Technology can be defined as applications, instruments, or processes that enhance or simplify the aspects of everyday life. The vehicle you use to drive to work is an example of technology that simplifies life. Or, the Internet, as a whole, can be seen as technology that has greatly enhanced our lives. While the introduction of the Internet led to many benefits, unfortunately, it also came with its own set of problems. Most significantly, these problems can negatively impact your security and privacy.
Continue Reading… The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Internet
- June 18th, 2014
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Online Privacy, PC security
In December 2013, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, Europol, the FBI, and other technology companies sought to take down one of the world’s largest botnets named ZeroAccess (also known as max++ or Sirefef). While the collaboration led to the disruption of ZeroAccess, the takedown was not fully successful as several servers hosting botnet’s command & control (C&C) continued to remain active.
Ever since its discovery several years ago and leading up to 2013, over two million computers globally had been infected. This led to search results from Google, Bing, and Yahoo! being hijacked, which redirected infected users to malicious websites and in turn, impacted the advertising revenue stream on these search providers. In fact, it is estimated that the cost of click fraud, as a result of ZeroAccess, was upwards of $2.7 million each month for online advertisers.
Continue Reading… ZeroAccess Botnet: Is It Preparing Its Next Attack?
- February 12th, 2014
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February 14th is a day for love: couples celebrate their love and singles mingle. Regardless of which category you fall under, you’ll likely use the Internet to plan for this day. For example, couples might search to find a fancy restaurant for a romantic night, while singles might search for a love connection using an online dating website. But as you are celebrating your love, don’t let your guard down, as criminals are hoping you’ll fall for their scams.
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‘Tis the time of year for eggnog and holiday tales. Here is a holiday story for you to be mindful of when browsing online.
When searching for something on the Web, most people type in a few keywords into a search engine, such as Yahoo!, Google, or Bing and press enter. And by the magic of the Internet, you’re presented with a list of results within a fraction of a second.
Continue Reading… It’s the Most Wonderful Time… for SEO Poisoning!