 8 tips and questions to ask yourself in order to self educate in order to stay current with your bank’s online security practices. Understanding these methods of protection will prevent malicious activity that could be potentially targeted against your new (or current) bank account. 1 – Is the bank website set up with Secure Sockets Layer? For websites that deal
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Adultery, An elderly lady & me: The bad password that brought us together.

You cant make this stuff up…In this story i become a computer tech, cyber security analyst, counselor, private detective and an audience member of a bad reality show. A few months ago I was referred by a friend to an elderly woman who claimed she was being hacked and spied on. Immediately I wondered how does she know she is being hacked or even targeted? So many non-technical people use the word “hacker” as a noun to describe any type of computer issue that is out of their control. Anyway I ended up calling Mrs. X on a Sunday afternoon.
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CyberGent 101 Career Chronicles: Facing Failure

Aside from the cyber security information and tips, I also want to share my career journey through a series of post I will call CyberGent 101: Career Chronicles. These posts will highlight my failures, progression, understanding and moments of clarity . Hopefully these posts provide insight and inspiration to someone who needs to keep pushing, fight through any obstacle while keeping the end goal in mind. I did. Mentee becomes Mentor Last Thursday I received a call from a guy named Frank. Frank was referred to me by one of my mentors. Frank was looking for some IT advice. He recently graduated from
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CyberGent101 TechSplanation – Process Explorer + Virus Total

Do you ever hear your computer’s fan spin up randomly? This kind of activity can be related to several things such as a process running for a recently opened application, scheduled virus scan or even a virus trying to execute an attack your PC. One program that I use to check my computer’s processes is called Process Explorer. Process Explorer is a combination of task manager and system monitor for Microsoft Windows. PE provides the functionality of Windows Task Manager along with other features for gathering information about processes running behind the scenes. The feature I want to mention today is Virus Total’s integration with Process Explorer. Virus
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The Miami CHEAT – Two man team using a skimming device

Recently security cameras at a Miami Beach gas station caught a man in the act of skimming. Within a few seconds he is able to perform this low level hack. The man next to him appears to distract the clerk while he quickly places a credit card skimmer over the credit card payment terminal. They probably hyped themselves up in the car to do this listening to Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s “Get Money” What is Skimming? Skimming is an act of using a hacking device (skimmer) to illegally collect data from the magnetic stripe of a debit, credit or ATM card. Skimming devices are placed over
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CyberGent101 TechSplanation – 64 Bit Google Chrome

This is a first in a series called TechSplanations that will be geared to different security solutions for your computer use. Today’s featured software is the 64-bit version of Google Chrome. Chrome has grown pretty popular among users that browse the internet on a daily basis. Chrome is lightweight, speedy and easy on the eyes. I like the fact that the address bar doubles up as google search, it speeds up my research process. Why get the 64-Bit version of Chrome? For Speed: 64-bit processors are faster than their comparable 32-bit versions. Performance tests have been ran by Google in which they saw average of
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Dear BFF’s, Princesses and Superheros – Hackers are your biggest fans

We have all seen the Facebook quizzes that flood our timelines. Which Disney character are you? Who is your true BFF?  What is your inner spirit animal? What is Superhero personality? Who is your soulmate? Well as 1 of many CyberSec superheros, CyberGent101 wants to help you out with something. Your longing to be a Disney character, Superhero, to release your inner spirit animal or finding out who your BFF is, maybe putting your personal data at risk. The video below gives some insight into what can occur if your data is stolen actually handed over via Facebook quizzes.  
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