October 17, 2013 8:44
Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor's Westgate Shopping Center is competing against five other independent booksellers for the opportunity to host New Times best selling author Malcolm Gladwell to Michigan Theater in Ann ARbor. Mr. Gladwell is on tour in support of his new book, David and Goliath. Cast your vote in support of Nicola's by visiting their website, http://www.nicolasbooks.com/. One vote is all you need to do. Bank of Ann Arbor is pleased to help by spreading the word about this easy and exciting way to support a local retailer.
October 16, 2013 1:42
Bank of Ann Arbor is pleased to sponsor Music & Mocha with Martin Bandyke on 107one fm Fridays from 6a-10a. This week join us at Zou Zou's Cafe in downtown Chelsea for a live broadcast of Martin's show.
October 16, 2013 1:39
This week, cybercriminals are using a well-known social engineering trick to try to make employees click on fake invoices to distribute a piece of malware. This is especially risky as they are trying to reach employees in the finance department, who either might open the attachment or get it forwarded by a co-worker that is not sure what this is and sends it to Accounting.
The emails are entitled “Invoice #3404196 – Remit File” and they read something like this: “The following is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. Attached is the invoice (Invoice_3604196 (dot).zip received from your bank. Please print this label and fill in the requested information."
If anyone in your organization opens the attachment, a malware dropper may get downloaded, which in turn will pull down a large amount of malware that allows the bad guys to take over the whole machine: STOP - LOOK - THINK before you click and be safe out there.
October 12, 2013 8:43
All Bank of Ann Arbor offices will be open regular hours on Columbus Day, Monday, October 14, 2013.
October 1, 2013 4:50
Today, Tuesday October 1, 2013, the first stage of the new health care act kicks in. You can start shopping for policies on new insurance "marketplaces". There is going to be an enormous amount of confusion about this law, starting with whether you even need to buy a new policy or not. The federal government website, healthcare.gov, is the best place to start, but the bad guys have already figured out dozens of ways to scam people.
Variations on a Scheme
Bad guys are now sending spam and phishing emails with subjects like "We can get you a great deal right now," or "We can help you get signed up." There are also the scams that use the social engineering tactic 'prevent a negative consequence' to coerce an employee to give out personal information or even send money with subjects like "You are going to get in trouble if you don't sign up.", or "You will get fined by the Federal Government if you don't comply." There are even scams that use the guise of a (non-existent) 'New Health ID Card' or 'Discount Cards'.
An example is a scammer who will claim to be calling or sending a phishing email on behalf of Medicare and will ask for your Social Security number, driver’s license number, bank account number or credit card information for your new "National Insurance Card."
Tell your employees to delete any email related to this, and hang up the phone if they get a live cold call or a robo-call promoting a toll-free hotline promising they can be signed up right now. Especially if scammers ask for a wire transfer over the phone, hang up. Those are all Red Flags and these new marketplaces and exchanges are a hotbed for scams. It would not surprise me if completely fake health care exchange websites will be promoted in the coming days. Stay safe out there and STOP - LOOK - THINK before you click!
September 19, 2013 2:20
The FBI is aware of a new type of malware known as Beta Bot. Cyber criminals use Beta Bot to target financial institutions, e-commerce sites, online payment platforms, and social networking sites to steal sensitive data such as log-in credentials and financial information. Beta Bot blocks computer users’ access to security websites and disables anti-virus programs, leaving computers vulnerable to compromise.
Beta Bot infection vectors include an illegitimate but official looking Microsoft Windows message box named “User Account Control” that requests a user’s permission to allow the “Windows Command Processor” to modify the user’s computer settings. If the user complies with the request, the hackers are able to exfiltrate data from the computer. Beta Bot is also spread via USB thumb drives or online via Skype, where it redirects the user to compromised websites.
Although Beta Box masquerades as the “User Account Control” message box, it is also able to perform modifications to a user’s computer. If the above pop-up message or a similar prompt appears on your computer and you did not request it or are not making modifications to your system’s configuration, do not authorize “Windows Command Processor” to make any changes.
Remediation strategies for Beta Bot infection include running a full system scan with up-to-date anti-virus software on the infected computer. If Beta Bot blocks access to security sites, download the latest anti-virus updates or a whole new anti-virus program onto an uninfected computer, save it to a USB drive and load and run it on the infected computer. It is advisable to subsequently re-format the USB drive to remove any traces of the malware.
September 16, 2013 2:50
On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, Bank of Ann Arbor’s Online Banking and Execubanc will be enhanced to provide more thorough authentication during the log in process.
This change may cause you to receive more frequent security challenge questions, even if you have selected “this is a trusted computer, remember me.” This is because computer hardware is frequently changing, and now something as simple as plugging in a USB thumb drive can change the hardware “signature” of the computer, prompting a new security challenge question.
While you may find this frustrating or experience more frequent lockouts, the threat of account hacking and identity theft require us to stay on alert to keep our systems as secure as possible. Please call our e-banking team at 734-761-9048 or email@example.com if you have any questions or continued difficulty using our online banking services.
September 10, 2013 3:20
This one is crafty. There is a fake CNN spam being sent with a subject that reads: "The United States began bombing!" in Syria, but clicking on it will likely result in the workstation being infected with malware.
The spam message is allegedly from the real CNN journalist Casey Wian, and some of the emails even have a picture with black smoke over a street scene. The email has a two-sentence lead, and then there is a link for a "Full Story" that triggers a Trojan downloader and other malware, as per Kaspersky Labs. The bad guys are trying to exploit older versions of Adobe Reader and Java.
Please be aware so that you do not fall for a classic social engineering trick like this. If the U.S. actually does start a police action in Syria, there will be many more of these phishing attacks.
August 26, 2013 4:07
All good things must come to an end, including the sixth season of Sonic Lunch! To close things out this Thursday, August 29 at Liberty Plaza will be George Bedard and the Kingpins, making their long-awaited Sonic Lunch debut.
Guitar wizard George Bedard has been a staple on the Michigan music circuit for well over three decades, playing rock, jazz, blues and rockabilly with equal dexterity and style. George began his career in the 70s when he formed the Silvertones with guitarist/harp player Steve Nardella, then went solo after spending time in the 80s as part of Tracy Lee & the Leonards.
Bedard’s latest album is called “Further On,” an ambitious exploration of acoustic blues, New Orleans jazz, swing, jump blues and vintage rock ‘n’ roll. It’s high time for Ann Arbor townie Bedard to play Sonic Lunch, so come and celebrate the season finale at noon this Thursday at Sonic Lunch, brought to you by the Bank of Ann Arbor. --- Martin Bandyke, ann arbor’s 107one
August 19, 2013 2:14
Kopecky Family Band was formed in Nashville some six years ago by college students Kelsey Kopecky and Gabe Dixon, the group quickly expanding to a sextet and recording three EPs while juggling weekday classes with weekend gigs. Independently releasing their debut full-length "Kids Raising Kids" last year, the album was reissued early in 2013 by the very cool ATO Records label (co-owned by some guy named Dave Matthews). Featuring the clever, infectious hit single "Heartbeat," "Kids Raising Kids" is a terrifically diverse and beautifully crafted effort which incorporates elements of indie-rock, pop and folk.
I have an interview with guitarist/vocalist Gabe Dixon appearing in this Thursday's Ann Arbor.com, and here is a quote from my Q&A with Gabe about his band's philosophy towards making music: "We follow our hearts in what we feel needs to be played. One of our favorite bands is My Morning Jacket. Their songs don’t all sound like “Highly Suspicious,” or “Gideon” or “Holdin’ On to Black Metal.” I love the ways all the songs can sound so different and yet be cohesive on one record. With six people inspired in completely different ways the songs come together in all kinds of different ways. Whether it’s horns, cello, percussion and everything you can imagine to just keeping things really simple, we just play what we need to play, man."
I spoke to Dixon literally minutes before his group taped a performance of "Heartbeat" for Jay Leno's Tonight Show, evidence that Kopecky Family Band is well on its way to being a household name. Check 'em out this Thursday at Noon as part of Bank of Ann Arbor's Sonic Lunch concert series, with opening act Kate Peterson of the Ann Arbor-based duo Nervous But Excited kicking things off at 11:30am. --- Martin Bandyke, ann arbor's 107one