Hope your new year is going well!
The FBI has recently posted a warning about a scam that is targeting students in search of employment.
I won’t go into details here, as the FBI has published the full information they have as a public service announcement on their website at: https://www.ic3.gov/media/2017/170118.aspx
Even if you are not a student it is worth reading for the insight it gives to how malicious actors are trying to exploit the desire of students and graduates to find work.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that encrypts files on a computer until the user pays money to a bad actor to get them unencrypted. This is the fastest growing sector of malicious software and is enormously inconvenient if you become a victim.
I have posted a good article about ransomware on the OUCH page of this site, but wanted to bring everyone’s attention to it here on the blog. Take a few minutes and get up to speed on this pernicious threat.
The OUCH archives page on this site is found under “AWARENESS” > “SANS OUCH! ARCHIVE” through the menu at the top right of this page. It can also be reached directly at: https://commons.bellevuecollege.edu/itsecurity/sans-ouch/ .
The original article can also be found at the Securing the Human website at http://securingthehuman.sans.org/newsletters/ouch/issues/OUCH-201608_en.pdf.
Warning: for serious information security buffs only!
Microsoft has recently published it most recent security intelligence report (152 pages!) on the current state of information security and exploitation trends in the world. While it is not really intended for the casual computer user, it is fascinating reading if you are interested in diving a little deeper into the bigger information security picture.
There is a 21 page summary version and a 94 page worldwide threat assessment also posted on their Security Intelligence Report website, along with lots of links to other related information if you are bored and have an afternoon to kill…
Just think! Some of us get to read this stuff every day!
ENJOY the beginning of summer this weekend.