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On the Wire Podcast: Roger Anderson
Phone Fraud, Podcast

On the Wire Podcast: Roger Anderson

Last year, we talked to Roger Anderson about his Jolly Roger Telephone company bot, a system he designed to frustrate and annoy telemarketers by sending them through an infinite loop of robot responses. Now, Anderson is taking aim at the Windows support scammers who try to scare victims into calling […]

Macro-Enabled Malware Targets macOS
Hacking

Macro-Enabled Malware Targets macOS

A new piece of malware that targets macOS appears to be the first one that includes one of the favorite tricks of Windows malware authors: the use of macros. The malware, discovered recently by researchers, is delivered through the use of a rigged Microsoft Word document that is disguised as […]

Phone Bot to Target Windows Support Scammers
Phone Fraud, Vishing

Phone Bot to Target Windows Support Scammers

The man who developed a bot that frustrates and annoys robocallers is planning to take on the infamous Windows support scam callers head-on. Roger Anderson last year debuted his Jolly Roger bot, a system that intercepts robocalls and puts the caller into a never-ending loop of pre-recorded phrases designed to waste […]

House Passes Bill to Require Warrant for Old Emails
Privacy

House Passes Bill to Require Warrant for Old Emails

The House of Representatives has passed the Email Privacy Act, which requires law enforcement agencies to get a search warrant in order to obtain emails and some other stored records that are older than six months. The legislation is an effort to modify the old Electronic Communications Privacy Act to […]

Vizio Settles FTC Charges Over Data Collection
Privacy

Vizio Settles FTC Charges Over Data Collection

Vizio has settled charges with the FTC and the state of New Jersey that it secretly collected TV owners’ viewing data, and will pay a $2.2 million fine and delete the data it gathered. The settlement is the result of Vizio using proprietary software that continuously tracked what TV owners […]

FBI Targets Extensive Cybercrime Ring
Hacking

FBI Targets Extensive Cybercrime Ring

A Brooklyn man has pleaded guilty to charges as part of an FBI investigation into a banking malware and money mule scheme that has been running since 2015 and cost victims more than $1 million. The plea from Vyacheslav Khaimov was for his role in the scam, which the FBI alleges […]

Google Adds New Protections to G Suite
Authentication

Google Adds New Protections to G Suite

OAKLAND–Google is making a pair of changes to its hosted G Suite Gmail service for enterprises to enhance the security of the service. The most significant change is the addition of hosted S/MIME encryption. This will allow enterprise customers to get the benefits of secure email without having to deal […]