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Dyn Attack – Anatomy of a Coordinated Hack Attack

Hackers never rest. They will seize any opportunity to take down websites or prevent you from reaching the websites you want to visit. In October of 2016, an online company that monitored and routed Internet traffic for millions of people went down for almost 12 hours. Just another hack story, right? Yes, but you should…

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DDoS attacks Can Crash Websites... With Your Help!

DDoS Website Attacks: Is Your Computer Involved?

Not all hackers are out to steal your identity or even your money. Sometimes, like real-life street vandals, hackers just want to disrupt business-as-usual for a company for no reason other than just to do it. That’s the idea behind an attack known as a Distributed Denial of Service, or “DDoS.” A DDoS is aimed…

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Here are 13 Smart Ways to Protect Yourself Online

Make it HARD for Strangers to Steal Your DATA!

Personal data privacy should be your personal mission! One phrase that was in the news (and still is) at the end of 2016 was “Russian hackers.” Online overseas criminals were being blamed for hundreds of data breaches, including interfering with the Presidential election. If there was ANYTHING good to come out of all that news,…

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Your smartphone could be hi-jacked by Bitcoin-seeking cybercrooks

Is Cryptocurrency “Mining Malware” the New Ransomware?

Your smartphone could be hi-jacked by cryptocurrency-seeking cybercrooks. Since Bitcoin’s high-profile year, the increasing popularity and real-world significance of cryptocurrencies has drawn the attention of cybercriminals and dramatically changed the threat landscape. Drive-by mining is an automated, silent and platform-agnostic technique that forces visitors to a website to mine for cryptocurrency. Malware-based miners are providing…

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When Countries Attack…and Hack

Is the threat of malware real? The answer is definitely yes. Fortunately for most of us, the most serious malware attacks are going after large targets these days, such as government agencies and large international corporations. For example, in late November 2014, Sony Corporation was the victim of a severe and successful hacking effort by…

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Watch Out for Charity Scams During Natural Disasters

Watch Out for Charity Scams During Natural Disasters

When natural disasters strike, it’s natural to feel concern for those caught in the midst of the disaster. Some people feel the need to give of their money, while others will even travel to the devastated area to help clean and rebuild. What you may not realize is that there are others in the world…

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8 Signs You Are Being Catfished

8 Signs You Are Being Catfished

What it means to be catfished and how to tell if you are a victim Chances are your grandparents met because they lived within a ten-mile radius of each other. If not, perhaps they went to the same college for a number of years. Regardless, proximity was key and the dating game was relatively safe.…

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Using a ‘brute-force’ attack, hackers still break passwords

Does Brute Force Password Cracking Still Work? If you challenged a friend to crack your password, they’d probably try entering some of the most commonly used passwords, your child’s name, your date of birth, etc. If you challenged a seasoned hacker to crack your password, they’d probably do it in under a minute, thanks to…

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