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Verizon DBIR: Ransomware Incidents Surge, Education a Hot Bed for Data Breaches
zdnet.com
Ransomware incidents have surged 50 percent from a year ago, educational institutions are becoming a playground for cyber espionage, and 68 percent of healthcare security threats are internal, according to Verizon's 2017 Data Breach Incident Report (DBIR).
Ransomware Payout Doesn't Pay Off
darkreading.com
Ransomware, ironically, is a crime based on trust. Victims pay attackers who compromise their data with an expectation it will be returned to them. Unfortunately, a growing number of ransomware targets pay thousands of dollars to get their data back, but receive nothing.
The FTC Won’t Offer to Fix Your Computer
consumer.ftc.gov
"Some cons send pop-up computer warnings to pitch unnecessary – and sometimes harmful – tech support services. Some make phone calls. Others – like one scammer the FTC just sued – send spam emails that falsely claim the FTC hired them to help remove problem software."
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TODAY'S IDENTITY THEFT & SCAM NEWS
Blind Trust in Email Could Cost You Your Home
Friday, April 28, 2017
krebsonsecurity.com
The process of buying or selling a home can be extremely stressful and complex, but imagine the stress that would boil up if — at settlement — your money was wired to scammers in another country instead of to the settlement firm or escrow company. Here’s the story about a phishing email that cost a couple their home and left them scrambling for months to recover hundreds of thousands in cash that went missing.
9 Essential Tools for the Security-Conscious Mobile Worker
Friday, April 28, 2017
cio.com
The highly digitized and hyper-connected world that we live in today has heightened the security stakes for us all. But if work frequently takes you away from the home office, you have some particular security and privacy concerns.
IRS and Immigration Officials Impersonated in Call Center Scam
Friday, April 28, 2017
darkreading.com
With stolen data and a call center based in India, a group of thieves impersonated Internal Revenue Service and US Citizenship and Immigration Services officials to scare money out of US residents.
Owner of Immigration Services Business Headed to Prison for Identity Theft
Friday, April 28, 2017
sacbee.com
The owner of an immigration services business in Gold River has been sentenced to two years in prison for an identity theft scheme that involved filing a fraudulent tax return.
IRS Employee Indicted for Identity Theft
Friday, April 28, 2017
accountingtoday.com
A grand jury in Georgia has indicted an Internal Revenue Service employee for stealing taxpayers’ identities and filing for tax refunds with their names.