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KILLWARE – A New Trend In Cybercrime

KILLWARE - A New Trend In CybercrimeCybercrime Cybercrime is a crime related to technology, computers, and the Internet. Typical cybercrime are performed by a computer against a computer, or by a hacker using software to attack computers or networks. MalwareMalware Short for "malicious software," this term means computer viruses and other types of programs that cybercriminals use to disrupt or access your computer, typically with the aim of gathering sensitive files and accounts. With The Intent To Harm Or Kill Humans! A SCARS Cybercrime Insight Over The Last Two Years, We Have Seen Malware Used To Hurt Humans! What is Killware? Killware is a program or code that deploys on [...]

Ransomware Guide – A U.S. Government Report – DHS CISA December 2020

Understanding RansomwareRansomware Ransomware is a type of malware from cryptovirology that threatens to publish the victim's personal data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid. While some simple ransomware may lock the system so that it is not difficult for a knowledgeable person to reverse, more advanced malware uses a technique called cryptoviral extortion. It encrypts the victim's files, making them inaccessible, and demands a ransom payment to decrypt them. In a properly implemented cryptoviral extortion attack, recovering the files without the decryption key is an intractable problem – and difficult to trace digital currencies such as paysafecard or Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that are used for the ransoms, making tracing and prosecuting the perpetrators difficult. Ransomware attacks are typically carried out using a Trojan virus disguised as a legitimate file that the user is tricked into downloading or opening when it arrives as an email attachment. However, one high-profile example, the WannaCry worm, traveled automatically between computers without user interaction. - A U.S. Government Report U.S.Department of Homeland SecurityDepartment of Homeland Security The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is the U.S. federal executive department (under the President) responsible for public security, roughly comparable to the interior or home ministries of other countries. Its stated missions involve anti-terrorism, border security, immigration and customs, cybersecurity, and disaster prevention and management., Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security AgencyCybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is a standalone United States federal agency, an operational component under Department of Homeland Security (DHS) oversight. Its activities are a continuation of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). CISA was established on November 16, 2018 when President Donald Trump signed into law the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018. Published December 2020 Presented by SCARS Understanding Ransomware - A CISC Guide We want to share this document with the public to help create a greater understanding [...]

McAfee’s Guide To Sharing Online Safely

McAfee's Ultimate Guide To Sharing Online Courtesy of McAfee Presented by SCARS In A Recent Article By Mcafee, They Laid Out The Essentials For Sharing Safely Online And In Social Media Source: https://www.mcafee.com/blogs/consumer/consumer-cyber-awareness/the-ultimate-guide-to-safe-sharing-online/ The following is shared with our audience in the hope [...]

Inhuman Attackers! What Are Bots?

Inhuman Attackers! What Are Bots? A Kaspersky Insight Bots Everywhere! A ‘bot’ – short for robot – is a software program that performs automated, repetitive, pre-defined tasks. Bots typically imitate or replace human user behaviorBehavior   Behavior / Behavioral Actions Otherwise known as habits, behavior or behavioral actions are strategies to help prevent online exploitation that target behavior, such as social engineering of victims. Changing your behavior is the ONLY effective means to reduce or prevent scams.. Because they are automated, they operate much faster [...]

Using Caution with Email Attachments

Using Caution with Email Attachments A SCARS Insight Why Are Attachments A Concern? While email attachments are a popular and convenient way to send documents, they are also a common source of viruses. Use caution when opening attachments, even if they appear to [...]

SCARS Quits Twitter

SCARS Quits Twitter After many years, Twitter is simply not a place for us to be! This is actually better since our followers will have to follow us here now! We Have Had Enough We are a constant champion for online scamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. victims [...]

The Most Dangerous Malware EMOTET Disrupted Through Global Action

The Most Dangerous Malware EMOTET Disrupted Through Global Action Law enforcement and judicial authorities worldwide have this week disrupted one of the most significant botnets of the past decade: EMOTET Investigators have now taken control of its infrastructure in an international coordinated action! [...]

How Bad Is It, Really?

The State of Cybercriminality In Real-Time! Here is a real-time map showing global cyber threats courtesy of Kaspersky and CyberArmedSecurity.com Turn on or off the options at the bottom of the map to see the different types of attacks.  Turn on or off the options at the bottom of [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Cybercrime – It’s Worse Than We Thought – 2020

SCARS™ Insight: Cybercrime - It’s Worse Than We Thought - 2020 A United States Government Analysis Of How Bad Cybercrime Has Become Reprinted from NIST For Scam Awareness. Authored by Douglas S. Thomas The cyber-world is relatively new, and unlike other types of assets, cyber assets are potentially accessible to [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Cybercrime Is Big Business! A Continuing Series – Part 1

SCARS™ Insight: Cybercrime Is Big Business! A Continuing Series - Part 1 Source: DataQuest What Drives The Business Of Cybercrime? Easy access to consumer data, numerous avenues to attack, technology-driven sophisticated tools, and of course the prospect of making easy money continues to fuel the growth of cybercrime Every day, [...]

SCARS™ Cyber Basics: Three Random Words

SCARS™ Cyber Basics: Three Random Words Three Random Words Or What Makes A Good Password? You're probably aware that there’s a lot of guidance out there on what makes a good password — and it can be incredibly confusing. This should help. We advise that you create passwords using three [...]

BBC Tech Tent PODCAST Presented By SCARS™ :: Indian Call Centre Scam Shut Down And More

BBC Tech Tent PODCAST Presented By SCARS™ Indian Call Centre Tech Support ScamTech Support Scam Phone scammers may masquerade as tech support employees for a major company in order to take your money or install a virus on your computer. They may call from what seem to be legitimate company numbers using caller ID spoofing. Shut Down Also Facebook's Libra Cryptocurrency, and More If you want to share this podcast, click on the link below BBC Tech Tent Podcast Copyright © 2019 BBC - Downloaded With Permission of BBC Please [...]

SCARS™ Scam Alert: A New Kind Of Socially Engineered Scam

SCARS™ Scam Alert: A New Kind Of Socially Engineered Scam A New Kind Of Scam Is Appearing Thanks To Google Searches ... You are minding your own business searching Google or Bing for left-handed kumquats or spring-tailed dandy-lions and you see a link to an interesting website link in the [...]

SCARS™ Cyber Basics: Creating A Safe Password

SCARS™ Cyber Basics: Creating A Safe Password Creating A Strong Password Is An Essential Step To Protecting Yourself Online Using long and complex passwords is one of the easiest ways to defend yourself from cybercrime. No citizen is immune to cyber risk, but #BeCyberSmart and you can minimize your chances [...]

SCARS™ Psychology of Scams Video – Stranger Trust

SCARS™ Psychology of ScamsPsychology Of Scams Psychology Of Scams is the study of the psychological or emotional effects of scams or financial fraud on victims of these crimes. It helps victims to better understand the impact of scams on them personally or on others. To find the SCARS articles on the Psychology of Scams, use the search option to enter the term and find them. Video - Stranger Trust Stranger Trust Is A Documented Psychological Phenomenon That Opens The Door To Vulnerability! To learn more about Stranger Trust CLICK HERE » Do you remember not to talk to strangers? Stranger Trust is the first step in making yourself vulnerable! Once the scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Facebook 1 Billion Fake Profiles [Infographic]

SCARS™ Insight: Facebook 1 Billion Fake Profiles [InfographicInfographic Infographics (a shortened word of "information" and "graphics") are graphic visual representations of information, data, or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly. They can improve your understanding of a topic by utilizing graphics. Infographics have evolved in recent years to be more useful for mass communications and thus are designed with fewer assumptions about the readers' knowledge base than other types of visualizations.] Think About This? There Are About 2+ Billion Profiles On Facebook! THAT IS A LOT OF PEOPLE - MORE THAN CHINA & THE U.S. COMBINED! Now think about 1 billion fake facebook profiles? That's 50% of Facebook profiles! This Concerns Us! What [...]

SCARS™ Staying Safe Online: Dealing with Cyberbullies

SCARS™ Staying Safe Online: Dealing with Cyberbullies Bullies Are Taking Advantage Of Technology To Intimidate And Harass Their Victims. Dealing With CyberbullyingCyberbullying Cyberbullying or cyberharassment is a form of bullying or harassment using electronic means. Cyberbullying and cyber harassment are also known as online bullying. It has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers, as the digital universe has expanded and technology has advanced. Cyberbullying is when someone bullies or harasses others on the internet and other digital spaces, particularly on social media sites. Harmful bullying behavior can include posting rumors, threats, sexual remarks, a victims' personal information (Doxing), or pejorative labels (i.e. hate speech). Bullying or harassment can be identified by repeated behavior and an intent to emotional harm. Victims of cyberbullying may experience lower self-esteem, increased suicidal ideation, and various negative emotional responses, including being scared, frustrated, angry, depressed, or PTSD. Can Be Difficult, But There Are Steps You Can Take. [lwptoc] What Is Cyberbullying? CYBERBULLYING REFERS TO THE PRACTICE OF USING TECHNOLOGY TO HARASS, OR BULLY, SOMEONE ELSE [...]

SCARS™ Cybersecurity Guide: Protecting Against Ransomware

SCARS™ Cybersecurity Guide: Protecting Against Ransomware All about ransomware Ever wondered what all the ransomware fuss is about? You've heard about it at the office or read about it in the news. Maybe you've got a pop-up on your computer screen right now warning of a ransomware infection. Well, if [...]

Where Do Scammers Scam Scam Victims? – SCARS™ Special Report

SCARS™ Special Report: Where Do Scammers Scam Scam Victims? We Are Asked Every Single Day If Scammers Scam On This Social Media Or That One! While This list may not be complete these are ALL places where scammers scam on Social Media. In other words, everywhere! If you belong or [...]

The World Of Facebook Users – a SCARS|ANALYTICS™ Infographic

SCARS|ANALYTICS™ Infographic: The World Of Facebook Users What We Now Know About The World Of Facebook Users In 2019 50% - 1.1 Billion Fakes / over 100,000 Scammers creating and running scamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. - resulting in over 25 million scam victims on Facebook! This is based upon third-party published analysis and [...]

ACT AGAINST SCAMS! – SCARS™ Campaign – Call To Action

SCARS™ ACT AGAINST SCAMS! - Call To Action Do You Want To Do Something To Make A Difference? Here is something very simple: Save this graphic to your phone / tablet / computer. Then when you find a fake profile, add it as a comment on the top post so other [...]

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