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Fearsome Amex Phishing Scam

We know this horror story: A trusted character is not who (or what) others think he is. Typically, movie audiences get to see the creature's eyes glow or go all black when the onscreen victim isn't looking. Devils behind a recent phishing scam that targeted American Express accounts, however, were fiendishly clever about hiding their tell-tale signs of evil.

In Other Tales of Terror

As frightening as the recent Amex phishing scam was, it wasn't the only monster-related cybersecurity incident to come to light during the past few weeks. Here are a few of the headliners:

On September 22, Yahoo revealed that data from at least 500 million user accounts might have been stolen in one of the largest cybersecurity breaches ever.

Привет из России. Вы были взломаны. (“Greetings from Russia. You’ve Been Hacked.”)

Sometimes a theme asserts itself. We didn't start out to make Russia a focal point of this newsletter but once we selected our topics, we couldn't help but notice a commonality. We'll begin with something you may have heard about -- the hacking of Democratic Party emails by an organization known as Guccifer 2.0. US Intelligence officials and at least one cybersecurity firm believe cyberattacks on the Democratic National Convention and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee were likely carried out by hackers affiliated with the Russian government.

Find Your Motivation … and Find Success

While we're exploring ways to make your company a more productive and profitable organization, it's also important not to forget about the individuals involved ... including you! That's where personal motivation comes into play. Fortunately, there are a few things that each of us can do to feel more energized and confident in meeting our day-to-day challenges.