2017

July 23, 2017
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No matter how many criminal complaints you read, the expression “JV” always sends chills down your spine. But this line, from a complaint filed April 27 in a California federal court, stands out.

“Petersen stated that he recently received via email from JV#1 a video of JV#1’s younger brother…masturbating in a bathroom. Petersen stated that JV#1 told Petersen he had recorded JV#2 without (his) knowledge. Petersen believes JV#2...

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July 20, 2017
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What happened?

A new ransomware attack created computer chaos worldwide—though primarily in Europe —on June 27. The outbreak, dubbed both GoldenEye and Petya by researchers, is being compared to WannaCry. While antivirus firms and IT departments struggle to get the outbreak under control, there’s still some debate about how it works and how it spreads. But in some ways, the virus is even more powerful, and more nasty, than WannaCry.

The list of victims is...

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July 18, 2017
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The countdown has begun. In less than a year, tough new rules on data protection will come into effect for the European Union. For the first time, companies will be required to notify regulatory authorities, and potentially consumers, in the event of a significant cyber breach.

In elevating the rights of consumers, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) represents a sea change in how companies will have to operate—and...

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July 16, 2017
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Hurricanes. Earthquakes. Wildfires. Mother Nature’s extraordinary powers of destruction leave survivors struggling to put their lives back together.

Many survivors are under tremendous stress and more vulnerable to fraud. Criminals know it. After a natural disaster strikes, there often is an uptick in disaster fraud, charitable solicitations fraud, price gouging and contractor and vendor fraud, according to...

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July 15, 2017
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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 being the only thing you might expect on a list of tax-...

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July 15, 2017
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Parenting a tween, teenager or older? Having a talk about cyber security should be near the top of your to-do list. The old advice of keeping the family computer in the living room to monitor your kids’ internet activity is pointless in the age of everywhere-you-go mobile devices.

Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep your child safe and help them make good digital decisions down the road. The lessons you impart now can protect...

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July 15, 2017
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The DocuSign malware attack that occurred in mid-May is noteworthy because it highlights a go-to tactic popular with cyber criminals at the moment: account takeovers.

Attackers will first steal email data or credentials and then use them to launch highly targeted phishing campaigns. The one-two punch targets anyone with an email address and is becoming increasingly common.

DocuSign confirmed...

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July 14, 2017
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Pet ownership has definite upsides. You get companionship and exercise and the satisfaction of doing a good deed. Plus, people who own pets live longer. Unfortunately, pet ownership can also make you a target for phishers, scammers and identity thieves.

The Vector du Jour

With 65% of U.S. households including pets (and an estimated $60 billion in ...

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July 10, 2017
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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 head.

It doesn’t matter where they...

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July 10, 2017
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Malcolm Nance predicted Russian hackers were trying to influence the course of American politics in his book, The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election.

Since then, the intelligence expert, historian and author has become the lead counter-terrorism expert  for NBC News and MSNBC, analyzing the Russian hacking investigation and related news from the Capitol.

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