Best 12 Steps for Identity Theft Prevention - Making Sense of Security

Best 12 Steps for Identity Theft Prevention

Best 12 Steps for Identity Theft Prevention Identity theft is happening much too often as technology advances. The number of bad guys out to get your private and financial data is only multiplying.  Some say it may be just a matter of time to fall victim to having private identifying information stolen.  The less people take measures to protect their personal information, the easier it is for them to become a victim.  The more lax one is, such as those who say they are not worried about, the more likely they may become a statistic.  While it is hard to totally avoid identity theft, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk.  These steps need to be...

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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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Another Tax Season, More Scams

Another Tax Season, More Scams

It’s the start of tax season. This is the time of year when we collect our receipts and tax forms and hope for a nice big refund from the U.S. government. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are also looking for a nice big score as well. This year is going to be worse than ever, as many people have been struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic and are really looking forward to that refund. According to an article by Bleeping Computer, taxpayers are being targeted with phishing attacks with RAT malware that is more aggressive than ever before. And with the new extended deadline, this only means these cybercriminals will use every social engineering technique in the book. As unemployment has skyrocketed...

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Beware Of GetYourStimulusCheck.com And Other Coronavirus-Themed Domains

The likely victims, and what they can lose. With people losing jobs and businesses closing shop due to the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. government has decided earlier this year to release financial aid. This assistance comes in the form of a US$2-trillion monetary stimulus package with the implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. To date, some 88 million eligible Americans have received stimulus checks amounting to US$1,200 per individual. And as the government hints on giving out another round of stimulus checks, there are debates on how these could reach citizens faster. Some suggested using digital dollars for additional financial aid. The approach, it’s said, would be faster or maybe even instantaneous compared to...

Why Thieves are Targeting your Trash

Why Thieves are Targeting your Trash

A group of criminals in St. Tammany Parish, LA were arrested after they went dumpster diving. This criminal ring was targeting trash from a local loan business – one of those “cash now” places. The group rummaged through the trash to gather personal information about customers. They used this information to either steal existing credit cards or open new ones. Then they went on spending sprees. At some retailers, they convinced the cashiers to type in the credit card number so they didn’t need to swipe the card. This way they could use stolen card numbers even if they didn’t have a physical card. According to local police, the crime wave went on for about a year, affecting at...

LinkedIn data breach of 500m accounts

Data scraped from 500 million LinkedIn users found for sale online

IDs, names, email addresses and more personal details are part of the massive database of stolen data, which could be used to launch additional attacks on LinkedIn and its users. A massive trove of LinkedIn account data has been found for sale online, containing 500 million user records including email addresses, phone numbers, links to other social media profiles and professional details. An archive containing data purportedly scraped from 500 million LinkedIn profiles has been put for sale on a popular hacker forum, with another 2 million records leaked as a proof-of-concept sample. Reported by CyberNews researchers, the leak was posted to a forum popular with hackers by a user asking for a “four-digit $$$$ minimum price” for access...

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REvil Ransomware Now Helps with Extortion by Offering to Call the Victim’s Contractors and the Media

The bad guys are going to great lengths to ensure they make their money. As part of its Ransomware-as-a-Service, REvil is now expanding its services to aid in the extortion phase. REvil/Sodinkibi has been a major player in the RWaaS market, providing its’ affiliate bad guys with functional ransomware malware and a payment site. They are relying on the affiliate to attack, infiltrate, and compromise the victim networks in order to deploy the ransomware. This split of duties brings REvil somewhere between 20-30% of the ransom, with the affiliate taking the remainder home. So, it’s mutually beneficial to both parties that the ransom first, be paid and second, be as much as possible. The exfiltrating of data and extorting...

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...

Cybercrime Officially Has Its Own Global Ecosystem

Cybercrime Officially Has Its Own Global Ecosystem

Cybercrime Officially Has Its Own Global Ecosystem. From Services to Distribution, to Monetization, cybercriminals are getting so organized, cybersecurity experts are now beginning to see how vast the relationships to cybercrime and connections really are. It’s worrisome when your organization comes under cyberattack in the first place. ...

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....

Vendor Email Compromise is Officially A Big (Seven-Figure) Problem

While the Solarwinds “sunburst” attack brought to light the compromising of a vendor, Vendor Email Compromise has been around for some time and now seems to be going mainstream. We first mentioned Vendor Email Compromise (VEC) back in late 2019. This method of compromising an email account at one company purposely to use it to attack a second company has been quietly evolving over the last 14 months. New data from Abnormal Security’s report, The Rising Threat of Vendor Email Compromise in a Post-SolarWinds Era sheds light on just how prevalent this attack method is becoming. According to the report: Your chance of getting hit with a VEC attack during any given week increased 82% between Q3 of last...

how to make sense of security: Ransomware: The Types of and How to Make Ransomware?

Ransomware: The Types of and How to Make Ransomware?

How to Make Ransomware? Ransomware is a type of malware that operates by either locking you out of your computer or mobile device or by manipulating your files in such a way that you cannot access nor utilize them. Ransomware attacks have been on the rise in the recent past, which can be explained by the increasing rates of cybercrimes. The creators of malware have made it easy for individuals to make ransomware that they use to demand money from the victims. Cybercrime has risen as many have learned how to make ransomware, which they use on the most unsuspecting companies or individuals. Types of Ransomware Ransomware is classified into two. They include Crypto ransomware Locker ransomware Crypto ransomware...

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eCommerce Payment Systems – How to Choose the Best One for Your eCommerce Startup

There are 3,4 million digital payment system users worldwide. This figure is almost equal to the number of social media users globally and the half of word’s population to date. It is a strong enough reason to believe that online payments dominate the ways we pay for goods and transfer money. What is more, online payments for e-commerce websites are the features your online store can’t do without. So, here are all the answers to your “how” and “why” questions....

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How Internet Security Evolved in Tandem with iGaming

How Internet Security Evolved in Tandem with iGaming

For a non-biological entity, the internet is an area filled with constant and unstoppable evolution. From the hardware which backs it to the software systems it carries, nothing in this arena stays the same for long. One of the most major forms these changes take is seen in the world of security. While there are many fields in which this battle is fought, by focusing on just one it can be possible to track greater trends in the online security environment. For the sake of this article, we want to use online bingo as an example. A simple game to play on the surface, it’s a world in which the real developments run surprisingly deep. Staying steady over the years, the...

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