July 26, 2013 |
Asked in a survey to distinguish malicious emails from legitimate ones, nearly everyone in a group of 53 undergraduates failed. The results from a new study by researchers at North Carolina State University found most people are overconfident in their ability to spot phishing attacks directed at them. “Everyone's susceptible,” said psychology professor Christopher Mayhorn , one of the study's authors. “But there's relationships that make some people more susceptible.” PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 Before taking the test, 89% of the group had said they were “confident" in their ability to tell the difference between an authentic email and one sent by a scammer.
July 25, 2013 |
At least 2 million people received the email May 16 notifying them that an order they had just made on "Wallmart's" website was being processed, though none of them had done any such thing. Still, thousands of people clicked on the link in the email, taking many of them to a harmless Google search results page for "Walmart. " Others weren't so fortunate. The link led to the invisible download of malware that covertly infected their personal computers, turning them into remotely controlled robots for hackers, according to email security firm Proofpoint Inc. These sorts of "phishing" attacks are not only becoming more common but also are getting more lethal, with fake emails becoming harder to distinguish from real ones.
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June 26, 2013 |
A decade or so ago, Nathan Rabin's older sister went to Israel on a trip with a youth group. At the time she was a fan of thoughtful folk musicians like Indigo Girls and Dar Williams, but her roommate there listened to Celine Dion - and only Celine Dion. "The first four months were really agonizing for my sister," Rabin said. "But then she cracked. She went from 'I hate Celine Dion' to 'Celine Dion is my favorite artist of all time.'" A former writer for the Onion newspaper's A.V. Club and author of several books, including "The Big Rewind: A Memoir Brought to You by Pop Culture," Rabin undergoes a startlingly similar transition in his new book, "You Don't Know Me but You Don't Like Me: Phish, Insane Clown Posse, and My Misadventures with Two of Music's Most Maligned Tribes" (Scribner: 272 pp., $16 paper)
May 30, 2013
SPORTS The Boys in the Boat Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics Daniel James Brown Viking, $28.95 An underdog story of nine working-class boys from the University of Washington's eight-oar crew and their determination to win an Olympic gold medal racing against elite teams from England and Nazi Germany. (June) Doc A Memoir Dwight Gooden and Ellis Henican New Harvest, $27 The former NY Mets pitcher had a Cy Young Award and a World Series crown and the adoration of fans, only to throw it all away on drugs and alcohol; he details his struggles to get sober and his relationships with family and fellow players.
June 8, 2012 |
LinkedIn Corp. said it was not aware of any user accounts being compromised as a result of an attack by a hacker who obtained 8 million passwords and posted them online. The professional social networking website said Thursday that it had not received "verified reports of unauthorized access" to its users' accounts since the breach earlier this week. But that didn't address users coming under attack from phishing scams that are using the incident to steal log-in names and passwords.
May 29, 2012 |
Perhaps proving that time and tastes may change, but dreams of a free car are forever, the musical "Hands on a Hardbody" will make the leap from the West Coast to Broadway for the 2012-13 season. The La Jolla Playhouse production, which is based on S.R. Bindler and Kevin Morris' 1997 documentary of the same name, opened on May 12. It features a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright of "I Am My Own Wife. " The musical is directed by Neil Pepe, who also directed "Speed-the-Plow" on Broadway in 2008, and in an additional bit of crossover appeal, features genre-hopping music by Phish guitarist Trey Anastacio and "Bring It On: The Musical's" Amanda Green.