Today’s Cyberthreats: Facebook Scamfest, Cybercrime Does Pay
Each weekday, TechNewsDaily’s colleagues at SecurityNewsDaily give us a roundup on what’s worrying the guardians of cyberspace. Here’s what’s happening:
FACEBOOK SCAMFEST: Among the latest survey scams creeping around Facebook is one that first snares you, then turns around and offers to sell itself to you. That’s right — it’s a scam that lets you “make tons of cash” by actually becoming a scammer, all for the bargain price of $25. No word yet as to whether the offer itself is a scam.
CYBERCRIME DOES PAY: At least in Russia, where a hacker admitted taking part in a sophisticated heist that cracked into an international bank-transfer network, then used cloned debit cards to simultaneously withdraw cash from ATMs worldwide. The take? Ten million dollars. The penalty? A six-year suspended sentence. Security experts think the slap on the wrist is very suspicious.
CLEAN SLATE: With a new computing format comes a new set of security woes. Experts say there are several easy steps to make sure your iPad, Galaxy Tab or other tablet is safe, beginning with the simplest one: Don’t lose it.