Monthly Archives: February 2016

Apple fighting against the FBI

A big issue right now is the battle between the FBI and Apple over an iPhone salvaged from the investigation of the San Bernardino massacre in December. Apple was asked by the FBI to help hack into the phone and Apple had declined. Following that, the FBI sent Apple a court order to create a forensics tool and Apple is trying to fight this.

Apple’s recognized for their guaranteed user privacy, so the Feds have blamed Apple for putting their brand image above a terrorism investigation. The reason why Apple does not want to create this tool is because it will be extremely dangerous since it would end up becoming public. When it becomes public, that means it’ll be usable by any law enforcement, foreign governments and criminal organizations.

There are two feasible sides to this issue but to protect all devices in the future, I’m siding with Apple.

Visit New York Digital Forensics Company for any questions or in need of a free consultation.

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Hacks on WordPress sites deliver malware to visitors

WordPress sites are experiencing a large increase in hacks that deliver malware and ransomware to first-time, unsuspecting users. It is not yet clear how this is happening but it is being looked into extensively. No one should be visiting WordPress sites with out-of-date versions of Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Silverlight, or Internet Explorer. With these outdated systems, you can find your computers infected with the ransomware package, which puts a hold on your computer system until you pay a hefty ransom.

To disguise the attack furthermore, the code redirects users through a series of sites before delivering the malware. It is possible that hackers are regularly updating malware when old ones get flagged.

This shows that trustworthy sites can still expose you to malware and hacks. The best way to prevent hacks is to be up-to-date on security updates when they become available.

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New Cyber Security plan offered by White House

The White House has just created a whole new cyber security plan that aims to strengthen computer networks against cyber attacks. The plan believes to cost about $19 billion, which is a 35% increase in the cyber security budget. The money would be used in the fiscal year that starts October 1st until September 30, 2017, according to an article from Wall Street Journal. Hackers have a huge advantage over us and we experience cyber attacks almost every week.

The plan would include renovating outdated computer systems because it is easier for hackers to get in with old equipment. Also the plan includes recruiting and training people for federal jobs that center on cyber security. With this plan the White House expects to reduce cyber attacks and increase government response rates.

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Identity theft Increases during tax season

Identity theft has become an increasingly large issue throughout the world. Unfortunately, it is an even bigger issue around tax season, according to a video from KSDK. Last year alone 500,000 people complained of stolen identity and about half occurred during tax season.

The only things you can do to prevent identity fraud is by filing your taxes earlier and using an IRS pin number to file safely. Vinny Troia, Cyber Security Expert and CEO of Night Lion Security, explained how the IRS pin is the main way to avoid a stolen identity because the pin is only assigned to one person and no one else can file your taxes for you unless they get the pin number.

Click here to watch the video to learn more.

Ransomware detected in Israel cyber attack

Israel experienced a severe cyber attack last Monday. A virus known as ransomware was sent through email and was discovered in the energy department and the suspects are still unknown. Ransomware is software that blocks users from accessing their computer system and have to pay the ransom in order to gain access. They had to paralyze lots of the Israeli Electricity Authority’s computers, according to an article on Tech insider. Ransomware has become very common and causes disastrous consequences.

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