Money Minute: Gmail Users Latest Target for Cyberattacks

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Another hack attack puts millions of us at risk.

The security firm Bitdefender says users of Google (GOOG) Gmail are the target of a phishing attack. The fast-spreading scheme aims to steal your password, and it appears to be able to get past most computer security systems. Here's what to watch for: the subject line will contain a message such as "Mail Notice" or "Lookout Notice." If you get one, delete it, and definitely don't click on the link inside the text.

American's level of household debt rose in the first quarter, but most of it was for mortgages, not credit cards. In fact, credit card debt fell by $24 billion compared to a year ago, and it's now at the lowest level since 2002. That's good for our personal finances, but not so good for the overall economy, which depends upon consumer spending to spur growth.

One thing we are spending more on is wine. And for the first time, the U.S. has surpassed France as the biggest consumer of vino. However, the French still drink far more on a per person basis -- about six times more than the average American drinks.

Here on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average (^DJI) gained 20 points on Tuesday. It was the Dow's fifth straight gain, the best streak this year. The Nasdaq composite (^IXIC) fell 13 points and the Standard & Poor's 500 index (^GPSC) eked out another record high.

The S&P crossed the 1,900 level for the first time, even though it didn't close there. The index reached the 1,800 level less than six months ago. Last year the S&P topped three different century marks, but before that you have to go back to March of 2000, when it crossed the 1,500 level.

As the U.S. draws closer to energy independence, the Obama Administration is considering lifting the ban on oil exports. Due to the surge in shale oil production, the U.S. is set to become the world's largest producer within the next five to 10 years.

Finally, it's the birthday of Facebook (FB) founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He turns 30.

-Produced by Drew Trachtenberg.


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