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#deepweb | More than 200 million MGM customers could have stolen info on the black market

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

MGM RESORTS SAYS THERE WAS A DATA BREACH IN JULY 2019 — Morgan & Morgan has filed a lawsuit against MGM Resorts International over a data breach that has exposed the personal information of millions of people. The lawsuit was filed February 21, 2020 and states that in July of 2019, MGM’s computer network system was hacked. The stolen information was then posted on a closed Internet forum.

Related: Attorney files lawsuit against MGM Resorts over recent data breach

The report states more than 10.6 million MGM guests were impacted, but one of the lead attorneys said it could be much more.

“We absolutely have heard that we could be talking upwards of 200 million plus,” said Attorney Jean Martin.

She said one of their main concerns is what information was stolen. She said initially, MGM reached out to impacted customers in September of 2019, saying only names and maybe addresses had been posted online, but that information had been taken down. However in February, the lawsuit says even more personal information had been posted on an internet hacking forum, leading to prolonged risk of that stolen information spreading. Some of the information stolen included names, addresses, driver’s license numbers, passport numbers, military ID numbers, phone numbers, emails and birthdays.

“That’s what happens when your information is compromised. You never know when it’s going to go up on the web and on the dark web, when it’s going to be sold and when it’s going to be used, so now the people that have had their information compromised face this risk for the rest of their lives,” said Martin.

MGM Resorts released a statement prior to the lawsuit’s filing, and declined to give any updated information.

“Last summer, we discovered unauthorized access to a cloud server that contained a limited amount of information for certain previous guests of MGM Resorts. We are confident that no financial, payment card or password data was involved in this matter. MGM Resorts promptly notified guests potentially impacted by this incident in accordance with applicable state laws. Upon discovering the issue, the Company retained two leading cybersecurity forensics firms to assist with its internal investigation, review and remediation of the issue. At MGM Resorts, we take our responsibility to protect guest data very seriously, and we have strengthened and enhanced the security of our network to prevent this from happening again.”

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#deepweb | How This Barber Uses His Shop To Improve Black Men’s Mental Health

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The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that one in four people experience mental illness at some point in their life. For Black people around the world those stats are even more staggering. Research indicates that Black/African Americans are 20% more likely to suffer from psychological distress compared to their white counterparts. Within the Black community, mental health conversations and discussing experiences with conditions like anxiety and depression is still taboo, especially for Black men. The media often depicts Black men as aggressive and violent with few representations of them being vulnerable. These perceptions of how Black men should behave likely play a role in why the mental health stigma persists within the Black community. Black men are expected to be stoic and strong 24/7, which can lead to increased feelings of anger, resentment and isolation. Public figures like Charlamagne Tha God, who wrote a book on his experiences with anxiety, are outspoken advocates for Black mental wellbeing and are starting to open up more conversations about Black mental health. Eric “Kleankut” Dixon is a celebrity barber and mental health advocate who uses his barbershop as an outlet for Black men within the community. Eric sat down to discuss why he started his barbershop, his experiences contracting a rare condition, and the transformative power of therapy.

Janice Gassam: Could you share with the Forbes readers a little bit about you, your background and what made you decide to open up your own barbershop?

Eric “Kleankut” Dixon: Well, I was born and raised in Maryland—P.G. County, Maryland, by way of [Washington] D.C. I grew up here and…I’ve always been an artist…and then eventually I became a barber. Unfortunately, I got into barbering because of an infection I got from an inexperienced barber. It affected my scalp really bad. It caused dissecting cellulitis, it’s a rare germ from uncleaned tools…it was a bad experience so I learned to cut my own hair…which led to me becoming really good at it…it became a passion over time. I love working for myself and I love the art form of cutting hair…the best part of it is to be able to have the ability to make people feel good…and look good.

Gassam: How do you feel your barbershop creates a safe space for Black men to feel comfortable communicating?

Dixon: For someone to come to a barber and allow the barber to cut them, there’s a trust factor that you’re already building with your barber. Then, once you build that trust…it’s a place where men go where they can actually be free and take out their stress…whether it’s from a job, home, family…being able to go somewhere and really unwind…learn from others and even be the one to give knowledge to other people.

Gassam: The life of an entrepreneur is very stressful, so what are some forms of self-care that you utilize and what are some self-care practices that Black men should be taking advantage of more?

Dixon: Well…I go to a therapy myself. Just…to keep me focused. It’s always good to unpack. Some things you can’t just talk about with anybody. A therapist is able to dig deep into discovering who you are…so you can be better mentally…I definitely go to my therapist. Honestly, my job can be hard on the body a little bit. I go and I get great massages. I love it! It takes all the tension out of you…also for me, I’m an artist. I like to draw; I like to paint…I love music. I have different playlists for different moods. It relaxes me. I’m starting to read a lot more books as well.

Gassam: How do you use your platform to serve within your community?

Dixon: Now that I’ve realized that I can be a part of helping someone, what I’m doing currently is I am in class to become a Certified Advocate. So, I can be able to assist properly…I know a few therapists that are in the area…having conversations with therapists to have a better understanding of how I can help…being able to connect with other therapists so I can actually have an idea of where I can send Black men who are seeking help…I want to get the information on cost and how to seek the right therapist. Me being that person where, me being transparent about myself and being able to guide someone in the right direction.

Gassam: What are some resources you would recommend for someone reading this interview who wants to speak with a therapist but who has never had one before?

Dixon: I’m having a conversation and trying to figure out how can we help and make therapy more accessible and more affordable as well…there’s Therapy for Black Men…there’s [also] therapy via the web where you can talk to a Black therapist in other states. I know a few folks who do therapy sessions over the computer…what I want to do is get a group of therapists who are interested in creating something that is more accessible and affordable for people…when it comes to searching for a therapist, sometimes certain therapists…you’re not going to feel comfortable with…it’s important to feel like you can be comfortable…that’s the key. Being able to vibe well with that therapist. If you don’t, then it’s okay…that’s one of the main things you have to have with your therapist—being able to get a good vibe and be comfortable.

To learn more about Erik “Kleankut” Dixon, click here.

This interview has been lightly edited for brevity and clarity.

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#hacking | Black Hat Asia 2020 postponed due to coronavirus epidemic

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Security conference was due to open its doors in Singapore next month

The upcoming Black Hat Asia security conference has been postponed due to ongoing concerns surrounding the latest coronavirus outbreak, event organizer Informa has confirmed.

“After careful consideration of the health and safety of our attendees and partners, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Black Hat Asia 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak,” read an announcement, issued via  the official Black Hat Events Twitter account.

Black Hat Asia was due to take place at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from March 31 to April 3.

The Asian edition, one of three Black Hat security conferences that take place around the world each year, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2019, with infosec luminary Mikko Hyppönen delivering the keynote.

Security expert Mikko Hyppönen delivering the keynote at Black Hat Asia last year

With its origins being traced to Wuhan, China, the coronavirus outbreak in question refers specifically to the novel strain of pathogen now known as COVID-19.

According to a situation report (PDF) from the World Health Organization yesterday (February 13), there have been nearly 47,000 confirmed cases of infection globally, with more than 1,300 deaths.

News of the Black Hat Asia postponement follows a similar announcement earlier this week that Mobile World Congress 2020 would not go ahead in Barcelona this month due to concerns surrounding the virus.

DEF CON China, a hacking event that was slated to take place in Beijing in April, was also postponed last month due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

“Our sympathies are with those affected during this difficult time,” an announcement on the Black Hat Events website read.

“Please know we are planning to host Black Hat Asia 2020 in the fall this year. We hope you are able to join us and will provide an update with the new event dates as soon as possible.”

The announcement as it appears on the Black Hat Asia website

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#cybersecurity | #hackerspace | [Webinars] Black Duck on VMware Cloud and open source scans

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Learn about the addition of Black Duck to VMware Cloud Marketplace and the benefits and limitations of different types of open source scans. Synopsys Black Duck Is Now on the VMware Cloud Marketplace The use of open source software is free, but that doesn’t mean it […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#deepweb | Cybercriminals also offering Black Friday bargains on dark web: report

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Black Friday deals have spread to black-market retailers hawking drugs, stolen data and fake IDs online, according to new reports.

The annual discounting bonanza for legitimate businesses is now also a staple of the internet underworld, digital security firm co-founder James Chappell told Sky News. 

“We’ve seen the same strategies that online retailers and physical retailers use, being used in these criminal markets,” said Chappell, whose company is called Digital Shadows.

“We see them used either to provide discounts, ‘stack ’em high and sell ’em cheap’ type strategies, and we’ve seen the same with discount codes, introductions, building up excitement before the event, adverts that entice and enthuse,” he told the outlet.

A week before the big day, Chappell’s company found more than 1,600 posts about “Black Friday 2019” on dark web criminal forums, according to the Independent.

Cybercriminals in the UK make more in illegal online sales than any other European country, per a new report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

The report noted that British dark web retailers pulled in over $30 million USD between 2017 and 2018.

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#deepweb | Black Friday: Dark web criminals offering shock discount and deals on illegal purchases | UK | News

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The annual discount has become a major event for businesses and it now appears to have filtered down to the darkest depths of the internet, experts claim. Online security firm Digital Shadows co-founder James Chappell said common marketing strategies used by regular businesses are now being used by criminals. He claimed: “We’ve seen the same strategies that online retailers and physical retailers use, being used in these criminal markets.

Mr Chappell described how one strategy to provide discounts is to “stack ‘em high and sell ‘em cheap”.

He added: “We’ve seen the same with discount codes, introductions, building up excitement before the event, adverts that entice and enthuse.”

UK criminals make more from selling drugs online than anywhere else in Europe.

It was revealed this week in a report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

The report claimed there were £24million worth of sales in 2017/18.

Sky News reported how social media contributes to the issue.

The outlet claimed platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are increasingly being used to sell illegal drugs.

National Crime Agency director of investigations Nikki Holland said she wanted to do more to tackle the problem.

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Despite this, the dark web also hosts harmless and legal content.

In the legal world of Black Friday, the consumer rights group warned customers this week many offers were not as good as they seem.

There were claims that some items were much cheaper at other times of the year.

Black Friday is an American celebration on the first Friday following Thanksgiving.

It is used as a method of firing the starting gun for the Christmas shopping season.

Black Friday is increasingly gaining traction in the UK, with many businesses offering Black Friday deals.

The consumer rights group has urged shoppers to do their research before buying any products which appear to be on sale.

The organisation tracked the prices of 83 products which went on sale on Black Friday last year for six months before the big sales day.

It found that all but four (five percent) were cheaper at other times during that period.

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#cybersecurity | #hackerspace | 5 Digital Threats to Watch Out for on Black Friday

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans The end of November is a busy time in the United States. On Thanksgiving, friends and family gather together to give thanks for good food and good company. Once they’ve put away the leftovers, many Americans don their coats and head to the malls for Black […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#cybersecurity | #hackerspace | Tips for Brits to stay Secure on Black Friday

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans As Brits plan to go to extreme lengths to grab a bargain this Black Friday but are leaving themselves exposed to cyber-criminals? Brits are gearing up to grab a bargain this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with 17% already considering pulling a sickie. Over half of […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#deepweb | Top Sony TV Black Friday Deals for 2019: Early Sony 65”, 75”, 85” & More 4K TV Deals Reviewed by Retail Fuse

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Here’s a list of the best early Sony TV Black Friday 2019 deals, including instant savings on Sonny 85”, 75”, 55” & more 4K TVs.

Best Sony TV deals:

Black Friday deals run for a limited period of time. For the full range of live deals check out Amazon’s Black Friday deals page and Walmart’s Deal Drop page. Retail Fuse earns commissions from purchases made using the links provided.

Sony continues to shape the 4K TV market with its new offering for products in the 65 inch, 75 inch, and the 85 inch category. The premium flagship products from Sony include the BRAVIA OLED and the Master Series. Both use state-of-the-art technology to provide superb audio and video to users.

Which stores have the best deals on Black Friday? Both Walmart and Amazon run Black Friday sales and are the best retailers for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers in 2019.

Internet Retailer recently reported Amazon.com, Inc. as the number one US web retailer in its 2019 Top 1000, a report that ranks 1,000 top online brands and retailers in the US according to their e-commerce sales. Holiday shoppers should keep an eye on Amazon’s website as the top retailer rolls out new deals daily throughout its Black Friday sales. These are in addition to the deep discounts on thousands of items already offered by the retail giant during the popular shopping period.

According to researchers at Edison Trends, Amazon’s online sales during last year’s Thanksgiving and Black Friday rose by 25% compared to the same period in the previous year, whilst Walmart’s grew by 23%.

About Retail Fuse: Retail Fuse reports the latest retail news. As an Amazon Associate Retail Fuse earns from qualifying purchases.

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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Big sales and big scams – What you should be wary of on Black Friday and beyond

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Lots of people looking for a deal means that there are also a number of criminals looking to take advantage of those shopping.

Black Friday kicks off a shopping frenzy in the US and that same frenzy is leaking into other parts of the world, particularly here in South Africa.

As many shoppers move their shopping online, criminals have shifted their approach online as well.

Despite cybercriminals developing new and terrifying ways of scamming folks out of money, some attack vectors still prove popular such as email.

Phishing scams have become increasingly complex and unless you are paying full attention, things can slip past you. Take the electronic mailer for instance, these mails seem innocent enough but they can be an effective front for criminals to use.

Mailers containing attachments that require you download them before viewing should be avoided at all costs. Firms are more likely to embed deals directly into emails so they are easier for you to browse.

In addition to this, even if you receive a mailer containing incredible specials, it’s worth heading directly to the website rather than following a link. This is because links can be compromised and you may be heading to a website that looks legitimate but really isn’t.

“Black Friday and Cyber Monday are major shopping events on the South African calendar, and this makes them a breeding ground for fake specials, malicious links and criminal activity,” explains managing director of security training company Popcorn Trading, Anna Collard.

“There’s always an increase in fake special offers designed to lure people into clicking on a malicious link or opening a malicious attachment. People can end up handing out money for something that doesn’t exist,” the MD elaborates.

A good way to tell if a website is legitimate or not is in the URL. Often criminals will make use of special characters and letter combinations (vv to look like a w for instance) to try to fool users.

New lows

If scamming innocent civilians out of money isn’t scummy enough, how about using charity to do it?

Cybercriminals are not above using charity to trick folks into parting ways with their money. To combat this, folks need to be especially critical of donating to charities during this time.

“At the end of the year, most of us feel the need to give back and fraudsters know it. They set up fake charities that use existing events or trends, such as refugees, and get you to donate the money to them. Only give money to reputable charities that are accredited or well known, check their URLs to ensure they’re not bogus, and never give out your personal information unless you’re 100 percent sure,” advises Collard.

This goes for fundraising websites as well. While many causes are legitimate and there are measures in place to protect those kind enough to donate money, things can slip through cracks.

Once you’re done shopping you may think the danger is over but sadly, cybercriminals are always on the look out and the best time to strike is when you least expect it.

Fake shipping notices are a good attack vector as you likely won’t expect good customer service to be a risk. While downloading a form and filling it in sounds innocent enough that form could be headed for criminals with less than innocent intentions.

That form could also be malicious software that could compromise your PC when downloaded and executed.

Above all, keep your wits about you this shopping season. If an offer seems suspicious get a second opinion or avoid it altogether.

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