Hacker’s Brief

Hacker's Brief
Hacker's Brief

This week’s Hacker’s Brief from CyberWyoming is sponsored by Campco Federal Credit Union.


FedEx Text Delivery Status: A Laramie citizen reported a FedEx text delivery scam involving the notification status of your FedEx delivery. If you click on the provided link, however, it doesn’t go to FedEx but instead redirects you to another web address that claims to be a special offer for mobile users from Charter. The offer isn’t real and is probably a way to get personal or credit card information. In this case, the phone number the text originates from (216) 333-6934, which the reverse white pages lookup labels as spam.


Beware of Emails from newsletter@teckntech.com: A Laramie citizen reported multiple scam emails from the above email address. The emails range in subjects from rent to own, bathroom remodels, payment reports from Walmart, cleaning products to kill indoor odors, a payment report from Sam’s Club, CVS, senior deals, winner notification, Renewal by Andersen, confirmation of an order, home warranty, order arrival status and Medicare. Although the scammer is often using real company names, the emails are attempts to get your personal information, so be aware of this address.


Blocking Calls:  A Rozet citizen reported getting between five and 20 calls a day from various numbers. When she answers, the caller has a Middle Eastern accent and claims they want to help with medication prices. The numbers are spoofed (not real), and when this citizen has tried to call the number back, she receives a message saying it is not in service or reaches a bewildered person who has no idea how their number called her. This citizen’s number is on the federal and local do not call lists, but she was wondering what else she could do. Here’s some advice:

  • Call Blocking: Most landlines and mobile phones have call blocking options. While you may need to call your phone service provider, they can walk you through how to block a call.
  • Mobile Phone Call Blocking: There are apps available in the Google Play Store and the Apple Store, some of which are free, that you can install to reduce unwanted calls. For a list of apps, see this link. Note that some of these access your mobile phone’s contact list, so if you don’t want to share that, be sure to pay attention to the privacy standards when you look at that particular app.


MS-ISAC Patch Now Alert: The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) has published a patch now (update your software) alert for the Mozilla Firefox browser, Google’s Chrome browser, Oracle’s products (about 100 different products including Agile, MySQL, banking, Java, Insurance, Healthcare, Hospitality, Retail, and more), Cisco’s Adaptive Security Appliance and Firepower Threat Defense (operating system that runs Cisco firewalls), and HP’s Intelligent Management Center (platform used to manage enterprise network environments). If you use these products, make sure the software (or firmware) updated.


Home Security Camera Alert: Three Terabytes worth of recorded clips from home security cameras have been uploaded and sold to interested parties on the dark web, according to HackRead.com. Be sure to change the default password on your home security camera.


Data Breaches in the News: Albion Online (MMORPG game), Dickey’s Barbeque (credit card details only), Robinhood Markets, Broadvoice’s cloud-based VoIP platform, Barnes & Noble (Nook), teamDigital (marketing agency for NFL, Mastercard, MLB and Soundcloud),  MAXEX (home loan trading platform), Made in Oregon (retailer), Pfizer (prescription drug users), Street Mobster (game) and Luxottica (Ray-Ban, Sunglass Hut, LensCrafters, EyeMed, Pearle Vision).

If you want to report a phone, email or text scam and let your friends and neighbors know about it, forward it, or send a description of the scam, to phishing@cyberwyoming.org.

Other ways to report a scam:
·       Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker
·       File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission
·       Report your scam to the FBI
·       Report unwanted calls to the Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call Registration or call 1 (888) 382-1222, and select Option 3
·       Office of the Inspector General


Information provided by CyberWyoming Alliance, a 501c3 nonprofit affiliate of CyberWyoming.