Archive for the Public Service Announcement Category

Beware of scam email on tax refund from “IRAS”

The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore has issued an alert on a scam email titled “Your 2013 Tax Return Report!!!“. The email carries a message that a report on the recipient’s 2013 tax refund is attached and that they should go through the PDF attachment to view the tax refund report.


If you received this kind of email, please do not open the attached file or click on any links. You should delete the email as soon as possible and scan your computer for virus/malware if you opened the attachment or clicked on the link.

Kickstarter hacked, user data stolen

Here’s a Public Service Announcement to all Kickstarter users. The crowd funding site reports that it has been hacked.


Information like usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords were accessed by hackers. Actual passwords were not reveled but it is possible for someone with enough computing power to crack the encrypted password.

Luckily, no credit card data of any kind was accessed by hackers. There is no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on all but two Kickstarter user accounts.

So you know the drills. Time to change your Kickstarter password. If you have another service using the same password, you should also change them too.

That Apple Macbook Pro Giveaway Offer on Facebook is fake

This is not the first time we see fake giveaway on Facebook. But I’m surprised that people still falls for it.

That “Apple – Macbook Pro Giveaway (175 Remaining)!” offer on Facebook is fake. Sorry to the 104,652 people who claimed the offer.


It is actually not very difficult to spot a fake giveaway. The most easy thing is to check when was the page created. If the Facebook page was created recently, then most likely it is a fake. And most company will use a proper product shots of their product. Also, check for spelling errors and brand guidelines. Apple spell MacBook Pro with a capital “B”.

Last but not least, if the offer is too good to be true, then it is most likely not true.

Apple recalling some MacBook Air flash storage drives

This is a public service announcement for all previous generation MacBook Air owners. Apple has determined that certain 64GB and 128GB flash storage drives used in the previous generation of MacBook Air systems may fail. These systems were sold between June 2012 through June 2013.


To see if your drive may be affected, go to the Mac App Store, click on Updates and choose the MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.1. The firmware update will test the flash storage drive to see if it is affected.

If your MacBook Air flash storage drive is affected, Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will replace them free of charge. Simply contact a Apple Authorized Service Provider to schedule an appointment to get your drive replaced. You should also back up your data before sending your MacBook Air for service.

Visit Apple website for more info.

Adobe hacked, 2.9 million accounts compromised

Adobe reported on Thursday that its network was under some sophisticated attacks recently and hackers got away with 2.9 million customers information.

Our investigation currently indicates that the attackers accessed Adobe customer IDs and encrypted passwords on our systems. We also believe the attackers removed from our systems certain information relating to 2.9 million Adobe customers, including customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders. At this time, we do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers from our systems.

Fortunately, the passwords and Credit/Debit card numbers are encrypted. Adobe is in the process of notifying customers whose credit or debit card information we believe to be involved in the incident. The company is offering affected customers the option of enrolling in a one year complimentary credit monitoring membership where available. Adobe will also be resetting affected customers’ passwords to prevent unauthorized access to Adobe ID accounts. If you are using the same password on another website (which you shouldn’t), this will be a good time for you to change them now.

Besides customers information, Adobe also said that there were illegal access to its source code for Adobe Acrobat, ColdFusion and other software. The company is not aware of any specific increased risk to customers as a result of this breach.

So if you have a Adobe account, now will be a good time to do your annual password changing exercise.