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The muse for this diary is far from hot off the press. Many of you may have already come across the click through scam on Facebook reporting a video recording taken of Robin Williams moments before his death. Â
In case you had not heard, Robin Williams is a popular American movie actor and entertainer that recently took his own life at the young age of 63. Â The general public's open expression of grief for his passing has given some evil doers an opening to take advantage of human emotion.
Snopes.com has a write up on this scam.  Â I can offer a couple of details on it. Â Â Â
An image like this one will show up in your Facebook feed enticing you to click to view the video of Robin Williams.
Once the link isÂ clicked, it will bait again the user to fill out a survey and provide some information. (PII)
The following image is the next step.
By clicking through this type of scam it opens a list of vectors for the user to be exploited. So please beware, educate your family, friends, and co-workers.
Let this also be a wake up call for other soft spots. Â The ALS Ice Bucket challenge is viral marketing success, that could easily be exploited. So don't always trust and feel the need to meet your curiosity.
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A healthcare system spanning 29 states announced on Monday that cybercriminals operating from China stole information on approximately 4.5 million patients, including names, birth dates, and Social Security numbers.
Community Health Systems, which comprises 206 facilities in the southern and western states, announced the incident in an 8-K filing submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The data breach likely stems from compromises in April and June of this year, involved sophisticated malware, and is apparently connected to China, the company stated.
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