Fortunately, this hack was done by a white hat security firm hired by the power company to test their security. However, it highlights how a determined crew could cause havoc with the power grid. They use both social engineering techniques and black bag operations to gain access to these facilities. This demonstrates the need for security awareness training. Most don’t understand the techniques and tools hackers can use to compromise computer systems.
This generic tech support scam comes complete with the usual scary popup messages, flashing screen and an annoying buzzing sound effect. It shows a stop error code and message like the Windows “Blue Screen of Death” but this has a black screen instead of blue.
This Apple tech support scam comes complete with popups that won’t go away easily and an annoying warning sound effect. If you have several tabs open and try switching to different one, the popups will cover those too. You have to close the browser to stop the warning siren.
We’ve been warning those attending our classes that its safer to stick with the official app stores like Google Play for Android. Google scans two million apps a week for potentially harmful apps. You don’t know what you’re getting if you download from a third party site. They’re unlikely to have as rigorous scanning process if they do any security scans at all.
Cybercriminals can take an existing app wrap it in malware and make it available on a third party site or link to an infected file in a phishing email. Beware of free versions of paid apps as they’ll likely include a nasty surprise.
You can avoid Android Malware. Google’s own statistics show that by downloading from the authorized play store is ten times safer than getting apps from other sources.
Security patches for known vulnerabilities are are not being made available for Android based phones. Google is creating patches but manufacturers and carriers are not getting them out to their customers. http://bit.ly/90android
Why isn’t this a major news story? The lack of Android patching hasn’t escape hackers attention. Best bet to stay safe is to only download software from Google’s play store. There’s some pretty serious malware infecting Android phones. Don’t fall for emails or texts offering “free versions” of apps that normally have a cost.