This week’s news highlights the need to educate people on security basics, how to avoid scams and the potential issues surrounding Smart TVs and other IoT devices.
The festive season always appears to encourage scammers and spammers and a great interactive map from Norse Corp may just start showing an uptick in attacks soon to reflect that. Meanwhile, a Kickstarter project and Amazon highlight how account security is as important as ever while offering a way to bolster yours.
After a couple of weeks dominated by TalkTalk and other breaches it refreshing to see a slight shift in focus among those commenting on the security industry. This week’s roundup therefore focuses on the Internet of Things, spearphishing, how bad news (or lack thereof) can affect stock prices and why InfoSec professionals should maybe dread Fridays more than Mondays.
Data breaches come in many different forms and sizes. Not all are a result of malicous hackers, but each can be just as devastating when victims’ personal information falls into the wrong hands.
With the continual evolution of the internet and the devices that connect to it, there was a certain inevitability about the amalgamation of the two. Named the ‘Internet of Things,’ that coming together has opened up a whole new world of possibilities. But have manufacturers fully grasped the concepts of security and privacy surrounding this proliferation of web-enabled devices?
If nothing else, this week’s news has taught us the importance of having an incident response plan in place and reminded us that we are individually all targets for criminals. But it’s not all doom and gloom, as demonstrated by an enterprising 11-year-old who has made secure passwords her business.
Has someone taken explicit video footage or still images of you and posted it on the internet? If they have, I really feel for you; it’s a horrific, damaging crime. But there is some help out there in the form of the law and specialised support groups run by people just like you.
Fool me once… hang on, have I just been socially engineered? It’s not only machines that can be hacked – humans can also be duped by malicious actors who leverage their knowledge of psychology to trick, deceive or otherwise bamboozle their way past security’s weakest link.
Do you have money in your bank account? If so, you may wish to keep it there. Read this article to find out how the convenience of online banking could deprive you of your hard-earned cash and learn what you can do to eliminate the risks.