Go Directly to Companies’ Sites for Phone Numbers
No, seriously. This isn’t ridiculous, alarmist advice. This is scammers exploiting a vulnerability in the crowd sourced information available on Google Maps.
Nefarious individuals are updating contact details of banking institutions on Google Maps, so that legitimate customers call them. It’s brilliantly simple and if it weren’t deplorable, I’d be more impressed by the ingenuity.
So far, no reports of it here in the US, but why don’t you avoid the risk?
Unless you’re living in a hole, you’ve probably heard about NASA’s InSight probe being sent to dig into the red planet. It successfully touched down yesterday. If you’re unaware, it is a very important technological achievement, which may lead to many more scientific breakthroughs. Here is a well written article about it.
But, for a more fun, equally insightful look, here’s The Oatmeal.
Germany Debates Router Security Mandate
In a move seen by some privacy and security experts as counterproductive, the German Office for Information Security (BSI) has proposed a set of rules for Small Office and Home Office routers that are aimed at reducing vulnerabilities and tightening private enterprise security.
Malvertising, That’s a Thing Now
It would appear that iOS (iPhone and iPad) users were subject to a scam where legitimate looking ads redirected through a string of websites to bring you to either an adult site trying to sell memberships or a gift card scam website. This only lasted for two days before the campaign was brought down by the ad network, but it is one of the largest to date.
The best option for protecting against this kind of deceit is an ad blocker. There are many available on both iPhone and Android stores.
Just make sure you add an exception for RaymondTec.com, that’s how I pay for my site.