Want Your Kids to Care More About Online Safety? Try These 7 Tips

The topics parents need to discuss with kids today can be tough compared to even a few years ago. The digital scams are getting more sophisticated and the social culture poses new, more inherent risks. Weekly, we have to breach very adult conversations with our kids. Significant conversations about sexting, bullying, online scams, identity fraud, […]

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Click-Fraud Site Preys on iPhone Jailbreakers | Avast

The iPhone jailbreaking community is currently at work on a new jailbreak tool called Checkra1n, and a current scam pretending to offer the software baits users to a click-fraud site instead. PC Mag reported that Checkra1n is still in development and when ready will allow users to jailbreak their iPhones using the recently discovered checkm8 vulnerability. Jailbreaking an iPhone lets users modify the OS and install otherwise forbidden third-party apps. The scammer has created a malicious website called checkrain that claims users can download the tool. Clicking the download button, however, only installs a phony app on the users’ phones. When they open the app, it secretly takes them to a website that runs a misleading animation, making it look like the jailbreak tool is being installed on their device. At the end of the animation, users are presented with a run of third-party apps and prompted to install at least two of them to “finalize” the software download. For every third-party app users click, the scammer makes money. Users ultimately do not receive any jailbreaking software from the process. Avast Security Evangelist Luis Corrons says the entire operation is a bad idea. “Apart from the scams, jailbreaking an iPhone, although tempting for some users, is risky. It removes a number of fail-safes built into iOS that protect users and their phones from attacks.” 

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Cyber News Rundown: Cryptomining WAV Files

Cryptominers Found in Audio Files Researchers have recently found that both cryptominers and backdoors are being deployed within WAV audio files on targeted systems. Using steganography, attackers can include components for both loading and executing malicious scripts, while still allowing some audio files to play normally. Along with the malicious software, Monero cryptominers were launched […]

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Hack-ception: Benign Hacker Rescues 26M Stolen Credit Card Records

There’s something ironic about cybercriminals getting “hacked back.” BriansClub, one of the largest underground stores for buying stolen credit card data, has itself been hacked. According to researcher Brian Krebs, the data stolen from BriansClub encompasses more than 26 million credit and debit card records taken from hacked online and brick-and-mortar retailers over the past […]

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