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Tech Alerts

Quora Security Update

December 4, 2018

Quora recently discovered that some user data was compromised as a result of unauthorized access to one of their systems by a malicious third party. For approximately 100 million Quora users, the following information may have been compromised: account information (e.g., name, email address, encrypted password); public and non-public content and actions.

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Marriott Announces Starwood Guest Reservation Database Security Incident

November 30, 2018

Marriott has taken measures to investigate and address a data security incident involving the Starwood guest reservation database. On Nov. 19, 2018, the investigation determined that there was unauthorized access to the database, which contained guest information relating to reservations at Starwood properties on or before Sept. 10, 2018.

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Protecting Against Identity Theft

November 30, 2018

As the holidays draw near, many consumers turn to the internet to shop for goods and services. Although online shopping can offer convenience and save time, shoppers should be cautious online and protect personal information against identity theft. Identity thieves steal personal information, such as a credit card, and run up bills in the victim’s name.

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Securing Mobile Devices During Holiday Travel

November 21, 2018

As the holiday season begins, many people will travel with their mobile devices. Although these devices—such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops—offer a range of conveniences, users should be mindful of potential threats and vulnerabilities while traveling with them.

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Holiday Scams And Malware Campaigns

November 20, 2018

As the holidays approach, NCCIC reminds users to be aware of seasonal scams and malware campaigns. Users should be cautious of unsolicited emails that contain malicious links or attachments with malware, advertisements infected with malware, and requests for donations from fraudulent charitable organizations, which could result in security breaches, identify theft, or financial loss.

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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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