Protect yourself from targeted phishing attacks, malware, spyware, and more. Bad actors and their tactics continue to become more and more sophisticated. Ensure that you change default passwords, always use encryption, learn about safe browsing habits, and maintain security for your home or business network.

How a Twitter Hack Crippled the Stock Market

The Dow Jones Industrial Average recently dropped by about 145 points and the S&P 500 index lost $136.5 billion dollars in value after a tweet from the Associated Press claimed that an explosion had taken place in the White House and that President Obama was injured. The tweet turned out to be false and stemmed from a hacked Associated Press Twitter account. The precedent has been set for us to take a long, hard and uncomfortable look at the challenges we face when relying on automated trading systems that gauge and react to public sentiment and that end with drastic results.

Greater Online Privacy Control Coming Soon for Consumers

Consumers will soon know exactly how much of their personal information is being collected online, by whom, and may one day be able to correct errors or opt-out entirely from such activity. The name of the game is “privacy” and thanks to a combination of recent investigative reporting and pressure from advocacy groups, regulatory entities and politicians, the urgency to reach this point is now mainstream news.

The Convergence of Data Analytics and Security

A renewed sense of urgency to secure information, networks and electronic devices in order to thwart advanced hacking techniques loomed over the 2013 RSA conference floor in San Francisco. The harsh realization that traditional security measures simply don’t cut it anymore was confirmed by various keynotes and casual hallway conversations between peers.

Most Common Malicious Websites in Q3 of 2012

zveloLABS® has reported statistics and trends about the most visited types of malicious URLs by the international end users of zvelo’s technology partners. These OEM Partners include well over 100 of the world’s leading service providers, UTM and gateway appliance vendors, web filtering and parental controls solutions software makers, online advertising and brand safety technology providers, web analytics firms and many more. The data sample was extracted from actual URLs queried to and contextually categorized by the zveloNET® cloud systems during Q3 of 2012, and numbered in the tens of millions, yet far from the billions of non-malicious queries seen daily. The findings, statistics and trends shed new light on the seriousness, frequency, and negative consequences of compromised (hacked) websites hosted worldwide, and more importantly, accentuates the importance of adequate web filtering and network security.

 

Phishing Alert: Rejected Federal Tax Payment Scam

zveloLABS detected a suspicious-looking email purporting to come from the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) of the U.S. Treasury Department. This email is fraudulent and claims that “Your Federal Tax Payment ID has been rejected.” The payment rejection is falsely attributed to the use of an invalid identification number. Here is an example of the actual phishing email (see image 01), followed by some observations that should raise red flags about its validity.

Use of Web Anonymizers to Hide Illegal Online Activity on the Rise

The recent crackdown on well-known Torrent services, aided by Internet Service Providers, has led to the increasing use of anonymizers. As the name implies, anonymizers allow for anonymous web browsing and are used by end users to bypass restrictions or blocks to web content. Anonymizers are proxy services, or “proxies,” that receive and execute web requests on behalf of the user, making online activity untraceable. It is the untraceable aspect of anonymizers that has caught the attention of the underground community.

IWF Releases 2011 Annual Report – Shocking Statistics

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), now in its 16th year of combatting some of the worst online criminal content, has released its 2011 Annual and Charity Report. In it, the IWF disclosed some alarming trends and statistics about the proliferation of child sexual abuse images online. The IWF also noted significant successes in combatting this inappropriate type of web content, as detailed in the following excerpts.