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We report on the latest trends in cybercrime to help you stay informed and aware of what the current threat landscape looks like.

Pandemics, Killer Insects, and Riots Stir Up Cybercriminals

What a year 2020 has been. We have not even gotten half way into the year and we have dealt with a global pandemic, potential murder hornets, protests and riots and even the possibility ...
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How Low Will Cybercriminals Go?

Surely Bond villains only exist in movies -- I mean people aren’t truly evil are they? Especially ones who sit behind a computer. This was part of a discussion I was having with my ...
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Zelle Users Continue to be the Target of Scams Intent on Fraud

The wildly popular payment app is a cybercriminals playground where users are easy prey for money laundering, scams, mules, and just plain old fraud.
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'Florentine Baker Group' Use Microsoft 365 Functionality to Scam Private Equity Firm Out of $1.2 Million

A new investigation by Check Point’s Incident Response Team (CPIRT) demonstrates how brazen cybercriminals are and the lengths they will go to in order to see their scam succeed.
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See me On-Demand at the WSJ Pro Webinar: Covid-19 Themed Cybercrime

On the latest WSJ Pro webinar Rob Sloan, Research Director, WSJ Pro at Dow Jones was  joined by CEO of TruSTAR Patrick Coughlin who discussed tracking all of the Covid-19 themed ...
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See me at the WSJ Pro Webinar - Wednesday 22nd April. 1pm ET / 10am PT.

On the latest WSJ Pro webinar Rob Sloan, Research Director, WSJ Pro at Dow Jones will  be joined by CEO of TruSTAR Patrick Coughlin who will discuss tracking all of the Covid-19 themed ...
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A new ransomware strain called 'Save the Queen’, distributes itself from your own Domain Controllers

Sophisticated cybercriminals have continuously improved the effectiveness of ransomware attacks,  according to Yaki Faitelson, co-founder and CEO of Varonis. In an article for Forbes, ...
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Brand Impersonation Phishing Attacks Grow While Organizations Fail to Protect Their Brand Using DMARC

New data from Security vendor Agari shows how identity deception techniques are being used to fool recipient victims as organizations lack the needed safeguards to ensure emails are ...
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An Intimate Look at a Nigerian Social Engineer

Researchers at Check Point offer a look at a Nigerian citizen who moonlights as a cybercriminal who uses social engineering techniques.  The man, whom the researchers call “Dton,” ...
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Just How Lucrative is Cybercrime? According to New Charges Against One Gang, $30 Million Lucrative

The recent arrest and charging of a gang of 24 U.S.-based cybercriminals in Atlanta demonstrates how easy it is to become a cybercriminal and use social engineering tactics to fool people ...
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U.K. Pensions Regulator Sees 145 Percent Increase in Malicious Email Activity

The U.K. Government’s massive jump in email-based cyberattacks far outpaces even the most aggressive phishing or spam growth numbers seen this year.
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Cruel Hoax Scams Elderly Woman

An 89-year-old woman in Delaware lost $9,500 to scammers who told her that her grandson had been arrested for causing a car accident, Delaware Online reports. The scammers called the ...
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Courts Limit Payout on Insurance Claim to Just One Section of the Liability Policy

The latest ruling shows how the courts are becoming well-versed in the ways of cyberattacks, and are holding both insurers and policyholders to the letter of the contract.
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Nigerian Man Arrested 3 Years After $850,000 Stolen in Email Scam

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office says a Nigerian man has been arrested more than three years after $850,000 was stolen in construction bond money from the Boulder Valley School ...
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An Influence or Wire Fraud?

A 22-year-old Instagram and YouTube influencer named Kayla Massa has been arrested after allegedly convincing her followers to assist her in a fraud scheme, Quartz reports. Prosecutors ...
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The Good Taxi Driver

A taxi driver in Roseville, California saved an elderly passenger from being scammed out of $25,000, CNN reports. Rajbir Singh, the owner of Roseville Cab, recently picked up a ...
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Emotet-Based Sextortion Scams Net 10 Times More than Necurs-Based Scams

The Emotet trojan just won’t die and appears to be gaining steam as sextortion scams are netting cybercriminals a massive return in exchange for their devious efforts.
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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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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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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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