Go Phish: Why email is so laughably insecure right now

Perhaps the most surprising thing about reports of Russian hackers infiltrating an unclassified White House computer system is that for all their efforts the hackers appear to have been unable to retrieve anything more interesting than the unclassified details of the president’s schedule. That is probably due in no small part to the White House’s refreshingly realistic security strategy, as articulated by deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes in an interview with CNN: “You have to act as if information could be compromised if it’s not on the classified system.”


How to win the War on Phishing

A phishing attack is a trick e-mail sent randomly to perhaps a million recipients, and the thief counts on the numbers game aspect: Out of any given huge number of people, a significant percentage will fall for the trick.

The trick is that the e-mail contains certain information or is worded in such a way as to get the recipient to click on the link in the message. Clicking on the link brings the user to a website that then downloads malware….


Smart Phones, Smart Cars: The Dangers of a Smart Future

With a smart phone acting as a master key, a hacker can easily gain access to someone’s home or car in hours, if not minutes.

Technology is progressing at full speed, becoming so inseparably weaved into our everyday lives that it is now seen as a commodity. However, not all breakthroughs are as awe-inspiring and jaw dropping as they….


Heard about this one yet? Phishing email from your Boss

Hello all- I wanted to give you a quick heads up on yet another trend in phishing. We received this email at ID Experts late last week but I have since learned that a number of people have received similar emails across the country. Their nefarious M.O. is to send an email to the person most likely to be in a position to send wire transfers from inside the company or organization. They send the email and make it look like it is coming from their boss. In my case, my name and correct email address appeared in the “From” header on the email and it was sent to our controller:

“Hi Chuck,

Hope you are having a splendid day. I want you to quickly email me the details you will need to help me process an outgoing wire transfer to another bank. I will appreciate a swift email response….