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Website or hacker trap? Here’s how to tell

How to know if the website is a hack According to defectors, North Korea’s cyber army has about 7,000 hackers. Their job is to wreak havoc on the country’s enemies. Recently, North Korean hackers targeted cybersecurity researchers in the U.S. North Korean hackers set up a fake cybersecurity company called SecuriElite. They also created fake social media accounts on Twitter and LinkedIn. Their goal was to trick cybersecurity experts into visiting the fake company website. The website was booby-trapped with malware that exploited the victim’s browser. The website claims the company is an offensive security company located in Turkey. The hackers created a blog and profiles on websites to build trust with their targets. Their goal was to attack...

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Is your home title already stolen?

Is your home title already stolen? How to Find out! Norris Fisher sold $4 million worth of property during his career… But, none of the sales he made were legal. He stole people’s property out from underneath them using forged documents and fake credentials. Here’s an example of the type of crimes Norris and his criminal friends commit: One day, John S. of Fort Worth, TX found out his vacant home lot had been sold to a woman in Los Angeles. But, the transfer of the property involved a forged deed. John’s name and the notary’s seal were both fakes. Norris Fisher used a fake deed as proof that he owned the property, then he turned around and sold...

Simple steps to protect yourself against identity theft

Should you get these identity protection services?

Choosing Identity Theft Protection Services to Help You Marriott International was the victim of one of the largest cyberattacks in history. Over four years, hackers stole about 500 million records from Marriott’s Starwood Hotels reservation system. According to Marriott, about 327 million of the accounts included passport details. Hackers exposed the personal data of customers including their credit card numbers. In 2020, two years after Marriott was first hacked, they fell victim again. Marriott said the addresses, account numbers, and other personal details of at least 5 million customers was stolen. This was the second massive data breach in only two years for the company. The company noticed an unexpected amount of guest information being accessed using the credentials...

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Who loves tax season besides accountants? Hackers

Who loves tax season besides accountants? Hackers  It’s tax time in the United States, and even if you’re pretty sure you did everything right, you’re worried. Did I file correctly? Did I claim the right deductions? Will I get audited? Unfortunately, tax season brings out scammers eager to take advantage of your anxiety. The tax scam landscape First, know that you’re probably doing a good job with your taxes. Less than 2% of returns get audited and most discrepancies or adjustments can get handled easily if you address them promptly. Still, wariness of the IRS and intricate tax laws makes for ripe pickings when it comes to hackers, who prey on people’s fear of audits and penalties. Common scams...

Don’t Let Tax Fraud Ruin Your IRS Refund

Don’t Let Tax Fraud Ruin Your IRS Refund

Don’t Let Tax Fraud Ruin Your IRS Refund Here’s how to lock down your data this tax season Tax season is always a high time for scams that put our money and information at risk. But this year securing your data may be more important than ever, due to a spike in unemployment fraud. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs over the course of the pandemic, and states have seen a surge in unemployment applications, including fake claims using stolen information. In California, authorities report that between $10 billion and $30 billion was recently paid in fraudulent unemployment claims, while in New York authorities identified $5.5 billion in fake jobless claims since March of 2020. Victims don’t even...

Spoofing Tailored to Financial Departments

Spoofing Tailored to Financial Departments

Researchers at Area 1 Security have warned of a large spear phishing campaign targeting financial departments and C-suite employees with spoofed Microsoft 365 login pages. The researchers say that in some cases the attackers “specifically targeted newly-selected CEOs during critical transitionary periods.” Additionally, the attackers went after executives’ assistants. “Beyond financial departments, the attackers also targeted C-suite and executive assistants,” Area 1 says. “Targeting high-level assistants is an often overlooked method of initial entry, despite these employees having access to highly sensitive information and an overall greater level of privileges. In a few instances, the attackers even attempted to bait newly-selected CEOs of two major companies before any public announcements of this significant senior executive changeover were made.” The...

How Does Ransomware Spread Globally? Through Malware.

How Does Ransomware Spread Globally? Through Malware.

Ransomware is a type of malware that involves encrypting a company’s or individual’s useful data or blocking users from accessing their computer systems in exchange for a given amount of money. Cybercriminals are always on the look-out for creatives means for getting a hold of your data so that they can have them at ransom. Every day you hear of someone’s account being hacked. But, how does ransomware spread? You ask yourself. It is a common question that most people ask and wonder, especially when the attack strikes. This article delves into seven common ways through which Ransomware has and still manages to spread globally. They include the following. Email Attachments Email is a common avenue for ransomware transmission....

Cyber Insurance is might not Cover that $6 Million in Cyber Fraud

Think Your Cyber Insurance is Going to Cover that $6 Million attack in Cyber Fraud? Think Again.

The latest tale of an organization falling victim to a business email compromise cyber attack on their credit card processor highlights how very specific the scenario needs to be to see a payout.  In 2018, RealPage, a Texas-based service provider for property owners and property management companies was the victim of a cyber attack that took the company for $6 million. RealPage processed their credit card transactions through a third-party processor, Stripe. Stripe fell victim to an impersonation attack where cybercriminals gained control over a RealPage user’s credentials and convinced Stripe to modify the disbursement instructions to point to a bad guy-controlled bank account. In total, $10 million was sent to the fraudulent account, with $4 million recovered. In...

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