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Cryptojacking: Where Stealth Meets Payoff

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Most of us are aware of ransomware and how prolific those attacks have become. But what about cyber attacks without demands for payment, where the “currency” is simply stealth access to your network? “Cryptojacking” is that latest iteration of cyber intrusion. We are pleased to share our colleague Tushar Nandwana’s article recently published in Carrier Management titled “Cryptojacking: Where Stealth Meets Payoff.” For additional insights on emerging technology trends, feel free to browse our whitepaper…

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Beware: Apple Vishing Scam

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The tactics employed by internet scammers continue to become more sophisticated. Recently, KrebsOnSecurity reported a new phone-based scam that “spoofs” Apple Inc. and its customer service phone number for iPhone users. Spoofing disguises the caller’s identity by using fake caller ID information. This particular vishing scam starts with an automated phone call that displays Apple’s logo, correct address and their correct phone number. This scam warns about a data breach at the company, and requests…

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Stay Cyber Safe During the Holidays

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The holidays are in full swing—and for many of us, that means shopping! The reliance on online holiday shopping continues to grow, making it a very lucrative time for cyber criminals to “shop” for  your personal and financial information.  Be particularly vigilant this time of year, being careful for phishing and SMiShing scams, fake shopping web sites and charity scams. To help you be security smart over the coming weeks, here are some Online Shopping…

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The Password Paradigm: Better Safe than Sorry

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Leaving the key in the ignition of an unlocked car is an open invitation to a thief.  When it comes to cybersecurity, a weak password is the key that unlocks the door to your critical information. Startling Statistics According to Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report, 81% of hacking-related breaches leveraged stolen and/or weak passwords.  The website HaveIBeenPwned reports that nearly 520 million passwords have been exposed in data breaches. Admittedly, the number of passwords…

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Back it Up: Two Ways to Avoid Losing Your Data

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This post originally appeared in Equipment Connection, the Hartford Steam Boiler and Inspection Company’s (HSB) blog authored by Monique Ferrarro, Cyber Practice Counsel at HSB. There are many ways you can lose data from your computer or mobile devices, but the most common causes tend to be: Equipment or system failure, such as the hard drive crashing Human error, such as accidentally deleting files or dropping your phone Viruses and malware, with ransomware becoming a growing threat Anyone who has been the victim…

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Your Money or Your Computer Files; Beware of Ransomware

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How many warnings have you seen about clicking on unfamiliar links or confirming emails to be sure the sender is a known and trusted source? Typically the goal is avoiding a computer virus, but today, we also need to consider digital pirates eager to seize computer files in exchange for a ransom fee. Sound far-fetched? Hardly; ransomware has been around since 1989 and has become more widespread in recent years. Furthermore, these digital pirates are…

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Social Media Privacy: Taking Control Of Your Data

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This post originally appeared in Equipment Connection, the Hartford Steam Boiler and Inspection Company’s (HSB) blog authored by Monique Ferrarro, Cyber Practice Counsel at HSB.   There are a number of social networking sites and tools available online, and most of us use at least one. While what you share on social media is your decision, what others choose to do with your information — once they have it — is out of your control. Social media can leave…

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Avoid Phishing This Holiday Weekend!

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Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, the season to enjoy some downtime with family and friends. As you relax, remember not to let your guard down when it comes to “phishing.” Phishing, or the deceitful practice of sending an email designed to entice the user to click on a malicious link or attachment, is one of the most common forms of social attack. In their quest to obtain confidential or personal information for…

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How to be safer when using public WiFi

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This article was originally published on HSB Whistlestop, Hartford Steam Boiler’s e-newsletter. Public Wi-Fi spots are everywhere these days. They’re convenient, especially when you’re on the go, but they could also leave your information vulnerable. Here are some tips to stay safer if you use public Wi-Fi. Avoid accessing confidential information When connected to public Wi-Fi, don’t log on to banking or similar apps, and don’t use apps or sites that involve personal, sensitive or confidential…

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One-Third of consumers notified their data was breached

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This article was originally published on HSB Whistlestop, Hartford Steam Boiler’s e-newsletter. About one-third of U.S. consumers (34 percent) have been notified that their data has been breached and one in five have been the victim of identity theft, according to a cyber survey released by Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB). It’s a growing problem The nationwide poll, conducted for HSB by Zogby Analytics, reflects the growing risks for consumers as more of their personally identifying…

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