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Bitcoin Scams: Beware of Crooks Trying to Steal Your Cryptocurrency With These Schemes zdnet.com Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the rising price and popularity of Bitcoin to try to steal the currency and distribute malware. The cryptocurrency has become invaluable to cybercriminals who exploit its anonymous, decentralised nature as a tool for demanding ransomware payments and laundering various other ill-gotten gains. This month social media Bitcoin scams have reached a new high, with over 125 million malicious links across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram designed to attack victims and extort Bitcoin.
How Many Dossiers Do Corporations Have on You? at Least 78 — That You Can See bobsullivan.net Most folks don’t know there are dozens of other credit reports maintained by a handful of low-profile companies. These track everything from your check-writing habits to your health insurance claims. Mistakes on these other credit reports can be just as financially painful. Consumers have the right to see what’s in these reports too, but that right is useless to consumers who’ve never heard of the companies involved. That’s why American consumers should know a lot more about what are called “specialty credit reports” in the industry.
Maine Job Match Service Hit With Data Breach mainebiz.biz The vendor of a web-based job link service used by Maine and at least nine other states reported Tuesday it had been the victim of a malicious data breach. A release posted on the MDOL's website reported that America's JobLink, a multi-state web-based system that links job seekers with employers, has been the victim of a hacking incident from a "malicious third party 'hacker.'" The hacker exploited a "vulnerability in the AJL application code to view the names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth of job seekers in the AJL systems of up to 10 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Oklahoma and Vermont," according to the release.
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Aviation Phishing Scams Friday, March 24, 2017 us-cert.gov US-CERT has received reports of email-based phishing campaigns targeting airline consumers. Systems infected through phishing campaigns act as an entry point for attackers to gain access to sensitive business or personal information.
PBSO Deputy Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges in Identity Theft Scam Friday, March 24, 2017 palmbeachpost.com A Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy, who in December was named officer of the year for the Delray district, on Thursday pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges, admitting he used his access to law enforcement databases to propel an identity theft scheme.
New Details on Massive Vermont Data Breach Friday, March 24, 2017 wcax.com Gov. Phil Scott says state leaders initially thought hackers only had the opportunity to snatch one year's worth of account data. Turns out the culprits could have their hands on 14 years' worth. "This is appalling and I know this will be incredibly burdensome to the tens of thousands of Vermonters who are impacted," said Scott, R-Vermont. The governor says he's disappointed by how long it took the third-party contractor that runs the site to notify them of the breach and its possible extent.
FCC Cracks Down on Annoying Robocalls Friday, March 24, 2017 nbcnews.com You might get interrupted a little less during dinner by annoying "robocalls" thanks to a new FCC proposal that passed today. "Robocall" telemarketers use machines armed with a list of phone numbers and pre-recorded pitch messages. Basically they spam you over your home telephone lines. One way the groups making the calls avoid detection and get around consumer call blockers is to disguise their where they're calling from using "spoofed" phone numbers.