Update iPhone to Avoid Possible iMessage Bug

People like and tend to gravitate to Apple products because the company has gone to great lengths to make their products are highly secure.

Sure, you pay more for them, but most people justify the added expense because a) they look better and are better designed than competing products and b) they've got a reputation for being more secure.

Unfortunately, even the most secure technology isn't immune to hacking and other problems.  In the not so distant past, we've seen reports of clever hackers finding ways of bricking Apple smartphones and causing other types of mayhem.  One of the more recent iterations of this involved a bug in Apple's iMessage system. The bug allowed hackers to send a carefully crafted message that made heavy use of special characters that could turn an expensive iPhone into a paperweight.

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New Phishing Scam Targets Your Amazon Account

McAfee researchers have discovered a new version of the 16Shop phishing kit in use by hackers around the world. According to the latest research, there are now more than 200 URLs currently being used by hackers to collect login information from Amazon customers. The methodology the hackers are using is simple. The hackers craft an email that appears to come from Amazon that indicates a problem with the user's account.

Ironically, most of the emails claim that an unauthorized login was attempted on the user's account and the email recommends that the user log in immediately to check and make sure nothing has been tampered with.


Full Article: https://www.aimcybersecurity.com/2019/08/01/new-phishing-scam-targets-your-amazon-account/



Apple is in the news again, but not for anything good

Apple is in the news again, but not for anything good.

Jonathan Leitschuh, a security researcher, recently unearthed a serious security flaw that allowed a hacker to activate a Mac computer's webcam without alerting the computer's owner.

The problem is a program called Zoom.

The Zoom software installs a web server on the owner's computer, which is designed to provide a rapid launch feature for the on-board camera when users click on a web link.  The server is also designed to re-install Zoom's software if it gets removed for any reason.


Full Article: https://www.aimcybersecurity.com/2019/07/29/apple-turns-off-mac-os-feature-for-security-concerns/


Cybersecurity threats are no longer just a big company problem


The cybersecurity landscape has changed — what was once considered “just a large company” problem now affects companies of all sizes. While many small business owners continue to operate under the belief that security breaches only impact large businesses — likely a result of the intense media focus on massive security breaches like Equifax, Apple, and Target — this could not be further from the truth.

Attacks on small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are on the rise and the associated costs can be detrimental to their business. In fact, the average cost from damage or theft of IT assets and infrastructure increased from $879,582 to $1,027,053 according to a study conducted by the Ponemon Institute. Meanwhile, the average cost of the disruption to normal operations increased from $955,429 to $1,207,965.

In response, SMBs worldwide are projected to grow their spending on remote managed security to an estimated $21.2 billion by 2021, making it the highest growth area in the managed services market.


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