Recently we had to fight some nasty viruses for our clients as well as increase their network security to beef up protection against cybercriminals. Here are a few IT security headlines that could affect you.
Citibank has been Hacked (collective sigh…)
Do you feel as though EVERYONE has access to your personal information due to a security breach at one company or another? Well, this morning you can add one more data breach to the list. Citibank has been hacked (are you looking in your wallet to see if you have a Citibank credit card?). According to the Sophos IT Security blog on this latest breach,
“Citibank says that data for 1% of their cardholders was accessed through this breach, but customers’ Social Security Numbers (SSNs), birth dates, card expiration dates and CVV codes are safe.”
Here is some great advice from the security experts at Sophos:
“Considering that the attackers have your name, account number and other sensitive information they are able to provide a very convincing cover story to victims.
Never accept incoming communications purporting be from financial institutions you do business with, whether by email or phone call. Call them back using only the phone numbers published on your cards or statements. When logging in to perform online transactions, always enter their website address directly in your browser. Never click links.”
Citibank has stated that they will notify customers they believe are in the 1% affected by this breach. What do you think about this? What steps do you take to keep your data secure? Have you sworn off credit cards and keep your cash under your mattress?
Fake Anti-virus Attacks
Cybercriminals are becoming more and more sophisticated and professional. Their attacks are even spelled correctly (you know you’ve received an unsolicited email in the past with horrendous spelling mistakes).
The folks at Sophos ask everyone to be on the lookout for these fake anti-virus attacks:
- United Parcel Service (UPS) malware attack will spread a fake anti-virus attack. If you receive an unsolicited (if it’s unsolicited that should make you stop and think before you click on anything) email from UPS notifying you of the status of your package (did you order anything lately?). The cybercriminals that created this hope that you will be interested enough to open the attachment. Again, don’t open unsolicited attachments and don’t click on links. Delete it and move on with your day.
- To see what the email looks like, click here to go to Sophos IT Security blog (this link is OK to click on)
- FYI – In other UPS news – the company is trying to reduce the weight of its trucks – becoming more fuel efficient and aerodynamic – this is true and was announced on 6/9/11.
Time to Change Your Privacy Settings in Facebook – Automated Photo Tagging/Facial Recognition “Feature”
Are you one of the millions that have a Facebook account? Do you use it to share photos with family and friends that are scattered around the globe like I do? Well, you might want to know about a new feature that Facebook has been rolling out – Facial Recognition. This new feature recognizes faces in photos. The plus is that you won’t have to take the time to “Tag” people in your photos. The minus is that your photos will automatically tag people that might not otherwise want to be tagged – you know; Kelly and John dancing on the conference room table during the office party, etc. And, in typical Facebook style, the feature is enabled by default. To disable it you can customize your privacy settings by following these steps:
- Click on Account and choose Privacy Settings.
- Click Customize Settings (it’s small and a blue link in the middle of the screen)
- Scroll down to Things Others Share.
- Find Suggest Photos of Me to Friends.
- Click Edit Settings
- Edit accordingly (Enable or Disable)
Chime in. What do you think – is this a privacy concern? If you admit that you can’t do without Facebook; it’s best to stay up to date on the latest Facebook “features”. Subscribe to our blog, we’ll keep you posted on network and IT security threats.
And, in Angry Birds News…
Angry Birds and Foodie fans pay attention – an Angry Birds cookbook is in the works! Just announced that Rovio’s Angry Birds cookbook will be targeted at families and include mostly egg-based recipes. It sounds like the green piggies are getting their just rewards. Thanks to Mashable for the heads up on this exciting development.
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Our next blogs will discuss Apple’s jump into the cloudsphere with its iCloud offering as well as IPv6 Day.