Using Gmail “Dot Addresses” to Commit Fraud

Posted on February 6th, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

In Gmail addresses, the dots don’t matter. The account “bruceschneier@gmail.com” maps to the exact same address as “bruce.schneier@gmail.com” and “b.r.u.c.e.schneier@gmail.com” — and so on. (Note: I own none of those addresses, if they are actually valid.) This fact can be used to commit fraud: Recently, we observed a group of BEC actors make extensive use […]

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Cybercriminals Exploit Gmail Feature to Scale Up Attacks

Posted on February 6th, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

Criminals are taking advantage of Gmail’s ‘dots don’t matter’ feature to set up multiple fraudulent accounts on websites, using variations of the same email address, Agari says. Some cybercriminals are taking advantage of a long-standing feature in Google Gmail designed to enhance account security, to create multiple fraudulent accounts on various websites quickly and at […]

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Turn Off FaceTime in Apple iOS Now, Experts Warn

Posted on January 30th, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

Newly found bug reportedly allows callers to spy on you – even if you don’t pick up. [This is a developing story — more updates to come] Security experts are warning Apple iOS users to immediately disable FaceTime on their devices after word began to spread today about a newly discovered bug that allows anyone […]

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3 Ways Companies Mess Up GDPR Compliance the Most

Posted on January 30th, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

The best way to conform to the EU’s new privacy regulation is to assume that you don’t need to hold on to personal data, versus the opposite. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been in effect since May 2018, and companies that have done their due diligence to comply with the regulation may feel […]

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