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Vicious New Malware Steals Files Forever

Posted on 10/18/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyIt’s always a good idea to back up your computer files. But now, it’s a great idea. An especially nasty form of “ransomware” – known as CryptoLocker – was recently discovered that puts computer users at risk of losing their files forever. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter In most forms of ransomware, infected computers freeze up and are essentially held hostage until a ransom is paid. One common scheme: False messages claiming to be from the FBI, accusing you …

Government Shutdown Scams — the Latest Gotcha

Posted on 10/15/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsThe federal government shutdown has created new opportunities for scammers to revise some tried-and-true schemes — they pose as employees of Uncle Sam at a time when the real ones are on furlough. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter Some examples: 1. Scammers call warning that because of the shutdown, you need to immediately re-enroll in Medicare or risk losing benefits. You may be asked for personal information that needs “verification” or you may be directed to a website …

When Danger Lurks in ‘Lily Collins’

Posted on 09/23/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyMove over, Emma Watson. The new Malware Maven is fellow actress Lily Collins. The star of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Mirror, Mirror (and daughter of ’80s music icon Phil Collins) tops McAfee’s 2013 list of “Most Dangerous Celebrities”  to search for on the Web. Roughly one in seven online searches of her name — along with words such as “free downloads,” “nude pictures” and “apps” — landed computer users on websites that the security vendor says “tested positive” …

Beware: ‘Ransomware’ Is Now Attacking Macs

Posted on 08/8/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyCybercrooks have upped their game in the common “ransomware” scam, in which your screen displays a bogus FBI message accusing you of watching child pornography or another illegal online activity — and then freezes your computer until a “fine” is paid. Since last year, this scam has primarily targeted PC users. But now, the real FBI warns that the latest targets include Macs running the OSX operating system.  And there are additional campaigns against PCs in which other federal agencies …

Steer Clear of These Common Parking Scams

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsIt can be a tough road maneuvering around scams. And it doesn’t get any easier when you’re just parking. Consider these six ploys: Movie violations. Crooks wait in movie theater parking lots and after you go inside, they break into your car — specifically to glean your address from the vehicle registration and then go burglarize your home with a two-hour window of opportunity. Keep your vehicle registration, as well as your GPS and other valuables, in a locked glove …

VA—Easy Target for Foreign Hackers?

Posted on 06/5/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Kevin Freking of The Associated Press At least eight foreign-sponsored organizations have hacked into computer networks at the Veterans Affairs Department in recent years or were actively trying to do so, a former VA computer security chief told Congress on Tuesday. Jerry Davis, who served as the VA’s chief information security officer until February 2013, said in written testimony to a House subcommittee that the VA became aware of the computer hacking in March 2010 and that attacks continue …