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Tech Friday with Dave Hatter- March 11th 2022 - SPONSORED BY INTRUST IT

FBI warns of extortion schemes impersonating government officials:

  • The FBI has warned about yet another cyberscam
  • In this case, scammers are impersonating government and law enforcement officials
  • The goal appears to be Americans' money and/or personally identifiable information (PII)
  • Criminals use fake credentials and spoof authentic email addresses and phone numbers
  • The FBI wrote "The FBI is warning the public of ongoing widespread fraud schemes in which scammers impersonate law enforcement or government officials in attempts to extort money or steal personally identifiable information"
  • "Scammers will use an urgent and aggressive tone, refusing to speak to or leave a message with anyone other than their targeted victim; and will urge victims not to tell anyone else, including family, friends, or financial institutions, about what is occurring." - FBI alert
  • Recipients may be threatened with arrest, prosecution, or imprisonment or may be asked to provide sensitive information for a variety of bogus reasons
  • Victims are told to pay using prepaid cards, overseas wire transfers, cash or crypto
  • The FBI said you would only be contacted in person or by official letters in the event of a real investigation
  • Read the full advisory here: https://www.ic3.gov/Media/Y2022/PSA220307

Call to 'turn off' all Tesla's in Russia:

  • Twitter users have called on Elon Musk to disable the Tesla vehicles in Russia because of the invasion of Ukraine
  • While Musk has provided SpaceX Starlink satellites and user terminals to keep Internet access flowing, he has so far resisted the calls to disable Teslas
  • This illustrates how in our increasingly digital and connected society, we can be controlled by outside forces

Phishing campaign targeting Ukraine refugee aid:

  • Attackers compromised a Ukrainian military email address to phish EU government employees involved helping Ukraine refugees
  • The emails contained a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet with macro based malware
  • Researchers attributed the phishing attempt to TA445 which has been linked with the government of Belarus, a Russian ally
  • The emails started flowing the day Russia invaded Ukraine
  • The subject says "IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE DECISION OF THE EMERGENCY MEETING OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL OF UKRAINE DATED 24.02.2022."
  • The attached Excel spreadsheet named "list of persons.xlsx" dropped the SunSeed malware
  • This was a spearphishing campaign targeting EU personnel involved in helping Ukraine refugees
  • It appears the goal was "to gain intelligence regarding the logistics surrounding the movement of funds, supplies, and people within NATO member countries" according to a report on the attack
  • Everyone should be vigilant and skeptical

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