March 9, 2020

In cybersecurity awareness programs, we try to keep people informed of the latest scams.  However, it seems like we are chasing a carrot on a stick.  Scammers are continually changing up their scams, and it is nearly impossible to keep up with the rapid changes.  This...

July 2, 2019

Government Imposter Scams

We have all received calls or emails purporting to be from some government agency like the social security administration, IRS, FBI, Medicare demanding immediate attention and often requiring a payment. These scams use threat of government to s...

April 29, 2019

Here is a sample of a ransom email I received, like ones that have been reported to be by others. This one has been called the Cisco Router Sextortion Scam.  This one seems to have better grammar then past ones.  The details don’t make any sense. The only thing in the...

April 8, 2019

ACH Scam

Vendor ACH request fraud is on the rise.  The scam works this way, cybercriminals stalk their prey (research or intelligence gathering) looking for a new contract award for a vendor or find an existing vendor typically for a local government.  Information lik...

February 26, 2019

Email scammers have been around since the early ages of the internet. Every year new types of scams flood your inbox, asking for money or account information. These are a few of the scam emails that have already become common this year. 

Emails that start with a low ris...

January 15, 2019

As an IT auditor for local governments, one of the most often asked questions I get during audits is this: “Who should setup user access in the financial application?”  There is a debate concerning whether it should be IT or finance staff that creates accounts and is i...

October 29, 2018

You may have seen a friend request on Facebook from someone you know and had thought you were already friends with.  Not thinking anyone is trying to impersonate your friend you may accept their friend request.  Others may stop to see if you are in their current friend...

October 12, 2018

As you may know October is cybersecurity awareness month. Each week has a new theme and this week is about the importance of training our children to be cyber safe and about the various careers in cybersecurity.  I have written several articles about careers in cyberse...

August 2, 2018

Cyber scams and online fraud continue to evolve.  Law enforcement and cybersecurity professionals try to prevent online fraud by educating people on the typical methods used by cybercriminals and fraudsters.  Criminals respond necessarily by continuously changing their...

May 13, 2018

Hack into hotel network though Hotel TVs.  You can also watch what other guest are watching in their rooms. Hacking wireless auto keys to open the doors of cars.  Lock bumping to show how you can hack an old-fashioned key and lock.  Watch out for USB stick laying on th...

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