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Ask Jack: Should We Allow Employees To Play Games On Their Laptops?

An employer wants to keep employees happy. One idea is to allow employees to game during work breaks. Jack examines the cyber risks.

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Ask Jack: If There Is No Evidence Of Data Being Stolen, Can I Still Be Held Responsible?

Jack McCalmon talks about the importance of not just post-breach exposures, but pre-breach exposures as well.

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Ask Jack: What Prevention Steps Are Missing Regarding Cybersecurity?

Most cyber breaches are due to human error. Jack McCalmon explains why training and an "all of the above" strategy is the right move for cybersecurity.

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Ask Jack: Can An Image Deliver Malware?

I heard that images could contain malware - is that true?

 

Yes, it is true. In fact, there is a recent report that malware is circulating that uses images from the James Webb telescope. The images are popular online, making them a lure used by cybercriminals. 

In this particular scheme, an email goes out with an alert declaring a new image is available to see. When targets select the attachment, they unknowingly download malware that can spy on their usage remotely. https://oicanadian.com/malware-hidden-in-photos-of-james-webb/

The takeaway is that cybercriminals use whatever is in front of society to deliver malware. During the pandemic, it was phishing campaigns about the pandemic and vaccines. Now, online criminals have adapted to something different - a popular space telescope and its images.

No matter the subject matter of an email, it is important not to select any attachment or link. If you want to view images from a third party, don't wait for them to come to your in-box, but research and find them from a trusted source…not the easy source.  

 

 

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