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Poll: Younger Americans Less Likely To Use Unique Passwords

Hackers often test big batches of passwords stolen in one breach against other potentially sensitive accounts, a practice called "credential stuffing."

From “WSB-TV” Frank Bajak (5/01/2018)

Scam Alert: ‘Royal Name Game’ Could Cost You Royally

The “Royal Name Game” asks users on social media to share their royal name. In one of the most widely shared posts, your royal name starts with the title Lord/Lady. The title is followed by the name of one of your grandparents, then the name of your first pet and the street you grew up on. Sharing that information can be compromising to important personal accounts for social media users.

From “Fox19 Now” Ken Brown (05/14/2018)

FBI Releases IC3 2017 Internet Crime Report

FBI has released the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) 2017 Internet Crime Report, which highlights scams trending online. The top three crime types reported by victims in 2017 were non-payment/non-delivery, personal data breach, and phishing. Hot topics for 2017 include ransomware, business email compromise, and tech support fraud.

From “US-CERT” (05/07/2018)

When Your Employees Post Passwords Online

By default, Trello boards for both enterprise and personal use are set to either private (requires a password to view the content) or team-visible only (approved members of the collaboration team can view).But that doesn’t stop individual Trello users from manually sharing personal boards that include proprietary employer data, information that may be indexed by search engines and available to anyone with a Web browser. And unfortunately for organizations, far too many employees are posting sensitive internal passwords and other resources on their own personal Trello boards that are left open and exposed online.

From “Krebs on Security” Brian Krebs (5/02/2018)

Is Your Business The Victim Of Crytpojacking?

Cryptojacking can result in a loss of productivity for companies due to slow and unresponsive systems, an increase in application crashes and even outages.

From “Dynamic Business” James Harkness (05/08/2018)

When Planning Your Wedding, Say ‘I Do’ To Cyber Safety

With the whirlwind of emotions leading up to your wedding, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) proposes several tried-and-true tips to help ensure that this special time in your life is safe and secure.

From “National Cybersecurity Alliance” (5/08/2018)

Tragedy-Related Scams

In the wake of the recent Texas school shooting, NCCIC advises users to watch out for possible malicious cyber activity seeking to capitalize on this tragic event. Users should exercise caution in handling emails related to the shooting, even if they appear to originate from trusted sources.

From “US-CERT” (5/21/2018)

Twitter To All Users: Change Your Password Now

Twitter just asked all 300+ million users to reset their passwords, citing the exposure of user passwords via a bug that stored passwords in plain text — without protecting them with any sort of encryption technology that would mask a Twitter user’s true password. The social media giant says it has fixed the bug and that so far its investigation hasn’t turned up any signs of a breach or that anyone misused the information. But if you have a Twitter account, please change your account password now.

10 Reasons Why Fraud Will Never Go Away

“We’re dealing with an epidemic, a pandemic, a plague,” he said. “We of all people are relatively sophisticated. We should know how to guard our stuff, and our stuff should be safer than most people’s. But we are being fleeced, filched and brutally attacked every single day.”

From “Association For Financial Professionals” Andrew Deichler (5/15/2018)

Crabby Ransomware Nests In Compromised Websites

The Gandcrab ransomware has been a moving target. Since it was discovered in January, it has become one of the most widely distributed file-encrypting malware programs. Researchers with Cisco say they've now found it seeded within legitimate websites, making it harder to stop its spread.

From “Bank Info Security” Jeremy Kirk (5/11/2018)

FBI Releases Article On Digital Defense Against ID Theft

FBI has released an article on building a digital defense against identify theft. FBI explains that the growing number of data breaches put more people at risk of becoming a victim of identity theft. However, implementing basic security practices can help users minimize their risk.

From “US-CERT” (5/16/2018)

First Lady’s ‘Be Best’ Initiative Addresses Kids’ Online Safety (Click link to see full article.)

First Lady Melania Trump has announced her initiative to help children be their best. As part of her initiative, the First Lady released a guide to help parents and other adults discuss online safety and responsibility with children. Children taught about internet safety, appropriate online conduct, and responsible social media behavior, become safe and responsible users.

From “US-CERT” (7/07/2018)


The following resources offer additional information about protecting children online:

Talking with Kids About Being Online

• StaySafeOnline

• Stop. Think. Connect.

• Concerned Parent’s Internet Safety Toolbox