Hacker’s brief

Information for this week’s Hacker’s Brief is provided by CyberWyoming Alliance, a 501c3 nonprofit affiliate of CyberWyoming. 

YouTube Did Change Their Terms of Service: Sometimes scammers use fake notifications and impersonate known companies to get you to click on a malicious link. Occasionally, the emails are real and, in this case, YouTube did send an email changing their terms of service. However, even if you receive an email that you think is legitimate, do not click on links. Instead, open a new browser window and type in the website address (in this case YouTube) to check your account and make sure the email is legitimate.

Laramie Citizen Warns of Online Marketing Scams: A Laramie citizen was sent several marketing scams, mostly claiming to be from India. Usually, it is an individual with a Gmail account saying they can make your website run faster, update your website to a better theme, help get better rankings with search engines, provide article marketing, and take over your social media marketing. Often a clue that these are fake is that they come in at 2 a.m. The Laramie citizen reported emails from Charles Moric, Ansh Tiwari, Sonu Kumar Singh, a David with no last name, and Dhavan Shukla, all in one week.

European Union Meetings & Pre-Paid Package Scam: Scammers often take advantage of the news. For example, the G-7 meeting last week. A Sheridan citizen reported a scam email regarding European union meetings and prepaid package deliveries for the beneficiaries of the ‘empowerment fund.’ The sender claims to be from Foreign Funds and Affairs, but is really dd2028890075@gmail.com and claims to be named Dr. David Urbach from the Department of Foreign Funds Affairs Command. The email is poorly worded, but asks for a lot of personal information. Don’t take the bait!

Heads Up for Amazon Prime Day: On and around Amazon Prime Day (June 21 and 22), there will be a host of hacks, cons, tricks, and frauds from Amazon impersonators. Amazon Prime Day is a real sale for Prime members. Report suspicious activity to www.amazon.com/gp/hep/customer/display.html. CyberWyoming Note: According to reports we have received by Wyomingites, Amazon is the number one impersonated company in Wyoming. Be on alert for fake membership alerts, fake coupons, phishing emails, phone calls, shipping notices, fake order notifications, fake review requests, and websites that look like Amazon’s but are not, scammers may substitute a zero for the letter ‘O’ for example.

MoneyGram Alert: If you lost money to scammers and wired the money via MoneyGram between 2013 and 2017, then you may be able to get some of it back. Before Aug. 31, file your claim at www.moneygramremission.com.

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Hackers Preying on Anti-vaxing Sentiment: A number of anti-vax postings in social media, text messages, and emails are making the rounds promoting fake ‘attractive and acceptable alternatives’ to the vaccine. Many of these advertise ‘a pill a day.’ While Pfizer scientists indicate that a pill may be produced soon, there is no such remedy. Be sure to research the company and the offer before you open your wallet.

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 Google’s Android operating system, Google’s Chrome Browser, Adobe Products, and Microsoft products. If you use these products, make sure the software (or firmware) is updated.

Data Breaches in the U.S. News: McDonald’s (customer emails, phone numbers, and addresses), 20/20 Hearing Care Network, Audio House, New York’s Metro Transportation Authority (intrusion but possibly no data breach), Battle for the Galaxy gamer profiles, Scripps Health, USAID, Canada’s Crown Corporation, Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (AZ and NM), DailyQuiz.me, Bose, Bergen Logistics, Astro Guru, iFax, Logo Maker, Screen Recorder, T’Leva, and Guard.me (student health insurance carrier).

To alert friends and neighbors, report scams 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