“A Travelers Guide To Protecting Your Data”

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“A Travelers Guide To Protecting Your Data”

Dear Blast Readers,


When you hear the word “summer”, what is the first thing you think of? Vacation? Travel? Did you know that most people wont leave home without their smartphones, tablets, and/or computers? Have you ever wondered how traveling can compromise your digital security?


People tend to think of vacations as a time to get away and un-plug from the world, both the digital world and physical world. But, it is not realistic to believe that you will NEVER go online while traveling. Yes, it is fun to post pictures and status updates on your social media accounts in real time. But, did you know that by doing so, there is a possibility you are opening yourself, and your digital devices, to cyber criminals?


When traveling, public Wi-Fi might seem like a great thing. It allows you to check your email, work, and post updates to your social media accounts. But, as convent as it is, connecting to public Wi-Fi can also be dangerous. Cyber Criminals can take over public networks, and logging onto a corrupted network allows cyber criminals access to your:

  • Personal details
  • Credit card numbers
  • Passwords


The data that you, as a traveler, bring wherever you go is valuable and desired. It is important that while traveling you do everything in your power to keep your digital information safely out of the reach of cyber criminals.


How? Here are a few tips.

  • Only Use Secure Wi-Fi Networks. When connecting to a public network, consider using a Virtual Private Network, or VPN. This will ensure that your confidential information stays private. A VPN will also ensure that your data goes directly from your device to the network that you are connecting to.
  • Update Your Devices. Updating the software on your devices, as well as the applications updates, is important. Even though the constant update reminder can be annoying, it is your devices way of protecting you and your data.
  • Do Not Use Public Computers. Never use public computers when logging into to banking, email and social media accounts. This means computers in hotel business centers, as well as in-room iPads. Crooks can install keylogging software to track your keystrokes.
  • Secure Your Mobile Devices. Set a PIN for your devices. Setting a PIN can protect your device from unauthorized users.
  • Use Cash Whenever Possible. Using cash whenever possible while traveling keeps your credit/debit card safe from fraudsters. But, if you are to use your credit/debit cards, be cautious.
  • Backup all your devices. Before going on your trip, whether it is for business or vacation, it is a good idea to back up your mobile devices. This allows you to be able to retrieve your information if lost, in case of emergency, or stolen.
  • Critical information should be stored in a different location. When traveling, it is a good idea to store any critical and private information temporarily in a different location. Examples of different locations are: Flash Drives, Mobile Devices, or Cloud Storage.
  • Make sure your computer’s firewall is enabled. Enabling your computer’s firewall helps stop hackers from getting into your system, as well as keeping viruses from spreading and safeguards outgoing computer traffic.


If you have any questions about Digital Security, Hacking, Cyber Security, Computer Forensics, or Mobile Forensics contact FDS Global. You can reach us at our office at (954) 727-1957 or by email at RMoody@FDS.Global. Please feel free to visit our website at www.FDS.Global.

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“Beware of the Facebook Notification Virus”

Dear Blast Readers,


You are on your Facebook account, answering messages, liking posts, watching videos, and commenting on your friend’s photos. Suddenly, you receive a message from your friend Sam. The message contains a link to a funny cat video in which a cat in a hat is dancing with a maraca in its mouth. The message below the video says “Hilarious video. You NEED to check it out!”. Without giving it a second thought you click on the link to view the video. But, instead of viewing the video you get redirected to a site that you don’t recognize or trust. Naturally, you exit out of the browser thinking that maybe Sam has attached the wrong URL. But, it is too late. Your device has already been infected.


Security experts have identified a form of adware that targets social media users tricking them into infecting their own devices. It is known as the “Facebook Notification Virus”. This virus displays messages saying that they are from Facebook. The “Facebook Notification Virus” creates many different forms of messages, including:

  • Friend Requests
  • Chat Messages


Some of the notifications that the user received are real copies of notifications that users would see on the real social media site (making the fake notifications seem legit). While other notifications are presenting new features. The purpose of this adware is to redirect users to specific websites, most likely malicious websites, so that the user’s device becomes infected with malicious software. This virus does not just lead users to malicious websites, it also:

  • Monitors User Activity
  • Collects User Information
  • Records Browsing History
  • Tracks Cookies
  • Tracks Keystrokes
  • Tracks IP Addresses
  • Tracks Geographic Location
  • Tracks Zip Codes
  • Tracks Demographic Profiles
  • Tracks Emails
  • Tracks Telephone Numbers
  • Tracks Usernames
  • Tracks Passwords


After all this information is collected, the collector, hacker, will then attempt to sell your confidential information on Darknet Markets, then falling into the hands of much more malicious cyber criminals.


So, how does this virus spread?


The “Facebook Notification Virus” can be spread a few different ways, including:

  • Freeware
  • Shareware
  • Pirated copies of paid utilities.


Another way that it can spread is through spam emails. The sender of the spam emails wants you to open the so that his or her tool can get inside your system and infect it.


To protect your data and system from the “Facebook Notification Virus”, if you receive any suspicious messages from “Facebook”, you should:

  • Check your system, because you may have been infected.
  • Be careful of the software that you allow in your machine.
  • Verify the email addresses of the “companies” that have messaged you (visit the contact page on the official website of the “company” to verify the email address).


If you have any questions relating to the “Facebook Notification Virus”, cyber security, or computer forensics contact FDS Global. You can reach us at our office at (954)727-1957 or by email at RMoody@FDS.Global. Please feel free to visit our website at www.FDS.Global.

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“It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! NO IT’S SANTA’S SLEIGH!!!”

Dear Blast Readers,

 With this week’s blast, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Holidays, since this weekend is the start of Christmas and of Hanukah. In an amusing spin, I want to address something very concerning in a fun way.

 Breaking NEWS!!!! Santa’s Sleigh is now HACKABLE!??!!

 Like other aircrafts in the sky, Santa’s Sleigh has state-of-the-art inflight entertainment. This entertainment system gives Santa access to all of the new movies and TV shows, but unlike the rest of us, he gets it for free. The only problem with this inflight entertainment system is that it is vulnerable to hackers.

 Hackers have access to the backend of this program which would give them access to Santa’s private information such as his frequent flyer miles, and his personal information such as his credit cards and passport. Whereas for an everyday person, the idea of stealing Santa’s identity sounds like a one-way ticket for a permanent spot on the naughty list. There are criminals that see this as a great opportunity. As much of a travesty as it may sound for Santa’s identity to be stolen there is still an even more insidious and horrible vulnerability.

 This more insidious vulnerability in the inflight entertainment system would allow the hacker access to the sleigh’s flight control domain. Which means they could possibly crash his sleigh or take it very far off course. It could even change Santa’s onscreen display and invert the naughty and nice lists. If this type of cyber-terrorism does happen it could lead to a ruined Christmas, and many more real world tragedies.

 The cyber security company who originally identified this issue has not notified Santa but has notified the following other Airlines: Air France, Aerolineas Argentinas, Singapore Airlines, FinnAir, Iberia, Etihad, Qatar Airways, KLM, American Airlines, and Scandinavian.

 For more information on this identified threat or for the source of the original Article, please contact FDS Global by email at rmoody@fds.global or by phone at 954-727-1957. Or check out our website at www.FDS.GLobal



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Dear Blast Readers,


As a parent of millennial children, technology has become an essential part of everyday life. Whether it is doing homework with them on a laptop or providing them a cellphone for when they are at school, it has become of the utmost necessity to monitor them. Monitoring our cyber-parentingchildren’s activities is for their safety as much as it is for our piece of mind. With cyberbullying at an all-time high it is important for parents to take a preemptive approach to “Cyber-parenting”.


It has been reported that there are three game changing applications that can assist with “Cyber-Parenting”. Downloading straight to your child’s phone and/or computer, these apps can allow you to monitor a variety of things regarding your children’s digital presence.


With things like predators, cyber bullies and more, the internet is a very dangerous and scary place for young minds. “Net Nanny” allows you to do a variety of things when “Cyber-Parenting” to make sure that they are safe, such as:

·                Blocking specific websites

·                Blocking types of websites

·                Setting up warnings that you received if specific keywords are typed.


Secure Teen, the second game changing application, does much more then “Net Nanny”. When Secure Teen is downloaded on your child’s phone it allow you, as a parent, to access their:

·       Call Logs (You will be able to see incoming, as well as outgoing phone calls)

·       Text Messages (Allowing you to see you who they are messaging, who is messaging them, and what is being said.)  


Teen Safe, possibly the most advanced application out of what has been mentioned, does more than allowing you to see your child’s text messages and call logs. Along with tracking text messages and phone calls, it is said that teen safe is capable of pinpointing your child’s exact location instantly (as long as their mobile device is with them).


For more information please feel free to give our office a call at (954) 727-1957 or visit our website at www.FDS.Global.


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“How The Hacker Stole Christmas”

Dear Blast Readers,


With the holiday season, rapidly approaching, more U.S. households are turning to online shopping to meet the ever-expanding myriad of how-the-hacker-stole-christmasconsumer goods being requested. With news media amplifying the anxiety surrounding Black Friday sales and companies providing an alternative, Cyber Monday, the amount of online shopping following Thanksgiving has dramatically increased. As Online shopping increases so does the amount of credit cards being used on the internet. Opportunity is the mother of innovation, meaning that with more people using credit cards online there is an opportunity for cyber criminals to steal this information and sell the credit card information.


But where do cyber criminals sell credit card information?


The answer is the dark web. Outside the reach of the average computer exists a more insidious side of the internet. On the Dark web users can obtain many illegal items ranging from drugs to weapons to stolen credit card information.


To prevent yourself from being a victim, and your information ending up on the dark web follow these guidelines for safe Online Holiday shopping:


1.     Never enter your credit card information on Pop-ups, often these pop-ups are not what they claim to be.

2.     If you receive an email offering deals that seem too good to be true, do not click on the links. Independently research these offers.

3.     Never buy items from third party distributors, unless you have used or heard of this distributor before.

4.     If you are ordering items from overseas, carefully research the websites you will be ordering from.

5.     Use PayPal to generate a temporary credit card number. This will mitigate the damage of having a card number stolen.


If you want more information on the Dark Web, any of the guidelines for safe Online Holiday shopping, or you have been hacked contact FDS Global. FDS global has a trained team of Hacking investigators who frequently perform investigations on cybercrimes and the dark web. Our Phone number is 954-727-1957. We can be reached by email at rmoody@FDS.global. Our website is www.FDS.global.