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* Loss from cybercrime exceeded $1.3B in 2016, FBI report

“The financial loss from cybercrime in the U.S. exceeded $1.3 billion in 2016, a rise of 24 percent, according to a new report issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).” Read more..

And remember gang –> that’s ONLY what was reported to the FBI. Think “tip of the iceberg”. (And, only USA losses.. How much global?)

* Google Gets Record-Breaking $2.7 Billion Fine for Manipulating Search Results

Google has just lost its biggest regulatory battle! Google has been hit with a record-breaking $2.7 billion (€2.42 billion) fine by the European antitrust officials for unfairly manipulating search results since 2008. After a lengthy seven-year investigation that was launched in 2010..Read more..

.. “since 2008” .. HA! Try, “since Google”. And don’t think Google’s going to pay that fine — the advertisers are. Be smart. Bail out now people.

* Judy Android malware unleashes massive attack on Google Play Store (NOTE! it wasn’t an ‘attack’.. the criminal hackers ‘poisoned’ the site with infected apps.)

When it comes to apps for mobile devices, InfoSec experts will always recommend downloading from official vendors like the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. While these sites are much more stringent in their standards for malicious app prevention, there are always exceptions (which require the consumer to use common sense).Read more..

OMG. Too funny. “require people use common sense” ..!

Sad part is.. that ‘attack’ netted tons of cash with automated click fraud (do you advertise? Look up the term ‘click fraud’ NOW!)

ALERT: New Petya ransomware variant attacking computers worldwide

Following the high profile WannaCry attack merely a month ago, we have detected another ransomware outbreak that is spreading rapidly across the globe. It appears to be a new variant of the known Petya ransomware, also known as Petna, and it has already affected many high profile companies and government institutions across Europe and currently shows no sign of slowing down.Read more..

And: Six quick facts to know about today’s global ransomware attack

This is what you need to know — right now.Read more..

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* And you better believe — my ‘page views’ will take yet another hit for posting this.

Today’s quote:In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that He did not also limit his stupidity.” ~ Konrad Adenauer

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

June 27, 2017 Posted by | advice, cyber crime, Google, hackers, Internet, News, phraud, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Tuesday tidbits

A few items for your consideration.

Uh oh: Air-gapped computers are no longer secure

“To insure security, the thought was to pull the computer off of the network. That is not always the case according to three Georgia Tech researchers who exploit side-channel signals.” Read more..

‘Sexy Girls’ wallpaper app in Google Play store accessed account info

Hack decodes Android phone, Samsung smartwatch data exchange

The “Sexy Girls Wallpaper Gallery” app that was previously available in the Google Play store did in fact offer background photos of women, but it also asked for a permission that granted it access to information from popular accounts, according to Malwarebytes.Read more..

* Internet of Things: A security threat to business by the backdoor?

Tech chiefs are worried by the threat posed by IoT devices, which could provide a new way of attacking corporate networks.” Read more..

Other bits:

* Windows 10: You’ve got questions, I’ve got answers

“[Updated] There’s more to Windows 10 than just the revamped Start menu. I’ve been keeping this FAQ up to date with each new build. Here are the latest details after Microsoft’s big January 2015 release of build 9926.Read more..

* Microsoft: The open-source company

Microsoft loves Linux, is adopting Docker for its servers, and just bought Revolution Analytics, the biggest open-source R statistical language company. This is not your dad’s Microsoft.” Read more..

Today’s quote:If ignorance is bliss, there should be more happy people.” ~ Victor Cousin

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January 27, 2015 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, Internet, Microsoft, News, security, software, tech, Windows, Windows 10 | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Google Takes Away Choice

Well it was going to happen sooner or later. Google would find more ways to take away our ability to block advertisements.

* Popular ad blocking app nixed from Google Play

In a move that has sparked negative criticism, Google has decided to delete the popular ad blocking application, AdBlock Plus, from its Android Play Store.Read more..

I don’t understand why they chose to get authoritarian, and show us the middle finger, as approximately 1% (my estimate) of computer users are savvy enough to have ever even heard of AdBlock Plus. (I’ll let the article explain the Who, the How, the What, and — the Why you should care.)

But we do live in a world run by ad revenue.
($17 Billion in first half of 2012 [online]..)

It’s one reason I ignore good practice and am still using an older version of Firefox: each new version they release, more ad blocker, security, and privacy “add ons” no longer work (wonder why?).

I am not going to say what I really think here, nor use the language I want to, but I will say to any and all Google employees, honchos, and stockholders — rethink this move. It stinks and makes you look bad. (Yes, I know. That’s how you make your money – watching us, tracking us, and showing us Ads. But.)

I’ll further say that I support the folks who brought us AdBlock Plus, and “root for” them and folks like them. I hope they’ll figger a ‘workaround’..

Today’s concept to ponder: “Slippery slope”. Incrementalism in the study of rationality can be seen as a stealthy way to bring about radical changes that were not initially wanted: a slippery slope.

Today’s quote:Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ~ Buddha

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March 18, 2013 Posted by | Android, computers, Google, Internet, News, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Google Play (New) | Hotmail = The Best | 200+ Free Games

It happened while I was waiting for an antivirus scan to finish…

Yesterday during a malware removal job, I grew a wee bit bored waiting for an AV scan to finish, and so I clicked some little-noticed links, and did some exploring. Maybe you’ll be glad I did!

This first link you have probably seen – if you ever played any of the games that come with Windows, such as Solitaire, or my fave – Chess.

Get more games online

I must have seen that “Get more games online” link 500 trillion times. Well, I (finally) clicked it and was taken to..

img = "free games from microsoft"

200+ FREE games from Microsoft (Click me)

.. where I found a whole bunch of those online “Flash games” you play in your browser. Fun timewasters and free! Take a look at the selection, here.

The next link is more obscure, and I found it by exploring the pre-configured “Favorites” in Internet Explorer – which I normally do not use to surf the web (I use Firefox with NoScript).

I have mentioned “Microsoft At Home” before – specifically the ‘learn computing’ video tutorials, but it has been a long time since I’ve taken a look myself. While there, I noticed that the much-maligned Hotmail had been named Top Web App of 2011 by PC Magazine.
What?!

* Hotmail named best web app of 2011 by PC Magazine

“The Hotmail team got some great (and humbling) news recently – Hotmail was named best web application of 2011 by PC Magazine. We were particularly excited to see that people are taking notice of Hotmail’s war on Graymail and the work we’ve done this year to make Hotmail faster. There are a lot of great web applications out there, and we’re in great company, but it was an honor to make the very top of the list.”

Now.. the reason I use Hotmail is because there was a time before Gmail (and I wouldn’t touch AOL), and I don’t like Yahoo! Mail’s propensity for showing ads. I have ignored all the “Advice columns” advice to not use Hotmail – especially not for business – all these years. Now, I feel somewhat vindicated.
I still use Hotmail as my primary personal email as Gmail creeps me out.. the way they read every word.. and show me ads related to my email. Google As Big Brother. Another topic for another day.

More games: Hey.. what is that???

Click me

Introducing Google Play

Now your favorite music, books, movies, apps, and games are all in one place that’s accessible from the Web and any Android device. Discover, buy and share like never before.

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Bonus: The Digital Patent Wars

“In today’s intellectual property environment, patents have evolved into weapons of war. In fact, patent lawsuits have escalated so much that many are debating whether patents should be abolished.

Internet Evolution is examining the situation today in a brand new Big Report, “Digital Patent Wars: How Companies Are Suing Their Way to the Top.” Click here to read the analysis.”

I am out of time. Have a good one, everybody! (And don’t spend too much time on those games… ha!)

.. “Graymail”? A new word for me.

Today’s quote:Be careless in your dress if you will, but keep a tidy soul.” ~ Mark Twain

Hey! The United Nations wrote me today…!

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March 27, 2012 Posted by | computers, Internet | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments