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When it comes to cyber-attacks, promotion is a lure. But what occurs when news journals themselves become objects? One of the renowned names in the business journal is Business Insider that came under attack this week. The attack was yet one more done by the infamous Our Mine, the hacker group behind recent attacks on both Variety and Buzzfeed. But this time, the attack was due to lack of security from a Business Insider employee only.

This employee wasn’t dissatisfied with his work, however, just careless in terms of security. They helped the hackers with a simple mistake by reusing the same password across multiple portals. Someone with publishing authority at Business Insider was said to have used that same password across various portals. This was OurMine’s hackers easy way to get in the journal system. By revealing the password from various sources, it was simple to copy-paste it for accessing the Business Insider’s publishing portal.

Once inside, hackers edited stories and published a malicious ad that was spread across both mobile and Web version of the publication. According to reports, OurMine published on Business Insider, “Hey, don’t worry we are just checking your security, we didn’t alter your password or anything. Check our website for more details.” Of course, they shared a link that went to their own website. This was typically an illegitimate advertisement of their security facilities.

With a fake air, OurMine has earlier specified their hacks are merely efforts to teach us all security modules. But, such a back-handed work draws attention to Business Insider’s weakness as well as teaches us that don’t reuse passwords and check out for potentially mischievous ads.

Here are some tips to keep in mind to keep you secure in light of events like these:

  • Cross check before clicking on fake ads. It’s important to evaluate the security of any link, before clicking on it. Many web browsers have built-in security, but you can never be too secure when surfing the website. Double up your security with solutions like McAfee WebAdvisor that can scan Web sites for malicious links. You can download the McAfee from the internet or purchase it. If you need any assistance regarding the installation and configuration of McAfee, simply contact the McAfee Tech support These companies have technicians that are highly qualified and experienced in tech support. They will assist you in a simple manner and via online only. There is no need to take your system to any store or the calling technician at your location. Online helps to save a lot of money and time.
  • Use unique and single passwords for every account login. While the most basic way to account security is removing weak passwords, it’s also vital to distinguish them across your accounts. If you are having multiple accounts and want to remember all of your long, strong passwords then simply go for the password management solution.
  • Don’t believe recent claims by hackers. Many hackers are really just wolves in sheep’s clothing. It’s common for hackers to use tactics like social engineering to lure victims into visiting a malicious website. Whenever you ever encounter bold claims from tech-savvy strangers like on websites, emails, in texts, or another medium — you should always have a watchful eye. Go ahead, be