Cyber Security Today: Dec. 21, 2018 — Watch those links, human errors and update Microsoft Internet Explorer

Watch those links in email, two cases of human errors embarrass major companies and make sure you update Microsoft Internet Explorer.

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I often warn listeners about possible malicious documents attached to email messages. But criminals also use malicious links. That’s one of the messages from a warning issued this week by a company called Menlo Security. It’s been following a malware campaign aimed at employees of banks and financial services mainly in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. The message in the email tries to convince staff to go to the link to fetch an invoice or a bank slip or some other excuse. The subject line may use the word “Confirmation” or “Transfer.” Click on the link and malware is downloaded that starts a process to let an attacker infiltrate the company network. So please, read email slowly, consider where it comes from before you click.

There’s been an ‘oops’ moment for a big company. This time it was Amazon’s turn to be embarrassed. According to the Reuters news agency, a man in Germany asked Amazon to let him listen to back recordings from his Alexa speaker. Instead of getting access to his own recordings he was sent a link to 1,700 audio files recorded by someone else. Human error, said Amazon, which apologized. And in Australia, Woolworths, the parent company of discount retailer Big W admitted to an oops because an employee earlier this year included some print-outs for a customer to prove their printer had been repaired. What was on the sheets was the personal information on 32 other people. This came out in a report from the privacy commissioner. Human error, said Woolworths, which has strengthened its policies, and apologized.

Finally, Are you still using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser? Make sure it’s updated. On Thursday Microsoft had to issue a quick security update to patch a critical bug. Affected are Internet Explorer versions 9, 10 and 11.
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Howard Solomon
Howard Solomon
Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@]

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