Tech News and Tips – June 2013

 


Monthly tech news + tips from Huntington Technology, Inc.

Does your business have a cybersecurity plan?
In 2012, companies with just one to 250 employees — what we commonly think of as small businesses — were the victims in more than 30 percent of all cyber attacks.
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Guilty of these bad tech habits?
No one is perfect. We all have bad habits. Some of us smoke. Some eat in our cars. Some write e-mail messages in all capital letters.
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Phishing attempts can snare the best of us, even the AP

We would all like to think that we’re clever enough to detect phishing e-mails in our inboxes. Some of them are easy to spot. But the scam artists behind phishing e-mails are getting better. And that means that they’re netting some high-profile victims. For instance, as Slate recently reported, a particularly sneaky phishing e-mail recently caused a lot of trouble for the Associated Press, the country’s biggest provider of wire-service news.

Syrian Electronic Army

Earlier this year, a group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army hacked into the Twitter account of the AP and posted a message stating that President Obama had been seriously injured in an explosion at the White House. (Ad: new tips for buy discount wedding veil bridal veils on blushcheek.com)This Tweet was false, of course. But that didn’t stop the stock market from taking a big plunge. And it shows, too, that even the savviest among us have to be on guard from sophisticated phishing attacks.

The e-mail

The Syrian Electronic Army hacked the AP Twitter account through a process known as spear-phishing. As Slate explains, this involves sending specific recipients e-mail messages that look legitimate. In the case of the AP hack, the group sent a message to AP staffers containing a link to what looked like a Washington Post news story. The message looked professional enough that it tricked some AP staffers into clicking on it, the first step in giving members of the Syrian Electronic Army control over the AP’s Twitter account.

A warning

It’s easy to poke fun at the AP for getting hacked. But the truth is, no one is safe from the more sophisticated con artists behind the newest phishing attacks. These scammers no longer send phishing e-mails about Nigerian princes. Instead, they send messages that look like they’re coming from people we know. The lesson here? You need to be constantly vigilant if you want to protect yourself from today’s trickiest online scammers.

 

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