coronavirus

Coronavirus Turned Computer Malware

  The coronavirus swept the world with panic after the initial discovery and wide spread infection across China. Now, the disease seems to be evolving to the technological world in the form of malware.     Now, as if a widespread disease affecting many people and countries isn’t enough, the coronavirus takes to the internet. Well, not the actual virus. Cyber criminals created a way to take advantage of those trying to research the deadly coronavirus and infect their device with malware.    How can humans and computers have the same “illness” To begin, at the beginning of 2020 Chinese officials announced the identification of a new virus. After the… Read More

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breaches

Data Breaches and Cyber Attacks of the Week – A New Article Series

  Introducing a new article series on CPG – Cyber Attacks and Data Breaches of the Week. Visit our sites every Friday for the latest breakdown of data breaches and attacks.     New Series – Data Breaches If you haven’t heard yet, here on cyberprotectiongroup.com, we will now be starting a new article series – Data Breaches and Cyber Attacks of the Week! Further, the plan for the series is to catch up on any data breaches or cyber attacks of that week.  With so much going on in the cyber security world, it is hard to keep track of all the breaches that happen. The goal of this… Read More

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equifax

US Charges Individuals Responsible for the 2017 Equifax Hack and Data Breach

  In 2017, Equifax, one of the largest credit reporting companies in the world, faced an enormous hack and data breach. Now in 2020, the individuals responsible are facing charges for the attack.      Flashback to 2017 To begin, last week, the DOJ accused four members of the People’s Liberation Army in China of performing the hack against Equifax. After releasing the nine-count indictment regarding the breach, the document portrays how the members allegedly pulled off one of the largest hacks in US history. Now, before we get into the indictment, let’s take a look back at how the attack on Equifax went down.    The Hack On September… Read More

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tiktok

TikTok Security Concerns

  TikTok is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world right now. But with the ever present popularity of the video-sharing app, the public is beginning to ask questions about the security and safety of the application.     TikTok? … Do you mean Tick Tock? Across the world, especially the US, many people are bringing attention to the security aspect of TikTok. Now, before we dive into the security side of things, let’s take a look at TikTok as a social media platform. To begin, TikTok is “a video-sharing social networking service owned by ByteDance”. Over 50% of the users on the app are between… Read More

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privacy

Data Privacy Day and Facebook’s New Privacy Feature

  Would you have ever thought that “Facebook” and “privacy” would ever be spoken together in a somewhat positive respect? Me either. After Facebook’s many scandals regarding privacy, the only place to go for the company is up … or is it?     Thank you for your data! Have you ever heard the phrase that sometimes things get worse before they get better? Well, that may be the case for social media giant, Facebook. In 2019, Facebook was the culprit in one of the biggest privacy scandals of all time. The personally identifiable information of over 87 million people and Facebook users became accessible through Cambridge Analytica.  Companies then… Read More

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New Apple Email Scam – “Fraudulent” Purchase Notice

    Me: *Minding my own business, getting my work done* No one: Absolutely no one: Scammer: “Your Apple ID has been used to purchase …”  Me: WHAT?!     Thank you for your Purchase Ah, yes. Once again, we have an Apple scam on our hands. This finding is courtesy of one of my co-workers who happened to receive the email scam. The “email from Apple” is in regard to a recent purchase made using her Apple ID on a device that is not recognized on the account.  Luckily, working at a cyber security firm, I was excited to take a look at the new ploy. The email she… Read More

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windows 7

Windows 7 End of Support – What do I do Now?

  Ah, here we are. This is the year we all are finally saying goodbye to Windows 7, and moving towards the world of Windows 10. But what does this mean for all those who still have Windows 7 on their machines?     Rest in Peace Windows 7 Dearly beloved, we have gathered here today to celebrate the life of a dear friend, Windows 7. As we lay it to rest, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the life’s journey of this operating system.  Windows 7 had a great run from October 22, 2009 to January 14th, 2020. Although it wasn’t the fastest or most secure thing in our… Read More

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online banking

Online Banking Security Tips

  When cyber criminals find a way to steal your banking information, it is like they hit that jackpot (literally). But, taking the time to protect your information can prevent a great monetary loss and many headaches.   Checking or Savings? Bank accounts around the world are a huge target for online criminals. Rightly so. Now, with the innovation of online banking we give them an even easier way to try and steal our hard-earned cash. Even with the statistics and plentiful news stories regarding hacked accounts, many people do not think it can happen to them. This then leads them to have a false sense of security, and let… Read More

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AI

Instagram is now using AI to help stop bullying on their app. But will it work?

  One can’t help but notice the increase of cyber bullying due to the various, ever present social media platforms. But now, Instagram is integrating a new tool to help fight through the negative comments.     Platform Positivity Earlier this year, Instagram released a statement promising their support in the fight against bullying, especially on their platform.  Instagram is, “an American photo and video-sharing social networking service owned by Facebook, Inc. It was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and launched in October 2010.” (via Wikipedia). Millions of photo and video posts supply the app on a daily basis for followers to view, comment and like. But, with such… Read More

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iot

What is an IoT (Internet of Things) Device?

  “Make sure your IoT device is secure!” “Regulate IoT devices now! “What the heck is an IoT device?!”   IoT Who? IoT or internet of things devices are taking over the technological world. The integration of connectivity among devices proves to be both beneficial and detrimental. But, we’ll get to that in a little bit.  First, you are probably still wondering what an IoT device actually is. Well, as it turns out, you may be more familiar with these types of products than you think.  To begin, by definition an Internet of Things device is, “a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people… Read More

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