FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: September 1st – September 7th

Hey there, FixMeFans and StartMeStars! We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. We’re back with another edition of our weekly roundup where we deliver the most recent comings and goings of the cybersecurity world.

This week we’re coming to with you with new information regarding vishing scams, and potential Russian influence on the upcoming election.

If you haven’t heard of vishing before, you’ve probably experienced it at some point in your life. Vishing scams are pretty much the same as phishing scams, but are centered around fake phone calls geared to get personal financial information.

These vishing scams have gone up recently, with scammers targeting users for their Amazon and Prime logins. 

While these scams are typically easy to spot, the technology behind them has become increasingly sophisticated. Recently, scammers have been targeting individuals on their personal phone numbers and using their real names and personal details within the call.

In cases like this, there’s not much you can do to prevent vishing scams from taking place – but there are few things to keep in mind to make sure you’re not on the losing end of these scams.

  • Wait for the other end to speak first – many scams are automated and react to sound – keep quiet and assess the situation!
  • Keep in mind that scammers don’t have information beyond name and phone number – Especially when it comes to phony extortion calls, it’s good to know that many scammers are banking on your fear to get what they want.
  • Don’t recognize the number calling? Hang up, or simply don’t pick up in first place

If you’d like to read up on vishing scams, you can check out this FBI issued document.

With Election Day just around the corner, voters across America are being bombarded with a ton of information – not all of it factual. Especially with postal voting being a big concern this time around, many voters are being hit with news that may not be entirely true – such as the recent reporting that 7.6 million Michigan voters had their registration information stolen and posted on a Russian dark web hacker forum.

According to a Russian media blog post, voter registration information had been stolen in a data breach and then posted online, although some digging has proven that this information is not entirely accurate.

While there is a database that contains Michigan voting information, the information had been posted back in March, and Michigan Department of State has even gone as far as to confirm that no hacking has taken place.

While this election surely has people feeling antsy, it’s important to keep calm and keep a critical eye regarding any news coming your way – always check to be sure that your news is coming from a credible source so that you get all the right information this election season! Want to learn more about how to spot fake news? Check it out here!

You can read up on the situation here.

That’s all for this week’s roundup folks! We hope you’re staying safe with all that’s going on, especially when it comes to your cybersecurity!

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