Beware of Social Engineering Attacks

We admit the real fact today, most of us people depend our lives on social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr among others.

As we hook ourselves on social media sites, most of us unconsciously or deliberately forget to protect our privacy and we post all details of our personal information and daily routine of our lives.

Mostly people are using social media as their diary, posting their every minute day-to-day life from waking up in the morning until bedtime in the evening.

Social media is very useful to get information for personal gains, sharing and getting news updates but very risky when it comes to giving out your personal information especially when engaging with on-line sellers and always make sure you only deal with legits and not scammers.

We cannot really stop scammers use the social media like facebook, twitter, instagram, and others but I think the best way is we have to control (stop) ourselves sharing our personal information such as location, bank/credit card accounts, passwords, etc.

Not to mention those deliberate attacks to sneak in to your private life and steal your personal media files and ruin your lives by spreading some ‘scandalous videos and photos’.

I think the best way to prevent social media attacks is to know what these attacks are:

Phishing – this is the most common social media attacks using emails, social media at instant messaging and SMS to trick victims to provide sensitive information or visiting malicious URL.

Watering Hole – this type of attack consists of injecting malicious codes into the public web pages of a site that the targets used to visit. The method of injection is commonly used by cyber criminals and hackers. Once a victim visits the page on the compromised website a backdoor trojan is installed on his computer. This method is used for cybere espionage operation or state-sponsored attacks.

Whaling Attack – this is an evolution method of phishing attacks using sophisticated social engineering techniques to steal confidential information, personal data, access credentials. 

Pretexting – the term itself indicates the practice of presenting oneself as someone else to obtain private information by creating fake identity and use it to manipulate the receipt of information.

More information on social engineering attacks: https://resources.infosecinstitute.com/common-social-engineering-attacks/#gref 

 

Media Men in Philippine Practical Shooting

Practical Shooting Sports is now gaining popularity and caught the attention of media practitioners in the Philippines.

This is the very reason why the Practical Shooting Association of the Philippines (PPSA) created the PPSA Media Bureau.

PPSA Media Bureau Shooting Team is now actively participating practical Shooting events in the country to encourage fellow journalists to engage in practical Shooting events not only as sports but for self-defense against any threat.

Any media practitioner (radio, tv, print, social media) can join the PPSA Media Bureau and the starting point is learn first the basics of gun safety, be a responsible gun owner and how to use it for sports and protection.

The first nationwide media Shootfest has been launched last year 2018 and I hope this will continue this year – 2019. Thanks to the unconditional leadership of PPSA VP for Media Raoul Esperas.

See you all at the range brothers in Philippine Media. “Don’t be the next victim, Shoot Back!”

Philippine’s Grandest Aliwan Fiesta @ Sweet 16

The Grandest Parade and Competition of all fiestas in the Philippines – Aliwan Fiesta turns 16 in 2018.

The Aliwan Fiesta tradition started in 2003 and it’s been consistent of  showcasing the fiestas of different provinces and witness them all in one BIG Fiesta event in Quirino Grandstand,  Manila and CCP Complex, Pasay. Contingents from different places in the country compete in three categories: Reyna ng Aliwan beauty pageant, Float Parade and Street Dance competition.

I remember the first time I took video footages of Aliwan Fiesta was in 2008 using my analog moibile phone camera, that’s why videos during that time had very poor qualities but regardless of this, it is always a treasure to document the historical event of Philippine culture, watching all the fiestas performances in an annual big occasion.

The following Aliwan videos have been shot using analog mobile phone cameras, compact digital cameras and the latest using smart phone digital cameras. You can see the progression or improvement of qualities.

 

The Aliwan Fiesta journey continues and I’m always excited to see the performance of all the contingents. Every performance is a masterpiece because every culture is treasured . See you all next year and in the succeeding years after.

Check out Aliwan website: http://www.aliwanfiesta.com.ph/aliwan2.5/

Philippine (PPSA) Media Shooters Join Icarus IV Cup

ICARUS IV! One of the highlights of practical shooting events in the Philippines in 2018. This is the first time, the Philippine Media Shooters (PPSA Media Bureau) Team, joined an international shooting event, the Icarus IV Shooting Competition, PPSA Sanctioned Level 3 Match with 18 stages at Magnus Front Sight Shooting Ranges, Lipa City, Batangas.

It was a 5-day shooting event among professional and competitive shooters and it was a great privileged we had 2-days to participate in the shooting competition.

The following are the PPSA Media Shooters who joined the Icarus IV International Shooting Event in respective shooting divisions:

Standard Division: Raoul Esperas (DWIZ), Angelo Almonte (DZRJ), Dindo Amparo (ABS-CBN), Rey Sibayan (DZRH)

Production Division: Eric Dastas (DZMM), Angel Movido (ABS-CBN), Dominic Luigi Natividad (News 5), Ermelino Toto Parina (ABS-CBN) and Oliver Joya (ABS-CBN).

Special thanks to our sponsors Philippine Practical Shooting Association (PPSA) headed by Mr. Edwin Lim and Mr. Joseph Li of Icarus Shirts.

Watch the adrenaline rush of shooting action in the competition.

 

 

Practical Shooting for Philippine Media Practitioners (Recommended)

Practical shooting is for all, but you need to invest your time and money for this sports. You need first your pistol at any caliber you like and can afford plus the ammunition both for target practice and main shooting events.

I strongly recommend acquiring any of these calibers (9MM, Cal. 40, 45ACP) and whatever brand you like most Glock, Armscor, Rock Island Armory, CZ, Jericho, XDs/XDm (I usually see these pistol brands in practicalk shooting events.)

Unlike the Pros (Competitive Shooters) who regularly visit the range for shooting practice, Most media shooters (like me) can only practice if there’s availability of ammunitions and most of the time, we just do some dry fire exercises before joining any official shooting event.

Come what may, I always invite every media practitioner to engage in practical shooting for sports and self-defense (protection).

Take note the surveys and researches being conducted that mediamen in the Philippines are always at risk in the performance of journalism profession.

You can join the PPSA Media Bureau under the supervision and all-out support of Philippine Practical Shooting Association (PPSA) kudos to Mr. Jack Enrile, Mr. Rommel Cabungcal, Ms. Jingky Olisco and Mr. Joseph Li of Icarus Shirts.

PPSA Media Bureau is headed by top media shooter and manager Raoul Esperas and other members/officers: Orly Trinidad, Angelo Almonte, Toto Parina, Carlo Mateo, Walter Bollozos, Ferdie Pajarillo, Dindo Amparo, Raymund Dadpaas, Gerry Baja, Jojo Sadiwa, Gil Bugaoisan and me.

Watch!!! Philippine Media Shooters in ACTION!!!

1st FPJ Cup Level 2 PPSA Sanctioned Match

This Level 2 PPSA Sanctioned Match has many plates to hit. I really enjoyed this historic 1st FPJ Cup 2017 organized by Actors Guild of the Philippines (Kapisanan ng mga Artista sa Pelikula at Telebisyon KAAPT) to raise funds for the welfare of people in the Philippine movie industry.

This is a special tribute to ‘Da King’ of Philippine movies, Fernando Poe Jr., who served as the President of the guild from 1984-1987.

I have to prepare more than 200 rounds of ammunition to complete the 7 stages of the competition under Media category with my Glock 22 caliber .40 pistol.

This shooting event is participated by the journo members of the PPSA Media Bureau, to promote sports shooting among media practitioners in the Philippines not only for defense against any threat but primarily to be physically active and maintain a good health.

Luckily, I got the 1st Runner-up Award competing fellow media Shooters in the Standard Division.

Thank you sir Jack Enrile, Mr. Rommel Cabungcal and Jingky Olisco of Philippine Practical Shooting Association (PPSA) for the waived registration fee of media shooters and Mr. Joseph Li of Icarus shirts.

Back to Blogging: My First Practical Shooting Event in 2017

Hello!

Rey T. Sibayan here reporting and back to posting my blogs. First., my sincerest apologies to everyone for not posting anything on almost 3 years since my last post in April 2014. Second, I’m back! Here we go and ready to share some insights, photos and videos on my day-to-day living. Of course, I will just post those interesting stuff.

Right now, I am sharing my participation in the Jack Enrile Cup 2017 last January 29, 2017. This was my first practical shooting event for 2017. When I say participation, that means no intention of competing with the pros in practical shooting but to just feel the excitement of running the courses of fire designed for team recognition for the upcoming World Shoot XVIII in France.

As expected, I made my ‘run’ on extreme courses of fire – 8 out of 15 stages Level 3 PPSA sanctioned match in Tierra Del Fuego Firing Range , Splendido Taal Residential Golf & Country Club, Laurel, Batangas.

 

Next Practical Shooting event will be on February 24, 2017 in the PAF-Media Fun Shoot with fellow media shooters mostly based in the Metro Manila. Are you Ready? Standby!

Thank you for the continuous support Philippine Practical Shooting Association (PPSA) especially to Mr. Jack Enrile, Mr. Rommel Cabungcal, Range Officers under the umbrella of National Range Officers Institute and to my fellow PPSA Media Bureau officers/members Raoul Esperas, Raymund Dadpaas, Angelo Almonte, Toots Parina and PPSA coordinator Jingky Olisco, Joseph Li of Icarus Shirts.

 

Supercars at the Manila International Auto Show 2014

A bunch of SUPERCARS during the Manila International Auto Show event in World Trade Center, Pasay City, Philippines. Pick your choice what supercar do you want to own someday.

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Ferrari 458 Italia by PininfarinaSONY DSC

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Protecting the Philippine Mediamen

Philippines is ranked the second deadliest country in the world for journalists.

The Committee to Protect Journalists says in it’s website CPJ.Org,  most of the journalists killed covered politics or corruption. At least 76 journalists have been killed for their work in the Philippines since 1992, when CPJ began keeping detailed records of journalist fatalities. Continue reading