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Facebook Election Update

November 6, 2018

U.S. law enforcement contacted Facebook on Sunday evening about online activity that they recently discovered and which they believe may be linked to foreign entities. Very early-stage investigation has so far identified around 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts that may be engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior. Facebook immediately blocked these accounts and are now investigating them in more detail.

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Security Tip: Proper Disposal Of Electronic Devices

October 30, 2018

Why is it important to dispose of electronic devices safely? In addition to effectively securing sensitive information on electronic devices, it is important to follow best practices for electronic device disposal. Computers, smartphones, and cameras allow you to keep a great deal of information at your fingertips, but when you dispose of, donate, or recycle

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FTC Releases Cyber Resources For Small Businesses

October 26, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission has released new cyber resources for small businesses, including non-profit and charity organizations. These resources, which cover topics such as ransomware, phishing, and email authentication, aim to help smaller organizations protect their network and information.

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FTC Promotes International Charity Fraud Awareness Week

October 23, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission has released an announcement promoting the first International Charity Fraud Awareness Week. FTC, the National Association of State Charities Officials, and state and international partners coordinated this effort to raise awareness about donating wisely to charities.

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FBI Releases Article On Defending Against Payroll Phishing Scams

October 17, 2018

The FBI has released an article on building a digital defense against phishing scams targeting electronically deposited paychecks. In these schemes, scammers use phishing emails to direct employees to fraudulent websites and collect their work credentials. Scammers then use victims’ credentials to replace legitimate direct deposit information with their own account details.

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Facebook Security Update

October 12, 2018

Facebook has been investigating the security issue discovered on Sept. 25 to help people understand what information the attackers may have accessed. Fewer people were impacted than originally thought. Of the 50 million people whose access tokens were believed to be affected, about 30 million actually had their tokens stolen.

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Removing Additional Inauthentic Activity From Facebook

October 11, 2018

Facebook News Release: Today, we’re removing 559 Pages and 251 accounts that have consistently broken our rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior. Given the activity we’ve seen — and its timing ahead of the US midterm elections — we wanted to give some details about the types of behavior that led to this action.

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FTC Issues Alert On Recent Facebook Breach

October 3, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission has released an alert to provide Facebook users with recommended precautions against identity theft after the recent breach of the Facebook social media platform. NCCIC encourages users and administrators to review the FTC Alert and the NCCIC Tip on Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft.

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North Korean Malicious Cyber Activity

October 2, 2018

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Treasury, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have identified malware and other indicators of compromise used by the North Korean government in an ATM cash-out scheme—referred to by the U.S. Government as “FASTCash”.

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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Cybersecurity At Home

October 2, 2018

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity. The National Cyber Security Alliance has published general tips to help you increase your cybersecurity awareness—including whom to contact if you are the victim of cyber crime—and protect your online activities.

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