Phishing attacks explode and executives are taking the bait (SC Magazine)
Phishing attacks are growing off the chart, and while we’re not surprised by the numbers of attacks we are seeing, the dirty little secret chief security officers don’t want to talk about is that the executive team may be the ones putting the company at risk.
NSA gathered thousands of American’s emails before court ordered it to revise its tactics (Washington Post)
For several years, the National Security Agency unlawfully gathered tens of thousands of e-mails and other electronic communications between Americans as part of a now-revised collection method, according to a 2011 secret court opinion.
There is no such thing as NSA-proof email (Mother Jones)
Since last June, when Edward Snowden tore the veil off the National Security Agency’s vast data dragnet, Americans have been flocking to ultrasecure email services in the hopes of keeping the government out of their private business.
Qantas email scam takes flight (Computer World Australia)
Qantas has warned customers to be wary of a fake e-ticket itinerary and receipt email currently circulating. A Qantas spokeswoman said the email contains a zip file attachment and does not provide a booking reference or details of the alleged travel itinerary.
NSA collected 56,000 US emails a year (IT News)
The National Security Agency may have unintentionally collected as many as 56,000 emails of Americans per year between 2008 and 2011, in a program that a secret US court said may have violated US law and the Constitution.
Universities putting sensitive data at risk via unsecure email (CSO Online)
Colleges and universities are putting the financial and personal information of students and parents at risk by allowing them to submit such data to the school in unencrypted email.
Report: NSA, FBI monitored all emails, texts during Salt Lake Olympics (The Salt Lake Tribune)
The National Security Agency and the FBI monitored the content of all email and text messages in the Salt Lake City area during the time of the 2002 Winter Olympics, according to a new report.
Gone in 30 seconds: New attack plucks secrets from HTTPS-protected pages (Ars Technica)
The HTTPS cryptographic scheme, which protects millions of websites, is susceptible to a new attack that allows hackers to pluck e-mail addresses and certain types of security credentials out of encrypted pages, often in as little as 30 seconds.
Phishing email scam on MSU campus (WTVA)
Mississippi State University leaders want students to be aware of a phishing email scam that has been detected on campus.
Missing Children theme spear-phishing email (Kansas City Infozine)
The FBI has become aware of a spear-phishing e-mail made to appear as if it were from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Spotting email phishing (Chron)
You should always be suspicious of any message you receive asking you for confidential information. If hackers and spammers can gain access to your email, they can then compromise any of the services you might have attached to that address.