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January 15, 2024

Security Risk to Ransomware Victims, Email Phishing Tips, and More

This Week In Tech, we talk about Fake 'Security Researchers', Staying Alert to Phishing Scams, and AI Fingerprint Testing.
Written By: AlphaKOR

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Beware of fake ‘security researchers’

Targeting victimized firms

These so called security experts claim that they can break into the computer system of the ransomware group to get back or erase data that was stolen. This is a trick aiming to make the targeted company pay in bitcoin for fake help. Keep in mind that legitimate security researchers prioritize ethical behavior and transparency. If something feels suspicious, it’s crucial to verify information before taking any action. If you come across someone posing as a fake security researcher, here are some steps you can consider: do not provide any personal information or details about the ransomware attack, verify their identity by contacting the organization directly, reach out to trusted security professionals for validation, report it to the relevant authorities, focus on securing your systems and data with backups of your important files, review and update security measures, and stay informed about the latest cybersecurity threats and best practices.

Read More: IT World Canada

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Stay Alert to Phishing Scams

Cybercriminals don’t take breaks

“Phishing” is a trick used to fool people into giving away confidential information like credit card numbers, usernames and passwords, and sometimes, identification numbers. Maintaining a vigilant stance against phishing scams is crucial to protecting yourself and your sensitive information. Here are some key tips to help you avoid falling victim to phishing scams: verify the sender’s identity before responding to emails, messages, or calls from unknown or unexpected sources, examine the sender’s email address carefully for slight variations or misspellings, hover over links in emails or messages to see the actual URL before clicking it, pay attention to spelling and grammar mistakes in emails, do not open attachments or download files from unknown sources as malicious software can be hidden, enable MFA whenever possible, update your operating system, antivirus software, and other security features regularly, and trust your instincts if something feels off or too good to be true.

Read More: WITS

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Our fingerprints may not be one-of-a-kind

An AI tool has managed to match fingerprints from various fingers to the same person. There’s a common thought that every fingerprint on a person’s hand is entirely unique, but this concept is now being questioned by a study from Columbia University. A group at the American university taught an AI tool to study 60,000 fingerprints to determine if it could figure out which ones came from the same person. According to the researchers, the technology could tell with 75-90% certainty if prints from different fingers were from the same individual. AI tools usually need to be trained on a large amount of data, and developing this technology further would require even more fingerprints. Continue reading to reveal additional findings from the recent study.

Read More: BBC