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This is the Phone Company: Give us Your D.O.B, Your Firstborn Child...

SMS scammers are posing as Verizon Wireless and sending text messages telling recipients to click a link to validate their account security, according to Chris Hoffman at How-To Geek. ...
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Cyberattacks in 2019 Cost over $3.5 Billion in Victim Losses with Business Email Compromise Taking in Half

The FBI’s annual year-in-review breaks down how 467,000 cyber attacks succeeded in taking consumers and businesses alike for billions of dollars.
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It Only Takes One Phish: Puerto Rico Gets Scammed Out of $2.6 Million

Once again, it was the human factor and skilled phishing tactics from the bad guys that was responsible for such a material loss. And, from the sound of it, policy and procedure either ...
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Fake News and Misplaced Trust

Fighting deepfakes and fake news requires society as a whole to treat what they see with more skepticism, according to Lisa Forte, founder of Red Goat Cyber Security. On the CyberWire’s ...
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Phishing Remains the Most Frequent Attack Vector Used for Initial Access

With cybercriminals always looking for the most successful way to carry out a successful attack, phishing once again proves to be one of the most adaptable and viable attack vectors.
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Organizations Beware! Cyberattacks are Becoming More Prevalent, Hitting More Device OSes, and are Shifting Focus to You

The latest data from Malwarebyte’s annual State of Malware Report shows increases almost across the board, showing that the bad guys are stepping on the gas into 2020.
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PayPal Phishing for Passports and More

An ongoing PayPal phishing campaign is trying to steal a wide range of personal information, including Social Security numbers and passport photos, Threatpost reports. The scams were ...
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FBI Internet Crime Report Released: The Evolving Threat and Importance of Reporting

The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center released its 2019 Internet Crime Report, and by no surprise the bad guys and new scams show no signs of stopping anytime soon. Last year the ...
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Seasonal Scams: Valentine's Day Edition

Romance scams and confidence scams cause both emotional and financial pain.   According to the latest FBI's  Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) figures for 2019, confidence/romance ...
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DOJ Charges Hackers from the Chinese People Liberation Army with 2016 Equifax Data Breach

Four hackers have been charged with hacking the U.S. credit reporting agency where data on U.S. citizens and proprietary Equifax secrets were stolen.
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Email Account Takeover Attacks Get Smarter, Sophisticated, and More Patient

New data from Barracuda shows attackers take their time to leverage the credential compromise and to avoid detection when taking over email accounts.
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FTC Alert: Coronavirus Scammers Love Scary Bad News

Scary news stories in the headlines always bring out the bad guys looking to make a quick illegal buck.
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Most British Breaches Traced to Human Error

90% of data breaches in the UK during 2019 were caused by human mistakes, Infosecurity Magazine reports. CybSafe analyzed all the data breach reports received by the UK Information ...
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Safer Internet Day: What You Can Do to Stay Safe

February 11, 2020 is Safer Internet Day, a worldwide event aimed at promoting the safe and positive use of digital technology for all users, especially children and teens. This year's ...
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One Pricy Hospital Bill: Ransomware Attack Costs Hospital $1 Million, Requiring Notice to Municipal Bond Holders

Most organizations think about the impact of a ransomware attack being limited to recovery, legal, PR, and perhaps paying the ransom. In this case bond holders could take a hit.
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Ransomware Attacks Increase 41 Percent as Cybercriminals Double-Down on Taking Your Money

New data from New Zealand security firm Emsisoft shows that more organizations are being successfully being attacked and held for ransom, putting operations at risk.
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Education is Necessary to Stay Ahead of Threats

Most people don’t realize how vulnerable they are to social engineering until they experience it, according to Anna Collard, the founder of KnowBe4’s South African security awareness ...
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Phishing Attacks Use Victim Interest in Oscar-Nominated Movies to Steal Credit Cards, Install Malware

People wanting to watch high-profile movies are the latest target in scams that trick users into offering up credit card details for a chance to download films not yet available for ...
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[Heads-up] New Ransomware Strain Hijacks A Vulnerable Windows Driver To Turn Off Your Antivirus And Infect The Network

Security company Sophos warns of a new ransomware strain that uses a vulnerable driver in an attempt to break into a Windows system and then disable the running security software.
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