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How to React to and Report Online Fraud

By |May 15th, 2014|Categories: Tech News|Tags: |

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We spend a lot of time discussing the types of threats that exist online and offering advice on how to avoid becoming the victim of online fraud. Today, I want to briefly discuss the best ways to react to online threats after you become aware of them, because there are a number of organizations offering services out there that are seeking to make the Internet a safer place. All these organizations need, in some circumstances, is information from you.

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Phishing

Phishing is a type of social engineering scam where an attacker attempts to dupe his victims into handing over potentially valuable information. One of the most popular types of phishing attacks comes via email. The attacker crafts an email that would appear to come from a source that is trusted by the recipient. The email may purport to come […]

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Securing Your Credit Card ― Online and in Real Life

By |May 14th, 2014|Categories: Security, Tech News|Tags: |

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With all the news about massive data breaches in the biggest retail chains and the ever-present risk of online fraud, you may be wondering whether or not it is really a good idea to use credit cards at all.  Of course it is! After all, it’s much safer than carrying lots of cash in your pockets, and you have no viable alternatives when buying something online – be it a new smartphone app or a car. So, banking cards are good, despite the possibility of security issues. You just have to make sure your “virtual pockets” are not wide open for a thief’s convenience.

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Selecting a proper card

There is no one-size-fits-all solution on the banking card market. There is AmEx, MasterCard, Visa, UnionPay, plus many local payment systems. There are credit and debit cards, which differ significantly […]

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Top Cybercriminal Prosecutions of April

By |May 14th, 2014|Categories: Security, Tech News, Virus Alerts|Tags: , , |

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It’s time to check up on the progress that has been made by police forces and security experts in finding hackers and cyber-criminals. Here are the top prosecutions of April.

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Russian hacker faces extradition to USA

Russian hacker Vladimir Drinkman, involved in a group of cyber-criminals and arrested in Netherlands almost two years ago, faces extradition requests by the US and Russia. The Local Ministry of justice will decide which country will get the lawbreaker as soon as Drinkman can still appeal on that. Anyway, it seems that the hacker will face several years in prison. Drinkman is accused of hacking more than a dozen retailers, payment processors and financial companies and getting the information of more than 160 million credit- and debit-cards. This case is supposed to be the biggest financial hacker attack in the US for the moment. Investigators […]

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Cybercriminals Just Warming Up for Sochi Olympic Games

By |February 8th, 2014|Categories: Tech News|Tags: , , |

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The World Wide Web is just that—worldwide. It allows multitudes of people from far-flung corners of the earth to come together, a fact that becomes even more apparent during global events. As the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are underway, security concerns are top of mind, and while many athletes and fans are on heightened alert for physical attacks, our increasingly connected world presents new potential for cyberattacks as well.

On February 4th, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), a division of the Department of Homeland Security, issued a web-security advisory to those traveling to Sochi for the Olympics—as well as those watching from the comfort of their couches. Whether in Sochi or at home, there are some ice cold cyber scams that spectators should be on the lookout for.

Olympic travelers—Prepare to be hacked

Due to Russia’s system of lawful interception of all electronic communications, US-CERT […]

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