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#school | #ransomware | District Cyber Attack: Livingston Superintendent, LHS Principal Provide Updates

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans LIVINGSTON, NJ — Two weeks after Livingston Public Schools (LPS) announced that its system was compromised, the district is still without its servers and continues its investigation and district-wide response to the encrypting of the technology systems. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there have only been seven […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#cybersecurity | Cyber Security Today – Stalkerware and ransomware increasing, password advice and updates to watch for

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Stalkerware and ransomware increasing, password advice and updates to watch for.

Welcome to Cyber Security Today. It’s Friday October 4th, I’m Howard Solomon, contributing reporter on cyber security for ITWorldCanada.com.

A few months ago I warned about stalkerware, which are apps installed on a smartphone or tablet that lets another person keep an eye on what you’re doing. Usually this app gets installed when you’re not looking by a spouse, lover or friend who has access to your device. This is not a parental control app a parent installs on a child’s device. This is is an illegal snooping app. This week security vendor Kaspersky put out some numbers that may give an idea of how common their use is, based on the number of detections from its security software. In the first eight months of the year there were more than 518,000 cases where the software either registered the presence of stalkerware on users’ devices or detected an attempt to install it. And remember, that number is only for devices that use Kaspersky software. Huge numbers of people either don’t use antivirus software on their mobile devices, or use another brand. Some of these apps hide themselves on devices, so victims don’t know its there. Stalkerware has to be installed directly by someone. So think twice before letting a friend, or someone closer, use your phone.

As I mentioned on Wednesday, this is Cyber Security Awareness Month. As part of that Google released a public opinion poll that, if representative, shows a lot of Americans aren’t cyber aware. Twenty-four per cent of respondents said they use weak passwords like “admin” and “1234.” Fifty-nine per cent have used a name or birthday in an online password. Many people must know others use weak passwords because 27 per cent of respondents say they’ve tried to guess someone else’s password — and of those 17 per said they guess right. Well, if you can guess right, so can criminals. Look, it isn’t easy to have to remember lots of passwords. That’s why there are password managers. Google has one it just improved, which is why it released the survey. There are lots of password managers. Go online, do a search, use one of them.

The FBI this week issued a reminder to organizations that ransomware is crippling those who aren’t prepared. The latest hit were three rural hospitals in the same group in Alabama. For a time new patients had to be sent to Birmingham. Last week a major hospital in downtown Toronto was hit. The FBI urges organizations to regularly back up their data and verify its integrity. Ensure backups can’t be infected by being connected to live networks. Focus on employee awareness and training to recognize suspicious email. And make sure all software gets security patches as soon as they are available.

Finally, some product updates to watch for: If you use WhatsApp on an Android device running version 9 or 8 of the operating system, make sure you upgrade to the latest version of WhatsApp. There’s a serious bug that could let a hacker into your device by sending you a repeating video called a GIF. Like one of those videos of a cat doing something silly.

And Microsoft has put out another Windows update to fix a printing problem. This patch is to fix ones that were issued over a week ago. It also updates Internet Explorer.

That’s it for Cyber Security Today. Links to details about these stories can be found in the text version of each podcast at ITWorldCanada.com. That’s where you’ll also find my news stories aimed at businesses and cyber security professionals. Cyber Security Today can be heard on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or add us to your Flash Briefing on your smart speaker.


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Voice Changer Software Diamond Updates Its Cyber Security with a New Code Signing from DigiCert

Voice Changer Software Diamond Updates Its Cyber Security with a New Code Signing from DigiCertSource: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Audio4fun, one of the leading companies in multimedia processing tools for over 17 years, announced today that its best-selling product, Voice Changer Software Diamond, has a new code signing certificate issued by DigiCert. This major update will help to better ensure the authenticity and integrity on […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com | Can You Be Hacked?

Windows users urged to install latest updates following NSA hacking leak

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Windows users have been urged to make sure their operating systems are kept up to date after hackers released details of exploits which cyber criminals could use to hack Microsoft’s operating system. Details of the exploits were released by the … The post Windows users urged […]

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iOS 10 Jailbreak Release Date Updates: Hackers ready to release the JailBreak Tool once iOS debuts September 13

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iOS 10 Jailbreak Release Date Updates: Hackers ready to release the JailBreak Tool once iOS debuts September 13

With Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus officially unveiled, the jailbreaking community has its eyes set on the forthcoming iOS 10 jailbreak tool. Apple is set to officially launch the new mobile operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPods starting

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State school board updates standards for Health, Art, P.E. – Education Week

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Agar Io Hack Updates Hack Tool To Work On All Devices, and Expands To Four Features

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Agar Io is a unique online mobile phone game in which individuals control a cell, which can eat smaller cells and be eaten by bigger cells. They must navigate a map to escape danger and hunt prey, and the more successful they are, the bigger their cell. The game has thousands of players, ensuring there is always someone bigger, which is why frustrated players look for a hack tool. Agar Io Hack (http://agar-iohack.com/) has now made their hack tool available for Windows, as well as iOS and Android, and have added new features to make it better than ever. The new version includes a map zoom functionality which allows people to get a wider view of the surrounding territory, allowing them to plan their direction and ensure they don’t run into larger predators, while locating potential targets. It also includes a speed booster, which allows people to outrun larger predators and catch up with smaller prey. This is in addition to the existing double size and invisibility features. The Windows compatibility means the hack tool can now be used on Windows phones and PCs, where an increasing number of players use the app. A spokesperson for Agar Io Hack explained, […]

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Public Safety Chief Hadley updates community on progress

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Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley delivered a Valentine’s Day blog to the community, saying they are bracing themselves to receive the recommendations of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which is due to be delivered to the President in early March. Hadley says they are already working on many of the six core areas of focus the task force has prioritized. He says they are making headway on building trust, developing policy and oversight, community policing, training and others. He says one area they need work on is better use of social media and technology. FULL STATEMENT MADE BY CHEIF HADLEY On December 18, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The Task Force seeks to “identify best practices and make recommendations to the President on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust and examine, among other issues, how to foster strong, collaborative relationships between local law enforcement and the communities they protect”. The Task Force structured the work underneath 6 core areas of focus with experts in the field providing testimony, written statements and opinions on where policing should move prospectively. The […]

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ICE updates Student and Exchange Visitor Program

Lorrie Barclay Top Priority Sector:  border_security U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has revamped the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to update their primary designated school officials (PDSOs) and designated school officials (DSOs). Read More….

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