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1. Right now 220 million global users have an ad blocker installed on their desktop computer. That’s 4x the number of users since 2013.
2. That number is even higher for mobile users: at least 419 million people are blocking ads on their mobile devices today. That’s 22% of the world’s 1.9 billion smartphone users.
For the fourth time in as many months, Adobe has released another critical update to its Flash software. The update addresses a new zero day vulnerability that was discovered last week. Such zero day vulnerabilities are not known to the creators of the vulnerable software or to the public. Subsequently, they can be exploited by cybercriminals to infect computers and mobile devices running the software.
If your default search engine was changed and your browser keeps redirecting you to http://trovigo.com that means your browser was hijacked with Trovi Search. It is able to become the startup page of your web browser via modifying browser settings. No matter which browser you are using (Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Opera), you can see the browser is occupied by it completely. To protect your homepage in the future download Web Companion.
In 2015, the FBI’s internet crime center received 288,012 complaints totalling over $1 billion US in reported losses. Almost half of the internet crime complaints were tied to a financial loss for the respective victims. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) provides the public with a platform for reporting cybercrime. The figures are from their recently released 2015 Internet Crime Report.
The Wendy’s chain of fast food restaurants recently experienced a significant data breach. Hackers broke into the company’s computer system and stole customer payment card data from cards used at some of the 6,000 Wendy’s locations worldwide. The company has not disclosed how many locations were affected but the breach lasted from October 22, 2015 to March 10th, 2016.
This week Facebook announced it has reached 1.65 billion users. At the same time, a new phishing scam has been discovered that targets Facebook users and attempts to steal their login credentials. The scam inserts a fake website window known as an iframe inside the real Facebook site, prompting users to re-enter their username and password under the guise of a “Facebook Page Verification.”