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Hey Phishing, You Old Foe — Catch This Cognitive Drift?

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Phishing is one of the internet’s oldest online threats. Its history traces back to the mid-1990s, but it unfortunately continues to escalate in numbers. Based on social engineering, phishing can be delivered to an email address or through an SMS message with a URL inside. It can even come from inside a document saved locally […]




School Orders a Boy to Undress Next to a Girl?

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On 22 March 2017, Fox News opinion columnist Todd Starnes reported that the Boyertown Area School District (BASD) in southeastern Pennsylvania had ordered a “boy to ‘tolerate’ undressing with girl and make the act seem ‘natural’”: A teenage boy was told by school leaders that he had to “tolerate” undressing in front of a female […]




Vishing, phishing and smishing – do you know the risks?

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The Post reported yesterday on a ‘smishing’ scam which tries to get hold of your bank details. It involves sending a text message telling a user they need to reactivate their bank account. But the scary thing is that it can use message threads which have previously been genuine. It can be increasingly worrying trying […]




Was a Murdered Russian Ex-Politician to Testify Against Paul Manafort in Treason Trial?

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Sources: Collinson, Stephen.   “FBI: Trump Campaign, Russia Ties Investigated, No Wiretap Evidence Found.”    CNN.   21 March 2017. Hanna, Jason and Butenko, Victoria.   “Ukraine’s Leader Calls Killing of Putin Critic a Russian Terror Act.”    CNN.   24 March 2017. Kramer, Andrew E., McIntire, Mike and Meier, Barry.   “Secret Ledger in […]




Before phishing scam came along, report showed San Marcos at risk – Austin American

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“There are so many phishing emails and direct calls going around, that if a new employee does not understand the risk on their first day, there is huge security risk to the City,” Sturm wrote in June 2016. “Yes, we have been lucky so far.” Article source: http://www.statesman.com/news/local/before-phishing-scam-came-along-report-showed-san-marcos-risk/IWsqS7bRg4wjzeODLXWwEJ/




Did 14 Washington, D.C., Girls Go Missing Within a 24-Hour Period?

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CLAIM Fourteen teenaged girls went missing in Washington, D.C., within 24 hours. MIXTURE RATING MIXTURE WHAT’S TRUE There were still 22 open cases involving missing teenagers in Washington, D.C., as of 22 March 2017. WHAT’S FALSE Local police said there was no record of 14 teenagers in the city having disappeared within one 24-hour period. […]




Phishing 101 at the School of Hard Knocks

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A recent, massive spike in sophisticated and successful phishing attacks is prompting many universities to speed up timetables for deploying mandatory two-factor authentication (2FA) — requiring a one-time code in addition to a password — for access to student and faculty services online. This is the story of one university that accelerated plans to require 2FA […]




Phishing 101 at the School of Hard Knocks

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A recent, massive spike in sophisticated and successful phishing attacks is prompting many universities to speed up timetables for deploying mandatory two-factor authentication (2FA) — requiring a one-time code in addition to a password — for access to student and faculty services online. This is the story of one university that accelerated plans to require 2FA […]




Timberland CEO: ‘I’d Rather Not See Blacks in My Boots’?

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CLAIM Timberland’s CEO said he doesn’t want black people to wear Timberland boots. false RATING false ORIGIN On 3 December 2014, the now-defunct web site Naha Daily published an article that quoted Timberland’s (unnamed) CEO as saying he didn’t want to see “Blacks and Latinos” buying and wearing the company’s boots: Timberland new appointed Ceo […]




Lithuanian man’s phishing tricked US tech companies into wiring over $100m

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Two major American tech companies were tricked by a Lithuanian man’s phishing scheme into wiring him over $100m, according to the justice department. Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, was arrested last week by Lithuanian authorities and charged on Monday by prosecutors in the southern district of New York. Announced on Wednesday, the charges of wire fraud, money […]




Ex-Trump Campaign Chair Allegedly Worked To ‘Benefit the Putin Government’

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Paul Manafort, who managed President Donald Trump’s victorious 2016 campaign, promised a Russian billionaire that he could “greatly benefit” that country’s president’s profile in the U.S. and other countries. On 22 March 2017, the Associated Press reported that Manafort had signed a contract to work for Oleg Deripaska in 2006 for $10 million a year. […]




Did Mike Huckabee’s Son Kill a Dog?

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A years-old bit of political gossip was brought back into the limelight in January 2015 when former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, in an interview promoting his new book, publicly criticized the parenting skills of the First Couple, Barack and Michelle Obama. Many pundits were quick to point out an incident that was much discussed during […]




Let’s Encrypt Has Issued Certificates to Over 14,000 PayPal …

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(19 votes, average: 2.26 out of 5) Loading… Over 14,000 SSL Certificates issued to PayPal phishing sites. Earlier this month I discussed the use of Let’s Encrypt certificates on PayPal phishing sites. In that article I asked Let’s Encrypt to stop issuing certificates containing the term “PayPal” because of the high likelihood they would be […]