2017

September 11, 2017
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Tax identity theft and related fraud are putting high net worth individuals, executives and other business professionals at great risk. With more than $4 billion in potential damage tallied through fraudulent returns in 2016 alone, tax identity theft is a serious problem affluent families and corporate leaders must confront in order to avoid life disrupting events.

Why scammers continue to thrive

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September 11, 2017
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By now you've heard the bad news: Equifax, one of three major consumer credit reporting agencies, reported a breach that potentially exposes the sensitive data—including driver's licenses and Social Security numbers—of 143 million American consumers.

Breaches unfortunately have become a daily occurrence, but this is a massive event. The takeaway? You need to prepare and take action now to protect your good name and credit.

Follow these steps from our experts at CyberScout:...

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September 7, 2017
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You’ve seen the dramatic footage of rescues and calamities, shots of stranded families, pets, and wildlife—even giant carp—and you’ve probably had the same reaction many other Americans had the past few weeks: “How can I help?”

There are myriad ways you can ease the suffering and hardship being experienced in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, but there are also a number of pitfalls to watch out for.

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September 4, 2017
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Data compromises and the identity-related crimes that flow from them are now the third certainty in life, right behind death and taxes. That said, there is plenty you can do to stay as crime-proof as possible.

According to Risk Based Security, more than 4.2 billion records were compromised worldwide in 2016 alone....

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September 1, 2017
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With the announcement of Verizon Up, a new wireless rewards program that provides users with customer incentives, first-dibs opportunities on things like VIP tickets and other exclusive deals, we thought it was time to review how reward marketing plans work.

First, the good news: Verizon Up is free!

Like their intrusive cousin the loyalty program, reward-based marketing schemes usually...

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August 26, 2017
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The only reason you have not yet been the victim of an identity-related crime (and that includes credit card fraud) is that no one practiced in the art has had the opportunity to separate you from your available credit, health care, or other bankable soft assets—yet.

The figures on data compromises vary, but ...

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August 17, 2017
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When Apple announced a serious hardware flaw last week, and the critical security patch that addressed it, my first thought was perhaps arbitrary: “That exploit would work at the gym.” My next thought: what else would?

The discovery of a zero-day exploit affecting hardware—specifically a WiFi chip embedded in the main processors of Apple...

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August 16, 2017
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In Arizona they emailed a staff member a link to download malicious software.

In Illinois they attacked a vendor's software because it was connected to its network.

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August 16, 2017
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Following on the heels of the two globe-spanning ransomware worms, the HBO hack—with its distinctive blackmail component—rounds out a summer of extortion-fueled hacks and destruction and theft of valuable data at an unprecedented scale.

WannaCry and Petya raced around the planet demanding ransoms after locking up servers at hundreds of organizations. The HBO hackers pilfered 1.5 terabytes of intellectual property and business...

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August 16, 2017
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A California mom is suing Disney and some of its software partners for allegedly collecting personal information about her kids through mobile phone game apps.

This case hinges on a novel legal argument that I’m going to watch with great interest; an “Intrusion Upon Seclusion” claim that I hadn’t seen before in this kind of case. If the mom—and potentially others, if class-action status is granted—succeeds at winning such a ...

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