Proofpoint: with “job fraud” cybercriminals target students looking for work

A new threat is exploding in the world of cybercrime: it is called “job fraud” and tends to affect higher education organizations almost exclusively, in the United States but also in Europe and Australia. These types of attacks saw a further surge during the pandemic, when cybercriminals exploited people’s willingness to work from home or remote working. Indeed, with the promise of easy money (for example, working from home to collect personal data), cybercriminals steal money or persuade victims to unwittingly participate in illegal activities, such as money laundering.
For the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, the average loss of a “job fraud” is $ 3,000.

Proofpoint has identified a number of job-related threats: nearly 95% target educational institutions, particularly colleges and universities. So far, the majority of attacks have been concentrated in the United States, although attackers have targeted European and Australian institutions and facilities (nearly 4,000 email threats were recorded daily).

Sherrod DeGrippo, Vice President, Threat Research and Detection at Proofpoint points out, “Threats like this can cause people to lose their life savings or involve them in criminal operations without their knowledge. They are very worrying, especially for universities, so much so that Proofpoint detects and blocks thousands of fraud threats every week that could harm their students and teachers. “

31 March (2022): The World Backup Day

World Backup Day on March 31st reminds us to protect our precious digital documents as we’ve become more reliant on technology.

There’s always that one photo, video or memory that you took the time to save, yet for some reason, it’s not yours anymore. Whether it was a lost or broken phone, a faulty hard drive or some other technological mishap, it can feel impossible to keep all your files in one piece.

Thankfully, the day before April Fools is World Backup Day, which saves us from being the punchline of a joke played by our own devices. It is the day when we finally stop saying, “I’ll do it tomorrow,” and make sure all our precious files find a safe space.

Try not to think of it as a hassle. Remember when you swore to backup all those pictures and videos from your last vacation? Now’s the time buddy.

Each day we depend more and more on data to serve our lives. Although it may be difficult to imagine a future where our precious files aren’t as accessible as they are today, it’s not our job to take digital memories for granted. Now put your foot down take a stand, and back that thing up!

WHAT IS BACKUP? A backup is a second copy of all your important files — for example, your family photos, home videos, documents, and emails. Instead of storing it all in one place (like your computer), you keep another copy of everything somewhere safe. For more info on this day – go to www.worldbackupday.com

HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldBackupDay

If you haven’t already, invest in an external hard drive, USB stick or purchase some space in the cloud. While you’re waiting for your file transfer to reach 100%, take a moment to plan out your next big data dump. Because let’s face it, one day a year isn’t nearly enough.

Take the pledge to back up your phone, computer, tablet, and all other coveted devices and share with the world using hashtag #WorldBackUpDay.

WORLD BACKUP DAY HISTORY

World Backup Day originally began as World Backup Month, started by a hard drive company by the name of Maxtor which was later acquired by Seagate Technology.

https://worldbackupday.com/en

31 March (2022): Freedom Day (Malta)

Freedom Day (Maltese: Jum il-Ħelsien) is a Maltese national holiday celebrated annually on 31 March. This is the anniversary of the withdrawal of British troops and the Royal Navy from Malta in 1979. On taking power in 1971, the Labour Government indicated it wanted to re-negotiate the lease agreement with the United Kingdom. Following protracted and sometimes tense talks, a new agreement was signed whereby the lease was extended till the end of March 1979 at a vastly increased rent. On 31 March 1979 the last British Forces left Malta. For the first time in a millennium, Malta was no longer a military base of a foreign power and it became independent de facto as well as de jure.

The main events of the activities commemorating this date take place at the Freedom Day Monument at Birgu (Vittoriosa) and at the War Memorial in Floriana. In the afternoon the Grand Harbour hosts a competitive regatta. The regatta often attracts thousands of spectators and participants from the three big cities (Birgu, Bormla and Isla), as well as coastal towns. The regatta forms part of two annual rowing race events, the second being on Victory Day

♬ Tyga, Doja Cat – Freaky Deaky

LYRIC

I’ve been feelin’ freaky deaky
You’re on your way to see me
Got the mirror on the ceiling
You’re in the mood to please me
I’ve been feelin’ freaky deaky (I’ve been feeling)
You’re on your way to see me
Got the mirror on the ceiling (on the ceiling)
You’re in the mood to please me, yeah

Uh, my lil’ shawty, always on time (time)
I pick you up, come outside, take you for a ride (ride)
Body like December, ass on summer time
Take off the top (ooh-ooh), sweet Caroline (woo)
Meet my jeweler, put ice on that (ayy)
Two diamond chains, what’s the price on that?
When you worth what you worth, I invest in that (yeah)
Itty bitty waist, but your ass so fat (damn)
Let me slide in it, Wayne Gretzky (I’ve been feeling)
Let me see you bounce like a jet ski, ayy (ayy)
I know you wishing he was like me (like me)
Late night calling me for some good D, ayy

I’ve been feelin’ freaky deaky
You’re on your way to see me
Got the mirror on the ceiling
You’re in the mood to please me
I’ve been feelin’ freaky deaky (I’ve been feeling)
You’re on your way to see me
Got the mirror on the ceiling (on the ceiling)
You’re in the mood to please me, yeah

Back it up (mm)
Back it up, back it up, back it up for you
I wanna see you back it up
Said I can back it up, back it up, back it up for you
Mm, go ‘head, back it up
So let me back it up, back it up, back it up for you
Mm, go ‘head, back it up
I can back it up, back it up, back it up for you (ah, ayy, ayy)

See, that’s my type, I’ma cop flights
You can break her back and I can put it on rice
I got sleepin’ issues so I do it all night
Boy, give me a show and put the pussy on ice
Keep your eyes shut, I’ma go tough
He don’t want an “If”, or an “And”, just butt
Don’t call me a “Miss”, or a “Ma’am”, just “Slut”
Boy, just let me switch up on your ass and fuck
‘Cause we frustrated, they all make love
That’s overrated, just come over (come on)
I’m over waitin’, I’m all messed up (come on)
I’m going crazy, all on my tongue ’cause

I’ve been feelin’ freaky deaky
You’re on your way to see me
Got the mirror on the ceiling
You’re in the mood to please me
I’ve been feelin’ freaky deaky (I’ve been feeling)
You’re on your way to see me
Got the mirror on the ceiling (on the ceiling)
You’re in the mood to please me, yeah

Uh, black Barbie, perfect and you gnarly (yeah)
I raise the stakes for you and bet all it (whoa)
Put some respect on my name, I get you poppin’ (yeah)
Don’t leave your girl around me, I got options (yeah)
Ain’t no stoppin’ a ball
She wanna take it off for me in her new Dior
Wanna touch it, wanna grab it, wanna lick it, wanna ride it
I get so infatuated and erotic with you
Take a shot, we intoxicated (I’ve been feeling) (woo)
Tastes so sweet, lick the rapper, baby (ha)
She never was a freak and she said, “You made me” (I’ve been feeling)
Forever, forever, ever, juicy, baby

I’ve been feelin’ freaky deaky
You’re on your way to see me
Got the mirror on the ceiling
You’re in the mood to please me
I’ve been feelin’ freaky deaky (I’ve been feeling)
You’re on your way to see me (ooh baby, yeah)
Got the mirror on the ceiling (on the ceiling) (ooh baby, yeah)
You’re in the mood to please me, yeah (ah)

Back it up (mm)
Lemme back it up, back it up, back it up for you
I wanna see you back it up
Said I can back it up, back it up, back it up for you
Mm, go ‘head, back it up (I’ve been feeling)
So let me back it up, back it up, back it up for you
Mm, go ‘head, back it up (I’ve been feeling)
I can back it up, back it up, back it up for you

Purr, ayy
I’m feeling freaky deaky
Tyga, Doja, let’s go wild

That’s What Friends Are For — Thursday, March 31, 2022 — Life on a Colorado Farm

Sunday we get a call for help from some good “Car” friends… Off we went to the desert a few miles from us Oh! My!  The road gave way and the jeep did too. They were very lucky Brett was going slow, or the jeep would have flipped over. Brett and Marianne had been stacking […]

That’s What Friends Are For — Thursday, March 31, 2022 — Life on a Colorado Farm

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #192 – Earth Story — Journeys with Johnbo

Spider Rock at Canyon De Chelly Chinle, Arizona. This week it’s Amy’s turn to host the challenge, and she’s on topic for April’s Earth Day celebrated every year. She writes, “This week, we hope you will join us in sharing earth story through your lens. As we share the beauty of natural world (mountains, sand, […]

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #192 – Earth Story — Journeys with Johnbo

30March ’22: World Bipolar Day

On March 30th each year, the world comes together to raise awareness of a mental health disorder that affects nearly 6 million Americans, each in a distinctive way.

Bipolar disorder has an impact that goes far beyond numbers. I’ve learned this working at bp Magazine for Bipolar, a print and online publication that educates and empowers people dealing with bipolar. I have been incredibly inspired by our bipolar community’s strength and resilience through interacting with bloggers, professional writers, social media followers, and mental health partners.

So, on World Bipolar Day, here are some aspects of bipolar disorder that are important to understand, so you can help combat social stigma:

  1. Bipolar disorder affects every aspect of life: It may be difficult to fully comprehend the toll bipolar disorder can take on someone because it is an invisible illness. As bp Magazine vlogger Natasha Tracy describes in a powerful video, it can be as crippling –impacting relationships, working, and all aspects of everyday life—from sleeping to showering.
  2. Bipolar disorder has many causes, from genetics to life events: After a study that spanned nearly two decades, a team from the University of Michigan found that there is no single genetic change, life event, or chemical brain imbalance that could be the root cause of bipolar disorder. Many times, it is a combination of several biological and environmental factors that can trigger bipolar disorder.
  3. Bipolar disorder rarely exists alone: As if a mood disorder that involves long-spanning depressions and manic episodes wasn’t enough to deal with, bipolar disorder can also come with other physical and psychological conditions to worry about. These include metabolic disorders and migraines.
  4. Everyone’s bipolar disorder is different: Bipolar disorder is like fingerprints and snowflakes—no two people have the exact same symptoms and each diagnosis can vary greatly. However, there are two main types of bipolar disorder: Bipolar I which is characterized by one or more manic episodes that last at least a week and require hospitalization; and bipolar II, which is characterized by more depressive episodes.
  5. There are many celebrities that live with bipolar disorder: Celebrities including Demi Lovato, Richard Dryfuss, and Mary Lambert are using their high-profile platform to combat bipolar disorder stigma. Demi Lovato in particular is making headlines for bringing the CAST Foundation on her Tell Me You Love Me Tour. CAST is an extension of a Los Angeles-based mental health awareness organization that Demi says helped her stay sober for six years.
  6. There may be a creativity connection: Did you know that World Bipolar Day occurs on Vincent van Gogh’s birthday? Van Gogh, considered one of the most influential artists of all time[7], was posthumously diagnosed as having bipolar disorder. Another famous face of creativity is Carrie Fisher, known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise. She’s considered a heroine for rebelling against mental health stigma.
  7. It is life-threatening, and support is vital: An estimated 1 in 5 people diagnosed with bipolar disorder dies by suicide. World Bipolar Day is an opportunity to show those living with the day-to-day challenges of this condition they are not alone, they have your support, and there is always hope.

https://mhanational.org/blog/7-reasons-why-world-bipolar-day-important

The US government places Kaspersky on the cybersecurity blacklist

In recent days, the Federal Communications Commission has decided to include the Russian security company Kaspersky within the same “entity list” that has hosted Huawei and ZTE since last year. According to the FCC, Kaspersky security products pose a national security risk and therefore will no longer be eligible for federal funds. In addition to Kaspersky, which has long since been banned from all US government networks, China Mobile and China Telecom have also been added to the list of unwelcome companies. “Kaspersky is disappointed with the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to ban the use of certain federal telecommunications subsidies for the purchase of Kaspersky products and services. This decision is not based on any technical assessment of Kaspersky products that the company continually supports. , but it is taken on a political basis, “said the Russian security company. “I am pleased that our national security agencies agreed with my assessment that China Mobile and China Telecom appeared to meet the threshold needed to be added to our list. Their addition, as well as that of Kapsersky Labs, will help protect our networks from threats posed by state-backed Chinese and Russian entities seeking to engage in espionage and otherwise harm America’s interests, “FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said. In this way, Kaspersky earns the double distinction of being the first Russian company and the first company specialized in cyber security to enter the US entity list. Recall that the companies on this list represent, according to the US, a threat to national security and therefore are excluded from the possibility of receiving funds among the 8 billion dollars available every year in the Universal Service Fund program of the Federal Communications Commission, which goes to support telecommunication services in rural areas or for the low-income population or even for institutions such as schools, libraries and hospitals. The move by the FCC comes within the context of the consequences triggered by the military invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation. Company founder Eugene Kaspersky has long been accused of having ties to the Russian military and intelligence, although he has repeatedly stated that his company is completely independent of the government. A couple of weeks ago the German Federal Office for Cybersecurity advised companies in the country not to use Kaspersky products as the company could be forced to put its products at the service of Russian intelligence.