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Putting a Freeze on Credit Files

In the wake of the Equifax breach, many people have explored options on additional security and damage control. Putting a security freeze is a step above fraud alerts and can prevent thieves from getting credit in a victim's name, even if they have their social security number. For those under 65 years of age, putting a credit freeze costs $10 (so a total of $30 for all three major credit bureaus). Freezes can be requested by mail or online, and the bureaus must place the freeze within three business days of receiving the message.

FBI Confirmed the Sony Pictures Entertainment Hack Came From North Korea

Episode 1145

Sony Pictures Entertainment

President Obama along with the FBI confirmed that the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack did indeed originate from North Korea. Security experts are questioning this conclusion, however. It's very difficult to determine the origin of a hack. This attack, like most attacks, was routed through up to 6 countries before getting to Sony. There are a number of articles saying that this couldn't possibly be the North Koreans, and yet the FBI says they know for sure that it is. We don't have all of the information they have, however, and they may have the smoking gun.

Does my printer have a memory that can be hacked?

Episode 1120

Mike from Orange County, CA
printer

Mike has a printer that he needs to have repaired, but he's worried that the printer memory could get hacked. Leo says that it's definitely possible. But Leo doesn't think it's really a cause of concern. At best, it'll only remember the last job it had. So it's not really that big of an issue, just a theoretical concern. Just because the memory is there, doesn't mean it can be accessed or that it will even stay there once it's unplugged.

Why does eBay keep harassing me to verify my identity with credit cards, PINs, etc?

Joe from San Diego, CA

Episode 881

Leo says this doesn't sound like it's actually ebay.com. It sounds like something on his system is hijacking his browser and sending him somewhere else. One way malware could do this is by changing his "Hosts" file. So when he visits ebay.com, his computer will check that modified "Hosts" file and send him somewhere else. He might also have DNS Changer on his system which would then change the lookup results he would get and send him to a phony DNS server.