Archive for March, 2014

Kickstarter.com gets hacked

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In the news recently many of you have learned that the very popular crowd funding site kickstarter.com has been hacked into. According to reports no credit information was stolen. What was stolen was email addresses, phone numbers, physical addresses, and other account details that consumers have listed in their kickstarter.com accounts. Are you at risk? While no financial information was stolen the information that was stolen could certainly be a gateway to more. Kickerstarter recommends changing your password upon logging in. HCP recommends you do the same and if you happen to be using common passwords any other sites that share the password you used on kickstarter.com.

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Social Engineering of Twitter.com @N Hacked

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Recently on the popular social networking site Twitter.com the owner of the username @N fell victim of a successful social engineering hacking of his account. Long of the short the owner gave up ownership of his widely popular @N user name. For many of you this means nothing but it brings up a good point. Part of the success on part of the hacker was that one service that the owner of @N used was the weak point in what he believed to be good enough security.

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Backups, pay now or pay later.

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As IT professionals even we tend to forget to do some of the lessons we always preach. It’s certainly an easy thing to do. Recently I had one of these faux paus in regards to backups. I own personally a workstation that I use to edit/add effects to HD videos shot on Go Pro cameras. I also am a hobbyist Photographer primarily using a combination of a Nikon DSLR, Photoshop to edit, and Adobe Lightroom to organize thousands upon thousands of photos I have taken.

Also on this computer is a very extensive collection of rock and roll music from the last 5 decades or more. I’m taking about 200-400 cd’s / vinyls that have been imported into a large raid array existing in this workstation. I always take a weekly differential backup of what has changed and try to take a monthly full backup. My important documents also get back up on a more regular basis.

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