Under attack just about everywhere

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Under attack just about everywhere

The New York Times reported on Dec. 29 the biggest hacking and malware threats in 2013 (“The New Year’s Biggest Cyberthreats,” Jennifer Waters ). Topping the list were smartphones and tablets. Android devices will be the hardest hit, mainly because they’re the most prevalent, Waters writes. Also at risk are medical records and online information storage, known as the Internet cloud.

Targeted attacks known as spearphishing will continue, but the target is likely to change this year. “Random individuals will always be targets of cybercriminals but this coming year is expected to see a rise in cyber espionage where attacks are aimed directly at a particular organization or executive,” writes Waters. “Chief executives and other management make up a growing field of victims as do other employees with public-facing roles, such as sales and marketing.”

For sale: 1 (one) tour bus

Musician Robert Mawhinney and his band, Lights Over Paris, seemed to be the epitome of the rock star dream. He lived in fancy digs, they toured all over the world and their EP “Turn Off the Lights,” was on Billboard Chart’s Heatseekers Albums, which lists up-and-coming acts that are rising on the charts. The group’s video featured rapper The Game, a Dr. Dre protege. And their $750,000 tour bus was a sight to behold: “The front of the bus, once featured in Limo Digest, resembles the nose of an airplane and the vehicle is equipped with exterior awnings that, when expanded, look like wings,” writes Greg Risling in his Huffington Post article, “Robert Mawhinney Charged: Lights Over Paris Frontman, Known As ‘Robb University,’ Accused Of $6 Million Loan Fraud.”

Mawhinney has been charged with making a false statement in a loan application, which duped a bank into loaning him $6 million. 

“Over a nearly two-year period, beginning in August 2009, Mawhinney sought and obtained four loans from Comerica Inc. totaling about $6.2 million, according to court documents,” writes Risling. “He provided statements that claimed he had nearly $8 million in assets, but it turned out his account had only about $10,000, authorities said.”


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