Is "Like Us on Facebook" Risky Business?

By Tom McDonald | Jun 6, 2014 9:35:00 AM

Connecticut computer company, NSI, shares this incredible TED Talk featuring Jennifer Golbeck.  Jennifer discusses how social media platforms like Facebook track us through our "Likes". 

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IT Support From NSI: "Email will be closed" - Hotmail Phishing Alert

By Tom McDonald | May 8, 2014 12:30:00 PM

IT Support From NSI:  "Email will be closed".  We recently received an inquiry from a client regarding a Windows Live Hotmail Team phishing scheme and felt it was worth sharing.   

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URGENT SECURITY ALERT: Apple iPhone, iPad, Mac

By Tom McDonald | Feb 23, 2014 5:15:00 PM

AVOID public wifi until you have performed the latest iOS update. Protect yourself from potential security issues aimed at Apple Mac, iPhone, iPad.  NSI Senior Support Consultant explains: 

"There isn't much buzz about it yet as it is mostly only the hacker/security community that knows of this today, but there was a MAJOR security vulnerability that was just made public that affects almost all apple devices.

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Microsoft Phone Scam - It can happen to anyone.

By Tom McDonald | Mar 12, 2013 4:54:00 PM

Microsoft phone scam – It can happen to anyone.  If you found this article because you received a strange call from “Microsoft”,  let us offer you some background and then we’ll provide insight, and answers.

NSI provides IT Support and Computer Services to literally thousands of businesses throughout New England and we often hear from our customers regarding scams and attempts to capture personal information through pop-ups, emails, and sometimes even phone calls. 

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See Which Sites LulzSec has Hacked and How You Can Protect Yourself

By Tom McDonald | Jun 21, 2011 11:20:00 AM

A rogue hacking organization, LulzSec, has been terrorizing different internet sites as a way of protesting certain corporations and governments that they find to be corrupt, and then adding in their own random hijinks into the mix taking down legitimate sites also which they state that they do it for the Lulz. LulzSec has “hacked” the various sites to different degrees, sometimes with the intent to hurt the company by stealing customer data and forcing them to update and fix their security flaws, other sites they do it to prove that there are security holes with no malicious intentions, and finally some sites are hit with DDoS attacks, (Distributed Denial of Service) which is overloading the server with requests so it becomes unavailable for its intended users.

Some of the high profile attacks the group LulzSec has attacked have been:

  • PBS (Stole user data and posted a fake news story)
  • Sony (Stole user data of up to 1 million users causing Sony to take down the Playstation network for over a month
  • Nintendo (Stole a Config file and apologized to Nintendo, stating they love the N64 too much to hurt them)
  • Black & Berg Cybersecurity Consulting (Who had posted a hacking challenge that was completed by LulzSec)
  • (A pornographic website in which 26,000 of its user’s emails and passwords were posted online with encouragement from LulzSec to try them on Facebook and other sites)
  • Bethesda Game Studios (Posted information taken from their site, but did not post the 200,000 account information that they had stolen from the site also)
  • Minecraft (DDoS attack from their “Titanic Take-down Tuesday”)
  • League of Legends (DDoS attack from their “Titanic Take-down Tuesday”)
  • The Escapist (DDoS attack from their “Titanic Take-down Tuesday”)
  • FinFisher (An IT security company that was also hit with a DDoS attack from their “Titanic Take-down Tuesday”)
  • EVE Online (DDoS attack from their “Titanic Take-down Tuesday”)
  • (62,000 User emails and passwords were posted, later it was revealed it was from
  • InfraGard (a Company that works the FBI for botnet detection, they hacked and leaked some user accounts from their data base)
  • British National Health Service (They emailed the administratiors letting them know they found a security hole, and did not intend on exploiting it)
  • (Released emails and passwords of users of
  • ( Used a DDoS attack to take down the site after the Pentagon said that cyberattacks could be considered an act of war)
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