It's tax time, and many of us will heed the IRS' suggestion to download forms and file electronically. But as I learned, malicious black hat hackers have hijacked Google's IRS search results to deliver nasty malware. Here’s how.
After Sarah Palin's email account was breached, the McCain campaign promised swift retribution. The hammer of justice fell last week on David Kernell, the son of a Tennessee state lawmaker. The 20 year-old University of Tennessee student accessed Palin's email account by successfully guessing a number of password reset questions, the answers to which were easily found online ("Where did you meet your spouse?" was among them).
Every day it seems like we’re hearing about a bank merger or at least banks talking about merging. Washington Mutual and J.P. Morgan Chase. Merrill Lynch and Bank of America. It doesn’t look like we’ll be hearing any less of this anytime soon, as more banks are expected to fail. But some internet pirates are looking to take advantage of the situation, and you.
This summer, the Department of Justice cracked the biggest case of identity theft in history. While we are thankful to the Justice Department for its hard work in bringing the identity thieves to justice, it does not negate the fact that over 40 million credit card numbers were stolen by some loose outfit of swashbuckling hackers. Identity theft, as this glaring example shows us, has become a serious problem in today’s world. Both at home and abroad, the news is fairly distressing when it comes to our collective vulnerability to crime on the Internet.
When connecting your computer to the Internet, anti-virus software is an absolute must. Viruses, trojans, worms and other harmful attachments can destroy your computer, and even your life. Threat levels range from spam and pop-up windows to identity theft, where the culprit copies and sends your personal documents to other computers — with the bug attached. The easiest way to prevent this from happening: simply download anti-virus or anti-spyware software.
Given the rising popularity of social networks, it’s little surprise that there have been several high-profile breaches of security on sites as huge as MySpace and Facebook. With over 350 million members combined, all it takes is one single person to cause a major damage. Learn how the networks are dealing with the breaches — and how to protect yourself.