Today’s Cyberthreats: Thunderbolt Risk, PayPal Phishing
Each weekday, TechNewsDaily’s colleagues at SecurityNewsDaily give us a roundup on what’s worrying the guardians of cyberspace. Here’s what’s happening:
THUNDERBOLT ZAPPING: Apple released its new MacBook Pro line this week, the first computers of any kind to come with a new high-speed connection port called Thunderbolt. But, because of its trusting relationship with connected devices, Thunderbolt could easily be exploited by hackers, according to experts.
BOTNETS UP, COMPLAINTS DOWN: Complaints about criminal Internet activity dropped 10 percent last year, while the number of computers hijacked by botnets shot up 600 percent. As computer users get savvier, security experts think online criminals might be scurrying to find new methods of attack.
PAYPAL PHISHING SCAM: Phishing e-mails are spreading warning PayPal users their accounts have been compromised. To fix the supposed problem, users are told to open an attachment, which then asks them to input their credit card information on a genuine-looking, but fake, page.
CAR DEALERSHIP TROJAN THEFT: Cybercriminals used the Zeus Trojan to steal $63,000 from a car dealership in Kansas. As long as companies do their banking online using easily-corrupted PCs, these types of thefts will continue, says one security expert.