Software Crack Sites Are Being Used To Distribute Ransomware

Hackers have long used the lure of software cracks to infect unsuspecting users, but recently, a new group is making waves and finding significant success in using the Exorcist 2.0 ransomware to lock a user's files and extort them. It's a nasty combination. The user thinks he's getting a free unlock for some piece of software (most often, Microsoft's Windows 10), but when he downloads and runs the file, which is password protected.

Since the user has to manually enter the password to gain access to the supposed unlock, those programs all assume that everything is fine. That allows the threat actors to neatly side-stepping Microsoft's SmartScreen, Google's Safe Browsing, or the security protocols included in whatever anti-malware software you're running.

 

Full article: https://www.aimcybersecurity.com/2020/10/10/software-crack-sites-are-being-used-to-distribute-ransomware/

 

Luxury Brand Louis Vuitton Experiences Data Breach Concerns

If you're a fan of the luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton, be advised that the company recently and quietly fixed an issue on their website that may have been exploited by hackers before the company became aware of it. The problem was discovered by independent researcher Sabri Haddouche, who, following proper responsible reporting protocols, reached out to the company and informed them of the issue.

Unfortunately, their response was frustrating and read in part, as follows:

Read Full Article: https://www.aimcybersecurity.com/2020/10/08/luxury-brand-louis-vuitton-experiences-data-breach-concerns/

 

New Adobe Tool Makes Reading PDFs On Mobile Easier

Reading PDFs on a smartphone can be a lesson in frustration.

Even at full-screen width, most smartphone display screens are just too small to display it comfortably, which inevitably results in some awkward scrolling as you try to read whatever information the PDF contains.

That's about to change. Recently, Adobe rolled out a new AI-based feature that should help solve the problem for smartphone users. Dubbed 'Sensei,' the AI routine automatically reformats the text images and tables in the PDF to better fit smaller screens.

 

Full Article: https://www.aimcybersecurity.com/2020/10/06/new-adobe-tool-makes-reading-pdfs-on-mobile-easier/

 

Staples May Have Exposed Some Of Its Customer Data

If you're a customer of US retail chain Staples, you may have recently received a notification from the company regarding a problem with their Order Tracking system.

According to information in the notification, the data was left exposed due to insufficient protections of the data stream accessed when a customer clicked to review their current and past orders.

The company stressed that to this point, there is no evidence that any exposed data has been accessed by third parties and no unauthorized purchases have been detected.

 

Full Article: https://www.aimcybersecurity.com/2020/09/28/staples-may-have-exposed-some-of-its-customer-data/

 

Microsoft Adds Lists To Their Teams Communication Platform

One of the more common complaints people have about mobile devices is the fact that it's still harder than it should be to do certain kinds of work. Manipulating spreadsheets on a mobile device, for example, can be a lesson in frustration. If that's something you've experienced firsthand, and if you're a Microsoft 365 user (Microsoft Teams in particular), then the company's most recent announcement related to Teams is apt to make you smile.