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Hackers Are Getting Personal: 4 Ways Every Person Using a Cell Phone or Computer Is at Risk

Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 25, 2017

Never let down your guard. Personal security and privacy are not going to get better anytime soon.

http://www.theorganicprepper.ca/hackers-cell-phone-computer-09232017

First, your Bluetooth handsfree safety feature isn’t that safe.

Cell phones can be a great way to communicate with loved ones, but don’t underestimate the dangers lurking within all their “conveniences.” I wrote a story that went largely unnoticed last week about a flaw with Bluetooth that allows any device connected to easily be hacked. To summarize:

  • BlueBorne is an attack vector that could affect billions of devices.
  • If you’re running IoS, Android, Windows, and even Linux, your devices could be at risk.
  • This makes all of your connected devices vulnerable to cyber espionage, data theft, and ransomware.
  • If your passwords are saved for your bank or credit accounts, you can be easily hacked due to this vulnerability.
  • Anything on your devices is under the control of the hackers.

But perhaps even worse than your phone being under control of the hackers is that this attack vector is “contagious.” Anything your device is connected to is subject to the hackers. So, that means there is the possibility that while you safely use your phone hands-free while driving, your car could be hacked…accelerator, brakes, heat, radio, lights…you get the idea.

Have You Downloaded Any of These Apps? They May Be Stealing Your Money

And while we’re talking about the dangers of your cell phone, SHTFplan reports that dozens of apps from the Google Play store have malware that can steal your sensitive data and drain your bank accounts. (Get the details here.)

A massive ransomware attack is attacking millions of devices.

The attack is difficult to contain because it has 8000 different versions of the virus. Once one is stopped, there are 7999 to take its place. It’s attacking 2 million devices per hours.

Remember: “Don’t click the link…” Just don’t do it.

Oh, and while you’re trying to fix all these masses, hackers hid malware in a clean-up tool.

CCleaner, a tool to help speed up how fast your computer runs, has been infected with malware. The tool is made by software company Piriform, which is part of Avast, one of the largest computer security companies in the world. That makes it particularly embarrassing that the company got hacked and the hackers embedded malware into their computer clean-up tool.

“Piriform believes that these users are safe now as its investigation indicates it was able to disarm the threat before it was able to do any harm.” (source)

Be seeing you

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