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Decoding Security 108: 2017 – The Year Everyone Got Hacked

2017 was a big year for malware, hacks, and data breaches. Voting machines proved to be easily hackable, Uber was caught paying off cybercriminals, and of course, Equifax experienced a breach that affected 140 million Americans. On the latest episode of Decoding Security, security analysts Jessica Ortega, Ramuel Gall, and producer/security analyst Topher Tebow count down the top ten cybersecurity issues of the past year.

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Decoding Security 107: Your Episode Title is the Last 4 of Your Social + Your Mother’s Maiden Name

Whether it’s a photo that should have never been posted or an angry Facebook rant, it’s not uncommon to see others oversharing on the internet. But did you know that what you post on social media can make your profile a gold mine of information that can be used against you? Cybercriminals can easily build profiles and create targeted attacks, such as a personalized phishing scam, simply based on information about a person or business found freely online.  SiteLock Security Analysts Jessica Ortega and Ramuel Gall discuss the little-known dangers of social media and what individuals and businesses can do to stay safe.

Also in this episode, our security experts discuss the latest headlines in cybersecurity news. For example, the city of Chicago is suing Uber for covering up a data breach that disclosed the data of 57 million users. And, a security researcher recently discovered a vulnerability in Facebook’s new polling feature that could allow hackers to delete any photo on the network. If you’re concerned that your favorite app may have compromised your information, our hosts can help you understand what happened, and what you can do about it.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be behind us, but knowing how to shop securely never goes out of season, so be sure to check out last week’s episode for tips and best practices. And for more Decoding Security, subscribe on YouTube, iTunes, or Google Play!

Cybersecurity Report: June 23, 2015

Cybersecurity Pros Warn Against Insider Threats

cybersecurity reportA recently released Insider Threat Report collected data from over 500 cybersecurity professionals to examine industrial efforts against insider threats. According to the report, although there has been a rise of insider threats over the last 12 months, organizations are not fully prepared for it yet. The report also examined which user categories showed the largest threat, the most vulnerable applications and data, common launch points for attacks, budget trends and more.

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The State of Cybersecurity in March 2015

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With the shortest month of the year now in the books, it’s time to look at the top trending cybersecurity stories for March. Below are our picks for the top three security stories you should be reading this month:

The Latest FREAKy Web Security Bug

A new web security bug was discovered recently, leaving some Apple and Google device owners vulnerable to attack when visiting “secure” websites. It’s called FREAK (which stands for Factoring Attack on RSA-EXPORT Key), and works by weakening encrypted connections on SSL and TLS, which in turn allows an attacker to intercept and decipher the “secure” data.

Apparently the security flaw has been around for more than 10 years, but a fix is quickly on the way. Not to fear, SiteLock TrueShield customers are protected from this vulnerability. Learn more about FREAK here on PCMag.

Uber Finally Admits Data Breach

Almost a year later, on-demand taxi service Uber has announced that over 50,000 of its drivers’ personal information was stolen in May 2014. The cause? Apparently an unauthorized third party got access into Uber’s database. The hack was patched back in September, and Uber has provided one year of free credit monitoring to affected drivers. Learn more about the cybersecurity breach here on The Drum.

The Rise and Fall of Superfish

Did you know that Superfish was once a promising and rapidly growing Silicon Valley startup? They ended up striking a deal with PC manufacturer Lenovo, to have its software installed on their consumer PCs. Little did the public know, the Superfish software was logging online movement of its users, and hijacked online security systems, as revealed by a security researcher early this year.

The results were catastrophic, and Lenovo went into damage control mode. The company eventually released a Superfish uninstaller software, but by then a lot of damage had been done. Unfortunately, you don’t always know what you are getting when it comes to free software (“freeware” as it’s been coined recently). You can check out more info on the story here.

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