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BBB: Scammers targeting Apple computer owners



Better Business Bureau reports a new scam targeting owners of Apple devices and iCloud accounts. According to BBB, scammers are calling people across the United States and claiming their iCloud accounts have been hacked. Some victims have received more than 10 of these phone calls in one day.


"BBB has had a number of reports to the BBB Scam Tracker in recent weeks, and the stories are similar. You get a robocall claiming to be from Apple Support. Your Caller ID may say “Apple Inc.” or the name of your local Apple store. The message informs you that your iCloud account was hacked and prompts you to stay on the line and speak to an Apple support “technician.” If you stay on the line, this “technician” will offer to fix your account. But first, they will need remote access to your computer," BBB's Emily Valla explained.

Valla says that remote access, allowing someone to take over your computer from afar, is a big concern.


"Unfortunately, allowing a scammer to access your computer can open you up to the risk of identity theft. Scam artists can install malware that records passwords or hunts for personal information, such as bank account numbers, on your computer. This con is a twist on the classic “tech support scam” where a caller claims to be from Microsoft or another business and says you have a virus," Valla said.


According to BBB, in many versions, the scammers are spoofing caller ID, making it appear like a legitimate company is calling.


"There's also an emotional response from losing everything you store in iCloud, including backups of your devices and photos," Valla said.


Valla says, don't believe caller ID, and never give a stranger remote access to your computer. For more resources and information to help you protect your identity and money, visit www.bbb.org.




Original Source: http://www.kivitv.com/news/bbb-scammers-targeting-apple-computer-owners


Original Date: Aug 14 2017

Every Small Business Needs a Computer Crash Plan

As business owners, we all know that in one form or another, at least one of our company computers is either going to completely crash, be lost/stolen or will fall victim to virus problems. When most people think of data loss, they think of a crashed hard drive. I did a little digging into hard […]

Welcome To CPS Michele Crews and Dalton Twichell

July Has Been Quite the Exciting Month Around Here At CPS! We Are Proud to Introduce 2 NEW Employees That Have Joined Our Team.

Dalton Twichell is joining the CPS team as part of our software development team. He recently obtained a General Associate’s degree from Lansing Community College, a Certificate of Achievement in Graphic Design, as well as a Certificate of Completion in Website Development. Dalton has been with us since April. He is a hard working, out of the box thinker that will bring new ideas to the company.


Michele Crews is joining the CPS team as our graphic designer. She recently graduated from the Art Institute of Michigan with her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts with a focus in Graphic Design. Michele enjoys coming up with creative and visually pleasing designs and has a passion for learning new things. She strives to do her best and maintain a professional work ethic.

Your anti-virus software is not enough

There was a time when anti-virus software was the height of computer security, especially if you were a Windows user. But the landscape of threats has changed, and we live in an era of sweeping, global campaigns, like the ransomware “WannaCry” infection and the more recent Ukraine-focused “NotPetya” attack. What role does anti-virus and antimalware […]

Petya.2017 is a Wiper not a Ransomware

Ransomware-as-a-service soon to be renamed Lure-as-a-Service TL;DR: The ransomware was a lure for the media, this variant of Petya is a disguised wiper. What’s the difference between a wiper and a ransomware ? The goal of a wiper is to destroy and damage. The goal of a ransomware is to make money. Different intent. Different motive. Different narrative. […]

20 Apple Employees Caught Selling Customer Data in China



They were using Apple's own internal computer system to gather the information before selling it on in a scam worth $7.3 million.









Apple may pride itself on offering its customers privacy and promising to protect their data, but in China, Apple's own employees have been working against the company in a huge data theft scam.

According to the Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP), Chinese authorities have been investigating the data selling scam for months and 22 people have now been arrested across the Guangdong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Fujian provinces. 20 of those are Apple employees.

The scam involved using Apple's own internal computer system and tools in order to collect the personal data of individual customers. This included names, phone numbers, Apple IDs, and every other bit of information Apple stores on its systems about individual owners/users of its devices and services.

With the data stolen, it was then sold on for between $1.50 and $26.50 per piece of information. In total, this underground operation is thought to have earned the suspects $7.36 million. One thing that remains unclear is whether the data stolen belonged to Chinese customers or includes records of users in other countries.

According to HKFP, personal information sales are very common in China, so while it may be surprising this happened for anyone reading this outside of China (including Apple's management team), it won't be to the Chinese authorities and general population. Apple will have to respond by publicly sharing details of exactly what personal data was stolen before implementing further security to ensure no more employees can manage to steal so much data so easily.

Original Article By: BY MATTHEW HUMPHRIES
Original Source: http://au.pcmag.com/news/48301/20-apple-employees-caught-selling-customer-data-in-china
 

 

Intern Justin Martin Joins The CPS Team

Justin Martin is joining the CPS team as a part-time intern focused on software and web development. Justin recently graduated from Brighton High School and will be attending Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI starting the Fall of 2017. He plans on pursuing a degree in computer science with a focus in cyber security as well as a minor in physics. Justin has been with CPS since mid-February. Justin is our first part-time intern! We have and will continue to enjoy having him as part of the CPS team throughout the summer.



 

Is It Important To Network Your Companies Computers?

Have you ever lost files or data on your computer and could not get them back? Did your computer somehow get malware and you aren’t able to access your data? Did your files become corrupt and couldn’t be retrieved? The best solution would be to have some kind of backup before these problems occur. Data […]

WannaCry surprisingly avoided old versions of Microsoft’s Windows

Though WannaCry was one of the most serious malware attacks ever, some old Windows systems surprisingly eluded infection.   That’s the finding of Kryptos Logic, a company which develops cybersecurity solutions. On May 12, WannaCry ransomware attacked computers running Microsoft Windows operating systems worldwide, wreaking havoc by targeting a vulnerability referred to as Server Message Block. The […]