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08/13/2020

THE US SEIZED MILLIONS IN CRYPTO FROM TERRORIST GROUPS

Futurism

U.S. federal law enforcement recently seized millions of dollars’ worth of cryptocurrency from a trio of terrorist organizations.

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08/13/2020

How to Keep APIs Secure From Bot Attacks

Security Boulevard

The widespread adoption of mobile & IoT devices, emerging ‘serverless’ architectures hosted in public clouds and the growing dependency on machine-to-machine communication are reasons for changes to modern application architectures.

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08/13/2020

Business Email Compromise Attacks Involving MFA Bypass Increase

Dark Reading

Adversaries are using legacy email clients to access and take over accounts protected with strong authentication, Abnormal Security says.

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08/13/2020

NSA and FBI Expose Russian Previously Undisclosed Malware Drovorub in Cybersecurity Advisory

The FBI

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a new cybersecurity advisory about previously undisclosed Russian malware.

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08/13/2020

Capital One ordered to pay $80 million penalty for its role in a 2019 data breach

The Verge

Capital One will pay an $80 million civil penalty for its role in a 2019 security breach that exposed the personal data of more than 100 million customers, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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08/13/2020

US DOJ Charges 14 With $28M In PPP Fraud

PYMNTS.com

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) charged 14 people in two separate investigations into their alleged participation in schemes to defraud the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) of more than $28 million in forgivable loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration.

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08/13/2020

Three admit to roles in a scheme to defraud Sprint by using stolen IDs to order over $1 million worth of iPhones

PennLive.com

WILLIAMSPORT- Three people living in the New York City area have admitted to being part of a scheme to defraud Sprint that involved using the stolen identities of individuals with high credit scores to purchase over $1 million worth of iPhones

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08/13/2020

Arkansas Project Manager Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud and False Statements in Connection with COVID-Relief Fraud

US Department of Justice

A project manager employed by a major retailer has pleaded guilty to bank fraud charges for filing fraudulent bank loan applications seeking more than $8 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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08/13/2020

Justice Department Acts To Shut Down Fraudulent Websites Exploiting The Covid-19 Pandemic

US Department of Justice

Federal Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against Three Defendants and Over 300 Fraudulent Websites Purporting to Sell Scarce Health and Safety Items

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08/13/2020

Fraud Watch: Be on a campaign to avoid political fundraising scams

Refomer

Many of us have been spending more time at home, a reality not ignored by the con artists. If you are uncertain of this, consider the number of scam telephone calls and emails received in comparison to last summer.

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08/12/2020

Reports suggest spike in vaccine-related phishing campaigns

Security Brief.

When the COVID-19 pandemic picked up steam in its initial spread across the world in March, instances of pandemic-related phishing campaigns were rife across the internet.

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08/12/2020

A real or fake savings club?

FTC

Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. It’s also the greatest form of “scammery.”

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08/12/2020

Scams in between stimulus packages

FTC

As we publish this post, a second stimulus package has not yet been finalized by Congress.

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08/12/2020

“You’ve won! Now pay us” is always a scam.

FTC

During these difficult economic times, it is easy to imagine our financial problems disappearing by winning a big prize.

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08/12/2020

The Importance of Content for Security Tools like Tripwire

The State of Security

Have you ever stood in the airport security line when the agents bring the dog out to inspect everyone’s luggage?

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08/12/2020

New Agent Tesla Variants Capable of Stealing Data from VPNs, Browsers

The State of Security

Some new variants of the Agent Tesla infostealer family are capable of stealing data from multiple VPN clients and web browsers.

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08/12/2020

Microsoft Patch Tuesday, August 2020 Edition

Krebs on Security

Microsoft today released updates to plug at least 120 security holes in its Windows operating systems and supported software, including two newly discovered vulnerabilities that are actively being exploited. Yes, good people of the Windows world, it’s time once again to backup and patch up!

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08/12/2020

Americans, who have lost $100 million to fraud related to Covid-19, continue to be a target

CNBC

Americans should be wary of fraud as Washington lawmakers debate the contours of another round of potential financial relief, according to an alert issued Tuesday by the Federal Trade Commission.

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08/12/2020

Why & Where You Should You Plant Your Flag

Krebs on Security

Several stories here have highlighted the importance of creating accounts online tied to your various identity, financial and communications services before identity thieves do it for you.

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08/10/2020

Phishers Send Out Fake cPanel Security Vulnerabilities Advisory

The State of Security

Fraudsters launched a new phishing attack in which they sent out a fake cPanel advisory warning recipients about fabricated security vulnerabilities.

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08/10/2020

How to avoid stimulus check fraud: Protect your payment and personal information

Theunionjournal.com

Congressional Democrats and Republicans didn’t reach an agreement on the next stimulus package by Friday’s deadline, but that won’t stop fraudsters from using every trick in the book to use either the first or second stimulus check to try to bait you out of your money or sensitive personal details.

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08/10/2020

5 steps to help you recover after identity theft

Techradar.pro

ID fraud occurs quickly and almost always without warning. It can take months to recover from in normal circumstances, so it is important to know what is required in order to expedite the process.

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08/10/2020

Getting unordered seeds and stuff in the mail?

FTC

Those mysterious seeds from China have been in the headlines, but we’re also hearing about other stuff that people are getting that looks connected to the seed mystery.

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08/10/2020

1, 2, 3 videos to help you stop unwanted calls

FTC

It can be frustrating to deal with a bunch of unwanted calls. If you answer them, you might hear a recorded message of someone trying to sell you something.

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08/07/2020

Hacked Data Broker Accounts Fueled Phony COVID Loans, Unemployment Claims

Krebs on Security

A group of thieves thought to be responsible for collecting millions in fraudulent small business loans and unemployment insurance benefits from COVID-19 economic relief efforts gathered personal data on people and businesses they were impersonating by leveraging several compromised accounts at a little-known U.S. consumer data broker, KrebsOnSecurity has learned.

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08/07/2020

Phishing Campaign Leads Users to Site Disguised as Email Scanner

State of Security

A phishing campaign tricked users into visiting a website that masqueraded as an email scanner in an effort to steal their account credentials.

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08/07/2020

Emotet Botnet Named ‘Most Wanted Malware’ for July 2020

State of Security

The Emotet botnet earned the title of “most wanted” malware family for the month of July 2020 following a period of inactivity.

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08/06/2020

Video shows how scammers tell you to pay

FTC

Scammers make up all kinds of stories to get your money, from telling you that you’ve won a prize, you owe a debt, or your family member is in an emergency.

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08/06/2020

Audio Deepfakes: Can Anyone Tell If They’re Fake?

How-to-Geek

Video deepfakes mean you can’t trust everything you see.

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08/06/2020

Small businesses targeted with unauthorized withdrawals

FTC

The last thing struggling small business owners need right now is to have money unlawfully taken from their pockets.

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08/06/2020

Scammy PPE sellers exploit COVID-19 fears

FTC

Last month, the FTC filed its first case against an online seller that failed to ship next-day personal protective equipment (PPE) as promised.

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08/06/2020

Scammers and “customer service” — another imposter scam

FTC

If you want to contact a company’s customer service department, you can do a quick search online and often find what looks like its phone number or email. But is the information at the top of your search results actually correct?

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08/06/2020

Police: Suspect could be part of organized identity theft ring

News Channel 5 Nashville

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — Police are looking for a woman in connection with an organized identity theft ring in Middle Tennessee.

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08/06/2020

National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA): What You Need to Know

The State of Security

In its Vision 2030 development plan, Saudi Arabia included a National Transformation Program whose purpose is to diversify the Kingdom’s income away from the oil industry.

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08/06/2020

Study: COVID-19 Fraud Reaches $100M

PYMNTS.com

SocialCatfish.com, the identity verification nonprofit, reported U.S. losses from COVID-19 fraud and ID theft have reached nearly $100 million since the pandemic emerged in March, according to Reuters.

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08/06/2020

More than 120,000 cases of unemployment fraud found in Illinois since March, Pritzker says

St. Louis Post Dispatch

CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday that Illinois officials have found more than 120,000 cases of unemployment fraud since March connected to a national identity theft scheme during the coronavirus pandemic.

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08/06/2020

How to check if your ID has already been stolen

Tech Radar

Unfortunately there is a strong chance your ID has already been stolen

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08/06/2020

Coronavirus fraud losses approach $100M as pandemic scams double

Fox Business

Losses from coronavirus-related fraud, identity theft and price gouging have almost hit $100 million since the pandemic began in March, according to a new report from a consumer protection group.

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08/06/2020

Coronavirus fraud losses approach $100M as pandemic scams double

Fox Business

Losses from coronavirus-related fraud, identity theft and price gouging have almost hit $100 million since the pandemic began in March, according to a new report from a consumer protection group.

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08/06/2020

Prosecutors: Man pretended to be a billionaire and a federal judge in elder-fraud scheme

The Spectrum

A former Kane County resident is facing fraud and false impersonation charges after prosecutors say he pretended to be a billionaire, a New York attorney and multiple federal judges in a scheme that took more than $300,000 from elderly victims.

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08/04/2020

Here’s Why Credit Card Fraud is Still a Thing

Krebs on Security

Most of the civilized world years ago shifted to requiring computer chips in payment cards that make it far more expensive and difficult for thieves to clone and use them for fraud.

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08/04/2020

Is Your Chip Card Secure? Much Depends on Where You Bank

Krebs on Security

Chip-based credit and debit cards are designed to make it infeasible for skimming devices or malware to clone your card when you pay for something by dipping the chip instead of swiping the stripe.

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08/04/2020

Social Engineering: Hacking Brains…It’s Easier than Hacking Computers

The State of Security

The audience in the room is weirdly quiet. The contestant is in a small plexiglass booth with nothing but a phone, a laptop computer and some notes.

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08/04/2020

FBI Releases Flash Alert on Netwalker Ransomware

The State of Security

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) released a flash alert in which it warned organizations about the dangers of Netwalker ransomware.

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08/04/2020

Phishing Email Uses Google Ad Redirect to Steal Microsoft Credentials

The State of Security

Security researchers came across a phishing email that used a Google Ad redirect as a part of its efforts to steal victims’ Microsoft credentials.

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08/04/2020

Florida man buys a $140,000 Porsche with a fake check printed from his home computer

Daily Mail

Florida man buys a $140,000 Porsche with a fake check printed from his home computer but is caught when he tries to buy three Rolex watches for $62,000 with another false bank note

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08/04/2020

Will COVID And Fraud Finally Kill The Paper Check?

PYMNTS.com

PYMNTS has been writing for years about the ongoing push to #killthecheck, but paper checks live on because of their ubiquity of acceptance and simplicity to issue despite the fact that most people on the receiving end really hate getting them.

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08/04/2020

BBB Tip: 9 Tips for college students to avoid ID theft on campus

Better Business Bureau

As college students prepare to head back to campus in the next few weeks, and COVID-19 precautions are taking center stage, fighting fraud may not be at the top of their list of priorities.

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08/04/2020

BBB Tip: 9 Tips for college students to avoid ID theft on campus

Better Business Bureau

As college students prepare to head back to campus in the next few weeks, and COVID-19 precautions are taking center stage, fighting fraud may not be at the top of their list of priorities.

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08/04/2020

5 steps to mitigate corporate identity theft

Tech Radar Pro

Businesses of all sizes can just as easily fall victim to identity theft as individuals

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08/03/2020

Former Hawaii charter school staffer gets 5 years in prison for embezzlement

Star Advertiser

Kelaukila Estabilio, who managed the finances for Kua O Ka La Public Charter School on Hawaii island, has been sentenced to five years in prison for embezzling $628,835 from the school.

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08/03/2020

Malware author pleads guilty for role in transnational cybercrime organization responsible for more than $568 million in losses

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Cybercrime organization victimized millions in all 50 states and worldwide in one of the largest cyber fraud enterprises ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice

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08/03/2020

Career criminal admits robbing now-closed WL bank

Journal Inquirer

Gary W. Bornman, 58, a career criminal who has spent some of his adult life robbing banks and much more of it in prison for bank robberies, pleaded guilty Friday to two more bank robberies, including one committed Jan. 27 at the former People’s United Bank branch in Windsor Locks.

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08/02/2020

Three Charged in July 15 Twitter Compromise

Krebs on Security

Three individuals have been charged for their alleged roles in the July 15 hack on Twitter, an incident that resulted in Twitter profiles for some of the world’s most recognizable celebrities, executives and public figures sending out tweets advertising a bitcoin scam.

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08/02/2020

Twitter hackers used “phone spear phishing” in mass account takeover

ARS Technica

This month's epic breach targeted multiple employees, Twitter says.

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08/02/2020

Your phone is you: How to protect your device from ID theft

Techradar.pro

A stolen smartphone can give a criminal easy access to your digital life

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08/02/2020

Florida teen arrested as mastermind of Twitter hack

The Oakland Press

MIAMI>> A Florida teen was identified Friday as the mastermind of a scheme earlier this month that commandeered Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls and scammed people around the globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin. Two other men were also charged in the case.

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07/30/2020

How biometrics can put an end to identity theft

Techradar.com

Biometric authentication can protect people from many scams

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07/30/2020

Amazon wants to kill off online fraud

Techradar.com

Businesses can now identify online fraud in real-time using Amazon Fraud Detector

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07/30/2020

Wausau woman sentenced for stealing over $700,000 from Stevens Point company

SWAW

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) - Kristin Lapree of Wausau will spend 8 years in prison for stealing over $700,000 from Rettler Corporation in Stevens Point.

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07/30/2020

SIM swap fraud: UAE bank told to reimburse customer’s life savings of Dh4.7 million

Gulf News

The case dates back to 2017 when the customer’s money was stolen from his account which the bank had then closed without his knowledge.

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07/28/2020

Business ID Theft Soars Amid COVID Closures

Krebs on Security

Identity thieves who specialize in running up unauthorized lines of credit in the names of small businesses are having a field day with all of the closures and economic uncertainty wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, KrebsOnSecurity has learned.

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07/28/2020

This is what a deepfake voice clone applied in a unsuccessful fraud attempt seems like

Prudent Press Agency

Just one of the stranger applications of deepfakes — AI technological innovation employed to manipulate audiovisual content material — is the audio deepfake fraud.

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07/28/2020

Ransomware attacks jump as crooks target remote working

ZDNet

Ransomware attacks are getting bigger and bolder - at a time where many organisations don't have the resources to fight them off.

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07/28/2020

A deceptive credit card interest rate reduction offer

FTC

Monthly credit card bills can be a drag, especially when you’re feeling financially strapped.

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07/28/2020

Explore data to find scams near you

FTC

Scams happen everywhere: in every region, state, and community across the country, including your own. You might be wondering, “What kinds of scams are happening in my area?”

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07/26/2020

BadPower attack corrupts fast chargers to melt or set your device on fire

ZDNet

Attackers can alter the firmware of fast charger devices to deliver extra voltage and damage connected equipment.

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07/26/2020

Apple being sued for refusing to help iTunes gift card scam victims

9to5mac.com

Apple is being sued for allegedly refusing to help those who have fallen victim to a iTunes gift card scam. An 11-count class action lawsuit has been filed against the company.

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07/26/2020

Latest U.S. Regulation on Chinese Manufacturers Offers Little Clarity

SDM Magazine

Tensions between the U.S. and China continue to rise in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, as the U.S. has issued a final rule revising the Federal Acquisition Regulation specifically to implement section 889(a)(1)(B), or “Part B.”

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07/26/2020

Protecting your remote workforce from application-based attacks like consent phishing

Microsoft Security

The global pandemic has dramatically shifted how people work. As a result, organizations around the world have scaled up cloud services to support collaboration and productivity from home.

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07/26/2020

Los Angeles-area man admits operating unlicensed ATM network that laundered millions of dollars of Bitcoin and cash for criminals' benefit

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

LOS ANGELES – An Orange County man has agreed to plead guilty to federal criminal charges that he operated an illegal virtual-currency money services business that exchanged up to $25 million – including on behalf of criminals – through in-person transactions and a network of Bitcoin ATM-type kiosks.

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07/26/2020

Everything You Need To Know About What Amazon Is Doing In Financial Services

CBInsights

From payments to lending to insurance to checking accounts, Amazon is attacking financial services from every angle without applying to be a conventional bank.

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07/26/2020

Hawaii's fraud prevention and resource guide available to the public

KTV4 Hawaii

The Department of the Attorney General has partnered with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Office of the Securities Commissioner and Department of Health, Executive Office on Aging, Senior Medicare Patrol Program to provide Hawaii’s seniors, their caregivers, and others with information on how to keep safe from becoming a victim of fraud and scams.

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07/26/2020

Chicago-area trio charged with running online romance fraud, other schemes

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Two Nigerian nationals and a U.S. Citizen residing in the Chicago suburbs were charged last week for several cyber-enabled fraud conspiracies, an undercover federal law enforcement investigation revealed.

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07/26/2020

6 credit card scams and how to avoid them

Hawaii News

The tactics used to fight credit card scams are getting more sophisticated all the time. Unfortunately, so are the tactics used by credit card scammers.

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07/26/2020

Indianapolis check scam leader sentenced to 134 months

U.S. Department of Justice

Indianapolis – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today, Frank Powell a/k/a “Bread”, 29, Indianapolis, Ind., was sentenced to 134 months in federal prison for orchestrating a large-scale fraud ring, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

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07/26/2020

FDIC Final Rule Revises and Codifies Policy to Allow Greater Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Certain Minor Criminal Offenses on Their Records

FDIC

The FDIC has approved a final rule to revise and incorporate into the agency’s regulations a longstanding Statement of Policy (SOP) related to individuals with certain criminal offenses on their records who seek employment in the banking industry.

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07/26/2020

New Report: How FIs Are Finding Fraudsters Wherever They May Hide

PYMNTS.com

Synthetic identity fraud is costing companies heavily, with $14.7 billion lost to this type of crime in 2018 alone.

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07/26/2020

DOJ Charges 4 Chinese Researchers With Visa Fraud

NPR

The Justice Department says four Chinese nationals doing research in the U.S. have been charged with visa fraud. Three of the defendants are in federal custody.

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07/26/2020

A Third of Internet Users Are Actively Targeted by COVID-19 Fraud

Security Boulevard

32% of consumers say they have been targeted by digital fraud related to COVID-19, with phishing emerging as the world’s top digital fraud scheme related to the pandemic, according to TransUnion, the US consumer credit reporting agency.

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07/26/2020

Banks face a unique coronavirus problem: Now everyone is wearing a mask

Seattle Times

Face masks are mandatory at Walmart, Target and a growing number of retailers. President Donald Trump, who long resisted being photographed in a mask, now encourages the public to wear them and said he carries one with him.

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07/26/2020

A man using a prosthetic mask stole more than $100,000 at casinos, prosecutors say

Erie News Now

A prosthetic mask, counterfeit driver's licenses, and personal information obtained on the internet. That's how federal authorities say a Michigan man allegedly managed to steal more than $100,000 from casino patrons in Michigan and Kansas.

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07/26/2020

What happens when someone steals your identity?

Tech Radar Pro

Understanding how identity theft works is the first step towards preventing it.

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07/26/2020

Friendly fraud: What is it and how can businesses help prevent it

Yahoo News

Friendly fraud is on the rise as online shopping gains more popularity - but what is it and how can you protect yourself?

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07/26/2020

Five essential tools and services to protect your identity

Tech Radar Pro

Prevent others from posing as you online with these tools and services

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07/23/2020

Twitter Hacking for Profit and the LoLs

Krebs on Security

The New York Times last week ran an interview with several young men who claimed to have had direct contact with those involved in last week’s epic hack against Twitter.

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07/23/2020

Roundcube XSS vulnerability opens the door to email account takeover

The Daily Swig

Roundcube is urging users to update their installations to resolve a security vulnerability that can be exploited to conduct stored, or persistent, cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks.

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07/23/2020

Roundcube XSS vulnerability opens the door to email account takeover

The Daily Swig

Roundcube is urging users to update their installations to resolve a security vulnerability that can be exploited to conduct stored, or persistent, cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks.

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07/23/2020

Barracuda research uncovers a specialized economy emerging around email account takeover

PR Newswire

New report looks at how scammers are getting access to email accounts, how they're using compromised accounts, and how businesses can protect against these attacks

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07/21/2020

Online Fraud Is Bad For Business And Customers

Forbes

Almost every brand with an online presence is impacted by e-commerce fraud.

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07/21/2020

True Cost of Fraud Study Finds 7.3% Increase for US Retailers

Loss Prevention Maqgazine

Study examines e-commerce and retail fraud trends before and during the COVID-19 pandemic

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07/21/2020

Minnesota man pleads guilty in $11M magazine fraud scheme

Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN

A 51-year-old Fridley man who ran an $11 million telemarketing scheme that conned at least 13,000 people through phony magazine sales pleaded guilty Monday to mail fraud in a case that has grown national in scope.

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07/21/2020

'It's not fraud. It's domestic': Phone companies say victims responsible for money lost in romance scheme

KETV 7

OMAHA, Neb. — Two women who say they were scammed out of thousands of dollars by a man they met online and are calling on cellphone companies to help void their bills.

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07/21/2020

ATM vendor warns customers of black box attacks in Europe

Computing UK

In a new type of attack, criminals connect an external device to an ATM's internals and command it to spit out cash.

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07/21/2020

Fraud: Why Everything Old Is New Again

PYMNTS.com

Fraudsters aren’t usually static. They’re often dynamic when on the hunt for new weaknesses to exploit, new targets to go after and new ways to get into systems where they aren’t supposed to be

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07/21/2020

Fraud: Why Everything Old Is New Again

PYMNTS.com

Fraudsters aren’t usually static. They’re often dynamic when on the hunt for new weaknesses to exploit, new targets to go after and new ways to get into systems where they aren’t supposed to be

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07/21/2020

Why Traditional Fraud Methods Failed To Stop Public-Payout Systems Fraud

PYMNTS.com

Some recently unemployed Americans who have attempted to file for jobless benefits are encountering a nasty shock: They’ve been robbed by canaries.

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07/20/2020

Keep calm and avoid Coronavirus scams

FTC

One thing we know about scammers is that they follow the headlines. So it’s not surprising that we’ve seen so many Coronavirus-related scams recently.

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07/20/2020

Hogan Administration Uncovers Massive Criminal Fraud Scheme, 47,500 Fraudulent Unemployment Claims Using Identity Theft Totaling Over $501 Million

Southern Maryland News Net

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the State of Maryland has uncovered a massive and sophisticated criminal enterprise involving more than 47,500 fraudulent unemployment insurance claims in Maryland and totaling over $501 million.

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07/20/2020

3M Updates Ongoing Actions to Combat COVID-related Fraud

Yahoo Finance

3M has created resources to fight fraud, filed 18 lawsuits and removed thousands of deceptive websites and social media posts to stop pandemic profiteers.

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07/20/2020

IRS gets high marks for fraud and identity theft initiatives

The Business of Federal Technology

Current and former IRS officials sometimes grumble about the work of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, arguing that their reports and findings are overly harsh and often fail to take into account the tax agency’s historic funding and personnel limitations.

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07/20/2020

New Report: How Alipay Fends Off The Fraudsters

PYMNTS.com

Consumers and retailers have become more wary of handling physical cash during the COVID-19 pandemic, spurring some to turn to mobile payment apps instead as a safer, contactless alternative.

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07/20/2020

The many flavors of fraud

Blue Book Services

Fraud comes in many sizes, flavors, and colors.

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07/20/2020

FBI: Bank robbery suspect dead; 2 agents wounded in Arizona

WBNG.com

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The FBI says two of its agents were shot and wounded at an apartment complex in a Phoenix suburb while executing a warrant for a serial bank robbery suspect who was found dead.

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07/17/2020

FTC Sends More Than $1 Million in Refunds to Victims of Labor Law Poster Scam

FTC

Through the joint efforts of the Federal Trade Commission, the Florida Office of the Attorney General, and the Texas Office of the Attorney General, the FTC is sending refunds totaling more than $1 million to business owners who were victims of a deceptive scheme that sold labor law posters.

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07/16/2020

Who’s Behind Wednesday’s Epic Twitter Hack?

Krebs on Security

Twitter was thrown into chaos on Wednesday after accounts for some of the world’s most recognizable public figures, executives and celebrities starting tweeting out links to bitcoin scams.

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07/16/2020

IRS unveils "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for 2020; Americans urged to be vigilant to these threats during the pandemic and its aftermath

IRS

. WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced its annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams with a special emphasis on aggressive and evolving schemes related to coronavirus tax relief, including Economic Impact Payments.

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07/16/2020

820% jump in e-gift card bot attacks since COVID-19 lockdowns began

TechRepublic

Cybercriminals have long used e-gift card scams to bilk millions out of unsuspecting victims, but the attacks are usually deployed around the holidays when people are rushing to load up on gifts for loved ones.

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07/16/2020

ICE HSI arrests Los Angeles man on charges of fraudulently obtaining luxury vehicles from victims who wanted out of their leases

ICE

A Baldwin Hills man is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon on federal charges that allege he conned victims from across the nation into giving him their high-end and exotic vehicles with bogus promises he would find other people to take over their leases.

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07/16/2020

Enforcing Rules Have Violent Consequences For Private Security

Private Officer News

Police and sheriffs across the country have said no. Yet, private security officers have taken on the job and many say that has only led to violence.

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07/15/2020

BNY Mellon Works With Early Warning to Enable Real-Time Account Validation for Real-Time Payments

Digital Transactions

With real-time payments comes real-time risk, and now banks and their technology vendors are attacking the problem of how to make sure funds moving in the blink of an eye are flowing to the proper accounts.

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07/15/2020

How Criminals Are Pushing Fake Content Online to Test Stolen Cards

Digital Transactions

Online fraud has always been a big problem, but now with consumers purchasing more online in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, criminals are finding even greater opportunity for illicit gain.

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07/15/2020

‘Tens of Thousands of Dollars’ in Fraud for Operators That Don’t Upgrade Gas Pumps to EMV, a Report Estimates

Digital Transactions

When the big card networks this spring postponed until April 2021 the fraud-liability deadline for EMV chip cards at gas pumps, the retail fuel industry heaved a huge sigh of relief.

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07/15/2020

‘Wormable’ Flaw Leads July Microsoft Patches

Krebs on Security

Microsoft today released updates to plug a whopping 123 security holes in Windows and related software, including fixes for a critical, “wormable” flaw in Windows Server versions that Microsoft says is likely to be exploited soon.

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07/15/2020

Identity Checks during the Account Creation Process Are More Important Than You Think

PaymentsJournal

Identity checks during the account creation process are not simply a compliance exercise.

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07/15/2020

The Treasury Department is canceling stimulus checks to dead recipients

CNBC

The Treasury Department is canceling the stimulus payments it distributed to dead people, according to the IRS.

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07/15/2020

Protecting your small business, one video at a time

FTC

Small businesses like yours are important. They create jobs, support a competitive marketplace, and lift up local communities

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07/15/2020

Scammers impersonate the FTC, too

FTC

Scammers never seem to run out of new ways to try to take your money or steal your identity, especially in times of crisis like the one we’re living through now.

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07/15/2020

GEORGIA COUPLE ARRAIGNED ON MONEY LAUNDERING CHARGES IN SOCIAL SECURITY IMPOSTER SCAM INVESTIGATION

OIG

The Inspector General for the Social Security Administration, Gail S. Ennis, is announcing the arraignment of two individuals in a significant Social Security imposter telephone scam case.

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07/15/2020

Utility company calling? Don’t fall for it.

FTC

Every day, millions of people who have lost their jobs are making difficult choices about how to pay their bills.

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07/15/2020

SECRET SERVICE ANNOUNCES THE CREATION OF THE CYBER FRAUD TASK FORCE

US Secret Service

WASHINGTON - In recognition of the growing convergence of cyber and traditional financial crimes, the U.S. Secret Service is formally merging its Electronic Crimes Task Forces (ECTFs) and Financial Crimes Task Forces (FCTFs) into a single unified network, which will be known as the Cyber Fraud Task Forces (CFTFs). The CFTF is an evolution, not a revolution from the ECTF and FCTF model. The mission of the CFTF is to prevent, detect, and mitigate complex cyber-enabled financial crimes, with the ultimate goal of arresting and convicting the most harmful perpetrators.

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07/15/2020

Report: North Korea targets U.S. retailers for online fraud

Chain Storeage

Hackers sponsored by the government of North Korea are reportedly stealing payment card data from customers of U.S. e-commerce retailers.

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07/15/2020

Personal information of Minnesota law enforcement, critical infrastructure personnel published online after massive hack

Minnesota Refomer

A trove of Minnesota law enforcement data was published online after hackers broke into the servers of a vendor of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.

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07/15/2020

Exclusive: Secret Trump order gives CIA more powers to launch cyberattacks

Yahoo Finance

The Central Intelligence Agency has conducted a series of covert cyber operations against Iran and other targets since winning a secret victory in 2018 when President Trump signed what amounts to a sweeping authorization for such activities, according to former U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

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07/14/2020

NJ man charged with stealing, altering US Treasury check

ICE

NEWARK, N.J. – A Middlesex County, New Jersey, man has been charged with bank fraud, theft and identity theft following a multiagency investigation, which included U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

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07/14/2020

Breached Data Indexer ‘Data Viper’ Hacked

Krebs on Security

Data Viper, a security startup that provides access to some 15 billion usernames, passwords and other information exposed in more than 8,000 website breaches, has itself been hacked and its user database posted online.

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07/14/2020

Bank Of England Chief Sees Bank-Backed Digital Currency On Horizon

PYMNTS.com

The Bank of England (BoE) continues to send bullish signals about the potential for bank-backed digital currency, but anyone hoping for a quick launch is likely to be disappointed.

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07/14/2020

Deep Dive into Synthetic Identity Fraud

Security Boulevard

The fraud landscape is evolving and, as the world becomes increasingly digital, so do the criminals. From petty schemes to high-class social engineering strategies, fraudsters cash out on billions each year.

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07/14/2020

PayThink Fraudsters aren't winning, but aren't going away either

PaymentsSource

Over the past few years, it seems that nearly every company has its own story of being a victim or target of payments fraud activity.

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07/13/2020

This Is What Your Good User and Bad User Traffic Looks like during a Pandemic

PaymentsJournal

With physical stores shuttered, events canceled, and tourism at a standstill, COVID-19 has reshaped many aspects of day-to-day life

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07/13/2020

New Report: Why FIs Are Taking A Behind-The-Scenes Approach To Fighting Fraud

PYMNTS.com

Banks have been facing a concerning rise in account takeover (ATO) attacks targeting their customers, with financial institutions (FIs) losses due to such schemes rising 72 percent from 2018 to 2019.

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07/13/2020

Code Signing Certificate – Everything You need to Know

The Daily Sound

Computers are everywhere – cars, buses, trains, planes, etc. and if you look at IoT (Internet of Things), you will find them even in your most personal items, such as wearable devices.

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07/13/2020

CROSE: Updates on scams, both old and new

Crestview Bulletin

Summer is here, temperatures are hot and the criminals are working hard to steal money. It is unfortunate that the people who run scams never seem to quit.

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07/13/2020

Globe shares tips to keep passwords and accounts secure

Mailstandard.net

“It’s my 30th birthday.” “We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary today.” “Call me on 12345678,” “My address is..." “I love Blackie, my dog”. These statements might seem harmless but hackers are constantly on the lookout for any information posted online which can help them answer security questions and gain access to passwords.

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07/13/2020

How to protect your Verizon number from SIM swapping attacks

Bleeping Computer

Verizon now makes it possible for customers to defend against SIM swapping attacks by enabling the free Number Lock protection feature through the My Verizon app or the My Verizon website.

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07/13/2020

Vulnerability Found in Kasa Camera

Info Security

A hobby farmer on the hunt for a vegetable-eating critter has discovered a flaw in a popular outdoor home security camera.

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07/12/2020

Report: Billions of financial accounts at risk from stolen passwords

Wealth Professional

Latest research shows rise in the trade of usernames and passwords as criminals get more adept at stealing information

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07/12/2020

AARP state scams alerts: Door-to-Door scams

News 4 Reno

Warm weather brings with it door-to-door solicitations. Be cautious anytime a stranger comes knocking, especially if the visitor is trying to sell you goods or services.

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07/12/2020

Sheriff's Office: Spike in identity theft cases tied to fraudulent unemployment claims

News 4 Reno

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a notable spike in identity theft cases tied to fraudulent unemployment claims.

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07/12/2020

The Number of Stolen Logins Circulating On Dark Web Increased by 300 Percent Since the Year 2018

Digital Information World

The latest report published by the Digital Shadows team reveals the true extent of stolen account login credentials circulating on the dark web amongst criminals.

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07/12/2020

Your personalized aspects are virtually surely for sale on the Dark Net now

Tech Gaming Report

More than 15 billion stolen on-line facts are for sale on the Dark World wide web right now, according to a surprising new report.

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07/08/2020

Pandemic Scammers Robbed US Consumers Of More Than $77M

PYMNTS.com

Americans have lost more than $77 million in COVID-19 fraud since the start of the year, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

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07/07/2020

New ACH Contact-Registry Rule Takes Effect With the Goal of Reducing Fraud and Exceptions

Digital Transactions

A new rule requiring all financial institutions in the automated clearing house network to participate in ACH governing body Nacha’s contact registry took effect Wednesday.

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07/07/2020

Activate your EIP Visa debit card now

FTC

Did you get an Economic Impact Payment VISA debit card in the mail from the U.S. Department of the Treasury? If you did, you might get a letter from Treasury this week, reminding you to activate your card.

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07/07/2020

West Monroe Man Sentenced for Bilking Nearly $2 Million from Online Customers

U.S. Department of Justice

MONROE, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that a West Monroe man was sentenced in federal court yesterday for his role in a scheme that bilked eBay customers out of nearly $2 million.

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07/07/2020

Cybersecurity experts warn about an increase in tax scams ahead of July 15 filing deadline

FOX 43

People have been given three extra months to file their taxes. Hackers have been given a larger window to scam those who are most vulnerable.

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07/07/2020

Fed shares insight on how to combat synthetic identity fraud

We Live Security

The Federal Reserve looks at ways to counter what is thought to be the fastest-growing type of financial crime in the country

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07/07/2020

FBI warns of fake antibody testing for coronavirus, scheme to get your info

KUTV

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — The FBI issued a warning about fake coronavirus antibody tests, saying scammers are looking to steal your private information while putting lives at risk.

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07/07/2020

New check fraud scheme makes victims think they’ve won big

WPRI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) ─ Nearly one week ago, David Hammond received a letter in the mail that claimed he’d won $250,000 from the North America Consumer Promotion Draw.

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07/07/2020

Sioux Falls Man Sentenced for Wire Fraud and Money Laundering

US Department of Justice

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Wire Fraud and Money Laundering was sentenced on July 6, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

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07/05/2020

Steer clear of work-at-home scams

FTC

As the Coronavirus continues to spread, you may be looking for ways to make money without ever stepping foot outside your door.

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07/05/2020

The urgency to defeat ACH transfer fraud (VB Live)

Venture Beat

As ACH transfers have increased, accelerated by the pandemic, so has ACH fraud.

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07/05/2020

Has There Been $1 Billion in PPP Fraud?

Enterpreneur

A recent watchdog report found "significant risk" for fraud in the PPP. We spoke to a risk-management expert who identified the scope of the problem, and how to zero in on the seasoned fraudsters.

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07/05/2020

Money Laundering Enforcement Thrives In COVID-19 Era

Law 360

While COVID-19 has made remote working a necessity for many government employees, it does not appear that COVID-19 has done anything to slow down government enforcement regarding money laundering

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07/05/2020

How The Pandemic Makes 90-Day Customer Histories A Fraud-Fighting Weakness

PYMNTS.com

Consumers who are seeking to avoid exposing themselves or others to COVID-19 are turning to eCommerce where possible and are demanding touch-free ways to pay when they have to visit stores in-person.

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07/05/2020

Vulnerability in some popular bitcoin wallets can be exploited to commit fraud

SiliconAngle

A newly discovered vulnerability in some popular bitcoin wallets can be exploited by scammers to commit fraud and even make the wallets themselves unusable.

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07/05/2020

E-Verify’s “SSN Lock” is Nothing of the Sort

Krebs on Security

One of the most-read advice columns on this site is a 2018 piece called “Plant Your Flag, Mark Your Territory,” which tried to impress upon readers the importance of creating accounts at websites like those at the Social Security Administration, the IRS and others before crooks do it for you.

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07/05/2020

5 warning signs you're being targeted by an identity thief

komando.com

Identity theft is scary for good reason: It’s hard to prove, tough to spot and can be devastating. And in many cases, you don’t realize anything is wrong until the damage has been done.

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07/05/2020

BUSTED! Robbery Trio’s Missteps Led FBI Investigators to Arrests After Bank Heist With Movie-Worthy Plot Twist

Space Coast Daily

Three roommates planned out a profitable bank heist with a movie-worthy plot twist. Unfortunately for the criminals, the story’s ending was written by FBI agents and San Diego Police Department detectives.

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07/02/2020

Scams in online sales: when orders don’t arrive

FTC

When local stores ran out of the supplies we needed to manage COVID-19, many of us turned to online sources.

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07/02/2020

What Facial Recognition Technology Can Do for Safety Right Now—And What It Can’t Do Yet

CPO Magazine

Everyone’s looking for ways to stay safer now, and many are looking to technology for help.

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07/02/2020

Response to COVID-19 Compels Some Consumers to Seek New Banking Relationships, According to New Survey Conducted by The Harris Poll on Behalf of ID Insight

Daily Journal

Financial institutions landed right in the middle of the pack in a comparison of how five providers of goods and services responded to changing conditions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new online survey of over 2,000 US adults conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of ID Insight.

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07/02/2020

Ransomware Gangs Don’t Need PR Help

Krebs on Security

We’ve seen an ugly trend recently of tech news stories and cybersecurity firms trumpeting claims of ransomware attacks on companies large and small, apparently based on little more than the say-so of the ransomware gangs themselves.

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06/30/2020

FBI Warns of Potential Fraud in Antibody Testing for COVID-19

FBI

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning the public about potential fraud schemes related to antibody tests for COVID-19.

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06/30/2020

Abnormal Security Data Reveals 200 Percent Monthly Increase in Invoice and Payment Fraud Business Email Compromise Attacks

Business Wire

Cloud Email Security Company Observes a Sharp Rise in These Attacks from April to May 2020, Continuing a Steady Increase This Year

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06/30/2020

How to Prevent Fraud in a Changing Commerce Landscape

PaymentsJournal

A company’s ability to identify and prevent fraud has always been critical.

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06/30/2020

COVID-19 ‘Breach Bubble’ Waiting to Pop?

Krebs on Security

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder for banks to trace the source of payment card data stolen from smaller, hacked online merchants.

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06/30/2020

COVID mask exemption cards are not from the government

FTC

To help limit the spread of the Coronavirus, many states are requiring people to wear face coverings in places open to the public.

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06/30/2020

Fake emails about fake money from a fake COVID-19 fund

FTC

Because of COVID-19, unemployment rates are high and many people’s cash flows are low. Scammers view these as ripe conditions to strike.

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06/30/2020

Russian national pleads guilty for role in transnational cybercrime organization responsible for more than $568 million in losses

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Cybercrime organization victimized millions in all 50 states and worldwide in one of the largest cyberfraud enterprises ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice

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06/30/2020

Los Angeles-area man pleads guilty to bank fraud for role in credit card 'bust-out' scheme used to buy cemetery plots, luxury cars

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

LOS ANGELES – A Glendale man pleaded guilty today to federal criminal charges that he led a series of scams, including “bust-out” schemes where he and others fraudulently charged millions of dollars to credit cards sometimes opened with “synthetic identities” and later used them to buy luxury cars and cemetery plots that he sold for profit.

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06/28/2020

New Charges, Sentencing in Satori IoT Botnet Conspiracy

Krebs on Security

The U.S. Justice Department today charged a Canadian and a Northern Ireland man for allegedly conspiring to build botnets that enslaved hundreds of thousands of routers and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices for use in large-scale distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

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06/28/2020

Biggest-ever packets-per-second DDoS attack hits large European bank

The Cyber-Security Source

A large European bank suffered a huge DDoS attack earlier this week, according to a new report by Akamai. The attack was massive and quick.

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06/28/2020

Russian Cybercrime Boss Burkov Gets 9 Years

Krebs on Security

A well-connected Russian hacker once described as “an asset of supreme importance” to Moscow was sentenced on Friday to nine years in a U.S. prison after pleading guilty to running a site that sold stolen payment card data, and to administering a highly secretive crime forum that counted among its members some of the most elite Russian cybercrooks.

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06/28/2020

$16M in Hawaii unemployment benefits possibly lost to fraud

Star Advertiser

Nearly $16 million in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits in Hawaii may have been lost to fraud and identity theft, the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reported today.

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06/28/2020

FRPA Supports our Law Enforcement Officers

Linkedin

Officer Vinnie Montez speaks up.

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06/28/2020

FRPA Supports our Law Enforcement Officers

Linkedin

Officer Vinnie Montez speaks up.

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06/28/2020

Assistant Manager at Fresno County Retail Store Arrested for $100,000 in Credit Card Fraud

US Department of Justice

FRESNO, Calif. — On March 12, a federal grand jury brought a five-count indictment against an assistant manager of a Fresno-area retail store, charging her with bank fraud and use of unauthorized credit cards, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

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06/28/2020

Cryptocurrency blackmail scam alert

FTC

The email suddenly appears in your inbox. Someone is writing to say that they have access to your cell phone or your computer

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06/25/2020

FTC, SBA warn companies about SBA loan promises

FTC

The latest recipients of government warning letters are six companies that said they could speed U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans for businesses struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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06/25/2020

Help COVID-19 contact tracers, not scammers

FTC

After nearly three months of stay-at-home orders, America is starting to open up again.

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06/24/2020

The Federal Reserve has introduced the FraudClassier model.

Federal Reserve Banks

The Federal Reserve has introduced the FraudClassifierSM model, which can enable all payments stakeholders to classify fraud in a simple and similar manner.

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06/24/2020

The IRS won't call about your stimulus money

FTC

Most people have already gotten their economic stimulus payments, but the Internal Revenue Service is still sending them out

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06/24/2020

Dozens report identity theft related to unemployment benefits

KEYC News

.MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - A statewide investigation now underway after dozens of people fall victim to identity theft related to unemployment benefits. Mankato Public-Safety has already received more than 30 of these complaints since May 29.

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06/24/2020

SIM Swap - The Silent Hacker

Info Security

Mobile phone operators' infrastructures are coming under attack due to the 'fake news' that the new 5G networks, using Chinese technology, are the cause of the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, over 126 masts have been burnt in recent weeks.

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06/24/2020

Imperva Research Labs Reveals Abnormal Increase in DDoS Attack Length, Despite Popularity of Short Term Attacks

Globe News Wire

May 2020 Cyber Threat Index also finds ATO attacks primarily targeted loyalty card programs and streaming services

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06/23/2020

Visa Introduces Advanced Identity Score to Help Financial Institutions Prevent New Account Fraud

The Baytown Sun

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) today announced a digital tool to help U.S. financial institutions with their efforts to combat new account fraud – estimated at $10 billion a year – and give consumers greater peace of mind.

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06/23/2020

Wells Fargo customers targeted with phishing attacks using calendar invites

American Banker

Employees of large corporations are being targeted with phishing emails that impersonate the Wells Fargo security team and use innocent-looking calendar invitations as clickbait.

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06/22/2020

Turn on MFA Before Crooks Do It For You

Krebs on Security

Hundreds of popular websites now offer some form of multi-factor authentication (MFA), which can help users safeguard access to accounts when their password is breached or stolen.

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06/22/2020

There's been a huge spike in online shopping. Now scammers are cashing in, too

ZDNet

Over £16 million has been lost to online shopping fraudsters and scams in the three months since the UK started lockdown as people became reliant on buying things via the internet – and criminals have taken advantage.

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06/22/2020

Stimulus Checks: IRS Warns Against Medicare and Medicaid Scams

Pop Culture

The IRS has seen a rise in the number of scams and fraud related to US citizens' coronavirus stimulus money.

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06/22/2020

‘BlueLeaks’ Exposes Files from Hundreds of Police Departments

Krebs on Security

Hundreds of thousands of potentially sensitive files from police departments across the United States were leaked online last week.

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06/19/2020

FEMA IT Specialist Charged in ID Theft, Tax Refund Fraud Conspiracy

Krebs on Security

An information technology specialist at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was arrested this week on suspicion of hacking into the human resource databases of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in 2014, stealing personal data on more than 65,000 UPMC employees, and selling the data on the dark web.

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06/18/2020

Extended Tax Season in the US Spurs Additional Concerns for Identity Theft and Tax-Related Fraud

Security Boulevard

Fraudsters often stay ahead of the game, using every trick in the book to catch citizens off guard and steal millions of dollars in hard-earned money, and personal information each year.

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06/18/2020

Abnormal Security Issues Quarterly Business Email Compromise (BEC) Report for Q1 2020

Yahoo Finance

Abnormal Security, a leader in protecting large enterprises from Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks, today released the Abnormal Security Quarterly BEC Report for Q1 2020.

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06/18/2020

Many Mobile Banking Apps Have Exploitable 'Coding Errors'

Gov Info Security

Vulnerabilities in a number of mobile banking applications make them susceptible to hacking and customer account data theft, according to the security firm Positive Technologies.

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06/18/2020

How Credential Stuffing Is Evolving

Information Security Buzz

Credential stuffing sounds simple: attackers test stolen usernames and passwords across sites to see what works.

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06/18/2020

When Security Takes a Backseat to Productivity

Krebs on Security

“We must care as much about securing our systems as we care about running them if we are to make the necessary revolutionary change.” -CIA’s Wikileaks Task Force.

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06/16/2020

Edler Fraud

FBI

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which is dedicated to raising awareness about the millions of older adults who experience elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. The FBI works throughout the year to educate seniors and their loved ones on elder fraud scams and prevention.

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06/15/2020

Mysterious checks appearing in mailboxes, possible scam targeting the unemployed

NBC 2

A mysterious check has been showing up in people's mailboxes in a priority envelope, and cashing it could prove to be costly.

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06/15/2020

Privnotes.com Is Phishing Bitcoin from Users of Private Messaging Service Privnote.com

Krebs on Security

For the past year, a site called Privnotes.com has been impersonating Privnote.com, a legitimate, free service that offers private, encrypted messages which self-destruct automatically after they are read.

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06/15/2020

Kohl’s must give records to identity theft victims

FTC

Imagine a thief used your information to buy things at Kohl’s – or used your Kohl’s credit card to go on a shopping spree.

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06/15/2020

What do COVID-19 scams look like in your state?

FTC

We’ve been telling you about the scams related to COVID-19. But now we can tell you even more about the scams happening in your neck of the woods.

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06/12/2020

FBI Warns Of Increasing Use of Trojans in Banking Apps

Bank Info Security

The FBI is warning that cybercriminals and fraudsters are increasingly targeting mobile banking apps with malware in order to steal credentials and conduct account takeover attacks.

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06/12/2020

Imperva Takes on its Largest Recorded Account Takeover Attack on a Single Company

Security Boulevard

Imperva recently detected and mitigated the largest – and most concentrated – series of brute force ATO (account takeover) attacks in its history.

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06/11/2020

Kohl's sued for failing to provide records to identity theft victims

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Kohl's Corp. for more than two years failed to adequately provide records to victims of identity theft, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.

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06/11/2020

$126 Million in Potential Fraud in Small-Business Loan Program Identified by Authorities

Newsweek

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the government loan initiative set up by lawmakers to save businesses amid the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, has been a direct target of potential fraud to the tune of $126 million.

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06/11/2020

Microsoft Patch Tuesday, June 2020 Edition

Krebs on Security

Microsoft today released software patches to plug at least 129 security holes in its Windows operating systems and supported software, by some accounts a record number of fixes in one go for the software giant.

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06/11/2020

Nintendo Breach: Now 300,000 Accounts Affected

Info Security

Nintendo has added another 140,000 accounts to those it claimed were compromised by hackers from April this year, bringing the total to 300,000.

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06/11/2020

The Threat of Compromised Passwords

Security Boulevard

Over time passwords have become a ubiquitous part of our digital activities. They’re something we expect to create and manage for all of our accounts, and yet with all of our online accounts, having unique passwords can be difficult.

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06/10/2020

New coronavirus scam: How to spot bogus contact tracing texts, emails and calls

Morning Call

Don’t panic if you get a phone call, text message or email from someone who says they’re a public health official warning that you may have been exposed to the coronavirus. It may be a scam.

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06/09/2020

Rogue Payment Processor that Helped Perpetuate Multiple Scams Is Banned from the Payment Processing Business Under FTC Settlement

FTC

A rogue payment processor and its owners agreed to be permanently banned from payment processing in order to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission and the State of Ohio that they unlawfully processed payments for multiple scam operations.

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06/09/2020

Voice-Enabled Fraud Could Be The Next Big Opportunity For Criminals

Forbes

Voice-enabled technology is becoming more prevalent in consumers’ lives, another way of talking to our smart devices – from our phones to our televisions and even refrigerators.

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06/09/2020

Florence, Ala. Hit By Ransomware 12 Days After Being Alerted by KrebsOnSecurity

Krebs on Security

In late May, KrebsOnSecurity alerted numerous officials in Florence, Ala. that their information technology systems had been infiltrated by hackers who specialize in deploying ransomware.

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06/08/2020

Another Epidemic to Worry About: Identity Theft

Kiplinger

Identity thieves are increasingly using stolen information to hijack their victims’ accounts, a costly type of fraud that’s expected to increase as the COVID-19 pandemic forces more Americans to work and shop online.

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06/08/2020

Consumer First Alert: Nationwide unemployment scam

2 First Alert

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Action 2 News has learned people in Wisconsin could be victims of a massive nationwide unemployment scam.The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in record unemployment claims.

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06/08/2020

How to transfer money from your EIP debit card to your bank account

FTC

Recently, we wrote about the Economic Impact Payment debit cards some of you are getting. But we’ve heard that some people have had trouble getting money off the card and into your bank account, without visiting an ATM.

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06/08/2020

IRS warns against COVID-19 fraud; other financial schemes

IRS

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers to guard against tax fraud and other related financial scams related to COVID-19.

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06/05/2020

How To Capture The Rising eCommerce Tide And Simultaneously Stem A Tidal Wave Of Fraud

PYMNTS.com

It has often been said during the last several weeks that the world has seen several years’ worth of eCommerce innovations advance in about three months, due to the pressure and pivots created by the global health pandemic.

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06/05/2020

The EU’s COVID-19 Contactless Limit — Too Little, Too Late?

PYMNTS.com

Financial institutions (FIs) in the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom are still thinking positively about open banking even as the COVID-19 pandemic creates obstacles.

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06/04/2020

More FTC warnings about scam Coronavirus treatments

FTC

The FTC continues to seek out and warn sellers who peddle so-called Coronavirus treatments with no proof they work.

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06/03/2020

Scammers target Google Docs and Microsoft Sway to steal user credentials

Technuter

Barracuda Networks, the trusted partner and leading provider for cloud-enabled security solutions, highlights the threat landscape in the month of May 2020.

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06/03/2020

New COVID-19 Spear-Phishing, Spoofing Attacks Mimic Google, WHO

Health IT Security

Barracuda detected a new impersonation attack, where hackers spoof Google-branded sites in spear-phishing campaigns. Meanwhile, Google details spoofing campaigns mimicking WHO.

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06/03/2020

People are mistaking stimulus payments for junk mail or a scam

The Washington Post

The IRS has to explain, yet again, a glitch in issuing stimulus payments.

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06/03/2020

REvil Ransomware Gang Starts Auctioning Victim Data

Krebs on Security

The criminal group behind the REvil ransomware enterprise has begun auctioning off sensitive data stolen from companies hit by its malicious software.

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06/03/2020

Coronavirus mask rules could spur spike in bank robberies: regulator

NY Post

The coronavirus crisis could make America’s banks easy targets for bandits, a federal regulator warns.

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06/03/2020

Romanian Skimmer Gang in Mexico Outed by KrebsOnSecurity Stole $1.2 Billion

Krebs on Security

An exhaustive inquiry published today by a consortium of investigative journalists says a three-part series KrebsOnSecurity published in 2015 on a Romanian ATM skimming gang operating in Mexico’s top tourist destinations disrupted their highly profitable business, which raked in an estimated $1.2 billion and enjoyed the protection of top Mexican authorities.

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06/03/2020

Identity Theft, Fraud Exploding in 2020

Security Boulevard

Identity theft and fraud are on the rise, increasing the costs to both consumers and the businesses they deal with, according to a recent study from Javelin Strategy & Research, which showed that losses related to identity fraud have increased some 15%.

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06/03/2020

Here’s how far hackers are willing to go to steal your stimulus check

CNBC

During the first quarter, data security company Bolster found more than 145,000 suspicious domain registrations with the term “stimulus check” in them.

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06/03/2020

How PayPal’s Case Against the CFPB Could Spawn ‘Uncomfortable’ Results for Payments Players

Digital Transactions

It was easy to lose track of it in the midst of all the impacts of the novel coronavirus, but a crucial federal lawsuit filed six months ago still hangs over the payments industry, carrying far-reaching implications for nearly all players.

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06/03/2020

Is a scammer getting unemployment benefits in your name?

FTC

In a large-scale scam erupting in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, imposters are filing claims for unemployment benefits, using the names and personal information of people who have not filed claims.

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06/02/2020

Statement from FBI Minneapolis—Seeking Public Help

FBI

New Website for Providing Pictures and Videos of Acts of Violence Now Online

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06/02/2020

People who turned to Upwork to find freelance gigs say they've lost thousands of dollars to scams

NBC News

An elaborate and updated version of a classic check scam that has found renewed life on freelancing platforms.

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06/01/2020

Bank of America data breach – was your info exposed?

KimKomando

Of all the institutions that could be hit by a data breach, a bank is undoubtedly one of the worst.

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06/01/2020

What to know about the Economic Impact Payment debit cards

FTC

If you’re still waiting for your Economic Impact Payments, you might be getting a debit card instead of a check in the mail.

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06/01/2020

How to avoid COVID-19 government imposter scams

FTC

Many of us are paying close attention to the guidance from federal, state, and local governments during this COVID-19 health emergency.

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06/01/2020

Coronavirus Advice for Consumers

FTC

Links for consumers for Coronavirus Advice.

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05/28/2020

S&T REPORTS POTENTIAL LOSSES OF MILLIONS IN CHECK KITING SCHEME

WCCS Radio

Indiana-based S&T Bancorp and its subsidiary, S&T Bank, have filed formal notice with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in which the bank says it may have been victimized by a business customer, with losses that could total tens of millions of dollars.

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05/28/2020

How the Abrupt Shift to Remote Work Could Start a Wave of Account Takeover Fraud

TechZone 360

Lockdowns and stay-at-home orders around the world have forced businesses to rapidly move to remote work arrangements for safety.

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05/28/2020

New phishing campaign bypasses multi-factor authentication

SC Media

Security researchers have found a new phishing campaign that gives hackers access to user data without a password.

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05/28/2020

Verizon report analysis: Money not espionage at the heart of cyber-crime breaches

SC Media

Financial gain remains the key motivation for cybercrime despite extensive media coverage of espionage, accounting for 86 percent of breaches investigated in the Verizon Business 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR).

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05/27/2020

COVID-19 scams targeting college students

FTC

Hey college students: even though you’re likely far from campus, scammers are still trying to find you.

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05/27/2020

Report: ATM Skimmer Gang Had Protection from Mexican Attorney General’s Office

Krebs on Security

A group of Romanians operating an ATM company in Mexico and suspected of bribing technicians to install sophisticated Bluetooth-based skimmers in cash machines throughout several top Mexican tourist destinations have enjoyed legal protection from a top anti-corruption official in the Mexican attorney general’s office, according to a new complaint filed with the government’s internal affairs division.

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05/27/2020

Home Chef Serves Up Data Breach for 8 Million Records

Da Loop

The hacking group ShinyHunters has hit a popular mail-order meal kit company, Home Chef. Home Chef’s customer records were leaked as a result of the breach, according to a notice posted on the company’s website stating that customer information including email addresses, names, phone numbers, encrypted passwords, and four digits of credit card numbers was exposed.

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05/26/2020

Hollywood Film Producer Charged with $1.7 Million COVID-Relief Fraud

FDIC COIG.Gov

A California man has been charged with allegedly filing bank loan applications fraudulently seeking more than $1.7 million dollars in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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05/26/2020

Should Apple and other stores require shopper temperature checks?

Retail Wire

A number of retailers have begun checking the temperatures of employees before shifts. Apple last week, however, became the first major retailer to require customers to have their temperature checked before entry.

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05/26/2020

Nigerian citizen sentenced 4.5 years in fraud scheme bilking the elderly

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

MADISON, Wis. — A Nigerian citizen was sentenced Wednesday to 54 months in federal prison after pleading guilty for money laundering in connection with a wire-fraud scheme that swindled victims out of more than $600,000.

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05/26/2020

Military Data Spotlight: Identity theft and servicemembers

FTC

Every year, thousands of servicemembers report to us about their consumer experiences. Those reports are the focus of the FTC’s Data Spotlight, Identity theft causing outsized harm to our troops.

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05/26/2020

Ukraine Nabs Suspect in 773M Password ‘Megabreach’

Krebs on Security

In January 2019, dozens of media outlets raised the alarm about a new “megabreach” involving the release of some 773 million stolen usernames and passwords that was breathlessly labeled “the largest collection of stolen data in history.”

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05/26/2020

Why Fraudsters Like ‘Delivery Attacks,’ And Why AI and ML Alone Won’t Stop Them

PYMNTS.com

The pandemic — and specifically, the lockdowns resulting from it — has spurred criminals to shift their cyber fraud schemes to exploit new avenues of attack.

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05/26/2020

Fighting CNP Fraud With ‘Data Collaboration’

PYMNTS.com

There’s nothing new under the sun, goes the saying — but when it comes to payments fraud, there are new ways to do it.

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05/26/2020

Riding the State Unemployment Fraud ‘Wave’

Krebs on Security

When a reliable method of scamming money out of people, companies or governments becomes widely known, underground forums and chat networks tend to light up with activity as more fraudsters pile on to claim their share.

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05/22/2020

U.S. Secret Service: “Massive Fraud” Against State Unemployment Insurance Programs

Krebs on Security

A well-organized Nigerian crime ring is exploiting the COVID-19 crisis by committing large-scale fraud against multiple state unemployment insurance programs, with potential losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a new alert issued by the U.S. Secret Service.

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05/22/2020

This Service Helps Malware Authors Fix Flaws in their Code

Krebs on Security

Almost daily now there is news about flaws in commercial software that lead to computers getting hacked and seeded with malware.

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05/22/2020

Why your phone is suddenly bombarded with scam calls, how to stop it

Fox 25

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — Our phones are ringing and now more than before the coronavirus pandemic, it can be a robocall or scam.

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05/21/2020

How Human-like Bots perform online fraud

eletimes.com

2019 saw login pages as prime targets for fraudsters across different verticals.

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05/21/2020

I agree Account Takeover Attacks Are an Enormous Vulnerability for Which Many Merchants Are Unprepared

Business Wire

Riskified Survey Shows Merchants Endanger Their Revenue and Reputation but Have Done Little to Protect Themselves or Their Customers

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05/21/2020

I agree Account Takeover Attacks Are an Enormous Vulnerability for Which Many Merchants Are Unprepared

Business Wire

Riskified Survey Shows Merchants Endanger Their Revenue and Reputation but Have Done Little to Protect Themselves or Their Customers

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05/21/2020

Cybersecurity Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic

AME Info

The real world is fragile. It is unnerving, to say the least, to see how a virus can cause such massive disruptions across the globe.

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05/21/2020

ye on Fraud: Fiserv Targets Debit Card False Declines; More Mobile Payments Mean More Fingerprint Sensors

Digital Transactions

Debit card issuers have a new tool to spot potential false transaction declines with a new service from processor Fiserv Inc., and the authentication needs of mobile payments are driving, in part, the growth in fingerprint sensors.

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05/20/2020

Los Angeles-area real estate agent pleads guilty to coordinating multi-million-dollar scheme that funded marijuana grow houses

ICE

LOS ANGELES – A Chino real estate agent pleaded guilty today to a federal criminal charge for coordinating a scheme that used millions of dollars to purchase nine residential homes in San Bernardino County that were then converted into illegal marijuana grow houses.

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05/20/2020

A Nigerian crime ring siphoned millions of dollars from US unemployment programs amid COVID-19 shutdowns, officials say

Business Insider

As states struggle with an unprecedented flood of jobless claims amid the COVID-19 pandemic, cyber criminals are targeting unemployment insurance sites with fraudulent claims in order to illegally siphon money, according to the US Secret Service.

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05/20/2020

How COVID-19 Is Infecting the Payment Fraud Landscape

Banking Exchange

Fraudsters have significantly expanded phishing campaigns to include COVID-19 messaging

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05/20/2020

Identity Fraud Losses Increase 15 Percent as Consumer Out-of-Pocket Costs More Than Double, According to 2020 Identity Fraud Report From Javelin Strategy & Research

Yahoo Finance

The 2020 Identity Fraud Report, released by Javelin Strategy & Research, reveals financial institutions’ methods to identify and respond to fraud are no match for criminals’ high-tech schemes to hijack consumer accounts

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05/20/2020

FTC warns some facilities forcing Medicaid recipients to sign over checks

Fox 25

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — A warning from the government about nursing homes and assisted living facilities taking stimulus checks from some patients.

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05/20/2020

Prisons Worldwide Seek Ways to Ease the Coronavirus Crisis

inhomelandsecurity.com

Prisons and jails around the world are facing a growing threat due to the coronavirus crisis. Social distancing is often not possible within prison walls especially as many prisons exceed their inmate capacities. As a result, the spread of the coronavirus is a major threat among this vulnerable population.

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05/19/2020

Worldwide Payment Processor and Payments Industry Executive to Pay $40.2 Million to Settle FTC Charges of Assisting Fraudulent Schemes and Credit Card Laundering

FTC

One of the biggest payment processing companies and its former executive will pay more than $40.2 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges they knowingly processed payments and laundered, or assisted laundering of, credit card transactions for scams that targeted hundreds of thousands of consumers.

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05/19/2020

WHAT DEFENSES ARE THERE TO CHARGES OF FRAUD IN CONNECTION WITH THE PPP PROGRAM

Yahoo Finance

Dallas, TX , May 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES”). It is designed to help small businesses continue pay employees despite the massive economic disruption from the novel Coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

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05/19/2020

IRS Issuing Stimulus Checks Via Prepaid Debit Cards—Yours Could Arrive This Week

Forbes

The CARES Act provided a $1,200 Economic Impact Payment, commonly referred to as a stimulus payment or stimulus check.

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05/19/2020

Econsumer.gov: International scam fighter

FTC

No; this isn’t an action movie. But new enhancements to econsumer.gov — and a new interactive international dashboard for Consumer Sentinel reports — give the FTC, other government agencies, and people across the globe scam-fighting powers that rival those of an action hero.

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05/19/2020

Did a nursing home or assisted living facility take your stimulus check?

FTC

Do you or a loved one live in a nursing home or assisted living facility? Are you (or they) on Medicaid?

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05/19/2020

Credit reports are now free, every week

FTC

If you’re feeling anxious about your financial health during these uncertain times, you’re not alone.

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05/19/2020

COVID-19 contact tracing text message scams

FTC

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about contact tracing. It’s the process of identifying people who have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, instructing them to quarantine and monitoring their symptoms daily.

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05/18/2020

Ransomware Gang Demands $42 Million From Celebrity Law Firm

BankInfo Security

The operators of the REvil ransomware strain are attempting to ratchet up the pressure on a high-profile New York law firm to pay a $42 million ransom, threatening to release more data on the firm's roster of celebrity clients, according to multiple reports and security experts.

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05/18/2020

The Rising Threat of Business Email Compromise

Security Boulevard

State and city governments are in cybercriminal crosshairs because they tick a lot of boxes.

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05/18/2020

Kelvin Collins: Venmo scam sends you money ‘by accident’

The Augusta Chronicle

If someone sends you money out of the blue, it’s probably an honest mistake, right? Not necessarily.

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05/18/2020

As COVID-19 unemployment grows, data hacks may be fueling fraud scheme, report says

TechZimo

As jobless Americans look for relief during the coronavirus pandemic, the US Secret Service suspects an overseas fraud ring is using hacked data to steal identities and make off with millions of dollars earmarked for unemployment benefits.

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05/14/2020

Business Identity Theft is Real – Is Your Company Protected?

WHNT 19

Running a business has so many moving components; it can be hard to keep track of everything.

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05/14/2020

Five Things Fueling Account Takeover

BioCatch

The role of digital services in our lives has never proven more pivotal than it has in recent months. From banking and shopping to how we work and how our children learn, the most routine of activities we do every day has been completely upended.

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05/13/2020

Ransomware Attack Forces Texas Court Servers Offline

Government Technology

System administrators discovered Friday that hackers had taken over a portion of the statewide court network and were demanding ransom before control of the system was restored. This is not the first such attack.

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05/13/2020

COVID-19 Phishing Update: Scammers Impersonating Financial Institutions on Instagram

Security Boulevard

Threat actors are using the novel coronavirus to impersonate accounts on social media. The example below targets members of a credit union.

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05/13/2020

6 ways attackers are exploiting the COVID-19 crisis

Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the coronavirus crisis to spread malware, disrupt operations, sow doubt and make a quick buck.

While organizations can take plenty of steps to ensure employees are well-equipped to work remotely in a secure manner, threat actors of all stripes are already taking advantage of the COVID19/coronavirus situation.

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05/13/2020

Microsoft Patch Tuesday, May 2020 Edition

Krebs on Security

Microsoft today issued software updates to plug at least 111 security holes in Windows and Windows-based programs.

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05/13/2020

BBB Warns of Top 10 Scams Targeting Small Businesses

golocalprov.com

The Better Business Bureau is warning scams can impact every business, regardless of location, size, or industry

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05/13/2020

IC3 Marks 20 Years

FBI

From Early Frauds to Sophisticated Schemes, IC3 Has Tracked the Evolution of Online Crime

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05/12/2020

What Lenders Are Learning About Emerging PPP Loan Fraud

PYMNTS.com

In the mad dash to secure Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds, small businesses have faced confusion, anxiety and often a lack of clarity as to when they would receive capital – if at all.

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05/12/2020

Privacy Tip #238 – Coronavirus Charity Scams

JDSupra.com

I think that people in general are decent and good. There are always some bad apples, but during crises most people want to help others.

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05/12/2020

KARE 11 Investigates: Work-At-Home scam risks during COVID-19 crisis

KARE 11

Thieves are using online job offers to steal personal information – and to lure people into counterfeit check schemes.

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05/11/2020

Meant to Combat ID Theft, Unemployment Benefits Letter Prompts ID Theft Worries

Krebs on Security

Millions of Americans now filing for unemployment will receive benefits via a prepaid card issued by U.S. Bank, a Minnesota-based financial institution that handles unemployment payments for more than a dozen U.S. states.

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05/11/2020

Email scams targeting businesses hit by COVID-19

komando.com

Email scams are nothing new, but the COVID-19 pandemic has added considerable fuel to the fire that’s been burning in the underbelly of the internet for years.

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05/11/2020

‘It’s like a gold rush for them:’ Seattle FBI says thieves are cashing in big on COVID scams

Q13 Fox News

Fraudsters capitalizing on people at their lowest point, it's an issue that law enforcement says is only getting worse.

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05/11/2020

Small businesses face rise of ‘friendly fraud'

USA Today

With Americans growing more cautious about their spending habits in the wake of layoffs and pay cuts due to the coronavirus pandemic, experts caution that small businesses should brace for a rise in “friendly fraud.”

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05/11/2020

Ransomware Hit ATM Giant Diebold Nixdorf

Krebs on Security

Diebold Nixdorf, a major provider of automatic teller machines (ATMs) and payment technology to banks and retailers, recently suffered a ransomware attack that disrupted some operations. The company says the hackers never touched its ATMs or customer networks, and that the intrusion only affected its corporate network.

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05/08/2020

FEDS START CRACKDOWN ON PPP FRAUD

Restaurant Business

A New England restaurateur and his business associate have been arrested by federal authorities for allegedly trying to cheat the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) out of more than $540,000 in forgivable loans.

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05/08/2020

5 common password mistakes you should avoid

We Live Security

Typing in a password to access one of the tens or hundreds of services that we use has become such an everyday part of our lives that we rarely give it a second thought.

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05/08/2020

Why Unified Commerce Is Critical For Merchants — And Catnip For Fraudsters

PYMNTS.com

The shift to digital commerce is more urgent than ever — and so are some of the potential pitfalls as fraudsters recalibrate their attacks and eye card-not-present transactions as a new way to make off with ill-gotten gains.

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05/08/2020

Fighting Coronavirus scams: taking stock

FTC

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, the FTC has released dozens of warning letters against people trying to make an illegal buck off the Coronavirus.

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05/07/2020

Fraud in the Time of COVID-19

D Magazine - HealthCare Fraud

There is no question employers across Texas and the nation with self-funded healthcare plans will see increases in the cost of covering sick employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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05/07/2020

Tech Support Scam Uses Child Porn Warning

Krebs on Security

A new email scam is making the rounds, warning recipients that someone using their Internet address has been caught viewing child pornography.

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05/07/2020

FTC warns 45 more sellers of scam Coronavirus treatments

FTC

Every day we are reading about researchers studying potential ways to prevent, treat or cure COVID-19.

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05/05/2020

Account Takeovers: Why Fraud Losses Are Growing

Bank Info Security

Krista Tedder of Javelin Strategy analyzes key findings from a new report on identity fraud that shows that while account takeover incidents are decreasing, losses are growing.

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05/05/2020

Scam emails demand Bitcoin, threaten blackmail

FTC

The FTC uses the information it gets from people who report scams to keep close watch on trends, so we can alert you to changes.

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05/05/2020

Scammers offer facemasks but don’t deliver

FTC

If there’s a high demand online for health and safety items, like facemasks and paper products, guess what scammers pretend to sell? That’s right: health and safety items, like facemasks and paper products.

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05/05/2020

Not every COVID-19 testing site is legit

FTC

You probably know that COVID-19 tests are in short supply. But did you know there’s no shortage of scammers setting up fake COVID-19 testing sites to cash in on the crisis?

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05/05/2020

Coronavirus and your student loan debt

FTC

If you have student loan debt, you’ve probably heard that the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act gives some flexibility to federal student loan borrowers.

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05/05/2020

Did an ID thief steal your stimulus payment? Report it to us.

FTC

Do you think your economic impact payment has landed in the hands of an identity thief? You can report it to the FTC and the IRS at the same time. Here’s what to do.

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05/04/2020

How Cybercriminals are Weathering COVID-19

Krebs on Security

In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a boon to cybercriminals: With unprecedented numbers of people working from home and anxious for news about the virus outbreak, it’s hard to imagine a more target-rich environment for phishers, scammers and malware purveyors.

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05/04/2020

New York City man stole $12,000 worth of coronavirus stimulus checks from mailboxes

WTSP

NEW YORK — A New York City man was arrested after stealing nine stimulus payment checks worth $12,000 from mailboxes in Brooklyn.

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05/04/2020

US FTC warns about 7 scams targeting businesses during COVID-19 crisis

The Dispatch

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has warned businesses about coronavirus-related scams that are trying to exploit companies’ concerns about the crisis.

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05/04/2020

CONSUMER ALERT: BBB warns of new Venmo scam, Webkinz users asked to change credentials

2 First Alert

GREEN BAY, Wis.(WBAY) - Venmo users are being warned of a new message sent by scammers, which asks you to return money accidentally sent to your account.

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05/04/2020

Visa Will Postpone Its Fuel-Pump EMV Liability Shift for Six Months, C-Store Group Says

Digital Transactions

Visa Inc. has informed petroleum retailers that it will delay its planned EMV fuel-pump liability shift set for October until April 17, 2021, the convenience-store trade group NACS disclosed Friday.

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05/01/2020

The most brazen COVID-19 blackmail scam yet

KimKomando

We’ve seen a lot of COVID-19 related scams appear in the past few weeks. In fact, the issue has become so disruptive that agencies like the FTC and FBI are warning consumers to tread cautiously when checking their emails or answering phone calls.

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04/30/2020

Scammers have registered 150,000 fake stimulus check websites. Here’s how to protect yourself

Fortune

Eager to get your stimulus check? You aren't the only one, apparently.

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04/30/2020

New Research Shows 20% Spike in Fraud as Digital Behavior Shifts Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Security Boulevard

New data showing the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on online fraud in the first quarter of 2020 shows that 26.5% of all transactions were fraud and abuse attempts, which is a 20% increase over the previous quarter.

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04/30/2020

7 Fraud Predictions in the Wake of the Coronavirus

Dark Reading

An unprecedented global virus outbreak is just what the cyberfraudster ordered.

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04/30/2020

Microsoft Teams vulnerability patched, could lead to account takeover

SC Magazine

Microsoft’s Teams collaboration platform contains a vulnerability that can be exploited with a malicious GIF enabling an attacker to take over a company’s Teams accounts.

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04/30/2020

Taking A Data-Driven Approach To Meeting CU Members’ Banking Needs

PYMNTS.com

Credit unions (CUs) have had to shutter many of their branches or limit capacity alongside other financial institutions (FIs) to protect members and staff as the COVID-19 virus continues on.

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04/29/2020

On 25th Anniversary Of Oklahoma City Bombing, Officials Find Lessons For Today

NPR

Lynne Gist stands at her sister's chair in the Field of Empty Chairs at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum on Wednesday. Gist lost her sister, Karen Gist Carr, when a truck bomb ripped through a federal building in downtown Oklahoma City and killed 168 people 25 years ago.

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04/29/2020

Why we adopt then abandon online safety practices

Michigan News UoM

ANN ARBOR—We try to follow experts’ cybersecurity and privacy recommendations but quite often many of us do so halfway or we give up.

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04/29/2020

Financial sector is seeing more credential stuffing than DDoS attacks

ZDNet

The financial sector has seen more brute-force attacks and credential stuffing incidents than DDoS attacks in the past three years, F5's cyber-security unit said in a report published today.

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04/29/2020

Would You Have Fallen for This Phone Scam?

Krebs on Security

You may have heard that today’s phone fraudsters like to use caller ID spoofing services to make their scam calls seem more believable.

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04/28/2020

Scammers take new approach to classic utility scam amid COVID-19

WHSV TV

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WHSV) — You hopefully already know by this point that scammers have been taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic for one of their classic calls: threatening to turn your utilities off.

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04/27/2020

FTC sends COVID-related warnings to MLM companies

FTC

A business opportunity that promises you can work from home, earn lots of money, and enjoy a lavish lifestyle?

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04/27/2020

Don’t click links in unsolicited text messages

FTC

You might be seeing text messages promising money – maybe the economic impact payments, loans for small businesses, or an offer for money you can get.

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04/27/2020

When in Doubt: Hang Up, Look Up, & Call Back

Krebs on Security

Many security-conscious people probably think they’d never fall for a phone-based phishing scam.

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04/27/2020

Bad bot traffic increases, comprising almost one quarter of all website traffic

helpnetsecurity.com

Bad bot traffic has increased compared to previous years, comprising almost one quarter (24.1%) of all website traffic and most heavily impacting the financial services industry, according to Imperva.

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04/27/2020

Cyber Criminals Are Hacking Ad Servers, Luring Victims to Malware-Infected Sites

beincrypto.com

Hackers have continued to attract attention in these times, as they appear to have deployed new strategies to conduct their nefarious activities.

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04/24/2020

Mobile Order-Ahead Takes On Account Takeovers

PYMNTS.com

Can you put a price tag on a pandemic? There’s no shortage of figures (most of them bad) trying to tally up the damage. But if you want the inside story of how America is dealing with COVID-19, look to our most universal necessity – eating – for a fuller understanding.

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04/24/2020

Some Landlords Are Illegally Spying On Tenants’ Stimulus Check Status

Forbes

Stimulus payments, intended to help those struggling due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, started reaching Americans last week. The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) expected up to 80 million Americans to receive their payments via direct deposit by April 15, with paper checks being mailed starting next week.

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04/24/2020

Beware of these fake text messages and robocalls going around about the coronavirus

News 4 JAX

If you get a text message saying you’ve come into contact with someone who’s tested positive for COVID-19, don’t click the link.

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04/24/2020

STATEMENT: SBA DATA BREACH PUTS BUSINESS OWNERS AT RISK OF ID THEFT AND OTHER FRAUD

U.S. Pirg

WASHINGTON -- The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced Tuesday that the personal information of nearly 8,000 business owners applying for federal disaster loans had been exposed.

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04/23/2020

Fraudulent, deceptive COVID-19 tests appearing across Texas, Austin leaders warn

KXAN

AUSTIN (KXAN) — While Austin-Travis County’s Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott says COVID-19 testing in Texas will be more “plentiful” in the next sixty days, he’s also concerned that fraudulent and deceptive COVID-19 testing is being carried out in the region.

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04/23/2020

‘Pure Hell for Victims’ as Stimulus Programs Draw a Flood of Scammers

The New York Times

Trillions of dollars in stimulus funds have created a rush among criminals to take the money from those who need it the most.

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04/23/2020

When in Doubt: Hang Up, Look Up, & Call Back

Krebs on Security

Many security-conscious people probably think they’d never fall for a phone-based phishing scam.

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04/23/2020

A Quarter of Website Traffic is Bad Bots

Info Security

New research published today by Imperva has found that bad bots made up nearly a quarter of overall website traffic in 2019.

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04/22/2020

FTC sends more warnings to sellers of scam Coronavirus treatments

FTC

Last month, the FTC and FDA sent warning letters to seven sellers of unapproved and misbranded products, claiming they can treat or prevent the Coronavirus. Today, the FTC sent warning letters to 10 more companies.

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04/22/2020

COVID-19 scam reports, by the numbers

FTC

If you’re a regular reader of this blog — or of the news, you know that scammers are out in force, taking advantage of all aspects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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04/22/2020

Coronavirus stimulus payment scams: What you need to know

FTC

We know there’s been a flood of information and updates about the government’s economic impact payments, or so-called stimulus checks, lately.

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04/21/2020

Stimulus check fraud concerns Secret Service

WTOP.com

Do you know what a government-issued stimulus check looks like? As U.S. Treasury checks from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) are being mailed and issued to millions of Americans, federal law enforcement authorities are concerned that check fraud will increase.

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04/21/2020

PCI Compliance Is Getting Tougher

Digital Transactions

Independent sales organizations are increasing their use of non-compliance fees for merchants that don’t adhere to PCI Security Standards Council requirements, with 23% of ISOs surveyed for the ControlScan/MAC 2020 Acquiring Trends Report saying they assess these fees. That’s up from the historic range of 17% to 18%.

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04/21/2020

FBI warns popular social media trends could lead to fraud

WCT6 News

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - While posting your high school senior picture or photos of your first car on Facebook may seem like a fun idea, the FBI wants to warn the public that posting this kind of information could led to fraud.

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04/20/2020

Customer Alerts: Frauds and Scams

Bureau of the Fiscal Service

At Fiscal Service, we’re concerned that our customers stay up to date about frauds and scams that impact their financial transactions. We’ll use this page to bring you the latest information about the frauds and how you can avoid them as well as other pertinent information.

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04/20/2020

FBI Warns of Emerging COVID-19 Testing and Treatment Fraud Schemes

JDSUPRA

On April 13, 2020, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a press release warning the public about several emerging health care fraud schemes related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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04/20/2020

Federal Trade Commission Report: more than $15 million lost to coronavirus scams

Fox 56 WOLF

WILKES-BARRE (WOLF) — According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), more than $15 million dollars has been stolen through coronavirus-related scams nationwide.

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04/17/2020

COVID-19 Has United Cybersecurity Experts, But Will That Unity Survive the Pandemic?

Krebs on Security

The Coronavirus has prompted thousands of information security professionals to volunteer their skills in upstart collaborative efforts aimed at frustrating cybercriminals who are seeking to exploit the crisis for financial gain.

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04/17/2020

FTC Reports Over 18K Fraud Reports Linked To Pandemic

PYMNTS.com

According to the FTC, there have been 18,235 reports of fraudulent activity or fraud attempts related to the coronavirus since Jan. 1. In total, people have lost $13.44 million to fraud.

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04/17/2020

Corporate Account Takeover Attacks: Detecting and Preventing it

Security Boulevard

The use of stolen workforce identity by cybercriminals has been a popular hacking tactic for many years now.

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04/17/2020

How to spot signs of a stimulus check scam

KSDK Tv

As stimulus checks are being distributed, the IRS is reminding people to be on the lookout for scams.

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04/16/2020

FBI and Secret Service Working Against COVID-19 Threats

FBI

As the United States and the world grapple with the immediate public health and economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, a related crisis has simultaneously emerged: a wave of criminals seeking to prey upon an anxious public.

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04/16/2020

Scammers Hook Victims By Claiming Mail Is Contaminated With COVID-19

CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — You may have heard this – “Don’t touch your mail, because it’s covered with COVID-19.”

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04/16/2020

Employee Account Takeover in the Age of COVID-19

Security Boulevard

Account takeover for employees, customers, and users has become a real issue since the COVID-19 outbreak. Here is why that is and what organizations can do about it.

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04/16/2020

Sipping from the Coronavirus Domain Firehose

Krebs on Security

Security experts are poring over thousands of new Coronavirus-themed domain names registered each day, but this often manual effort struggles to keep pace with the flood of domains invoking the virus to promote malware and phishing sites, as well as non-existent healthcare products and charities.

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04/15/2020

Medicaid fraud unit files charges in first case

Bismarck Tribune

North Dakota's new medicaid fraud unit has filed charges in its first case. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced Monday the case involves the theft of narcotics at a long-term care facility in Pembina County.

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04/15/2020

Millions of people filing for unemployment, a fast-moving economic stimulus, requests for accelerated payments, and obligations and contract awards—all of these factors create the perfect storm for fn

Nextgov

The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act will provide economic relief to millions of businesses and taxpayers during the coronavirus pandemic.

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04/15/2020

Microsoft Patch Tuesday, April 2020 Edition

Krebs on Security

Microsoft today released updates to fix 113 security vulnerabilities in its various Windows operating systems and related software.

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04/15/2020

How Banks Can Acquire New Customers and Drive Down Fraud by Offering Secure, Remote Account Opening

PaymentsJournal

Now more than ever banks want to ensure digital banking services are widely available to their customers while also keeping them safe from increasing digital fraud and cybersecurity threats.

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04/15/2020

Zelle: A New Door Opens, But is Crime Walking In?

Info Security

Ever since the U.S. banking industry took the plunge into the world of “faster payments”, the real-time peer-to-peer payments (P2P) platform Zelle - by which one can move money from their bank account to an email or mobile phone number - has gained both popularity and praise. By the third quarter of 2019, Zelle traffic was reported to have reached 196 million transactions with a volume of $49 billion, vastly higher than other competitive solutions.

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04/13/2020

FBI Warns of Advance Fee and BEC Schemes Related to Procurement of PPE and Other Supplies During COVID-19 Pandemic

FBI

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is providing this industry alert to warn government and health care industry buyers of rapidly emerging fraud trends related to procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE), medical equipment such as ventilators, and other supplies or equipment in short supply during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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04/13/2020

'A Perfect Storm for Fraud'

Arkansas Business

“Never let a good crisis go to waste” is time-honored advice, whether it originated with Niccolò Machiavelli or Winston Churchill before being popularized by Rahm Emanuel.

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04/13/2020

FBI Warns of Emerging Health Care Fraud Schemes Related to COVID-19 Pandemic

FBI

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning the public about several emerging health care fraud schemes related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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04/13/2020

COVID-19: Now Infecting Cybersecurity

Law.com

This article analyzes examples of some of the most recent attempts of cybercrime (either through phishing scams or VPN intrusions), as well as recommendations for how to mitigate risk.

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04/10/2020

Five Things Every Paycheck Protection Program Borrower Should Do After Receiving A Loan

Forbes

The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) is the crown jewel of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”).

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04/10/2020

Zoom has fixed an eavesdropping issue tied to 'waiting rooms'

cyberscoop

Earlier this week video teleconferencing company Zoom fixed an issue that would have allowed users in Zoom “waiting rooms” to spy on meetings even if they weren’t approved to attend them, according to researchers at Toronto-based Citizen Lab.

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04/10/2020

Hang up on tech support calls

FTC

It can be frustrating to have problems with your computer, especially now that so many people are working from home.

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04/10/2020

Scammers are using COVID-19 messages to scam people

FTC

Scammers are experts at shifting tactics and changing their messages to catch you off guard.

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04/10/2020

Federal officials warn of scams aimed at stealing stimulus payments

KCENTV.com

Federal officials are warning taxpayers about stimulus payment scams targeting to steal the payments via phone calls, emails, text messages and other forms of communication.

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04/09/2020

Police warn of resurgence of WhatsApp scams involving takeover of accounts

Today Online

SINGAPORE — Scams involving the takeover of WhatsApp accounts have made a comeback as criminals take advantage of the increase in online activities here, the police warned in a news release on Wednesday (April 8).

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04/09/2020

Email.it data breach exposes 600,000 users

Digital Journal

It has been announced that the Italian email provider Email.it has seen a data breach leading to personal information relating to more than 600,000 users is being sold on the dark web.

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04/09/2020

Coronavirus checks: flattening the scam curve

Federal Trade Commission

There’s a lot to worry about when it comes to the Coronavirus crisis, including the new ways scammers are using the economic impact payments (so-called “stimulus checks”) to trick people. To keep ahead of scammers who are trying to cash in on those payments, read on.

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04/08/2020

Avoid scams while finding help during quarantine

Federal Trade Commission

Older adults may be hard hit by the coronavirus – and scammers prey on that. If you or someone you know must stay at home and needs help with errands, you’ll want to know about this latest scam.

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04/08/2020

Avoiding SSA scams during COVID-19

Federal Trade Commission

While some of you are home, practicing social distancing and frequent hand washing to avoid the Coronavirus, remember that scammers are still busy trying to take advantage of people.

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04/08/2020

Fake Malwarebytes Site Used by Malvertising Attack to Spread Raccoon

The State of Security

A malvertising campaign used a copycat website for anti-malware software provider Malwarebytes to distribute the Raccoon infostealer.

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04/08/2020

Officials sound alarm over virus relief check scams

The Hill

An IRS watchdog on Tuesday urged people to watch out for possible scams related to the federal government’s coronavirus assistance to taxpayers as lawmakers and government officials are seeking to prevent people from falling victim to schemes about the forthcoming recovery checks.

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04/07/2020

Cell phone withdrawals were computer fraud

Virginia Lawyers Weekly

Where appellant used his cell phone to make unauthorized withdrawals from his grandmother’s bank account, his computer fraud conviction is affirmed. His cell phone was a device that fell within the statutory definition of a computer.

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04/07/2020

Learn How to Get the Most out of Fraud Prevention

PaymentsJournal

Fraud prevention and management is a key area of focus in the constantly evolving payments industry, as consumers demand personalized, tech-enabled payments experiences and fraudsters become increasingly sophisticated.

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04/07/2020

Beyond Zoom: How Safe Are Slack and Other Collaboration Apps?

threatpost

COVID-19’s effect on work footprints has created an unprecedented challenge for IT and security staff. Many departments are scrambling to enable collaboration apps for all — but without proper security they can be a big risk.

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04/07/2020

L4NC34 Ransomware’s Encryption Routine Reversed by Researchers

The State of Security

Security researchers reversed the encryption routine employed by L4NC34 ransomware by decrypting a file without paying the ransom.

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04/03/2020

The Surging ACH

Digital Transactions

No, that’s not an oxymoron. The big, 46-year-old network, with links to virtually every bank in the country, is on a growth tear. Here’s why.

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04/03/2020

Coronavirus fraud is so bad the FTC made a scam bingo card

Yahoo Finance

With much of the country in quarantine advised to practice social distancing measures, the risk of scams has spiked. Already, coronavirus-related robocalls have gotten worse as scammers have pivoted to use fear and isolation to their advantage.

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04/03/2020

We’re All Remote Here: Videoconferencing Securely

The State of Security

The current pandemic has certainly shown the utility of electronic collaboration tools such as videoconferencing platforms

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04/03/2020

Protecting Office 365 from external and insider data breaches

Enterprise Times

Today, one out of every five corporate employees use Office 365 as more enterprises adopt the cloud-based suite of applications to reduce costs and increase productivity.

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04/03/2020

3 Remote Learning Cybersecurity Risks

Security Boulevard

The coronavirus is a crisis for schools, businesses, and individuals all over the country. Within a matter of weeks, our world is changing and everyone is pulling together to try to solve a variety of problems.

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04/03/2020

Zoom promises to improve its security and privacy as usage (and concern) soars

The State of Security

What’s happened? Well, Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) happened.

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04/03/2020

Nearly Half of Employees Don’t Know What to Do When Ransomware Hits

The State of Security

A survey revealed that approximately half of employees didn’t know how to respond in the event their organization suffered a ransomware infection.

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04/03/2020

FBI Warns Of Costco Coronavirus ‘Stimulus Check’ Scam

CBS San Diego

SAN DIEGO (CBS Local) — Text messages claiming to offer “goodies” from big box chain Costco as part of a “COVID-19 stimulus package” for the store’s “loyal customers” are not only fraudulent, but they also include links that may contain malware or ransomware, the FBI says.

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04/03/2020

Small businesses: Where to go for financial relief information

FTC

If you own a small business or work for one, you’ve seen the headlines about financial relief that may be available to some companies through the Small Business Administration (SBA).

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04/03/2020

Grandparent scams in the age of Coronavirus

FTC

“Grandma: I’m in the hospital, sick, please wire money right away.” “Grandpa: I’m stuck overseas, please send money.” Grandparent scams can take a new twist – and a new sense of urgency – in these days of Coronavirus. Here’s what to keep in mind.

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04/02/2020

While you’re at home, spot the scams

FTC

Many of us are at home, trying to protect our communities from the Coronavirus.

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04/02/2020

Zoom Lets Attackers Steal Windows Credentials, Run Programs via UNC Links

Bleeping Computer

The Zoom Windows client is vulnerable to UNC path injection in the client's chat feature that could allow attackers to steal the Windows credentials of users who click on the link.

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04/01/2020

KARE 11 Investigates: SBA loan scam targets MN business owners

KARE 11

Real-looking emails about emergency loan applications claim to be from the Small Business Administration. They’re really a COVID-19 ‘phishing’ scam.

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04/01/2020

FBI urges vigilance against scams targeting coronavirus stimulus checks

RTV6

INDIANAPOLIS — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning people to beware of scams related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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04/01/2020

60 and over in the time of COVID-19? Read on.

FTC

I know, 60-year-olds. You’re not old. In fact, we’ve found that, when people think “old,” they think of someone about 10 years older than they are right now.

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04/01/2020

Marriott International confirms data breach of up to 5.2 million guests

Naked Security

Marriott International has today announced that it has suffered a data breach affecting up to 5.2 million people.

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04/01/2020

Are You Ready for the Remote Work’s Toll on Corporate Security?

The State of Security

Given the situation that many companies, organizations and government agencies have been forced into working remotely due to COVID-19, it is imperative to give some thought about corporate security.

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04/01/2020

Phish of GoDaddy Employee Jeopardized Escrow.com, Among Others

Krebs on Security

A spear-phishing attack this week hooked a customer service employee at GoDaddy.com, the world’s largest domain name registrar, KrebsOnSecurity has learned.

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03/30/2020

Socially distancing from COVID-19 robocall scams

FTC

Scammers – and scammy companies – are using illegal robocalls to profit from Coronavirus-related fears.

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03/30/2020

Got student loan debt? Read this.

FTC

You’ve probably seen ads for companies that can help you lower – or even totally get rid of – your student loan debt. Some of those companies just take your money and do nothing for you.

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03/30/2020

Social Distancing Has Caused More Online Shopping. And Fraud.

PaymentsJournal

Large swaths of the global economy have ground to a halt as governments scramble to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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03/30/2020

Third-party data breach exposes GE employees’ personal information

The State of Security

Past and present employees of General Electric (GE) are learning that their sensitive information has been exposed by a data breach at a third-party service provider.

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03/30/2020

Tupperware Website Compromised with Credit Card Skimmer

The State of Security

Digital attackers compromised the website of kitchen and household products manufacturer Tupperware with a credit card skimmer.

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03/30/2020

Deep Dive: Why New Hacking Technology Has Made Application Fraud More Difficult To Fight

PYMNTS.com

The financial industry is particularly vulnerable to digital fraud.

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03/30/2020

Equifax breach: Check for exposed data, get $125

13WOWK

TOPEKA, KS (KSNT) – Following a data breach exposing the social security numbers of millions, the credit bureau at fault will also spend millions to pay back those affected.

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03/30/2020

Beware Of Stimulus Check Scams And Related Hoaxes

Forbes

Ugh. The ink is barely dry on the "Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act" or the "CARES Act" - and scammers are already coming up with schemes to defraud taxpayers.

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03/30/2020

FBI Warns Health Care Professionals of Increased Potential for Fraudulent Sales of COVID-19-Related Medical Equipment

Imperial Valley news

Washington, DC - Scammers continue to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to steal money through a variety of means.

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03/30/2020

COVID-19 Scam Roundup – March 30, 2020

The State of Security

Many in the digital security community are coming together to combat malicious actors during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) global outbreak.

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03/26/2020

Russians Shut Down Huge Card Fraud Ring

Krebs on Security

Federal investigators in Russia have charged at least 25 people accused of operating a sprawling international credit card theft ring.

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03/26/2020

Banking Bots: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

PYMNTS.com

Digital fraud continues to flourish, with recent surveys finding that security breaches have increased 67 percent since 2014 and 11 percent since 2018.

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03/25/2020

Watch out for stimulus check fraud

KNSS.Radio.com

The United States Treasury Department could soon start issuing relief checks to American families and businesses. Right now - the proposal includes sending two large checks to many Americans and devoting $300 billion toward helping small businesses avoid mass layoffs.

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03/25/2020

Surviving Isolation: A Lesson From 5 Astronauts

Futurism

Self quarantine can get pretty lonely — especially if you’re used to spending a lot of time around other people on a daily basis.

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03/25/2020

Fraud In A Post COVID-19 World

Forbes

While scammers are out there marking up hand sanitizer and surgical masks, there is a much larger risk of fraud looming in the future.

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03/25/2020

Taxes and Finance: The IRS Data Theft Problem

The Willits News

Here’s how to minimize your risk: What better place for online thieves to target than a database that contains 300 million+ Social Security numbers and a treasure trove of financial information?

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03/25/2020

Dispelling 5 Myths and Misconceptions Surrounding File Integrity Monitoring (FIM)

The State of Security

File integrity monitoring (FIM) started back in 1997 when Gene Kim launched Tripwire and its “Change Audit” solution.

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03/25/2020

US Government Sites Give Bad Security Advice

Krebs on Security

Many U.S. government Web sites now carry a message prominently at the top of their home pages meant to help visitors better distinguish between official U.S. government properties and phishing pages.

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03/24/2020

Watch out for stimulus check fraud

KNSS.Radio.com

The United States Treasury Department could soon start issuing relief checks to American families and businesses. Right now - the proposal includes sending two large checks to many Americans and devoting $300 billion toward helping small businesses avoid mass layoffs.

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03/24/2020

Now more than ever, spot the scams with #FTCScamBingo

FTC

During the Coronavirus outbreak, many people are working from home — and maybe even, for the first time in a long time, answering calls from unfamiliar phone numbers.

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03/24/2020

Who’s Behind the ‘Web Listings’ Mail Scam?

Krebs on Security

In December 2018, KrebsOnSecurity looked at how dozens of U.S. political campaigns, cities and towns had paid a shady company called Web Listings Inc. after receiving what looked like a bill for search engine optimization (SEO) services rendered on behalf of their domain names.

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03/24/2020

Police respond to robbery attempt at bank drive-thru

The Lawton Constitution

Between 10:30 and 11 a.m. on Monday, the Lawton Police Department received a call from an employee at Southwest Oklahoma Federal Credit Union, 6714 W. Gore, LPD Public Relations Officer Timothy Jenkins said.

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03/23/2020

Security Breach Disrupts Fintech Firm Finastra

Krebs on Security

Finastra, a company that provides a range of technology solutions to banks worldwide, said today it was shutting down key systems in response to a security breach discovered this morning.

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03/23/2020

European Online Fraud: Three Big Areas of Concerns

MSSP Alert

Online and offline scammers have hit millions of European consumers with sophisticated fraud tricker — particularly monetary fraud, identity theft and buying scams.

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03/23/2020

Alert! Your Siri and Google assistant can be hacked with Ultrasonic Waves

Tech Explorist

Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning have enabled new game-changing technologies for humans to interact with machines using voices.

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03/23/2020

Justice takes first federal court action against coronavirus fraud

The Hill

The Justice Department announced Sunday that it was taking action to shutter a website falsely claiming to have access to "vaccine kits" supposedly manufactured by the World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent coronavirus.

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03/23/2020

FBI SEES RISE IN FRAUD SCHEMES RELATED TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC

FBI

Scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both. Don’t let them.

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03/20/2020

BBB warning consumers of new COVID-19 text messaging scams

WFXR Fox

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – The Better Business Bureau Serving Western Virginia is informing consumers of new phishing scams coming by way of a text message.

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03/20/2020

Five billion records exposed in open ‘data breach database’

SC Magazine

More than five billion records were exposed after a Keepnet Labs Elasticsearch “data breach database” housing a trove of security incidents from the last seven years was left unprotected.

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03/20/2020

How Hackers Target Food Deliveries During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Austin INNO

Earlier this week, Austin-based cybersecurity startup SpyCloud posted a tweet that showed a behind the scenes look at a cybercriminal forum.

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03/20/2020

Got a call about claiming your COVID-19 stimulus check? It's a scam

ABC7 NY

RALEIGH -- Scammers are already trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 fears and claim to be calling about President Trump's stimulus package.

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03/20/2020

Zxyel Flaw Powers New Mirai IoT Botnet Strain

Krebs on Security

In February, hardware maker Zyxel fixed a zero-day vulnerability in its routers and VPN firewall products after KrebsOnSecurity told the company the flaw was being abused by attackers to break into devices.

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03/19/2020

Nefilim Ransomware Threatens to Release Victims’ Data within a Week

The State of Security

A newly discovered ransomware family called “Nefilim” told its victims that it would publish their stolen data within a week unless they paid their ransom.

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03/19/2020

Food Delivery Website in Germany Targeted by DDoS Attackers

The State of Security

Malicious individuals targeted a food delivery website located in Germany with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

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03/19/2020

FDIC Approves Square For Banking License

PYMNTS.com

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) gave the green light to an application from the FinTech firm Square to create a de novo industrial bank in Utah, the agency said on Wednesday (March 18).

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03/19/2020

FDIC warns of scams being carried out in its name

American Banker

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has warned that fraudsters are taking advantage of the atmosphere of fear and confusion surrounding the coronavirus pandemic to perpetrate scams in the agency's name.

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03/19/2020

Could The Coronavirus Crisis Solve Digital IDs’ ‘Chicken and Egg’ Problem?

PYMNTS.com

When all is said and done, when the pandemic is over, when we emerge on the other side of this, it’s safe to say that who we are – no matter where we live – will have changed a bit.

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03/19/2020

The State of the Cybersecurity Market: Where We’ve Come, Where We’re Going

The State of Security

There’s an interesting trend that I have personally noticed over the past few years: organizations are starting to take cybersecurity more seriously.

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03/19/2020

What Is Multi-Factor Authentication, and What Does It Have to Do with You?

The State of Security

Security isn’t a simple matter of caring or spending time reading manuals or being told what you can or can’t do.

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03/19/2020

FTC: Coronavirus scams, Part 2

FTC

Last month, we alerted you to Coronavirus scams we were seeing at the time

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03/19/2020

Services Will Fail You as the World Stays Home

Review Geek

As COVID-19 spreads and wreaks havoc on our way of life, more and more people are staying home.

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03/18/2020

Services Will Fail You as the World Stays Home

Review Geek

As COVID-19 spreads and wreaks havoc on our way of life, more and more people are staying home.

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03/18/2020

Online security tips for working from home

FTC

Teleworking during the Coronavirus outbreak? While working from home can help slow the spread of the virus, it brings new challenges: juggling work while kids are home from school; learning new software and conferencing programs; and managing paper files at home.

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03/18/2020

Coronavirus Widens the Money Mule Pool

Krebs on Security

With many people being laid off or working from home thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, cybercrooks are almost certain to have more than their usual share of recruitable “money mules” — people who get roped into money laundering schemes under the pretense of a work-at-home job offer.

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03/18/2020

OCC did its part to secure customer data. Now it’s CFPB’s turn.

BankThink

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency recently made clear that banks aren’t necessarily entering third-party relationships when they allow customers to use fintech apps powered by aggregators.

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03/18/2020

Checks from the government

FTC

As the Coronavirus takes a growing toll on people’s pocketbooks, there are reports that the government will soon be sending money by check or direct deposit to each of us.

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03/16/2020

$153 million in Western Union refunds

FTC

Refund checks worth about $153 million are going out to over 109,000 people who sent money to scammers through Western Union wire transfers.

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03/16/2020

The Web’s Bot Containment Unit Needs Your Help

Krebs on Security

Anyone who’s seen the 1984 hit movie Ghostbusters likely recalls the pivotal scene where a government bureaucrat orders the shutdown of the ghost containment unit, effectively unleashing a pent-up phantom menace on New York City.

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03/15/2020

One man lost his life savings in a SIM hack. Here's how you can try to protect yourself

CNN Business

San Francisco (CNN Business)Robert Ross was sitting in his San Francisco home office in October 2018 when he noticed the bars on his phone had disappeared and he had no cell coverage. A few hours later, he had lost $1 million.

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03/12/2020

Crafty Web Skimming Domain Spoofs “https”

Krebs on Security

Earlier today, KrebsOnSecurity alerted the 10th largest food distributor in the United States that one of its Web sites had been hacked and retrofitted with code that steals credit card and login data.

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03/12/2020

Live Coronavirus Map Used to Spread Malware

Krebs on Security

Cybercriminals constantly latch on to news items that captivate the public’s attention, but usually they do so by sensationalizing the topic or spreading misinformation about it.

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03/12/2020

International Sweep Against Elder Fraud

National Law Review

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) swept up more than 400 defendants for committing fraud against elder citizens this month.

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03/12/2020

Brave browser to block web fingerprinting with randomisation

Naked Security

As privacy experts constantly remind everyone, when it comes to tracking using web fingerprinting, users can run, but they simply can’t hide.

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03/12/2020

New financial fraud attacks detected 'every two minutes'

Techradar.pro

Cyberattacks involving financial fraud saw a huge increase in 2019, a new report from Palo Alto Networks has revealed.

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03/09/2020

Fraud Is Rapidly Evolving in 2020

PaymentsJournal

Now that it’s well into 2020, we’re in the midst of a rapidly evolving fraud landscape

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03/09/2020

7 Things to Do Right Away If You're a Victim of a Data Breach

Kiplinger

In today's digital age, data breaches have become all too common and leave unsuspecting consumers vulnerable to a host of identity theft issues

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03/09/2020

Social Security Issues Warning On New Texting Scam

Forbes

Scammers aren't just relying on robocalls and voice mails to reach potential victims: they're now texting.

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03/09/2020

Be on High Alert for New Wave of Wire Fraud Scams

The National Law Review

Scammers always go back to the good old scams, even when they are making bundles on new scams.

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03/09/2020

U.S. Govt. Makes it Harder to Get .Gov Domains

Krebs on Security

The federal agency in charge of issuing .gov domain names is enacting new requirements for validating the identity of people requesting them.

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03/09/2020

Elder Fraud: Feds announce largest enforcement effort

The Chief

The largest coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases in history has been announced by federal officials in Portland, including U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams, Attorney General William P. Barr, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, and Chief Postal Inspector Gary R. Barksdale.

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03/09/2020

Alarming PayPal Security Alert: This Stupidly Simple New Hack Puts You At Risk—Here’s How It Works

Forbes

Here we go again—another PayPal report from security researchers, warning of a risk to users from thieves.

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03/09/2020

Hackers target potential victims with fake coronavirus websites and phishing scams

Silicon Angle

As the spread of novel coronavirus continues to make headlines globally and events such as South by Southwest are canceled, scammers are taking advantage of the news through targeted phishing emails and scam websites.

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03/05/2020

The War of Passwords: Compliance vs NIST

The State of Security

The most recent National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) guidelines have been updated for passwords in section 800-63B.

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03/05/2020

T-Mobile Says Security Incident Might Have Exposed Customers’ Data

The State of Security

Mobile telecommunications company T-Mobile disclosed a data security incident that might have exposed the account information of some of its customers.

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03/04/2020

Welcome to NCPW 2020

FTC

Welcome to National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) 2020. Today kicks off the 23rd year of one of the FTC’s biggest annual events.

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03/03/2020

The (Growing) Problem of Password Reuse

Bank Info Security

SpyCloud is out with its annual credential exposure report, and the bad news is: Password reuse continues to leave enterprises open to breach and account takeover.

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03/03/2020

What Is PIPEDA? And How Does It Protect You and Your Privacy?

The State of Security

You have likely heard of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and you probably refer to this standard whenever the topic of privacy and data processing arises. But what about outside of the EU? The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (Commissariat à la protection de la vie privée du Canada) has a twitter account that shares information regarding privacy and an individual’s rights in Canada.

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03/03/2020

PwndLocker Ransomware Targeting Municipalities, Enterprise Networks

The State of Security

Security researchers discovered a new ransomware family called “PwndLocker” targeting municipalities and enterprise networks.

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03/02/2020

FCC Proposes to Fine Wireless Carriers $200M for Selling Customer Location Data

Krebs on Security

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today proposed fines of more than $200 million against the nation’s four largest wireless carriers for selling access to their customers’ location information without taking adequate precautions to prevent unauthorized access to that data

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03/02/2020

Shark Tank Star Out $400K In Invoice Fraud Scam

PYMNTS.com

Invoice fraud scams continue to target businesses of all sizes and industries, with experts warning of a major spike in various iterations of business email compromise scams.

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03/02/2020

Coronavirus Fraud: A GC’s Guide to Potential Schemes

Law.com

As COVID-19 has spread beyond China, capturing news headlines and shaking financial markets, companies have put together action plans to address the impact of the epidemic on their business—focusing on areas ranging from supply chain management to employee safety.

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03/02/2020

A fraud case in South Dakota throws harsh spotlight on organic grain

Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN

The case is the second large-scale organic fraud case in the Midwest to attract federal prosecution in less than a year.

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03/02/2020

GPS Tracker Leads Des Moines Police to Bank Robbery Suspect

WHOTV Des Moines, Iowa

.DES MOINES, Iowa -- A GPS tracker led Des Moines police to a man they say robbed a bank at gunpoint on Friday.

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03/02/2020

Walgreens Disclosed Data Security Incident Involving Its Mobile App

The State of Security

Pharmacy store chain operator Walgreens notified some of its customers of a data security incident involving its mobile app.

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03/02/2020

BBB Scam Alert: Tips to avoid falling victim to political robocall scams

WFMY News 2

The 2020 presidential election is attracting scammers hoping to get away with money and personal information that could possibly lead to identity theft.

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03/01/2020

Hawaii ILWU Official Sentenced for Tax Evasion, Identity Theft

National Legal and Policy Center

If government benefits were available, Nathan Lum made sure that he was going to receive some of them, legally or not.

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02/26/2020

Time to Tighten Up Cybersecurity to Fight Tax Fraud

Security Boulevard

We’ve described cyber criminals as opportunists many times

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02/26/2020

Google Pay users could be left out of pocket by PayPal fraud bug

techradar.com

Hackers purchased thousands of euros worth of goods using linked PayPal accounts

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02/26/2020

Google Pay users could be left out of pocket by PayPal fraud bug

techradar.com

Hackers purchased thousands of euros worth of goods using linked PayPal accounts

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02/26/2020

Valley man warning others through video following cyber attack

Comox Valley Record

A Comox Valley man is warning others about the dangers of being hacked online and recently created a video to prevent it from happening to others.

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02/26/2020

Van Loaded With 300 Gallons Stolen Fuel Stopped By Police

Patch Wisconsin

Authorities in Wisconsin say a van carrying 300 gallons of stolen gas in leaky barrels was heading back to Illinois when it was stopped.

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02/26/2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) -- Pandemic Planning and Business Continuity Resources for Banks

American Bankers Association

This page contains a range of resources to assist banks as they prudently plan and prepare for the 2019 novel coronavirus.

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02/25/2020

PayPal accounts abused en-masse for unauthorized payments

ZDNet

On February 25, 07:30am ET, PayPal told ZDNet that they have addressed the issue being exploited over the weekend. Original article below.

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02/24/2020

Zyxel Fixes 0day in Network Storage Devices

Krebs on Security

Networking hardware vendor Zyxel today released an update to fix a critical flaw in many of its network attached storage (NAS) devices that can be used to remotely commandeer them.

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02/23/2020

Fraud Alert: Phishing attacks now based on coronavirus

KOMO News

Cyber thieves are trying to cash in on the coronavirus (now officially known as COVID-19).

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02/23/2020

Agari Uncovers National BEC Check Fraud Ring

Streetinsider.com

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Feb. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Agari, the market share leader in phishing defense solutions for the enterprise, announced today the results of an ongoing investigation by its Agari Cyber Intelligence Division (ACID) into a threat actor group which built an intricate network of check mules that has bilked thousands of companies.

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02/23/2020

MGM Resorts hacked: 10.6 million guests have their personal data exposed on hacking forum

The State of Security

Over 10 million people who have stayed at MGM Resorts hotels – including Twitter boss Jack Dorsey and pop idol Justin Bieber – have had their personal details posted online by hackers.

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02/20/2020

FTC refunds $34 million to Office Depot customers

Federal Trade Commission

The FTC is sending refund checks to more than 541,000 people who paid for repairs and technical services when they took their computers to Office Depot or Office Max stores for a free “PC Health Check.”

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02/19/2020

How FIs Can Win The Battle Against ‘Smarter’ Payments Fraud

PYMNTS.com

Not so long ago, payments cyber fraud was done primarily by brute force, through guessing passwords and usernames — a scattershot approach akin to trial and error, conducted by lone individuals or small groups. However, that’s changing.

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02/19/2020

Encoding Stolen Credit Card Data on Barcodes

Krebs on Security

Crooks are constantly dreaming up new ways to use and conceal stolen credit card data. According to the U.S. Secret Service, the latest scheme involves stolen card information embedded in barcodes affixed to phony money network rewards cards

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02/19/2020

Fighting Fraudsters At The FI/Customer Journey Starting Line

PYMNTS.com

In the battle against fraudsters, financial institutions (FIs) must start at the beginning – literally.

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02/19/2020

Cyberthreats to Watch out for in 2020

ChannelFutures

Familiar and emerging cyberthreats will pose continuing challenges in the year ahead.

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02/19/2020

CISA Disclosed Ransomware Attack at Natural Gas Compression Facility

The State of Security

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) revealed that a natural gas compression facility suffered a ransomware attack.

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02/19/2020

Tax scams are in full swing. Here’s how to protect yourself

CNBC

Tax season is in full swing — and that means it’s hunting time for scam artists hoping to rip off taxpayers.

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02/19/2020

Hackers Were Inside Citrix for Five Months

Krebs on Security

Networking software giant Citrix Systems says malicious hackers were inside its networks for five months between 2018 and 2019, making off with personal and financial data on company employees, contractors, interns, job candidates and their dependents.

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02/17/2020

Fraud alerts & credit freezes: What’s the difference?

Federal Trade Commission

Looking for ways to protect your identity? Two to options to consider are fraud alerts and credit freezes. But what’s the difference?

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02/17/2020

Texas man pleads guilty to using stolen credit card numbers to buy goods

Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY -- A Texas man pleaded guilty Thursday to using stolen credit card numbers to buy goods from an Iowa store.

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02/17/2020

Fourth arrest made in diesel fuel theft cases

Fox 13

TAMPA, Fla. - Another arrest has been made in a possible ring of thieves pumping diesel into concealed bladder tanks inside their vehicles, then paying the expensive bill with bogus credit cards.

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02/17/2020

Two arrested in Boise gift card thefts

KIVI Boise

BOISE, Idaho — Boise Police have arrested two Pennsylvania women on multiple felony counts relating to the theft of high-value retail gift cards.

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02/17/2020

Is No-Factor Authentication Digital Security’s Future?

PYMNTS.com

For a great example of an attempt at security that does much more to annoy legitimate consumers than to actually fend off fraudsters, look no further than CAPTCHA.

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02/17/2020

Charges: Bank Robber Said Heist Was ‘Easy As He Thought It Was Going To Be’

WCCO CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Two Twin Cities men are facing charges for an armed bank robbery in the north metro Tuesday morning in which they made off with more than $77,000.

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02/17/2020

Alcester man charged with wire fraud and mail fraud

KELO News

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO.com) -- 31 year old Christopher Day of Alcester has been indicted on 12 Counts of Wire Fraud and 8 Counts of Mail Fraud.

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02/17/2020

Payment Card Data Security Incident Disclosed by Rutter’s

The State of Security

Convenience store and gas station chain Rutter’s disclosed a security incident that might have affected customers’ payment card data.

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02/17/2020

Payment Card Data Security Incident Disclosed by Rutter’s

The State of Security

Convenience store and gas station chain Rutter’s disclosed a security incident that might have affected customers’ payment card data.

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02/17/2020

Pay Up, Or We’ll Make Google Ban Your Ads

Krebs on Security

.A new email-based extortion scheme apparently is making the rounds, targeting Web site owners serving banner ads through Google’s AdSense program.

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02/13/2020

In-store Payments via Mobile Apps Can Lead to Increase in Card Not Present (CNP) Fraud

Security Boulevard

Consumers love the convenience of paying for goods and services in store by using their NFC enabled smartphones and stored credit cards.

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02/12/2020

Iowa telemarketing firm scammed consumers across the country, must close and pay $2.6 million, judge says

Des Moines Register

An Iowa telemarketing company sued by the state Attorney General's Office has been ordered to shut down and pay nearly $2.6 million in reimbursement and penalties after a Polk County judge found that it had defrauded small businesses across the country.

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02/12/2020

That Enormous Equifax Hack Looks a Lot More Bizarre Now

Slate.com

On Monday, the Department of Justice released an indictment that alleges the Chinese government was behind the 2017 breach of Equifax that led to 147 million people’s information being stolen.

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02/12/2020

Bogus advertisement offers target small businesses

Federal Trade Commission

Lots of small businesses need to advertise locally.

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02/12/2020

It’s not true love if they ask for money

Federal Trade Commission

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Lots of us have profiles on online dating sites, apps or social media to find “the one.”

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02/12/2020

Inspector General Announces National "Slam the Scam" Day

Office of the Inspector General

The Inspector General for the Social Security Administration, Gail S. Ennis, is designating Thursday, March 5, 2020 as National “Slam the Scam” Day, to raise public awareness of government imposter telephone scams across the United States.

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02/12/2020

U.S. Charges 4 Chinese Military Officers in 2017 Equifax Hack

Krebs on Security

The U.S. Justice Department today unsealed indictments against four Chinese officers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) accused of perpetrating the 2017 hack against consumer credit bureau Equifax that led to the theft of personal data on nearly 150 million Americans.

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02/12/2020

Cyber Resilience – Everything You (Really) Need to Know

The State of Security

What is cyber resilience? If you search the definition within the Oxford Dictionary, resilience alone is defined as “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.”

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02/12/2020

New PayPal Phishing Email Scam Wants Your Social Security Number

The State of Security

Security researchers have spotted a new PayPal phishing email scam that tries to steal a victim’s Social Security Number (SSN), among other sensitive data.

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02/12/2020

2 Men Arrested After Armed Bank Robbery in Lino Lakes

WCCO

Two men were taken into custody Tuesday morning after an armed robbery at a U.S. Bank in Lino Lakes.

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02/12/2020

IRS Launches Identity Theft Central Webpage

Security Magazine

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) launched Identity Theft Central, designed to improve online access to information on identity theft and data security protection for taxpayers, tax professionals and businesses.

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02/12/2020

Microsoft Patch Tuesday, February 2020 Edition

Krebs on Security

Microsoft today released updates to plug nearly 100 security holes in various versions of its Windows operating system and related software, including a zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE) that is actively being exploited.

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02/12/2020

Why The Cyberfraud Fight Needs A Trusted Identity Reset

PYMNTS.com

The future of eCommerce, and fraud prevention, is flipping the script from just stopping bad transactions to enabling personalized customer experiences.

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02/12/2020

SoundCloud Fixed API Flaws That Could Lead to Account Takeover

Bleeping Computer

Social audio platform SoundCloud fixed multiple security vulnerabilities affecting its application programming interface (API) that could allow potential attackers to take over accounts, launch denial of service attacks, and exploit the service according to the Checkmarx Security Research team.

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02/12/2020

VERT Threat Alert: February 2020 Patch Tuesday Analysis

Tripwire

Today’s VERT Alert addresses Microsoft’s February 2020 Security Updates. VERT is actively working on coverage for these vulnerabilities and expects to ship ASPL-870 on Wednesday, February 12th.

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02/12/2020

Internet fraud costing Americans $3.5 billion a year, FBI says

wkrg.com

Seniors become favorite target of e-scammers; California residents also hit hard by phishing and other fraud

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02/10/2020

Three Georgians Arrested in West Texas for Forging Checks

sanangelolive.com

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department stopped three Suspects from Georgia from cashing fake checks Monday.

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02/10/2020

FTC: The bottom-line on fake checks scams

FTC

If someone you don’t know sends you a check and asks for money back, that’s a scam.

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02/10/2020

Coronavirus: Scammers follow the headlines

FTC

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus.

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02/10/2020

Lindsey Sheridan Charged With Stealing Thousands Of Dollars From Hastings Bank Where She Worked

WCCO CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 34-year-old Hastings woman has been charged with two felony counts of theft for allegedly stealing around $10,000 from a bank where she worked.

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02/10/2020

When Your Used Car is a Little Too ‘Mobile’

Krebs on Security

Many modern vehicles let owners use the Internet or a mobile device to control the car’s locks, track location and performance data, and start the engine.

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02/10/2020

Data Shows 41 Pct Hike In Ransomware Attacks In 2019

PYMNTS.com

Ransomware hackers are striking more frequently, taking down computer networks across businesses, hospital and governments, the New York Times reported on Sunday (Feb. 9).

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02/10/2020

3 Malware Trends to Watch Out for in 2020

The State of Security

Malware closed out 2019 on a strong note. According to AV-TEST, malware authors’ efforts throughout the year helped push the total number of known malware above one billion samples.

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02/10/2020

US says Chinese military stole masses of Americans' data

ABC News

The Justice Department says it has tracked a massive theft of Americans' personal information to the Chinese military

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02/10/2020

Don't bank on a "cleared" check

FTC

Fake check scams take advantage of what we don’t know about how banks handle check deposits

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02/10/2020

IRS Introduces New Tool In The Fight Against Identity Theft

Forbes

Despite a steep drop in tax-related identity theft in recent years, the scam remains serious enough to earn a spot on the agency’s 2019 “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams.

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02/10/2020

Three indicted in scheme that used fraudulent cell phone numbers to impersonate IRS agents

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Three men are under indictment in Pittsburgh on wire fraud charges in connection with activating and programming cellphones for use by criminals impersonating IRS employees to harass unsuspecting citizens into paying purported tax debts nationwide.

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02/10/2020

How to Hack-Proof your Smart Home Security System

PC Tablet

There were about 130 million smart households in the United States.

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02/10/2020

How Cybercriminals Take Over Your Email Account

Express Computer

Researchers from Barracuda and UC Berkeley, conducting a large-scale analysis of email account takeover and the timeline of attacks, recently highlighted the behaviors hackers are using to try to avoid detection, ways to identify suspicious activity that could indicate an email account has been compromised, and precautions you can take to protect your business.

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02/10/2020

Whitefish broker found guilty in multi-million dollar fraud scheme

3 KRTV - Great Falls, MT

A federal jury found a Montana man guilty earlier this week for his role as a broker for a Swiss company involved in a multi-million-dollar international fraud scheme.

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02/10/2020

Fraud Fighters: Romance Scams

News 5 WKRG

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Love is in the air and there are people looking to make an illegal buck off of it. Jamie Harding with AARP Alabama joins us. Here’s a look at our conversation:

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02/10/2020

Protecting Organizations from Customized Phishing Attacks

The State of Security

A few years ago, I myself was vished, or ‘phished,’ over the phone. The caller was someone, likely offshore in a call center, who had done a little bit of research online to find my name, my phone number, my wireless phone carrier and a few other details that they used to build rapport with me on the phone.

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02/10/2020

No Relief for Cybersecurity Teams in Sight, Reveals Tripwire’s Latest Skills Gap Report

The State of Security

You’ve seen the high-level stats on the cybersecurity skills gap, but I’ll remind you of some of the main ones from the (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study:

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02/05/2020

How the Onset of 5G Could Become a Winning Bet for Mobile Wagering And Payments

Digital Transactions

One often overlooked market for mobile payments is sports betting, and now some payments providers are wagering that the segment is about to get hot with the ongoing rollout of 5G mobile-network connectivity.

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02/05/2020

Will Faster Payments Lead To Faster Fraud?

Forbes

As payments move faster or in real-time, preventing fraud has to change its approach. With faster and real-time the game changes quite a lot, said Sarah Grotta, director, debit and alternative products at Mercator Advisory Group.

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02/05/2020

Booter Boss Busted By Bacon Pizza Buy

Krebs on Security

A Pennsylvania man who operated one of the Internet’s longest-running online attack-for-hire or “booter” services was sentenced to five years probation today.

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02/04/2020

FBI Agent Offers Tips To Keep You Safe Online

thepressgroup.net

How do you protect yourself and your privacy online in an era when cybercrimes are commonplace and becoming more dangerous and sophisticated?

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02/04/2020

Fargo's Fraud Squad: Tax & Romance Scams

KFGO - Fargo ND

February brings tax scams.. and, with Valentine's Day around the corner, romance scams. Here's what to look out for...

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02/03/2020

Trooper breaks up alleged forgery, identity-theft ring

The Perry News

Two Chicagoans and one Iowan were arrested on U.S. Interstate 80 Saturday evening after they were allegedly found in possession of stolen credit cards and gear for forging checks.

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02/03/2020

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week starts today

Federal Trade Commission

Ready for tax season? If you’re not ready for tax identity thieves and IRS imposters, you might not be. But breathe easy.

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02/03/2020

KC Woman Pleads Guilty to Social Security, Bankruptcy Fraud Schemes

The United States Attorneys Office

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Missouri woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to a Social Security and bankruptcy fraud scheme.

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01/30/2020

FTC Warns 19 VoIP Service Providers That ‘Assisting and Facilitating’ Illegal Telemarketing or Robocalling is Against the Law

Federal Trade Commission

Federal Trade Commission staff sent letters to 19 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers warning them that “assisting and facilitating” illegal telemarketing or robocalling is against the law.

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01/30/2020

Payment Cards Exposed in Wawa Breach Offered for Sale on Dark Web

The State of Security

Digital criminals posted customers’ payment card details exposed in the 2019 Wawa data breach for sale on a dark web marketplace.

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01/30/2020

Payment Cards Exposed in Wawa Breach Offered for Sale on Dark Web

The State of Security

Digital criminals posted customers’ payment card details exposed in the 2019 Wawa data breach for sale on a dark web marketplace.

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01/30/2020

Sprint Exposed Customer Support Site to Web

Krebs on Security

Fresh on the heels of a disclosure that Microsoft Corp. leaked internal customer support data to the Internet, mobile provider Sprint has addressed a mix-up in which posts to a private customer support community were exposed to the Web.

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01/30/2020

Can SIM Swapping be Monitored to Stop Cybercriminals from monetizing their Activities?

Enterprise Security Magazine

A type of account takeover fraud that depends on phone-based authentication like two-factor authentication and two-step verification, SIM swapping is taking centre stage.

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01/30/2020

The top frauds of 2019

Federal Trade Commission

Each year, the FTC takes a hard look at the number of reports people make to our Consumer Sentinel Network.

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01/30/2020

The Department of Justice Files Actions to Stop Telecom Carriers Who Facilitated Hundreds of Millions of Fraudulent Robocalls to American Consumers

The United States Department of Justice

The Department of Justice filed civil actions for temporary restraining orders today in two landmark cases against five companies and three individuals allegedly responsible for carrying hundreds of millions of fraudulent robocalls to American consumers, the Department of Justice announced.

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01/28/2020

Wawa breach: A hacker is selling 30 million stolen credit cards on the dark web, cyber experts say

Fortune.com

In late December, the popular Northeast convenience store chain Wawa disclosed hackers had obtained payment data for some of its customers.

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01/28/2020

Help To Avoid Scams in 2020

Webster County citizen

Better Business Bureau (BBB) has developed 10 ways that can help you fight scammers, prevent identity theft, and find trustworthy businesses and charities in the coming year.

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01/28/2020

As Ransomware Spreads, Ransoms Balloon And Attacks Grow More Sophisticated

Digital Transactions

The criminals behind ransomware attacks are becoming dramatically bolder.

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01/26/2020

Does Your Domain Have a Registry Lock?

Krebs on Security

If you’re running a business online, few things can be as disruptive or destructive to your brand as someone stealing your company’s domain name and doing whatever they wish with it.

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01/26/2020

30,000 MARIJUANA BUYERS’ PERSONAL INFO EXPOSED IN DATA BREACH

Futurism

A team of data privacy researchers discovered a major breach in a platform used by multiple marijuana dispensaries in the United States to manage sales.

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01/26/2020

New Scam Alert!

KFGO

A new click scam is making its way into the area and it involves receiving a text about a package that is headed to your doorstep.

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01/26/2020

Why You Should Take Social Media Account Takeover as Seriously as a BEC Attack

Security Boulevard

Social media account compromise is nothing new. If you haven’t had an account hacked in the past, most of us know someone who has

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01/26/2020

Police stop in Madison leads to multi-state credit card fraud ring arrests

clarionledger.com

A Madison Police Department stop of a vehicle on Interstate 55 led to the arrest of five people in an alleged multi-state rental car theft ring where vehicles were rented using fraudulent credit cards and later reported stolen.

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01/26/2020

DHS data breach exposes Dallas County residents to identity theft

theperrynews.com

DES MOINES, Iowa — The personal information of nearly 5,000 Dallas County residents was compromised two months ago when Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) case files were improperly disposed of, according to a DHS statement released Friday.

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01/26/2020

United States: Identity Theft And Imposter Scams Were The Most Common Complaints That The FTC Received In 2019

mondaq.com

The Federal Trade Commission just announced the most common types of consumer complaints that it received in 2019. Of the 3.2 million complaints that the FTC received, identity theft and imposter scams were by far the most common.

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01/26/2020

New Data Shows that the FTC Received Nearly 1.7 Million Fraud Reports in 2019

mycheseo.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. — New data released by the Federal Trade Commission shows that FTC actions led to more than $232 million in refunds to consumers across the country in 2019.

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01/26/2020

This sophisticated banking scam looks too real to be the work of hackers

KimKomando

If you get an email from a company that you normally do business with, you probably think nothing of it. We’re always seeing special offers and payment reminders through email; it’s just the way of the world nowadays.

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01/23/2020

The Vendor Security Assessment (VSA): What You Need to Know

The State of Security

Requesting that a SaaS company answer a Vendor Security request has become a regular thing for companies who work in the cloud. But have you thought about how the reverse works, that is, when your customer has a VSA process focusing on you?

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01/23/2020

Apple Addresses iPhone 11 Location Privacy Concern

Krebs on Security

Apple is rolling out a new update to its iOS operating system that addresses the location privacy issue on iPhone 11 devices that was first detailed here last month.

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01/23/2020

Cyber Weapon Market is expected to reach US$521.87 bn by the end of 2021

Seeresearch Report

Several companies operate in the global cyber weapon market, among which The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, General Dynamics Corporation, Raytheon Company, BAE Systems plc, and Northrop Grumman Corporation are identified as the key players in a report by Transparency Market Research (TMR).

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01/23/2020

Advisors Beware: Email Fraudsters Getting Better at Victim Profiling

Financial Advisor IQ

Email fraudsters are increasingly targeting the financial services industry, and they are getting better at identifying the right potential victims, according to cybersecurity regulators and experts.

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01/23/2020

Health Quest Begins Notifying Patients Affected by Phishing Incident

The State of Security

Health Quest announced that it’s begun notifying patients whose information might have been exposed in a phishing incident.

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01/23/2020

Check Fraud on the Rise Despite Anti-Scam Efforts, ABA Says

Banking Exchange

US banks prevented 90% of attempted fraud against deposit accounts in 2018, according to a new report from the American Bankers Association (ABA).

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01/23/2020

Consumers Are Satisfied Making Contactless Payments, But Security Concerns Linger

Digital Transactions

Even though contactless credit and debit card transactions made by tapping a card against a point-of-sale device rely on the same standard as EMV dipped transactions, consumers have different impressions of the security benefits, a newly released study says.

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01/23/2020

Many ATM Operators Will Blow Tomorrow’s Upgrade Deadline, But Will That Matter Much?

Digital Transactions

ATM operators on Monday are literally on the eve of a critical upgrade deadline that many have not met, but some industry sources at least say the situation is far from disastrous.

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01/20/2020

Domain Name of WeLeakInfo.com Seized by FBI and DOJ

The State of Security

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that they have seized the domain name for weleakinfo.com.

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01/20/2020

GDPR Regulators Have Imposed $126M in Fines Thus Far, Finds Survey

The State of Security

A new survey found that regulators have thus far imposed $126 million worth of fines for data breaches and other GDPR infringements.

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01/20/2020

DDoS Mitigation Firm Founder Admits to DDoS

Krebs on Security

A Georgia man who co-founded a service designed to protect companies from crippling distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks has pleaded to paying a DDoS-for-hire service to launch attacks against others.

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01/19/2020

Crypto mining malware dominates cyber criminal activity

Cryptopolitan

According to a recent report by Check Point Research, crypto mining malware contribute to most of the criminal activity in the industry.

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01/19/2020

Don’t fall for this scam site that promises to pay you back for data breaches

Kim Komando

So many data breaches have happened in the past 12 months that it’s hard to keep track of them all. Each one had unique effects on their respective industries, and naturally, consumers are the ones paying the price for negligence and poor cybersecurity.

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01/17/2020

How safe is your phone number? Study highlights mobile carriers’ failure to prevent SIM-swap attacks

The Daily Swig

Some of the biggest US mobile carriers are still failing to protect their customers from so-called ‘SIM-swap attacks’, as new research exploring the phenomenon outlines just how easy it is for criminals to take control of a victim’s phone number.

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01/17/2020

Evasive Domain-Impersonation Phishing Attacks Increase by 400%

Health IT Security

Barracuda says that while the number of domain-impersonation attempts are far fewer than other phishing attacks, the targeted, sophisticated nature makes them costly and tough to detect.

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01/17/2020

Orleans County woman conned out of $1,900 in gift card scam

WHEC

ORLEANS COUNTY, N.Y. (WHEC) — An Orleans County woman urged others to learn from her embarrassing experience at being ripped off in a “mystery shopper” scam.

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01/16/2020

Android Banking Trojans: History, Types, Modus Operandi

The State of Security

One sunny morning, my breakfast was interrupted by a phone call from a friend who is an entrepreneur engaged in the transportation of various goods. He said that $11,000 disappeared from his bank account during the night.

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01/16/2020

The Architecture of an Attack: NuData Breaks Down Account Takeover Attacks

Payments Journal

Looking back at the holiday season, merchants faced a timeless struggle: stopping fraudsters. While dealing with fraud is a challenge year-round, the holiday season makes it even more difficult.

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01/16/2020

PayThink Attacks are getting smaller. In some ways that’s worse.

PaymentsSource

Attackers are adapting and evolving to give themselves the best chances for success when they commit account takeover or other fraudulent attacks, often attempting to work around bot-detection tools to enable greater efficiency with automated attacks.

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01/16/2020

Ako Ransomware Using Spam Attachments to Target Networks

The State of Security

Security researchers observed that Ako ransomware is using malicious spam attachments to go after organizations’ networks.

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01/16/2020

PlanetDrugsDirect reveals security breach, warns customers their data may have been exposed

The State of Security

Canadian online pharmacy PlanetDrugsDirect.com has contacted customers warning them that their data might have been exposed in what they euphemistically describe as a “data security incident”.

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01/16/2020

6 security measures that protect your business

AZ Big Media

Most companies have experienced at least one instance of check theft, in which a bad actor washed a legitimate check and cashed it.

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01/16/2020

ABA Report: Banks Prevented More Than $22B in Fraud Attempts in 2018

ABA Banking Journal

The nation’s banks stopped $22.3 billion in fraudulent transactions in 2018—almost $9 out of every $10 of attempted fraud—according to the American Bankers Association’s 2019 Deposit Account Fraud Survey Report released today. Attempted fraud against bank deposit accounts totaled $25.1 billion in 2018.

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01/15/2020

What’s the Difference Between 5G and 5GHz Wi-Fi?

How-to-Geek

5G and 5 GHz Wi-Fi are both used for wireless connectivity, but they don’t have anything else in common. Anyone referring to “5G Wi-Fi” actually means 5 GHz Wi-Fi, which is different from the 5G cellular standard.

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01/15/2020

CISA on Iran’s Cyber Threat: It’s Time to Review Your Cyber Security Posture!

The State of Security

Following the recent U.S. operation in Iraq which resulted in the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, Iran warned that it will retaliate.

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01/15/2020

Texas School District Lost $2.3M to Phishing Email Scam

The State of Security

A school district in Texas announced that it lost approximately $2.3 million after falling victim to a phishing email scam.

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01/15/2020

Phishing for Apples, Bobbing for Links

Krebs on Security

Anyone searching for a primer on how to spot clever phishing links need look no further than those targeting customers of Apple, whose brand by many measures remains among the most-targeted.

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01/15/2020

Patch Tuesday, January 2020 Edition

Krebs on Security

Microsoft today released updates to plug 50 security holes in various flavors of Windows and related software.

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01/15/2020

Many ATM Operators Will Blow Tomorrow’s Upgrade Deadline, But Will That Matter Much?

Digital Transactions

ATM operators on Monday are literally on the eve of a critical upgrade deadline that many have not met, but some industry sources at least say the situation is far from disastrous.

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01/15/2020

Free cruise? Try illegal robocall with an upsell.

FTC

The recorded message made it sound easy — take a phone survey and get two free tickets to go on a cruise.

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01/15/2020

Protecting small business from imposters

FTC

Opening a business requires planning, elbow grease, and probably some paperwork to register your new company with your state or local government.

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01/12/2020

ID theft victims recover as Wisconsin DOT upgrades driver license safeguards

WKOW.com

DANE COUNTY (WKOW) - Several dozen Dane County victims of identity theft involving their driver's licenses continue to recover from the privacy invasion, as state officials boost safeguards with on-line orders for license duplicates.

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01/12/2020

SCAM ALERT: Police warn residents about recent Amazon scam going around

KEPR, Washington

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — West Richland police are warning folks about a recent Amazon scam that is going around the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas.

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01/12/2020

Alleged Member of Neo-Nazi Swatting Group Charged

Krebs on Security

Federal investigators on Friday arrested a Virginia man accused of being part of a neo-Nazi group that targeted hundreds of people in “swatting” attacks, wherein fake bomb threats, hostage situations and other violent scenarios were phoned in to police as part of a scheme to trick them into visiting potentially deadly force on a target’s address.

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01/12/2020

Better Business Bureau says more millennials getting scammed than elderly

The Center Square

A millennial answering an internet question recently described the Better Business Bureau as “like Yelp for old people,” but Steve Bernas, president and CEO of the BBB of Chicago and Northern Illinois, said that’s not the case.

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01/12/2020

Fraud Is Eroding The Customer Experience

Forbes

Are you worried about fraud? Concerned about giving out your credit card number or Social Security number over the phone—or to an AI (Artificial Intelligence)-fueled bot?

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01/10/2020

Thefts of ATMs from stores are plaguing rural Alberta business owners

CBS Canada

The security camera captures a man in a grey hoodie jumping through the shattered front door, tow strap in hand. A second person outside feeds more strapping into the store.

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01/10/2020

Visa and Mastercard Say No to Delaying Deadline for Gas Pump Chip Card Upgrades

Fortune

Gas stations around the U.S. are rushing to upgrade fuel pumps to accept credit and debit cards with chips after Visa and Mastercard rejected a request to delay a looming deadline to complete the work.

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01/09/2020

Catoosa police continue to make a rash of identity theft arrests

Tulsa, OK

CATOOSA, Okla. (KTUL) — A massive identity theft scheme was busted by the Catoosa Police Department. It's so big that investigators don't know how many people may be responsible.

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01/09/2020

Amid concerns about identity theft, ND pulls detailed court records from web

Inforum

BISMARCK — After just one week of being available online to the general public, the North Dakota Supreme Court has moved to pull its expanded state court records from the internet.

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01/09/2020

YouTubers targeted by account takeover software disguised as streaming software

Reclaim the net

Just when you thought things couldn't get much worse for YouTubers, thanks to YouTube's own missteps – it seems like the New Year is bringing with it even more challenges, this time from the outside, that creators must look out for.

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01/09/2020

TikTok Bugs Could Have Allowed Account Takeovers

Wired

As the social media app continues to gain popularity, security researchers are taking a closer look under the hood.

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01/09/2020

Alomere Health Notifies Patients of Employee Email Compromise

The State of Security

Alomere Health said that it’s begun notifying patients of a security incident that involved the compromise of two employees’ email accounts.

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01/09/2020

Lawmakers Prod FCC to Act on SIM Swapping

Krebs on Security

Crooks have stolen tens of millions of dollars and other valuable commodities from thousands of consumers via “SIM swapping,” a particularly invasive form of fraud that involves tricking a target’s mobile carrier into transferring someone’s wireless service to a device they control.

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01/08/2020

'Imposter' scams up in New York for 2019

CNY Central

Whether it's through an email, text message or a seemingly-harmless phone call, scammers are out there.

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01/08/2020

Tricky Phish Angles for Persistence, Not Passwords

Krebs on Security

Late last year saw the re-emergence of a nasty phishing tactic that allows the attacker to gain full access to a user’s data stored in the cloud without actually stealing the account password.

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01/08/2020

Tips to Protect Your Small Business From Cyberattacks in 2020

Security Boulevard

There’s a dangerous misconception that cyberattacks only affect large organizations.

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01/08/2020

Should banks expect cyberattacks from Iran?

American Banker

Some security experts have warned that Iranian hackers may go after U.S. targets, including financial services companies, in retaliation for the U.S. government's assassination of the Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani.

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01/08/2020

VERT Threat Alert: Citrix NetScaler/ADC Critical Flaw (CVE-2019-19781)

The State of Security

Citrix has indicated that an unauthenticated attacker can exploit this flaw to perform arbitrary code execution.

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01/08/2020

SNAKE Ransomware Targeting Entire Corporate Networks

The State of Security

Security researchers have observed samples of the new SNAKE ransomware family targeting organizations’ entire corporate networks.

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01/08/2020

NRF On PIN-less EMV Cards And POS Fraud

PYMNTS.com

The development of digital identity solutions shows no signs of slowing in the new decade, with the mobile biometrics market expected to add $28.45 billion per year in incremental growth between 2018 and 2023.

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01/07/2020

Fiserv and ExxonMobil will Enable Consumers to Fill Up by Asking Alexa to Pay at the Pump

Business Wire

BROOKFIELD, Wis. & LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ahead of CES 2020, ExxonMobil and Fiserv announced that they are transforming the way people pay for gasoline using Amazon Alexa.

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01/07/2020

Social Security OIG Launches Online Scam Reporting Form

Office of the Inspector General

The Inspector General for the Social Security Administration, Gail S. Ennis, and Commissioner of Social Security Andrew Saul announce the launch of a dedicated online form at https://oig.ssa.gov to receive reports from the public of Social Security-related scams.

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01/06/2020

Landry's warns of restaurant data breach

The Daily News - Galveston County

Landry's Inc. announced Thursday that people who ordered food or drinks at some of its restaurants, including in Galveston and Kemah, might have be affected by an attempted data breach.

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01/06/2020

Identity Theft Drops for Third Year in a Row: IRS

ThinkAdvisor

It credits an "aggressive" push involving interagency cooperation for the drop.

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01/06/2020

Most Significant Hacks of 2019 - New Record of Twelve in One Year

Cointelegraph.com

Twelve major cryptocurrency exchange hacks occurred in 2019.

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01/06/2020

Stop abbreviating 2020: Police say it leaves you open to fraud and could cost you big

The Times

The new year is giving scammers an easy way to forge documents, but you can protect yourself with an easy New Year’s resolution: Don’t abbreviate the year.

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01/06/2020

The Hidden Cost of Ransomware: Wholesale Password Theft

Krebs on Security

Organizations in the throes of cleaning up after a ransomware outbreak typically will change passwords for all user accounts that have access to any email systems, servers and desktop workstations within their network.

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01/06/2020

The Weird Commerce Of The Dark Web

PYMNTS.com

In the day-to-day life of the regular law-abiding internet user, the dark web is mostly a scary unknown. Insofar as the average consumer knows, that side of the web – which is accessible only via a TOR server – is the place where their personal information is sold whenever there is a data breach.

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01/06/2020

New Fed Data Underscores How Far Electronic Payments Have Eaten Into Checks

Digital Transactions

It’s no secret that electronic payment methods have systematically eaten away at check volume in the United States, but now new data from the Federal Reserve shows just how far that trend has gone.

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01/06/2020

Texas man pleads guilty to using stolen credit card numbers to buy goods

Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY -- A Texas man pleaded guilty Thursday to using stolen credit card numbers to buy goods from an Iowa store.

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01/03/2020

Postal Workers Worried About Safety As Mail Thefts Are On The Rise

CBS Chicago

Thieves in Chicago after private mail. There are pictures of two of them at work. CBS 2 learned how they’re getting through locked doors.

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01/02/2020

Postal Workers Worried About Safety As Mail Thefts Are On The Rise

CBS Chicago

Thieves in Chicago after private mail. There are pictures of two of them at work. CBS 2 learned how they’re getting through locked doors.

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01/02/2020

Landry’s Notifies Customers of Payment Card Incident

The State of Security

Dining, hospitality and entertainment corporation Landry’s notified customers of a security incident that might have affected their payment card data.

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12/31/2019

Fraud in the New Decade

Dark Reading

Like any enterprise that wants to survive, fraudsters and hackers will continue to build on past successes to fuel future growth

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12/31/2019

The Top 10 State of Security Blog Posts from 2019

The State of Security

It’s been another fantastic year on The State of Security blog.

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12/31/2019

Erie officials: Town fell victim to financial fraud

Daily Camera

Erie officials announced the town was recently a victim of financial fraud after sending just over $1.01 million to an unknown person claiming to be a construction company the town had hired to build Erie Parkway bridge.

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12/30/2019

Weeks After Fiserv’s Bid for First Data, FIS Puts up $43 Billion to Snap up Worldpay

Digital Transactions

Fidelity National Information Services Inc.’s $43-billion cash-and-stock deal to acquire Worldpay Inc., announced early Monday, will create a processing behemoth that will compete globally across a sweeping range of payments businesses, including merchant acquiring, e-commerce, faster payments, and core processing.

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12/30/2019

Wawa reveals massive credit, debit card data breach at ‘potentially all’ locations

https://kywnewsradio.radio.com

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Wawa experienced a massive data breach that may have affected customers at any of its stores, the convenience store announced Thursday.

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12/30/2019

Honda Opens Breach Lane; Facebook Reveals More Names

Credit Union Times

A misconfigured database results in Honda's exposure of 26,000 customer records containing personally identifiable information.

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12/30/2019

AWS vs. Azure vs. Google – What’s the Difference from a Cloud Security Standpoint?

The State of Security

When mainstream cloud computing first began to appear on the horizon, (Amazon launched its Elastic Compute Cloud product in 2006.) many organizations were initially hesitant to entrust their most valuable data and processes to a technological innovation named after something that appears so delicate.

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12/30/2019

Honeypots: A Guide To Increasing Security

The State of Security

Honeypots are not a new idea. They have been part of the cybersecurity world for decades and have frequently gone in and out of “fashion” over that period. Recently, though, they have become an increasingly important part of vulnerability management.

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12/27/2019

Deep Dive: The Importance Of Taking Fraud Decisioning Strategies Omnichannel

PYMNTS.com

Online firms and their banking partners have both the means and motives to stop fraudsters from accessing personal information, but today’s connected economy encompasses markets and customer service channels around the world.

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12/26/2019

Three people sentenced for running $100 million malware crime network

Engadget.com

They allegedly used GozNym to steal money from thousands of accounts.

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12/26/2019

Digital Banks Targeted in Account Takeover Scams

Security Boulevard

Financial services companies have always been primary targets for scammers, with account takeover the ultimate prize. If successful, phishing scams on digital banks reward attackers with sensitive data they can use for financial gain, identity theft or brand damage.

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12/26/2019

What Does Integrity Monitoring Have To Do With Security Anyway?

The State of Security

After spending several decades in this industry, I have seen growth in many different security products and in many different areas.

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12/26/2019

How Deep Fakes Can Hurt Your Business And What To Do About It

Frobes

Fake video and audio streams that appear to be real can ruin the reputations of your executives and your company.

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12/26/2019

Synthetic Fraud’s Slow Roll Across FIs

PYMNTS.com

Impersonation fraud — where a cybercriminal pretends to be someone they aren’t in an attempt to make off with funds — gets a lot of attention, and for good reason.

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12/23/2019

As Hackers Target Mobile Payment Apps, Here's How to Keep Them at Bay

Dark Reading

A little vigilance helps retailers reduce and prevent three of the most common kinds of mobile app fraud

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12/23/2019

Payments Fraud: Hitting a Moving Target to Stop Bad Actors

M&T Bank

As fraudsters continue to innovate and develop new techniques targeting businesses, organizations must remain vigilant to deter threats.

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12/23/2019

Data security breach impacts City of Sioux City customers

Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY -- A data security breach has potentially impacted more than 3,500 City of Sioux City customer utility and parking accounts.

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12/23/2019

What to Know About the Wawa Data Breach

Consumer Reports

Malware might have exposed payment information at potentially all Wawa locations as early as March of this year

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12/23/2019

Hackers Behind GozNym Malware Sentenced for Stealing $100 Million

The Hacker News

Three members of an international organized cybercrime group that was behind a multi-million dollar theft primarily against U.S. businesses and financial institutions have been sentenced to prison, the U.S. Justice Department announced.

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12/23/2019

PayPal Phishing Scam Tries to Steal Much More than Login Credentials

The State of Security

A newly discovered PayPal phishing scam attempts to steal much more than just a user’s login credentials for the online payments service.

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12/20/2019

The Three Cyber Attacks Ruining Your Holiday Spirit

Info Security

The retail industry isn’t the only one that needs to worry about cyber attacks. In fact, all organizations are warned against increased threats due to careless employee behaviors during the holiday season.

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12/20/2019

Top 10 Cybercrime and Online Fraud predictions for 2020

Finextra

As a decade of online fraud fighting is drawing to a close, it’s time to think about the next decade!

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12/19/2019

Police: Alaska man shopped, donated change after robbery

wiproud.com

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man robbed a credit union and then went shopping and dropped spare change in a donation bucket, authorities said.

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12/19/2019

Eye on Gas Stations: Networks Reject Delay in EMV Liability Shift; Visa Warns of Malware Attacks

Digital Transactions

Gas stations and convenience stores won’t be getting an extension of the upcoming October 2020 fuel-pump EMV liability shifts, according to a merchant trade group.

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12/19/2019

Credit Card Fraud Has Tripled. Don't Let It Happen to You

The Motley Fool

Try these smart moves to keep identity thieves away.

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12/19/2019

Identity Theft and Taxpayer First Act Resources

The CPA Journal

The IRS appears to be making inroads in addressing tax-related identity theft, although the crime continues to feature prominently on its annual Dirty Dozen list of tax scams (IR-2019-49, http://bit.ly/32UqCrH), along with phishing and phone scams.

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12/19/2019

New Zelle fraud scheme ropes in Indeed job seeker as unwitting money mule

bobsullivan.net

Combine old-fashioned money-mule-job-listing fraud with Zelle fraud and there’s a big new headache that job seekers and bank consumers have to worry about.

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12/19/2019

Global online fraud: Balancing compliance, security and convenience

Digital Commerce 360

Antifraud systems keep getting more sophisticated and regulations are evolving with the growth of online payments. But criminals are keeping pace. They are perfecting social engineering schemes that trick consumers into giving up personal data that can then be used to commit fraud.

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12/19/2019

Worst Passwords List Reveals “123456” to Still Be Top Offender

The State of Security

A list of some of the worst passwords for 2019 revealed that users continue to turn to “123456” above all of the other ill-advised combinations

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12/19/2019

$43M fraud by Foxconn managers selling iPhones made from rejected parts

9to5mac.com

Apple is reportedly investigating a massive fraud by Foxconn managers who sold iPhones made from rejected parts.

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12/19/2019

Crapo delivers crushing blow to pot banking

American Banker

WASHINGTON — Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo delivered a significant blow Wednesday to legislation enabling banks and credit unions to serve the cannabis industry, announcing his opposition to a bill designed to help marijuana businesses in the more than 30 states that have legalized the substance.

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12/17/2019

Ransomware Gangs Now Outing Victim Businesses That Don’t Pay Up

Krebs on Security

As if the scourge of ransomware wasn’t bad enough already: Several prominent purveyors of ransomware have signaled they plan to start publishing data stolen from victims who refuse to pay up.

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12/17/2019

Software Availability Proves To Be a Drag on Fuel-Pump EMV Upgrades

Digital Transactions

Upgrading gas pumps to accept EMV chip cards is a complex affair for convenience stores and gas stations that involves installing new card-reading hardware and software, testing, and certifications.

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12/17/2019

Visa warns that hackers are scraping card details from gas pumps

Yahoo Finance

Cybercrime groups are actively exploiting a weakness in gas station point-of-sale (POS) networks to steal credit card data, Visa has revealed.

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12/16/2019

Getting bombarded by scam calls? You’re not alone.

Federal Trade Commission

The Social Security Administration (SSA) scam is the number one scam reported to the FTC right now.

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12/16/2019

Getting bombarded by scam calls? You’re not alone.

Federal Trade Commission

The Social Security Administration (SSA) scam is the number one scam reported to the FTC right now.

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12/16/2019

Watch Out For This Growing Kind Of Identity Theft

Forbes.com

Having been the victim of identity theft multiple times, I can tell you the thieves are getting more nimble. They are stealing more information multiple ways.

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12/16/2019

RTP: Achieving Ubiquity Without A Mandate

PYMNTS.com

Though the U.S. continues to take significant steps toward a faster payments ecosystem, the market undoubtedly lags behind others across the world in the path toward real-time payments ubiquity.

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12/16/2019

Visa: US Contactless Payments Primed For A Big 2020

PYMNTS.com

When Visa, Chase, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and other industry leaders co-launched a contactless payments pilot seven months ago, they started small, and with modest goals.

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12/16/2019

A thief stole unencrypted hard drives filled with 29,000 Facebook employees’ information

theverge.com

Banking data for 29,000 Facebook employees, which was stored on unencrypted hard drives, was stolen by a thief from a payroll worker’s car, according to a Bloomberg report.

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12/16/2019

Watch out for tax scams on email, Facebook and your phone

Stock Daily Dish

Spot crooked Facebook posts, emails and texts this tax season. Jennifer Jolly reports. Jennifer Jolly for USA TODAY

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12/16/2019

Virginia man convicted in romance fraud scheme

KNSS.Radio.com

A federal grand jury has convicted a Virginia man of helping to swindle women across the country out of nearly $3 million in a fraud scheme.

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12/16/2019

Popular Secret Santa Scam back on social media

The Sentinel-Record

LITTLE ROCK -- The Secret Santa/Secret Sister scams are making the rounds again on social media, according to the Arkansas attorney general's office.

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12/16/2019

Medical Care at NJ Hospital Disrupted by Ransomware Attack

The State of Security

A New Jersey hospital said that it was forced to cancel some surgeries and other medical procedures after falling victim to a ransomware attack.

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12/13/2019

PayThink Real-time payments breaks security 'rules'

PaymentsSource

Globally, both consumers and businesses now have the expectation of real time payments and transactions.

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12/13/2019

Why Securing Digital Transactions Is On Every Merchant’s Wish List

PYMNTS.com

While dealing with fraud has always been a cost of doing business for merchants, the digital age has changed the game in terms of fighting off fraudsters.

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12/13/2019

BBB Alert: Beware of Puppy Scams This Holiday

Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan

If you are shopping online for a pet this holiday season, watch out for scams. Complaints continue to pour into Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Scam Tracker as fake pet and puppy scams are on the increase.

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12/13/2019

How Do Password Managers Work?

Security Baron

One of the most annoying things about technology is having to remember so many different passwords for different accounts.

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12/13/2019

Car wrap scam targets college students

Federal Trade Commission

If you have a car, you know how expensive the upkeep can be. Gas, maintenance, parking – the whole lot.

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12/11/2019

Patch Tuesday, December 2019 Edition

Krebs on Security

Microsoft today released updates to plug three dozen security holes in its Windows operating system and other software.

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12/11/2019

VERT Threat Alert: December 2019 Patch Tuesday Analysis

Tripwire

Today’s VERT Alert addresses Microsoft’s December 2019 Security Updates. VERT is actively working on coverage for these vulnerabilities and expects to ship ASPL-863 on Wednesday, December 11th.

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12/10/2019

Major data center provider hit by ransomware attack, claims report

The State of Security

CyrusOne, a major provider of enterprise data center services, is reported to have suffered a ransomware attack.

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12/10/2019

How 5G Will Power The Industrial Commerce Revolution

Pymnts.com

Robots and artificial intelligence haven’t taken over — yet. But machines still have human-like needs, needs that, when fulfilled, can improve payments and commerce and, according to some, usher in what’s sometimes being called in smart circles a new industrial revolution.

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12/10/2019

Inside The Launch Of Colorado’s New State-Run Digital Driver’s License

Pymnts.com

Digital identities are growing more important and omnipresent in everyday life, and the need to keep them secure grows more pressing by the day.

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12/10/2019

Justice Department Announces Landmark Money Mule Initiative

The United States Department of Justice

Attorney General William P. Barr and law enforcement partners today announced a concentrated effort across the country and around the world to halt money mule activity.

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12/10/2019

Spotify Phishing Campaign Tells Users that Their Subscriptions Are Frozen

The State of Security

A new Spotify-themed phishing campaign informed recipients that the music streaming service had frozen their subscriptions.

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12/10/2019

Updated Ryuk Ransomware Decryptor Could Damage Larger Files

The State of Security

Attackers provided victims who paid with an updated Ryuk ransomware decryptor that could potentially damage their larger files.

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12/10/2019

How To Fight Fraud Without Cheapening Consumer Experiences

PYMNTS.com

Everything has a price. And the price for a richer consumer experience online and via mobile — one of the defining trends of payments and commerce in 2019, and probably well into the 2020s — is that the code that creates those experiences often leave opening for fraudsters to exploit.

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12/09/2019

How To Fight Fraud Without Cheapening Consumer Experiences

PYMNTS.com

Everything has a price. And the price for a richer consumer experience online and via mobile — one of the defining trends of payments and commerce in 2019, and probably well into the 2020s — is that the code that creates those experiences often leave opening for fraudsters to exploit.

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12/09/2019

Debit Cards Overtake Cash as the Most Popular Payment Type, According to Fed Diarists

Digital Transactions

The growing popularity of debit cards and the displacement of cash by card and electronic payment alternatives is nothing new, but a Federal Reserve banks’ report released Thursday shows debit cards for the first time have surpassed cash as the most-used payment type.

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12/05/2019

Staying Safe when Shopping this Holiday Season: Bricks and Clicks Edition

The State of Security

The shopping season is upon us, and like it or not there are lots of individuals who would love to replace your happiness with their sadness.

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12/05/2019

Tens of Millions Exposed by SMS Data Leak

Info Security

Tens of millions of Americans may have been caught in another data leak after business SMS provider TrueDialog left a massive database exposed online, according to researchers.

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12/05/2019

Hackers Target Major Brands: Disney and Macy’s Breached

Business2community.com

Fraudsters are warming up for the holidays, targeting household names through e-commerce site hacking and credential stuffing attacks.

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12/05/2019

Prevent credential stuffing and account takeover attacks with these expert tips

helpnetsecurity.com

Account takeover and credential stuffing attacks are two security threats that often go hand in hand. Both have become alarmingly prominent: a recent report found that one-fifth of account openings so far in 2019 have been fraudulent.

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12/05/2019

Supply Chain Account Takeover: How Criminals Exploit Third-Party Access

Threatpost

It’s important for businesses of all sizes to not only view their suppliers’ attack surface as their own but also extend some of their security protections.

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12/05/2019

38% of Americans Have Been a Victim of ID Theft or Data Breaches in the Past Year: YouGov/ScoreSense® Survey

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Dec. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- 38% of Americans have been victims of identity theft or data breaches in the past year, according to a survey conducted by YouGov plc on behalf of ScoreSense®.

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12/04/2019

Verizon’s 2019 Payment Security Report – Not Just for PCI

The State of Security

If you are responsible for cybersecurity or data protection in your organization, stop what you are doing and read this report.

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12/03/2019

Scammers pretend to be the FTC

Federal Trade Commission

Did you recently get an official FTC letter from “me”? That’s in quotes because it wasn’t actually from me.

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12/03/2019

Inside The Launch Of Colorado’s New State-Run Digital Driver’s License

PYMNTS.com

Digital identities are growing more important and omnipresent in everyday life, and the need to keep them secure grows more pressing by the day.

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12/03/2019

The FBI Even Announced: Beware of Smart Televisions

Somagnews.com

The FBI Even Announced: Beware of Smart Televisions. Smart televisions have been in our lives for a while.

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12/01/2019

What businesses can learn from the NBA’s $13M fraud case

grbj.com

We’re only one month into the 2019-2020 NBA season and the Sacramento Kings recently have been in the news for the wrong reasons

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12/01/2019

As Synthetic Identity Fraud Rises, so does KYC/CDD Compliance Cost

ABA Banking Journal

Synthetic identities combine real and fake identity (ID) information to create a “new” identity. This identity is then used to open new accounts, by which to commit various types of financial fraud and money laundering.

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12/01/2019

A Milwaukee man masterminded a plan to defraud Milwaukee County banks of nearly $500,000, complaint says

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A Milwaukee man is facing 22 felony charges — and at least 11 other people are facing multiple felonies — after he allegedly masterminded and executed a fraud scheme that ripped off several Milwaukee County banks of nearly $500,000.

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11/29/2019

Hidden Cam Above Bluetooth Pump Skimmer

Krebs on Security

Tiny hidden spy cameras are a common sight at ATMs that have been tampered with by crooks who specialize in retrofitting the machines with card skimmers.

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11/29/2019

Facebook and Twitter warn some users’ private data was accessed via third-party app SDK

The State of Security

Facebook and Twitter have announced that personal data related to hundreds of users may have been improperly accessed after users logged into third-party Android apps with their social media accounts.

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11/29/2019

It’s Way Too Easy to Get a .gov Domain Name

Krebs on Security

Many readers probably believe they can trust links and emails coming from U.S. federal government domain names, or else assume there are at least more stringent verification requirements involved in obtaining a .gov domain versus a commercial one ending in .com or .org.

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11/29/2019

DeathRansom Ransomware Fixes Issues, Now Encrypting Victims’ Data

The State of Security

After its developers fixed several issues, DeathRansom ransomware is now actively infecting users and encrypting victims’ data.

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11/29/2019

5 ways to defend your phone against SIM swap attacks

USA Today

Here’s a new term to fear: SIM-swapping. In short, a cybercriminal steals a certain amount of your personal data, including your phone number.

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11/29/2019

MoneyGram Expands Blockchain Services as Ripple Invests Another $20 Million

Digital Transactions

Following up on a $30-million investment in June, blockchain-services provider Ripple Labs Inc. has made another $20-million equity investment in wire-transfer provider MoneyGram International Inc., making Ripple the owner of nearly 10% of MoneyGram’s common stock.

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11/25/2019

Are banks too confident in their cybersecurity protections?

RSM

Confidence is rising as the number of attacks continues to grow

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11/25/2019

Nigerian criminal made $1 million from prison in international scam

NY Post

A Nigerian inmate masterminded an international scam behind the bars of a maximum-security prison — raking in $1 million while in custody, according to a new report.

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11/25/2019

FBI Denver warns of scammers spoofing FBI phone numbers?

Star Herald Denver, CO

DENVER—The Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office has shared a scam alert from the FBI Denver Division.

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11/25/2019

Cyber Security Trends 2020 – How Unprepared Are We?

Business2community.com

Spending on cybersecurity is on an explosive rise. When new ransomware attacks occur every 14 seconds followed by infiltration attempts on large volumes of data putting millions of people at risk, cybersecurity ought to be discussed.

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11/25/2019

OnePlus security breach exposes order info — payments and passwords reportedly safe

Android Police

OnePlus's security team has just announced that some of its customer information had been accessed by an unauthorized party.

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11/25/2019

110 Nursing Homes Cut Off from Health Records in Ransomware Attack

Krebs on Security

A ransomware outbreak has besieged a Wisconsin based IT company that provides cloud data hosting, security and access management to more than 100 nursing homes across the United States.

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11/25/2019

T-Mobile Says Security Incident Might Have Affected Some Customer Data

The State of Security

Wireless network operator T-Mobile revealed that a security incident might have exposed the personal information of some of its customers.

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11/25/2019

Moving Issuers — And Auth Rates — Past Fraud Prevention To Revenue Protection

PYMNTS.com

Fraud is hardly a new phenomenon in retail — in fact, it is probably safe to assume that fraud in some form or other has been there since the beginning.

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11/20/2019

South Dakota man linked to Butina pleads in fraud case

StarTribune.com

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A South Dakota man who was linked to an admitted Russian covert agent agreed to plead guilty in a fraud scheme that authorities said bilked at least $2.3 million from 78 people, according to a court filing Monday.

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11/20/2019

Macys.com checkout page hacked; customers advised to be vigilant of fraud

Security Boulevard

American department store chain Macy’s has suffered an embarrassing data breach where hackers gained access to customers’ personal and financial information, including credit card numbers and even card security codes.

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11/19/2019

Shred-it Study Reveals Americans Believe Their Information Security Habits Make Them Vulnerable to Fraud

newsbug.info

Nearly half of Americans believe they are vulnerable to fraud or identity theft based on their physical and digital security habits, yet nearly half store their credit card information online

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11/19/2019

6 essentials for fighting fraud with machine learning

MIT Technology Review

Going far beyond traditional attack detection, sophisticated machine learning systems help organizations stay one step ahead of fraudsters.

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11/19/2019

6 essentials for fighting fraud with machine learning

MIT Technology Review

Going far beyond traditional attack detection, sophisticated machine learning systems help organizations stay one step ahead of fraudsters.

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11/19/2019

FBI Warning Of Scam That Says Receiver Has Won $75,000 For Shopping At Certain Stores

CBS 2 Pittsburgh

The FBI is warning about a new scam that says the receiver has won $75,000 for shopping at certain stores.

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11/19/2019

AT&T Cybersecurity Insights™ Report: Security at the Speed of 5G

AT&T

Security leaders understand 5G technology is on the horizon—but how much do they truly understand about the technology? And are they prepared for the cybersecurity implications, including the new technologies and explosion of IoT devices?

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11/19/2019

Ransomware Bites 400 Veterinary Hospitals

Krebs on Security

National Veterinary Associates (NVA), a California company that owns more than 700 animal care facilities around the globe, is still working to recover from a ransomware attack late last month that affected more than half of those properties, separating many veterinary practices from their patient records, payment systems and practice management software.

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11/18/2019

Zillow: Tackling Real Estate’s $1.6T Money Laundering Epidemic

PYMNTS.com

Governments are tightening know your customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) requirements on various industries out of increasing concern over fraud threats.

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11/18/2019

TCH Gives Banks An Open Banking Template

PYMNTS.com

Against the backdrop of Open Banking, and in an effort to compete, financial institutions (FIs) must give consumers the ability to share their data with third parties, including FinTech firms. FIs, in turn, must also protect the security and integrity of that data, while giving consumers a sense of control over how and where it’s being used.

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11/18/2019

NEW REPORT: With 5G Anticipation Building, Security Threats Loom

PYMNTS.com

The 5G network is rapidly being deployed in markets around the world, and the advance of the network could mean profound changes for the Intelligence of Things (IoT) ecosystem. Two-thirds of businesses have plans to develop new tools and technologies that will leverage 5G by 2020.

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11/18/2019

Phishers Targeting Microsoft Office 365 Admin Credentials

State of Security

Digital fraudsters are stealing Microsoft Office 365 administrator credentials as part of a broader phishing campaign targeting organizations.

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11/15/2019

Solara Medical Supplies Notifying Individuals Affected by Data Breach

State of Security

Solara Medical Supplies, LLC (“Solara”) revealed that it’s in the process of notifying individuals potentially affected by a data breach.

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11/15/2019

Only after running out of hard disk space did firm realise hacker had stolen one million users’ details

State of Security

Yet another company has been found lacking when it comes to securing its consumers’ data.

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11/15/2019

PCI Compliance Drops for the Second Year in a Row, Verizon Reports

Digital Transactions

Compliance with the Payment Card Industry data-security standard remains an elusive goal for many merchants and other organizations that handle general-purpose payment card data. In fact, compliance fell in 2018 for the second year in a row, according to Verizon Communications Inc.

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11/15/2019

Big Retailers Anticipate FedNow Will Bring Competition to Payments

Digital Transactions

A retail trade association as well as Target Corp. have endorsed the Federal Reserve’s planned FedNow real-time gross settlement service.

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11/15/2019

FBI busts $6 million iPhone and iPad counterfeit ring

Q13 Fox

The FBI busted a counterfeit ring centered on iPhones and iPads that reportedly cost Apple over $6.1 million.

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11/13/2019

Patch Tuesday, November 2019 Edition

Krebs on Security

Microsoft today released updates to plug security holes in its software, including patches to fix at least 74 weaknesses in various flavors of Windows and programs that run on top of it.

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11/13/2019

Orcus RAT Author Charged in Malware Scheme

Krebs on Security

In July 2016, KrebsOnSecurity published a story identifying a Toronto man as the author of the Orcus RAT, a software product that’s been marketed on underground forums and used in countless malware attacks since its creation in 2015.

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11/10/2019

Study: Ransomware, Data Breaches at Hospitals tied to Uptick in Fatal Heart Attacks

Krebs on Security

Hospitals that have been hit by a data breach or ransomware attack can expect to see an increase in the death rate among heart patients in the following months or years because of cybersecurity remediation efforts, a new study posits.

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11/10/2019

Identity Theft and Credit Card Fraud Statistics for 2019

The Ascent

Considering the kind of damage that identity theft and credit card fraud can do to your life, many consumers want to know just how prevalent these crimes are. Is identity theft becoming more common as criminals get more sophisticated, or are better security measures making it more difficult?

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11/10/2019

Detecting Account Takeover Botnets

Security Boulevard

A botnet is a network of compromised computers – known as bots – usually controlled by a command and control computer, that work together in coordination for a malicious purpose.

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11/10/2019

Phishing Attacks Are Booming Even as They Are Getting Harder to Detect

Digital Transactions

Fueled by such scams as business email compromise, phishing frauds are staging a dramatic comeback. The total number of attacks reached 266,387 in the third quarter, according to the latest report from the Anti-Phishing Working Group, a security-industry organization that tracks the crime.

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11/05/2019

GIACT On Payments’ $29M Wire Fraud Wake-Up Call

PYMNTS.com

Last week, the U.S. subsidiary of Japan’s largest financial media organization, Nikkei, made headlines for the reason that no firm ever wants: The company was the victim of financial fraud to the tune of $29 million via a wire transfer gone bad.

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11/05/2019

https://cointelegraph.com/news/court-orders-4m-in-penalties-for-investment-fraud-involving-atm-coin

Cointelegraph.com

A New York court has ordered defendants to pay $4.25 million in penalties for investment fraud involving the cryptocurrency ATM Coin.

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11/04/2019

The Internet Doesn't Talk About The True Cost of Fraud: Here's How To Fix It (And Save >$1M)

Hackernoon

In today’s competitive landscape, businesses have the capacity to save over 1 million USD for every 100,000 users being verified - with processes that mitigate fraud and reduce friction. Here’s how.

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11/04/2019

FTC survey: 40 million Americans are victims of fraud

Times Record News

A Federal Trade Commission survey found that in 2017, about 40 million Americans were victims of fraud – about 16 percent of the population.

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11/04/2019

NCR Barred Mint, QuickBooks from Banking Platform During Account Takeover Storm

Krebs on Security

Banking industry giant NCR Corp. [NYSE: NCR] late last month took the unusual step of temporarily blocking third-party financial data aggregators Mint and QuickBooks Online from accessing Digital Insight, an online banking platform used by hundreds of financial institutions.

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11/01/2019

DNS Rebinding: A Frightening Attack Vector with Spooky Security Impacts

The State of Security

One of the greatest misconceptions about online safety is that home networks are somehow private.

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11/01/2019

How Cash-Out Attacks Are Becoming the Next Big Worry for ATM Operators

Digital Transactions

Payments executives are starting to go public with concerns about a growing type of ATM fraud called the cash-out attack.

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11/01/2019

Payments fraud is on the rise so how do you protect your company?

Albuquerque Business First

Payments fraud reached a new high in 2018, according to the recent 2019 AFP Payments Fraud Survey, with 82% of companies reporting they were targets.

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10/30/2019

Breaches at NetworkSolutions, Register.com, and Web.com

Krebs on Security

Top domain name registrars NetworkSolutions.com, Register.com and Web.com are asking customers to reset their passwords after discovering an intrusion in August 2019 in which customer account information was accessed.

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10/30/2019

Are your trusted holiday season customers who they say they are?

Digital Commerce 360

Criminals increasingly take over the retail accounts of legitimate consumers or use stolen identity data to create phony accounts that they use to commit fraud against online retailers. This criminal activity spikes during the holidays, when retailers’ fraud-prevention teams are stretched thin. Here are some ways to protect yourself.

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10/29/2019

Takeaways from the $566M BriansClub Breach

Krebs on Security

Reporting on the exposure of some 26 million stolen credit cards leaked from a top underground cybercrime store highlighted some persistent and hard truths

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10/29/2019

Adobe leaves Creative Cloud database open, 7.5 million users exposed

SC Magazine

An unsecured Elasticsearch database left exposed the account information of about 7.5 million Adobe Creative Cloud users.

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10/28/2019

Quickly-growing phone scam targets bank customers via text message

CBS This Morning

A quickly-growing phone scam targets banking customers via text message, pretending to be with a bank's fraud department and asking about fake "suspicious withdrawals."

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10/25/2019

FTC Issues Guidance On Protecting Against SIM Swap Attacks

Bleeping Computer

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued guidance on how to protect yourself from SIM swapping attacks used by scammers to take control of your phone number, to bypass SMS-based multi-factor authentication (MFA) on your account, and steal your credentials.

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10/25/2019

Cachet Financial Reeling from MyPayrollHR Fraud

Krebs on Security

When New York-based cloud payroll provider MyPayrollHR unexpectedly shuttered its doors last month and disappeared with $26 million worth of customer payroll deposits, its payment processor Cachet Financial Services ended up funding the bank accounts of MyPayrollHR client company employees anyway, graciously eating a $26 million loss which it is now suing to recover.

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10/25/2019

Scammer Stole $500K from Ocala, FL in Spear Phishing Attack

The State of Security

A scammer stole a little more than $500,000 from the City of Ocala, Florida as the result of a successful spear phishing attack.

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10/25/2019

Scams and older consumers: Looking at the data

FTC

The FTC just sent a report to Congress called Protecting Older Consumers 2018-2019. The report suggests steps to take to help protect older consumers from fraud.

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10/25/2019

The Fed on Fraud: New Synthetic Identity Fraud White Paper

The Federal Reserve Bank

How can the payments industry detect synthetic identity fraud, the fastest-growing type of financial crime in the U.S. according to industry experts?

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10/25/2019

SIM Swap Scams: How to Protect Yourself

FTC

If your cell phone is your go-to device for checking your email, paying your bills, or posting to social media, you’re not alone.

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10/22/2019

Ransomware Hits B2B Payments Firm Billtrust

Krebs on Security

Business-to-business payments provider Billtrust is still recovering from a ransomware attack that began last week. The company said it is in the final stages of bringing all of its systems back online from backups.

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10/22/2019

How cybersecurity leaders can best navigate the C-suite

Security Boulevard

Recent data breaches at companies like British Airways and Capital One have made it more evident than ever before that cybersecurity leaders must prepare for a staggering amount of potential threats. Credential stuffing, account takeovers, and insider threats are all vectors of attack that could potentially devastate a business. But without the C-suite’s support, it’s impossible for cybersecurity leaders to effectively plan for and defend against these threats.

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10/21/2019

How scammers use Zelle to drain your bank account

WPTV

A frightening bank scam now lets thieves get right into your checking account, and even savvy college educated people are falling for it.

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10/21/2019

‘Absolute scam’: Complaints about credit monitoring plans flood CFPB

American Banker

WASHINGTON — Before Alex Biviano was hired as a server by a popular restaurant chain, his prospective employer sought details about his credit. To provide the information, Biviano paid what he thought would be just a $1 fee to TransUnion to see his credit report. But the process ended up costing him a lot more, he says.

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10/17/2019

For payment crooks, bots are the master key

PaymentsSource

Imagine a big key ring, full of keys. Maybe it is the kind a janitor or building manager carries — one with dozens or hundreds of keys on it.

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10/15/2019

“BriansClub” Hack Rescues 26M Stolen Cards

Krebs on Security

“BriansClub,” one of the largest underground stores for buying stolen credit card data, has itself been hacked.

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10/14/2019

FBI Cyber Task Force Advises Businesses to Incorporate Biometric Factors to Mitigate Multi-Factor Authentication Risk

Yahoo Finance

WALL, N.J., Oct. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BIO-key International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKYI), an innovative provider of biometric authentication and security solutions, today said several media reports announced that the FBI Cyber Task Force recently issued a four-page Private Industry Notice that recommends the addition of biometric factors and behavioral information checks to multi-factor authentication (MFA) approaches, citing known and exploited vulnerabilities of token and phone-based multi-factor authentication methods.

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10/14/2019

Hacking Is Not a Crime! Additional Thoughts from DEFCON 2019

The State of Security

In my previous post, I spoke about all of the different DEFCON villages where attendees can learn about and purchase all sorts of fun hacking/counter hacking tools.

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10/14/2019

Can Digital Privacy Go Too Far?

PYMNTS.com

Digital identity verification can come with privacy concerns. Using facial recognition technology and other biometric data is still controversial, but privacy concerns can also swing in the other direction.

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10/14/2019

Consumer Alert: Scam warning as big settlements start to pay out

Action News 2

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Tens of millions of dollars are being re-paid to victims of fraud. The Federal Trade Commission says checks are in the mail--but they also warn that scammers may be taking this opportunity to try to steal your money.

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10/14/2019

The FBI Sends A Warning About Multi-Factor Authentication…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

Forbes

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

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10/10/2019

Poor password hygiene makes breaches inevitable

PayThink

With 2019 on track to be the worst year ever for data breaches, this is not only bad news for individual consumers and the breached businesses but all businesses that operate online — big and small.

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10/10/2019

Phishing Attack Possibly Affected 68K Patients of The Methodist Hospitals

The State of Security

The Methodist Hospitals, Inc. revealed that a phishing attack potentially affected the information of approximately 68,000 patients.

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10/08/2019

Synthetic Identity Fraud Is The Fastest Growing Financial Crime -- What Can Banks Do To Fight It?

Forbes

Synthetic identity fraud is a relatively recent phenomenon that is on the rise. McKinsey claims synthetic ID fraud is the fastest-growing type of financial crime in the U.S. LexisNexis Risk Solutions (via Yahoo Finance) found that "61% of fraud losses for [large] banks stem from identity fraud [and] 20% of the identity fraud incurred by these larger banks is synthetic identity fraud."

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10/08/2019

Payment Card Security Incidents Disclosed by Three U.S. Restaurant Chains

The State of Security

Three restaurant chains based in the United States have revealed they suffered security incidents that affected customers’ payment card information.

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10/08/2019

6 Common Phishing Attacks and How to Protect Against Them

The State of Security

Phishing attacks don’t show any sign of slowing down

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10/08/2019

Decryption Keys Released by Developer of HildaCrypt Ransomware

The State of Security

The developer of HildaCrypt has released the master decryption keys that would allow potential victims of the ransomware to recover their data for free.

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10/08/2019

BI warns about attacks that bypass multi-factor authentication (MFA)

ZDNet

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has sent last month a security advisory to private industry partners about the rising threat of attacks against organizations and their employees that can bypass multi-factor authentication (MFA) solutions.

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10/08/2019

Two arrested on mail theft, forgery in Red Wing

Rivertowns.net

A man and woman face felony check forgery and mail theft charges stemming from two separate Red Wing incidents connected by the same white car.

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10/08/2019

Woman wrongfully arrested for car theft after identity stolen

WTHR

NDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The family of a woman whose purse and ID were stolen hope police can find the woman using her identification. So far police suspect the thief has stolen three vehicles using the victims driver’s license.

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10/06/2019

Chase Taps Machine Learning For Proactive Approach To Fraud

PYMNTS.com

Banks have a Goldilocks problem: Authentication processes can’t be too rigorous for legitimate consumers, but also can’t be too lax so that fraudsters can easily exploit them. In the new Digital Fraud Tracker, Andrew Sloper, Chase’s head of digital authentication, tells PYMNTS how machine learning tools provide a layered, preventative approach without sacrificing a seamless user experience.

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10/06/2019

BBB tips to secure your ID during Cybersecurity Awareness Month

The Hutchinson News

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is reminding you that cyber-thieves are constantly combing the Internet in search of unprotected data that they use to steal others’ identities.

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10/04/2019

FBI: Don’t pay ransomware demands, stop encouraging cybercriminals to target others

The State of Security

As ransomware attacks continue to cripple networks, most recently forcing medical centres to shut down their systems and turn away patients, the FBI has issued some unambiguous advice for organisations on how they should handle ransom demands:

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10/04/2019

Faster payments, faster payments fraud: How to battle the bad guys

BAI Banking Strategies

When the Kansas City blues shouter Big Joe Turner first performed the immortal “Shake Rattle and Roll” in 1954, there was no way he could know the future hit might as well fit the mood of banks fighting payments perfidy.

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10/04/2019

Mastercard: Fraud-Fighting’s New Mantra — Test, Protect, Prevent

PYMNTS.com

The competition between cybercriminals and the fraud and security teams at banks, tasked with stopping their attacks, is incredibly lopsided.

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10/01/2019

Online Account Origination Fraud: When New Users Are Bad News

NuData Security

Your online company is getting lots of new online customers, but you don’t understand why revenue numbers don’t add up. OAO is probably the at the source of your problems.

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09/30/2019

WHY IT’S SO HARD FOR CHALLENGER BANKS TO FIGHT FINANCIAL CRIME

Feedzai

Challenger banks put themselves under intense pressure to create a superior customer experience, and with good reason.

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09/30/2019

Self-defense against scams

FTC

To everyone who hangs up on unwanted calls, learns about the latest scams, and checks with friends about suspicious offers: good news!

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09/29/2019

Eye on Data Security: High Risk for Insurers; Another Round of Attacks on Click2Gov

Digital Transactions

A new analysis says insurance companies are particularly vulnerable to e-commerce fraud, and a recent report says a second round of data breaches has occurred at cities that use the Click2Gov application for payment of utility bills, parking tickets, and related municipal payments.

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09/29/2019

WordPress sites hacked through defunct Rich Reviews plugin

The State of Security

An estimated 16,000 websites are believed to be running a vulnerable and no-longer-maintained WordPress plugin that can be exploited to display pop-up ads and redirect visitors to webpages containing porn, scams, and–worst of all–malware designed to infect users’ computers.

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09/29/2019

MyPayrollHR CEO Arrested, Admits to $70M Fraud

Krebs on Security

Earlier this month, employees at more than 1,000 companies saw one or two paycheck’s worth of funds deducted from their bank accounts after the CEO of their cloud payroll provider absconded with $35 million in payroll and tax deposits from customers.

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09/29/2019

DoorDash data breach exposes 4.9 million users' details

Digital Transactions

DoorDash has confirmed a data breach impacting 4.9 million users including customers, delivery workers and merchants. The food delivery company said that the breach happened on May 4 and that customers who joined after April 5, 2019 are not affected.

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09/24/2019

3 Types of Network Attacks to Watch Out For

The State of Security

Cybersecurity is becoming more of a common tongue term in today’s industry.

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09/24/2019

Cybercriminals are Targeting Healthcare Industry For Lucrative Information to Steal

Chemis Journal

Hackers are generally assumed to be going after bank account numbers or financial institutions.

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09/23/2019

Victims lose $900,000 in national fraud case; two women arrested by Fontana Police

Fontana Herald News

Two women were arrested by Fontana Police Department detectives in connection with a national fraud case in which victims lost about $900,000, police said in a news release on Sept. 20.

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09/22/2019

Before He Spammed You, this Sly Prince Stalked Your Mailbox

Krebs on Security

A reader forwarded what he briefly imagined might be a bold, if potentially costly, innovation on the old Nigerian prince scam that asks for help squirreling away millions in unclaimed fortune: It was sent via the U.S. Postal Service, with a postmarked stamp and everything.

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09/22/2019

The (Mostly) Bad News About Prepaid Cards

The Ascent

Make sure you fully understand the fees before you get a prepaid card, as it might not be your best option.

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09/22/2019

IRS Testing Behavioral Analytics to Verify Online Users

Nextgov

The agency is piloting a proof-of-concept that will track how individual taxpayers interact with its online systems.

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09/20/2019

A Guide on 5 Common LinkedIn Scams

The State of Security

The fact that scammers haunt Facebook and Twitter is not surprising. Even so, digital criminals don’t stop with just those two platforms. They’re also known to stalk users on LinkedIn where connections carry greater professional gravity.

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09/20/2019

Over 12,000 WannaCry Variants Detected in the Wild

The State of Security

Security researchers have determined that over 12,000 variants of the WannaCry ransomware family are preying upon users in the wild.

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09/20/2019

New Account Fraud Creates Friction for Banks

ABA Banking Journal

Banks are getting better at making digital account opening faster, easier and more efficient. But improvements to reduce the friction for customers can also open the door to new ways of gumming up the works with fraud.

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09/20/2019

How to avoid contactless card fraud

Good Houskeeping

You may have noticed recently that you’re having to tap in your pin more often when using your contactless bank card.

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09/20/2019

Helping Hispanics avoid fraud

FTC

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15 - Oct 15) is a time to celebrate the rich culture, heritage, and contributions of Hispanics. It is also a time to reflect on the FTC’s commitment to help Hispanic communities fight fraud.

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09/20/2019

Social Security is not trying to take your benefits

FTC

We’ve seen a new twist on the Social Security Administration (SSA) scam recently. Check out this SSA imposter robocall, which says your benefits will end. (That’s not true, by the way.)

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09/20/2019

Four charged in "massive" credit card cloning scheme

Action News 2

The four suspects are accused of stealing Meijer credit card numbers and encoding them onto gift cards--also known as card cloning. The suspects used the cloned cards to purchase more gift cards or merchandise, according to the investigation. Suspects use a computer or device to code the magnetic strips of the cards.

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09/18/2019

Fed’s proposal for faster payments raises question of fraud

Roll Call

The Federal Reserve’s announcement last month that it would compete with private industry to launch a 24-hour-a-day real-time payment service has fintech experts raising an alarm: How will it handle fraud, which they say is inevitable with any financial system.

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09/16/2019

US Treasury sanctions three North Korean hacking groups

ZDNet

US wants to seize financial assets associated with the Lazarus Group, Bluenoroff, and Andarial.

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09/12/2019

Uber Confirms Account Takeover Vulnerability Found By Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree

Forbes

A security vulnerability has been discovered that could allow attackers to compromise and control any Uber account.

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09/11/2019

BEC Scams Cost Victims $26B over a Three-Year Period, Finds FBI

The State of Security

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) found that business email compromise (BEC) scams cost victims a combined total of $26 billion in losses over a three-year period.

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09/11/2019

NY Payroll Company Vanishes With $35 Million

Krebs on Security

MyPayrollHR, a now defunct cloud-based payroll processing firm based in upstate New York, abruptly ceased operations this past week after stiffing employees at thousands of companies.

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09/10/2019

Patch Tuesday, September 2019 Edition

Krebs on Security

Microsoft today issued security updates to plug some 80 security holes in various flavors of its Windows operating systems and related software.

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09/09/2019

Secret Service Investigates Breach at U.S. Govt IT Contractor

Krebs on Security

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a breach at a Virginia-based government technology contractor that saw access to several of its systems put up for sale in the cybercrime underground, KrebsOnSecurity has learned.

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09/09/2019

Monster.com job applicants info exposed on unprotected server

SC Magazine

Personal details from resumes and CVs from job seekers were exposed after a server belonging to a recruitment company that was a customer of Monster.com and others was left unprotected.

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09/09/2019

Financial fraud targeting college students: How to stop the scam

Alabana Newscenter

“Hey, I can help you earn some quick cash.” To some, those words are an immediate red flag. Surely, this must be a scam. Just say, “No, thanks,” and move on.

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09/09/2019

Fake PayPal Website Distributes New Variant of Nemty Ransomware

The State of Security

Digital attackers created a fake PayPal website to distribute samples of a new variant of the Nemty crypto-ransomware family.

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09/06/2019

Biometrics And Beyond For Call Centers

PYMNTS.com

The latest Call Center Commerce Tracker looks at how call centers are using artificial intelligence (AI) and biometrics to keep customers satisfied and safe, as well as new voice and visual trends.

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09/05/2019

Southwest Airlines Will Add Apple Pay As a Payment Option

Digital Transactions

Southwest Airlines will join the roster of merchants that accept Apple Pay, according to an announcement Wednesday from CellPoint Digital and UATP.

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09/05/2019

Ransomware Attackers Demanded $5.3M from City of New Bedford

The State of Security

Digital criminals demanded $5.3 million in ransom from the City of New Bedford, Massachusetts following a ransomware attack.

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09/05/2019

Hundreds of millions of Facebook users’ phone numbers found lying around on the internet

The State of Security

TechCrunch reports that a security researcher stumbled across an exposed server on the internet containing databases with a total of more than 419 million records related to Facebook users.

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09/03/2019

Ransomware Bites Dental Data Backup Firm

Krebs on Security

PerCSoft, a Wisconsin-based company that manages a remote data backup service relied upon by hundreds of dental offices across the country, is struggling to restore access to client systems after falling victim to a ransomware attack.

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09/03/2019

Why Vietnam Is The Next Payments And Commerce Frontier

PYMNTS.com

Here’s a thought as the unofficial end of summer draws near and a new decade looms: Pay more attention to Vietnam.

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09/03/2019

Criminals Use Voice AI To Steal Money

PYMNTS.com

Cybercriminals impersonated the voice of an energy company’s chief executive and demanded an urgent transfer of $243,000 – and it worked, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

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08/29/2019

Feds ordered Google location dragnet to solve Wisconsin bank robbery

The Verge

On October 13th, 2018, two men walked into a Great Midwest Bank in a suburban strip mall outside Milwaukee. They were the first two customers when the bank opened, barely recognizable behind sunglasses and heavy beards — but it soon became clear what they were after.

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08/27/2019

Cybersecurity Firm Imperva Discloses Breach

Krebs on Security

Imperva, a leading provider of Internet firewall services that help Web sites block malicious cyberattacks, alerted customers on Tuesday that a recent data breach exposed email addresses, scrambled passwords, API keys and SSL certificates for a subset of its firewall users.

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08/26/2019

Adyen Says It’s Ready to Take on the Majority of eBay’s Volume Next Year

Digital Transactions

PayPal Holdings Inc.’s shares dipped slightly late Thursday after a key Adyen N.V. executive told stock analysts that the Amsterdam-based company is “ready” to process “the majority” of eBay Inc.’s volume when eBay shifts to Adyen next year.

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08/26/2019

Visa: New Cyber Threats Require New Fraud Tools

PYMNTS.com

The phenomenon of payments fraud is not a modern one — far from it.

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08/26/2019

How to Stop Spammers From Attacking Your Google Calendar

How-To Geek

Spammers have found a way to add unwanted phishing and scam events to people’s Google Calendars without their permission. Here’s how to stop spammers from adding things to your calendar without your permission.

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08/26/2019

Eye on Cryptocurrency: Libra Backers Getting Cold Feet? Settlement in Alleged Crypto Pyramid Scheme

Digital Transactions

Several backers of Facebook Inc.’s proposed Libra cryptocurrency are having second thoughts because of regulatory pushback, according to a British newspaper report.

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08/26/2019

FBI takes down Nigerian fraudsters in $46M case

ABC News

The relationship between a Japanese woman and a U.S. Army captain stationed in Syria started online, through an international social network for digital pen pals. It grew into an internet romance over 10 months of daily emails.

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08/26/2019

Can Email Change The Payments Game For SMBs?

PYMNTS.com

Poor cash flow is a business killer. Almost half of all businesses fail within the first four years because of poor cash flow management.

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08/26/2019

Trending: FIs Use AI To Challenge Challenger Banks

PYMNTS.com

Legacy banks have their work cut out for them if they want to survive another century as key players in the digital banking world.

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08/26/2019

Hy-Vee customers credit and debit card information sold online

KRCG TV

DES MOINES, IOWA (AP) — An Iowa-based grocery chain says it's aware of reports that hacked customer account information is being sold online.

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08/26/2019

IBM Study Shows Data Breach Costs on the Rise.

The State of Security

For the 14th consecutive year, IBM Security released its annual Data Breach Report that examines the financial impact of data breaches on organizations.

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08/26/2019

Scam Alert: College Scholarship Seekers Beware

Public News Service

RICHMOND, Va. — It's back-to-school season, and parents and grandparents of college students need to take precautions against scholarship scams.

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08/23/2019

Is the American Community Survey legit?

Federal Trade Commission

Here at the FTC, we always tell people to use caution when someone they don’t know asks them for personal information.

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08/23/2019

Survey: 84% of Security Pros Said Their Organizations Struggled to Maintain Security Configurations in the Cloud

The State of Security

Headlines continue to suggest that organizations’ cloud environments make for tantalizing targets for digital attackers.

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08/23/2019

Visa Adds New Security Capabilities to Detect Fraud and Disrupt Threats

The State of Security

Visa unveiled a suite of new security capabilities designed to help detect fraud and disrupt threats targeting financial institutions and merchants.

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08/23/2019

Block newly-registered domains to reduce security threats in your organisation

The State of Security

It’s no secret that there are a lot of websites on the internet hosting malicious content whether they be phishing pages, scams or malware itself.

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08/23/2019

Breach at Hy-Vee Supermarket Chain Tied to Sale of 5M+ Stolen Credit, Debit Cards

Krebs on Security

On Tuesday of this week, one of the more popular underground stores peddling credit and debit card data stolen from hacked merchants announced a blockbuster new sale: More than 5.3 million new accounts belonging to cardholders from 35 U.S. states.

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08/23/2019

IRS Security Checklist #5: Create a Data Theft Recovery Plan

CPA Practice Advisor

Tax professionals are being advised by the IRS that they should report data theft immediately and follow an established process for helping the IRS protect their clients.

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08/23/2019

Robocall Scams Get More Sophisticated and Costly

Yahoo Finance

FCC allows carriers to block suspected robocalls

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08/23/2019

Two-factor authentication for your financial accounts — here’s how secure it really is

Bankrate

Have you ever logged into an online account and then received a text message to confirm it was you actually logging in?

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08/23/2019

Payments and Fraud Control: Good News, Bad News

PaymentsJournal

Earlier this year, AFP (Association of Finance Professionals) published its annual “Payments Fraud and Control Survey,” which looks at trends in business payments fraud and what companies are doing to combat them.

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08/21/2019

Outflanking fraud and fakers: How biometrics can safeguard online account opening

BAI Banking Stratetgies

Thinking of opening a new bank account? If so, chances are the process will be online. The days of going in person to the branch with a handful of paper documents may be all but over. Yet the online experience may not be as fast as you expect—and unlikely to match the ease of interacting with online retailers and other service providers.

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08/21/2019

Lateral Phishing Attacks Rapidly Increasing Via Email Compromise

Health IT Security

Barracuda finds hackers are steadily launching lateral phishing attacks through employee email account compromise to proliferate across the victim’s network and launch further cyberattacks.

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08/21/2019

Concerns Mount Over Banks’ Move To The Cloud

PYMNTS.com

No rest for banks amid the hackers. And certainly not with an outsourced tech model.

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08/21/2019

Forced Password Reset? Check Your Assumptions

Krebs on Security

Almost weekly now I hear from an indignant reader who suspects a data breach at a Web site they frequent that has just asked the reader to reset their password.

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08/19/2019

Psychological Tricks of the Malware Trade

The State of Security

As a Professional Services Consultant, I have the pleasure of traveling all around the globe meeting clients and talking to a wide variety of IT security professionals who form the front line of defence against malware.

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08/19/2019

The Rise of “Bulletproof” Residential Networks

Krebs on Security

Cybercrooks increasingly are anonymizing their malicious traffic by routing it through residential broadband and wireless data connections.

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08/18/2019

Police Recovered $300K Stolen in Spotslyvania Schools Phishing Attack

The State of Security

Police recovered over $300,000 stolen by phishers from Spotslyvania County Public Schools in Spotslyvania County, Virginia.

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08/15/2019

Meet Bluetana, the Scourge of Pump Skimmers

Krebs on Security

“Bluetana,” a new mobile app that looks for Bluetooth-based payment card skimmers hidden inside gas pumps, is helping police and state employees more rapidly and accurately locate compromised fuel stations across the nation, a study released this week suggests.

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08/15/2019

EMVCo Proposes Spec Changes To Accommodate Longer Issuer IDs

Digital Transactions

Payment card standards body EMVCo on Thursday disclosed proposed specifications changes to accommodate the coming of longer numbers on credit and debit cards for identifying the card issuer, changes that could affect merchants using card numbers to identity their loyalty program members in addition to processing protocols.

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08/15/2019

Hy-Vee says it found unauthorized activity on some of its payment systems

Sioux City Journal

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa-based grocery store chain Hy-Vee is warning customers about what it says is a security incident involving payment card systems.

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08/15/2019

Voices Why auditors need to be sent to ‘Fraud School’

Accounting Today

It is a question that always arises in the wake of any high-profile fraud: How could this have happened?

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08/15/2019

More than a million people have their biometric data exposed in massive security breach

The State of Security

A biometrics system used to secure more than 1.5 million locations around the world – including banks, police forces, and defence companies in the United States, UK, India, Japan, and the UAE – has suffered a major data breach, exposing a huge number of records.

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