New Mortgage Scam

The American Dream, to own our slice of realty, is something most of us work toward. It can be exciting to have a place of your own to plant roots and start up a new life. After all the searching and the negotiating, you're finally ready to sign the contract... and then find out your settlement fees have been stolen. Hackers have been using an email and money wiring scam in order to steal closing [...]

By | March 21st, 2016
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Be on the Alert for Tax Refund Fraud & Scare Tactics

Tax season is here — and for some people, so is an experience with tax identity theft or IRS impostors. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said it received 109,063 complaints last year about tax-identity theft. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. You usually find out something’s wrong after you file your tax return (one reason to file early). Also, IRS imposters work [...]

By | March 2nd, 2016
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Social Engineering: Pretexting

Social engineering is a hacker’s clever manipulation of the natural human tendency to trust, with the goal of obtaining information that will allow him/her to gain unauthorized access to a valued system and the information that resides on that system. Pretexting is the act of using an invented scenario to persuade a targeted victim to release information or perform some action, usually over the telephone. The ultimate goal is to get enough information from enough [...]

By | February 12th, 2016
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Social Engineering: Impersonation

No matter how secure a system is, there’s always a way to break in. While software companies are learning how to strengthen their programs, hackers and malicious social engineers are turning to the weakest part of the infrastructure – the people. Impersonation is when a person plays the role of someone you are likely to trust or obey convincingly enough to fool you into allowing access to your office, to information, or to your information [...]

By | January 29th, 2016
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How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud

Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Tax season is officially upon us. It’s time to gather your W-2s, crunch numbers and mail your annual income taxes to Uncle Sam. It’s also time to learn about the number one fraud of the season: identity theft tax refund fraud. Understanding how cyber criminals pull it off and what the consequences are for victims can help protect yourself. Identity theft tax refund fraud occurs when someone uses another person’s [...]

By | January 19th, 2016
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2015’s Consumer Risk Index

A survey conducted by Hart Research Associates, from June 24 to July 26, 2015, among 1,029 USA participants ages 18-69, for Travelers tallied 2015's Consumer Risk Index. This annual survey, third year ongoing, includes findings of consumer’s awareness on finances, privacy, cyber threat, and physical risks. The top three consumer risks in 2015 were: Financial Concerns & Risks- 66% of contributors showed a priority in this area. Personal Privacy or Identity Theft- 60%, or six out of [...]

By | December 2nd, 2015
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Shop Safely Online!

The Holiday Season is officially upon us, and with its magnificent splendor, the joyous music and glistening lights comes the shopping rush. In the midst of all the celebration we must keep in mind the holidays are also prime season for cyber thieves. As we have seen in the past with Target's huge Data Breach last Christmas, where 40 million debit and credit card numbers were stolen, we are all at risk. So, here are [...]

By | November 27th, 2015
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New Ransomware Takes Websites Captive

Ransomware is a growing problem that is now affecting websites around the world. This newly-discovered ransomware variant called Linux.encoder attempts to infect Linux-based machines, specifically the folders associated with serving web pages. The malware requires administrator privileges to run and once it lands on a server, it encrypts any files, images, pages, scripts and source code it finds. It leaves behind a text file detailing how victims can pay the single Bitcoin ransom in exchange [...]

By | November 10th, 2015
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How Safe is Online Banking?

A Kaspersky Lab and B2B International IT Security Risks Survey conducted this year, in which over 5,000 companies from 26 different countries participated, states that our online banking transactions are not as secure as we thought. Over 30% of the participants admitted they don’t offer a secure channel in which customers can make online payments. What’s more, 29% of them agree that it’s cheaper to deal with fraud once it happens than to prevent it [...]

By | November 6th, 2015
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Assess Your Cybercrime Preparedness

Cybercrime is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world, and many businesses are under-prepared for it. This is evident in the news wires, which continue to buzz with stories about major credit/debit card breaches at retail chain stores. Cybercrime is an umbrella term for the exploitation of information networks by criminals seeking financial gain. It covers a broad spectrum of illegal activities, ranging from financial scams to virus attacks and the misappropriation of personal and confidential information that often leads to identity theft. To assess your cybercrime [...]

By | October 23rd, 2015
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