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Hackers Brief from Cyber Wyoming | January 11

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The Hackers Brief from Cyber Wyoming is sponsored by First Federal Bank & Trust. Be aware of the latest scams in Sheridan, Wyoming and the rest of the nation. 

 

Home Depot Email Scam Alert

A Laramie citizen received an email saying “You have been selected for a reward from Home Depot!” The email was from cityau@darwin.nt.gov.au spoofed as “Last Reminder” and the subject line was “Home Depot’s Rew@rd Confirmed On{12/23/2020} - Pleaaaase Confirm!” The click here and claim now links do not link to Home Depot.

 

Lottery Winner Text Scam Alert

A Wyoming citizen reported a text scam impersonating Powerball winner Bill Lawrence saying that, in light of the pandemic, he is giving one million randomly via a US Telco database. The text asks for personal information to be e-mailed to his ‘attorney’ at rossi.essq2gmail.com. Do not answer the text or send your personal information. CyberWyoming Note: This same scam was reported at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in August 2020.

 

QuickBooks Scam Alert

A Laramie citizen received a call from a Hawaii number impersonating Quickbooks Support saying that her Quickbooks Pro subscription needed to be renewed and her card on file had expired. The citizen knew this was a scam because her small business didn’t use Quickbooks.

 

Chrome Browser Extensions found with Malicious Code

If you installed any of these browser extensions, please consider uninstalling them. Avast has flagged them as having malicious code that could be considered spyware. Here’s a list: Direct Message for Instagram, DM for Instagram, Invisible mode for Instagram Direct Message, Downloader for Instagram, App Phone for Instagram, Stories for Instagram, Universal Video Downloader, Video Downloader for Facebook, Vimeo Video Downloader, Zoomer for Instagram and Facebook, VK UnBlock. Works fast., Odnoklassniki UnBlock. Works Quickly, Upload photo to Instagram. Spotify Music Downloader, and the New York Times News. https://www.zdnet.com/article/three-million-users-installed-28-malicious-chrome-or-edge-extensions/

 

Microsoft Edge Browser Extensions found with Malicious Code

If you installed any of these browser extensions, please consider uninstalling them. Avast has flagged them as having malicious code that could be considered spyware. Here’s a list: Direct Message for Instagram, Instagram Download Video & Image, App Phone for Instagram, Universal Video Downloader, Video Downloader for FaceBook, Vimeo Video Downloader, Volume Controller, Stories for Instagram, Upload photo to Instagram, Pretty Kitty The Cat Pet, Video Downloader for YouTube, SoundCloud Music Downloader, and Instagram App with Direct Message DM. https://www.zdnet.com/article/three-million-users-installed-28-malicious-chrome-or-edge-extensions/

 

Scambusters.Org Advice About Spotting an Email Scam

Usually email scams impersonate organizations you know and can be quite convincing, then they set a trap spinning a convincing story to explain why they are contacting you. Here are 7 common examples of these stories.

• Suspicious activity has been spotted on your account.

• An unrecognized person has tried to log on to your account.

• There’s a problem with your account or payment details.

• You can get coupons or free stuff by clicking a link.

• You must pay your account immediately, often via a supposed invoice attachment.

• You have to register for a benefit, such as a government refund.

• Your account has been locked and you need to confirm personal info.

 

Data Breaches in the News

SolarWinds, Spotify, US Treasury Department, US Commerce Department, Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, the National Institutes of Health, Intel’s Habana Labs (work on artificial intelligence), Dental Care Alliance (affected 1 million US dental patients), UiPath Academy (online learning platform), FireEye (cybersecurity firm), Alaskan voter registration servers, Verizon (chat window on its website), NTreatment (health records & lab results), and AspenPointe (healthcare provider in Colorado Springs), Neopets (children’s virtual pet application), 21 Buttons, TennCare (Tennessee Medicaid members), Huntsville City Schools, and Sonoma Valley Hospital (California).

 

Please report scams you may experience to phishing@cyberwyoming.org to alert your friends and neighbors.

 

Other ways to report a scam:

• Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker: www.bbb.org/scamtracker/us/reportscam
• File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint
• Report your scam to the FBI at https://www.ic3.gov/complaint
• Reported unwanted calls to the Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call Registration.
• Online at https://complaints.donotcall.gov/complaint/complaintcheck.aspx or call 1-888-382-1222, option 3
• Office of the Inspector General: www.oig.ssa.gov

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