Posts Tagged ‘phishing’

7 More Reasons Why Sending Cleartext IM and Email Is *NOT* Secure Even If Your Doc Says It Is…Part 2

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

As a continuation of my blog posting from Monday, here are 7 additional reasons to add to the previous 4 for why sending cleartext instant messages (IMs) and email is not secure:


The World is Miffed About Spam & Phishing

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Several weeks ago I got spam from an information security company about a seminar they are putting on. I did not respond; I wasn’t interested. Since that time I have received many messages, all with the same content, from various people from that organization, the tone of which really ticked me off. The following is an excerpt.


Trademarks, Virtual Reality Sites, and Creating a Very Aware Next Generation of Information Assurance Leaders

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

I’ve been working in my home office for around 7 1/2 years, being able to do most of my project work from home, which I’m thankful for. During that time my now 10-year-old and 7-year-old (he’ll remind you he turns 8 next month) sons have been around me quite a bit as I do my work. So I discuss a lot of what I do with them, they ask a lot of questions, and they soak a whole lot more into their brains than I realize. Especially over summer when they are at home with me virtually all day every day.


First Person Convicted Under CAN-SPAM Is Sentenced to 70 Months in Federal Prison and Must Pay Over $1 Million

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

On June 11, Jeffrey B. Goodin was ordered to pay $1,002,885.58 to the victims of his phishing scheme.


New Social Engineering Scheme Targets Military Families

Monday, June 25th, 2007

Every week…sometimes daily…it seems there is a new type of social engineering attack targeting specific groups. The social engineering fraudsters are pretty creative and many adept at exploiting the vulnerabilities and weaknesses of these groups. They use face-to-face methods, phone calls, email messages, faxes, and any other communication path that could take them to a willing victim.


Phishing for Taxpayers’ Personal Information

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

I just finished my 2006 income taxes this morning…something I absolutely HATE doing! I just hate all the forms and paperwork, all the time involved, and always keeping track of that important receipt for business software or hardware that somehow got lost or wedged in some deep dark corner of a drawer.
I’m not against taxes, per se; they are an important part of maintaining public services. But I hate how the tax laws change every year, all the odd new taxes for business owners each year, and how many strange new exemptions seem to always pop up every year, but primarily for the big organizations. I am a company of one for my information security, privacy and compliance business, and I am a company of two for my farm. Between the two there are what seems to be around a hundred different forms to fill out, and always different in little ways each year. So, I hate the time it takes to do taxes, but at the same time I am very thankful to be able to have businesses that otherwise allow me to do work I love.


Free Awareness from the FTC: Phishing

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

I ran across this on the FTC site, an email to send to folks that links to an animation to help make them aware of phishing messages; isn’t this cool!? The FTC sight provides this as an awareness raising communication. It’s a little long, and hopefully the folks going to this link will have their sound turned off so it doesn’t shock their desk neighbors, but all in all it is a great, FREE (paid for by U.S. tax dollars), awareness communication to warn about the threats involved with phishing messages.