Sextortion Scam Uses Recipient’s Hacked Passwords — Krebs on Security

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Don’t trust inbound e-mails, phone calls, texts, etc.  People will say anything to trick you out of your money.  As a rule, change your passwords often.  Protect your passwords.  Don’t share them with anyone and don’t use the same ones on different accounts.  Keep your AV up to date.  We recommend WebRoot (ask us about it).  Cover your camera when not in use as a rule of thumb too. Read more about this scam at the link below. Source: Sextortion Scam Uses Recipient’s Hacked Passwords — Krebs on Security

Disinformation on the Net should be prosecuted.

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Permit me a slight rant..  Knowledge is very important to make informed decisions on your life.  What products to buy, what roads to take, how to keep your family safe, what politicians to vote for, etc. Knowledge is important to your daily life and your ability to make informed decisions effects everything you do.  Now enter companies like Disinfomedia.  A company specifically formed to lie to you.  To provide realistic stories that are false. Not opinion pieces/Editorials, Not satire like TheOnion.com, but lies intended to deceive the public.   This company registered domain names similar to trusted organizations like USAToday.com and WashingtonPost.com by adding a .co at the end.  Then proceeded to make stories look official while deceiving those reading them.  These sites got millions of views, posted completely false stories and were believed by who knows how many people.  Possibly effecting public policy (he brags about laws passed based on his misinformation) and possibly even the presidential election.  My opinion?  He should be prosecuted.  These aren’t opinion pieces he published, they are Libelous, Slander, or Defamation cases (my opinion), at best he is spoofing the good names of sites like USAToday, etc and they should sue him for that. Judge for yourself.  You can read more on NPR.org: We Tracked Down A Fake-News Creator In The Suburbs. Here’s What We Learned

FBI: Major business e-mail scam blasts 270% increase since 2015

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We have seen this in the wild.  The users are targeted and it seems legit.  The key to not falling for this stuff is communication.
Since the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) began tracking BEC scams in late 2013, it has compiled statistics on more than 7,000 U.S. companies that have been victimized—with total dollar losses exceeding $740 million. That doesn’t include victims outside the U.S. and unreported losses, the FBI stated. According to IC3, since the beginning of 2015 there has been a 270% increase in identified BEC victims.
Source: FBI: Major business e-mail scam blasts 270% increase since 2015