1. Amazon Prime Day is Prime for Hackers
It’s Amazon Prime Day. So get your steals on that toaster and fidget spinner, and keep a watchful eye to ensure your personal information remains secure. The massively popular online-shopping event, which happens Monday has already sparked teaser deals, and won’t go unnoticed by hackers. You should be very careful if you get an email that claims to be from Amazon, or you might wind up getting tricked into giving away log-in data and financial info. In May, McAfee, a security company, called “attention to a phishing scam that targets Amazon account holders.” The Amazon Phishing Kit lets hackers send you a “bogus email masquerading as a message from Amazon.” The links in these emails lead you to pages that are designed to look like Amazon and fool you into entering sensitive information like your username and password.
When you see a notification from Amazon in your inbox it’s prudent NOT click on the link. Instead, navigate yourself directly to amazon.com.
Here’s a guide to how to spot a phishing email.
2. Facebook’s $5 Billion Fine
The Federal Trade Commission fined Facebook $5 billion. Last year, the FTC investigated Facebook after there was evidence that Cambridge Analytica, a UK political consultancy, accessed data from “up to 87 million Facebook users without their permission.” Cambridge Analytica was hired by the Trump campaign and some say was instrumental in his victory. In addition, several lawmakers and advocacy groups don’t want Facebook to be just fined, but to be restrained “on the company going forward, structural reforms and substantive terms to protect user privacy.” On top of that, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren called this “a victory for Facebook” while “accusing the trade commission of letting the social network off easy despite allowing US elections to be influenced improperly.”
3. Another Trump Twitter Attack
Trump is back in the news for his comments on Twitter. The buzz? Trump tweeted “to go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came”, reportedly, targeting first-year House of Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan – “a group known as “the squad.” After that statement, Omar responded back on Twitter saying, “You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us. You rely on a frightened America for your plunder.” Curious enough, only Omar, whose family left Somalia as refugees and arrived in Minneapolis in 1997, was born outside the United States; all these others were born and raised on U.S. soil.