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  • Grandparent scam

    The Common Scams People Still Fall for All the Time

    Consumer Protection 

    The top site for classified ads in the U.K. conducted a study recently that should send a wave or two to this side of the Atlantic. When it comes to scams, it’s all about the bait. Gumtree found that even with the forethought that a listing was a scam, more than a third of their users would still go ahead with a transaction. As my mother would say … Actually, she’d probably just shake her […]

  • WannaCry

    White House, businesses hit snooze button after Petya, WannaCry wake-up calls

    Data Security Technology 

    WannaCry was a wake-up call. Petya is a wake-up call. Last I checked, wake-up calls were meant to bring about change. After WannaCry, we saw a massive surge in patching around the globe, not to mention a 22-year-old “accidental hero” in the U.K. who helped halt the malicious software. It’s proof that beating the drum continuously to public and corporate institutions about serious cyber defense tactics doesn’t seem to do the trick, and once again […]

  • Airbnb scam

    How to Avoid the Latest Airbnb Scam

    Consumer Protection Technology 

    A friend of mine showed up last night at a place we sometimes meet. He looked like Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale after lobbing a game-ending home run to Aaron Judge of the Yankees. He was supposed to have been on a plane to Italy. I asked him what happened. “We were all set to head out,” he said. “First leg: Rome. But I just canceled our tickets, like, a second ago.” I asked why. “Airbnb […]

  • Ransomware

    Why The Ransomware Plague Is Only Warming Up

    Data Security Cybersecurity 

    Ransomware continues to pose a potent threat to individuals and, increasingly, to companies. What’s worse, all signs point to ransomware attacks escalating the rest of this year and into 2017. How bad is it? Arctic Wolf Networks has measured a 433 percent spike in ransomware attacks over the past year, and the FBI says victims paid up $209 million in the first quarter of 2016, up from $24 million in all of 2015. And that only […]

  • Cyberthieves

    New tools automate cyber criminals’ attempts to take over corporate accounts

    Data Security Cybersecurity 

    Nearly all of the largest organizations throughout the world had their credentials exposed by cyber criminals last year, a new study has found. The study, done by London- and San Francisco-based Digital Shadows, which provides clients with information about their external digital risks, determined that 97 percent of the world’s largest 1,000 organizations had credentials exposed. The credentials are valuable to cyber criminals who “are increasingly turning to credential stuffing tools,” Digital Shadows officials say, […]

  • tax scam

    Here’s How to Make Sure You Don’t Fall for the Latest Tax Scam

    Swiped Identity Theft 

    True or False: The time for IRS-related swindles and scams is behind us — until next tax season. If you’re still reading this, you probably guessed “false.” And yep, it’s sad but true: Those pesky swindlers are still at it. Normally, when summer arrives with its parade of warm days and fewer demands on our attention, there is a quiet month or so when very little happens in the way of IRS-related activities (quarterly payments […]

  • Election hacking

    What We Learned Last Week about the Presidential Election

    Politics 

    The NSA leak about Russian efforts to hack the 2016 presidential election and the testimony of former FBI director James Comey last week revealed something that could become an extinction-level problem for the Trump administration. First, in his public testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, James Comey stated what we already knew to be true. Russia tried to influence American politics, specifically the outcome of a presidential race. That he was not forthcoming with the […]

  • Fake News

    ‘Fake news’ economy is a gold mine for truth hackers, propagandists

    Technology 

    Fake news is the new computer virus. That’s the conclusion I came to when reading a remarkable new report from computer security firm Trend Micro. If you doubt the massive efforts of underground “hackers” to influence you—and the massive cash they can make doing so—flip through the pages of this report. A few years ago, it could have been written about the spam, computer virus or click fraud economies. Today, “news” has been weaponized, both for […]

  • wedding scam

    5 Scary Wedding Scams to Avoid This Season

    Lifehacking Consumer Protection 

    Weddings require many important decisions and the wrong call can mean the difference between an unforgettable wonderful day and a day that makes you angry every time you think about it. The often unreasonably high expectations of families and friends and at least one spouse-to-be only makes matters more fraught. With such a high level of stress, it’s only a matter of luck that mistakes don’t get made. Scam artists are counting on that. There […]

  • VPN

    VPNs prevent marketers, others from cashing in on your browser history

    Data Security Privacy 

    Virtual private networks are back in the spotlight. In March, Congress voted to repeal rules that would have required internet service providers to get customer permission to sell their web-browsing data. ISPs are now free to market valuable customer information, triggering concern among privacy advocates. Detailed behavior profiles created by ISPs could be particularly handy tools for marketers targeting those most vulnerable to predatory sales campaigns, including the poor and tech neophytes. “Further overreaching by […]

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