Top Social Media Scams in 2016

Scammers are taking advantage of unsuspecting victims in the social media space. Social media scams can be especially daunting because they can take on many forms – from illegitimate friend requests to hacked profiles and malicious link attachments.

As the year draws to a close, let’s take a look at the most prominent social media scams of 2016 to prepare ourselves for the upcoming year.  Continue reading

LinkedIn Hacked — 167 Million Accounts for Sale on Dark Web

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UPDATE: CSO reports that the LinkedIn data breach has been connected to a series of data breaches that occurred shortly after, including Citrix’s GoToMyPC and TeamViewer. A list of LinkedIn users’ names, work history and passwords obtained in the initial breach provided the information needed for hackers to gain access into other secondary networks.

What should you do?

  • Avoid using the same password for multiple sites.
  • Change your passwords every 90 days.
  • Create passwords with a minimum of 8 characters and a variety of capital and lowercase letters, symbols and numbers.

What happened? 

Account information of 117 million LinkedIn users has surfaced on the online black market. The hacker responsible is seeking 5 bitcoins ($2,200 USD) for the database of users’ email addresses and encrypted passwords. 

An additional 50 million LinkedIn email addresses, without passwords, are also for sale. Continue reading