Hacking

What the Tech? How to Stay Safe from Hackers When You Shop Online

This is an unprecedented holiday shopping season. With many retailers either closed or significantly cut back on Black Friday sales, shoppers are swarming the virtual stores looking for great deals on their computers or smartphones. There are lots of deals to be had this year and most Black Friday sales started a week or more ago. A recent survey by…

Tallassee City Schools Facebook Page Hacked, Hacker Makes Inappropriate Posts

The Tallassee City School Facebook page was hacked Monday night. Superintendent Dr. Brock Nolin says a former employee had access to the page and locked out other page administrator before making inappropriate posts. Dr. Nolin says they are working with IT to secure the page. The school system is filing a report with Tallassee Police and plans to press charges.  …

Cybercrime on the Rise During Pandemic

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – State securities officials say cybercrime including email attacks are on the rise during the pandemic. A statement from the Alabama Securities Commission said social engineering attacks have been increasing with more people working at home and children using virtual learning because of the Coronavirus outbreak. Commission Director Joe Borg said information is more accessible than ever,…

What the Tech? How to Keep Your Computer from Being Hacked When You Work from Home

Leaving the house may increase your chances of contracting COVID-19, but working from home may make you more susceptible to another kind of virus. A computer virus. The cybersecurity firm RISKIQ predicts the coronavirus outbreak will give hackers one of their best opportunities in recent years to attack computer networks around the world. There are many reports that hackers are…

Key Equifax Executives Departing after Huge Data Breach

Equifax says its chief information officer and chief security officer are leaving the company, following the enormous breach of 143 million Americans’ personal information. The credit data company said Friday that Susan Mauldin, who had been the top security officer, and David Webb, the chief technology officer, are retiring from Equifax immediately. Mauldin, a college music major, had come under…

Equifax Victims May Face Another Hassle in Buying an iPhone

Apple fans who froze their credit after the Equifax data breach may end up with another hassle on their hands if they try to get one of the new iPhones that can cost more than $1,000. People who did so and want to make any big purchase may find the same. Since Equifax disclosed that 143 million Americans had their…