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7 ways to stay safe online on Valentine’s Day

Looking for love in all the wrong places? Here are some helpful tips for safeguarding yourself while trying to find love on the internet. Valentine’s Day brings out the softer side in all of us and often plays on our quest for love and appreciation. Online scammers know that consumers are more open to accepting cards, gifts and invitations all in the name of the holiday. While our guards are down, here are a few tips for safeguarding yourself while on your quest to find love on the Internet. 1. Continue Reading

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There may be a fake adult movie out there with you in it

You won’t believe this. Criminals on the internet are expected to soon come out with a new wave of distasteful phishing attacks, specifically targeting women. Using Photoshop to put a face onto a nude body is old news. The latest software now allows extortionists to automatically scour the internet for pictures of you, then digitally manipulate them to create fake adult movies with the star being… you. You might imagine how this will be misused now that these fake videos are exploding in popularity. Bad guys are going to use Continue Reading

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Attila Seress Goes On The Air

Most people don’t watch public access but you might be interested in an interview last week between Jay Fidell, founder of Think Tech Hawaii and Attila Seress. Here are a few of the topics they talked about: How GratefulPOS stole credit card numbers from cash registers this Christmas What the dark web is and what your identity is worth to criminals Who are the these threat actors in far off countries holding our local businesses hostage? Stay safe out there.

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Have you seen this sticky note on a monitor?

What an “exciting” few days. First Saturday’s scare, then Monday’s missile scare in Japan and now the embarrassment at our emergency management agency. During an interview by Hawaii News Now at Hawaii’s Emergency Management HQ, cameras captured their computer password hand written on a post-it note and in plain sight. “Not a good idea” the agency’s spokesperson conceded. While these computers are most likely different from the system that sent the false missile alert, the photo raises questions about whether the approach to security at the agency may have led Continue Reading

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Japan sent a False N. Korean missile launch alert this morning

It looks like Kim Jong Un is scaring the world again, only this time he didn’t have to do any saber rattling. Just like on Saturday when Hawaii made national news with the North Korean missile scare, all it took was a button happy technician to send an entire country into panic. This morning a Tokyo public broadcaster mistakenly sent an alert warning citizens of a North Korean missile launch and urging them to seek immediate shelter, then minutes later corrected it. NHK said the mistake was the result of Continue Reading

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A ballistic missile is NOT on its way to Hawaii

Looks someone fat fingered it this morning. Like me, every cell phone in the state of Hawaii got this exact emergency message: BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL Followed by another one 15 minutes later to ignore that last message…that it had been an accident. It sent everyone in the state into a fit of panic, scrambling for shelters and their cars and online for additional news. Cell phones were overloaded while the Hawaii Emergency Management’s website appeared to crash. What happened? Continue Reading

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How your credit card may have been stolen while Christmas shopping

Looks like hackers got lucky again this past Christmas season. An unknown number of credit card numbers were stolen by malware infected point of sale systems, those computer controlled cash registers you see at almost every retail store in the US. The malware essentially skimmed and stole credit card numbers when people went to cashiers to pay for Christmas presents. According to RSA, one of the world’s most reputable cyber security agencies, the GratefulPOS malware was undetectable by the top 65 Antivirus protection software on the market. They have categorized Continue Reading

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Got this voicemail today

As you may imagine, we get all sorts of “interesting” things by email but pretty rarely by phone. Today was a bit different, we got a vishing voicemail message. If you haven’t heard of vishing (a mash up of “voice” and “phishing”), it’s a criminal practice of using phone calls to steal private personal and financial information. If you want to hear the actual message, here it is: It reads: “The reason behind this call is to inform you that there is a lawsuit that has been filed under your name and Continue Reading

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Do you or anyone you know use Uber?

Uber Total Loss: 57 Million Records Stolen But Data Breach Was Hidden For A Year Oh boy. Uber is known for pushing the limits of the law and has dozens of lawsuits pending against it, but this one went too far and now comes the reckoning. Bloomberg was first to report that hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber, a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. Finally, this week, they fired their chief security officer and one of his deputies for Continue Reading

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Gobble gobble

Hey there, just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a restful long weekend. I found this on YouTube and thought might make good background music while you’re over-eating 🙂 Stay safe and keep in touch!

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