Category Archives: Consumer Affairs

The Cyber Threat Environment

A Cyber Security Month Special This year’s unreported story is the surge of organized crime hacking from Russia, The Ukraine, Bangladesh, and China. Over the past 3 years, Russian organized crime cybercrime attacks have multiplied 10 times. The modern threat appears to encompass 3 areas, financial theft, ransomware, and identity data mining. Attackers are beginning to change tactics to match new internet habits. Instead of the old-line email schemes, the sophisticate malware such as Svpeng are targeting mobile devices and social media. They are also exploiting software vulnerabilities. Sofacy is a syndicate closely associated with the Russian Republic and it attacks governments’ cyber systems and people like us who are connected to the government. There are some threats which use the internet to attack the internet, such as Mirai botnet, which caused widespread outages in October Read more

BEST BUYS is a Bust

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Consumer Affairs Editor Consumers Beware! Good looking storefronts, neatly arranged shelves of trendy merchandise and low prices can be very deceptive if the store does not have a fair and honorable way of dealing with defective merchandise. On January 27, 2017 this reporter purchased a Hewlett-Packard Notebook 15-AY009DX Model X7T50UA laptop computer with 1 TB of storage for $379.99 from BEST BUYS ( on 1165 N. DuPont Highway ) in Dover, DE. It seemed to work well enough for two weeks until a weird feather-shaped distortion appeared in the upper left hand corner of the screen after normal use. The unit was not dropped nor was excessive impact or pressure applied to the touchscreen. Three days later, after gently touching the screen , I heard a faint cracking sound and the screen totally distorted. Apparently, there was a preexisting hairline crack in Read more