How Virtual Phone Numbers Can Help Protect Your Identity

Do you freely give out your phone number when you’re signing up on a shopping website or meeting a new acquaintance? If so, you should know that criminals can use your phone number to commit identity theft. For example, scammers may try to spoof (impersonate) your legitimate phone number to contact your friends and family, [...]

Are College Students Targeted by Identity Thieves?

When it comes to identity theft, young adults are a primary target. Students are four times more likely to be targets of fraud that can go undetected for years compared to other consumers. In fact, 15% of students deal with severe or moderate impacts from fraud, according to a report from Tulane University. Criminals can [...]

How to Dispose Outdated Electronics to Protect Your Identity

Your iPhone is ancient, your laptop is malfunctioning, and your tablet is due for an upgrade. Of course, there comes a time for everyone to toss their old tech and level up to the latest version. But before trashing your old tech, make sure you don’t leave your personal information out there for the taking. [...]

Common Tech Support Scams and How to Avoid Them

These days, we live our lives online. Whether we’re ordering groceries or looking for new shoes, all we need to do is create an account, fill out some basic personal details and log in. But what happens when that account is compromised – or when we think that account is compromised? Maybe you get an [...]

What is Social Media Account Cloning?

When a scammer has the right information, they can easily impersonate you on social media by cloning your account. It’s pretty simple to do when much of the information that scammers need is publicly available on the real person’s profile. Criminals can use cloned social accounts to scam your friends, commit identity theft and even [...]

How Do I Get an IP PIN From the IRS?

As the tax season picks up, scammers are capitalizing on tax schemes to take your money, steal your identity and rob you of your peace of mind. While you can take several important steps to avoid being scammed, such as using an identity theft protection service, the IRS is also providing a new tool for those [...]

How to Avoid and Report Boss Scams

A boss scam is a phishing (email) or smishing (text messages) scam used by hackers. Hackers send fraudulent emails or texts in the boss scam, impersonating your boss or another executive. Information gathered through such scams can then be used for illegal activities and identity theft. The Better Business Bureau has warned the public to [...]

SIM Swapping Attacks on the Rise- Here’s How to Keep Safe

SIM swapping, also called SIM splitting or hijacking, is a technique employed by online fraudsters to gain access to, seize and control a victim's phone number and SIM information. They gain access to the victim’s identity and information through their phone company and use the information to conduct theft and other fraudulent activities online. Recently, [...]

How Important are Phone Software Updates?

As annoying as software updates are on your phone, they are necessary to help protect you. With every update that you get, your phone's performance can improve. On the other hand, ignoring these updates can make your phone slow, hang frequently and be incompatible with different apps and software. It can also make your phone [...]

Can “Buy Now, Pay Later” Apps Be Trusted with My Personal Data?

It may be tempting to look for new ways to manage personal finances. For example, one of the latest credit options is to use a so-called “buy-now, pay-later” app, which can fund your purchase today and act as a digital layaway platform until you can fully repay the debt.  Considering this type of app is [...]

FTC Recognizes Identity Theft Awareness Week

The Federal Trade Commission is commemorating Identity Theft Awareness Week with a series of free events focused on raising awareness and educating consumers about the growing risk of identity theft. The online events also offer advice on recovering and repairing your personal information after Identity Theft occurs. Of course, using an identity theft protection service that [...]

What Are Cookies and Are They Bad?

If you have browsed the internet recently, you know about the cookie notifications that websites are now required to show. These notifications show up due to the General Data Protection Regulation, which was passed as part of the European Data Protection and Privacy Law. With the increased number of websites showing these notifications, you may [...]

What Is Ransomware and How Does It Work?

Ransomware is one of the most common types of cyberattacks. With how vastly the internet has become embedded in our day-to-day lives, cyberattacks such as ransomware can cause costly disruptions. According to the Harvard Business Review, the amount of money paid to ransomware hackers increased by 300% from 2020 to 2021. This is after ransomware [...]

Why K-12 Schools Are Prime Targets for Cybercriminals

Private companies and large government agencies aren’t the only organizations that need to prioritize cybersecurity. Kindergarten through 12th-grade schools are also targeted by cybercriminals with hacks, ransomware, phishing scams, data breaches and more. According to the K-12 Security Information Exchange, last year set a record of cyber incidents in schools, with 408 disclosed incidents. These [...]

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Here Are 4 Cybersecurity Tips to Keep Protected

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the theme for 2021 is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” There’s never been a better time than right now to review the processes you have in place to avoid the latest cybersecurity risks lurking in the corners of our everyday digital lives. The top cybersecurity concerns for consumers regarding their [...]

Scam School: Bad Practices on Social Media Could Put Your Identity at Risk

With the increased global use of social media, there are more opportunities than ever for scammers to steal identities or perpetrate fraud online. It can even put your family at physical risk. For example, did you know that your status updates posted on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and many other social media sites can be used [...]

Back 2 School? Here’s Why Credit Monitoring is a Must-Have for College Students

As U.S. university and college students look to return back to campus this fall, chances are they have plenty on their mind going into the first post-pandemic semester. And perhaps one thing that is way down on their to-do list is to consider how vulnerable their identity is to cybercriminals. Truth be told: cybercrimes against [...]

Cloudstar Remains Compromised Following Ransomware Attack

Cloudstar, one of the title industry's primary cloud providers, remains compromised after a recent ransomware attack disrupted its services. The company also provides services to real estate, legal, insurance, financial services, petrochemical and the oil and gas industries. The Victim of a Ransomware Attack Here’s what happened, according to a notice on the Cloudstar website. [...]

BYOD? Here Are Possible Risks if You Are Bringing Your Own Device to Work

The shift to remote work during the pandemic brought with it a more relaxed approach to how employers view the idea of employees using their own devices. It is likely that as workers begin returning to the workplace, they may be able to keep using their own devices. While there are certainly some pros to [...]

Cybercrime is on the Rise – Here are Some Easy Ways to Protect Yourself

The recent Verizon Data Breach Investigations report shows that global cybercrime is on the rise. It’s a frightening prospect at first glance, but the good news is that the best line of defense may not be as complicated as you think. The Verizon report, which gathers information on 5,358 breaches from around the world, highlights [...]

Account Takeover: What is it and How to Prevent It?

Account takeover is a form of identity theft in which a malicious third party gains access to or “takes over” an online account. In this guide, we define how account takeover happens, how it affects consumers and businesses and what you can do to help protect yourself from it.

What is Credential Stuffing?

Hackers can use different techniques to steal your passwords. One way they can use your stolen personal data is called credential stuffing. Read on to learn more about what credential stuffing entails and how you can help protect yourself. Credential Stuffing Defined Credential stuffing is a type of security breach in which hackers use stolen [...]

What is Shoulder Surfing?

Shoulder surfing is a type of identity theft practice where someone tries to steal confidential information by spying over their target's shoulder. The objective of shoulder surfing is to steal sensitive information such as passwords, credit card numbers or personal identification numbers (PINs) that can later be used to access accounts for financial gain.

Here Are Key Findings from the New FBI Internet Crime Report

This past year, most Americans were focused on the pandemic and dealing with the economic impact and disruptions to their daily life. At the same time, criminals took advantage of new economic programs, a distracted public and an increase in online activity to commit fraud in record numbers. The information released in the FBI 2020 [...]

Here Are the Top 3 Online Scams and How to Avoid Them

The recent Federal Bureau of Investigations Internet Crime Report shows that cybercrime has spiked, leaving hundreds of thousands of victims and costing more than $4 billion. The FBI received a record number of reports last year totaling 791,790, a 69% growth from 2019. Moreover, losses due to internet crime increased by $700 million, growing from [...]

What is Dark Web Monitoring?

Dark web monitoring is a service that scans the dark web for signs that your personal information is being used fraudulently. While the dark web serves many legitimate functions, the anonymity of it also attracts people who are buying and selling illegal goods and services – including stolen personal information. With so many data breaches [...]

Your New Stimulus Check Might Not Be Safe From Cybercriminals

COVID-19 brought on many unexpected consequences, including what some are calling the cyber pandemic. Cybersecurity threats soared to all new highs last year and continue to increase as many professionals move to remote work and Americans increase their online presence in an attempt to social distance. A New Threat Now, cybercriminals have their eye on [...]

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Post a Photo of Your COVID-19 Vaccination Card Online

You may have noticed that nestled in with baby announcements, social-distancing birthday photos and dog snaps, social media posts are now also featuring people celebrating getting their COVID-19 vaccinations. It’s natural that after a year of living under pandemic restrictions people are eager to share their experiences with the shot. One thing you should avoid [...]

Suspected Second Cyberattack Linked to Flaws in SolarWinds Software

News agencies are reporting a possible second data breach using flaws in the SolarWinds software, this time with suspected Chinese hackers infiltrating U.S. payroll agency systems. Sources have disclosed another cybersecurity breach in the SolarWinds software that took place last year, affecting the National Finance Center, a federal payroll agency. Officials fear the breach might [...]

4 Identity Theft Myths to Stop Believing

Identity theft has been around for a long time, and it continues to evolve and adapt with the times. With the variety of scams out there, it’s easy to get bogged down in rumors and half-truths. When it comes to identity theft, you need to avoid believing misinformation and spreading it to others. Here are [...]

Here Are the Top-10 IdentityIQ Topics of the Year

This past year has been unlike any other. As we start a hopefully better 2021, we are taking a look back at the most searched and visited topics on the IdentityIQ blog during 2020. This list clearly shows that consumers are concerned about protecting their identity; paying down debt; learning how credit card debt impacts [...]

Here’s How the Recent SolarWinds Cyberattack on U.S. Agencies and Companies Affects You

Cybersecurity experts are still trying to determine the scale of damage wrought by a recent cyberattack using SolarWinds software on the U.S. government and Fortune 500 companies. The attack aimed at the U.S. Treasury and Commerce departments as well as international companies continued for months until it was discovered by FireEye, a cybersecurity company that [...]

How Oversharing About Your Kids on Social Media Can Lead to Identity Theft

Every day, criminals scour the internet for personal information they can use to commit fraud and identity theft. In this digital age, individuals need to take steps to protect their privacy and information from fraudsters. This is as true for children as it is for adults, as kids can be victims of identity theft well [...]

Report: Russian Hackers Behind Cyberattack at U.S. Treasury and Commerce Departments

The FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency are investigating a cyberattack by Russian-linked hackers that have infiltrated the U.S. Treasury and Commerce departments. The cyberespionage campaign is being described at one of the largest hacks against U.S. government agencies in the last five years. Sources close to the investigation are reporting Russia is behind [...]

Home Depot to Pay $17.5 Million for Data Breach Affecting 40 Million Customers

Home Depot officials have agreed to a $17.5 million settlement for a 2014 data breach that exposed the information of 40 million customers. The home improvement company reached the agreement with the attorney generals of 46 states and the District of Columbia. The settlement stems from a 2014 data breach where hackers were able to [...]

Don’t Let a Phishing Scam Ruin Your Holiday

The holidays no doubt can offer many of us some respite from this chaotic year.  However, the season also creates an opportunistic time for cybercriminals to take advantage of your good cheer and deliver some real damage to your personal finance credentials. Pandemic shopping habits mean more of us are going to be online during [...]

Phishing Attacks Targeting Employee Credentials on the Rise During COVID-19

A recent report by cybersecurity company GreatHorn found that companies experience an average of 1,185 phishing attacks every month. Even though the success rate of these phishing attacks is at a deceivingly low 6%, it means 71 of those are still successful and in need of remediation. The report found that 15% of organizations are [...]

Shopify Data Breach Affects E-Commerce Merchants and Exposes Customer Information

E-commerce company Shopify recently disclosed the discovery of a data breach that affected customer data and transaction details for fewer than 200 merchants who use their platform. Shopify has reported the data breach to law enforcement including the FBI and other international agencies. According to the statement, two rogue employees on the customer support team [...]

Phishing and Malware Attacks Most Common Techniques for Credential Theft

Every day we use our personal information for access to online accounts, smart devices and other resources. This happens so frequently that the sensitivity of credential information can be taken for granted. A recent study by password management company LastPass found that a staggering 61 percent of business users reuse the same passwords for multiple [...]

One of Largest IT Staffing Agencies in U.S. Reports Data Breach

A ransomware attack has exposed the commercial and personal employee data of Artech Information Systems, one of the largest IT staffing agencies in the nation. The data breach occurred Jan. 5 – 8 after a bad actor gained access to company servers through an employee user account, according to Bleeping Computer. Company officials said Social [...]

Former Uber Executive Charged in Data Breach Cover Up

A former Uber executive has been charged with covering up a data breach affecting 57 million app users and drivers. Joe Sullivan, Uber’s former chief security officer, is facing obstruction of justice and other charges stemming from a 2016 data breach. The breach occurred when two men hacked a third-party server to steal the personal [...]

How to Help Protect Your Medical Records from Cybercriminals

Medical records are a prime target for cybercriminals, and data breaches are a frequent occurrence in the health care industry. These records are valuable because they may contain a large variety of personal information, including your name, address, insurance information, Social Security number (SSN) and medical history. Medical records can be used to commit many [...]

Google and Amazon Customers Top List of Brand Phishing Targets

Scammers are now targeting Google and Amazon customers the most frequently with brand phishing attacks, according to a new report. A recent study by security company Check Point found that Google and Amazon customers tie for the most phishing attacks aiming to steal their personal information at 13% of total attacks during the second quarter [...]

FTC Warning of Cryptocurrency Scams After Twitter Hacks

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued a warning on a popular new cryptocurrency scam that tricks victims into sending money. The FTC warning comes after high-profile celebrities’ and national leaders’ Twitter accounts were hacked earlier this month with scammers sending out fake tweets telling followers to send money using the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Victims ranged [...]

Cybercriminals Targeting Healthcare Industry Along with Coronavirus-Related Scams

As headlines focus on coronavirus-related scams, the related healthcare industry also continues to be a top target for cybercriminals. This year alone more than 3 million patient records have been exposed, according to Health It Security. Top 5 Healthcare Data Breaches This Year 1. Health Share of Oregon More than 654,000 patients had their records [...]

Study: More Than Half of Online Users Still Using Same Password for Multiple Accounts

As social life continues to move into the online sphere, it becomes increasingly important to monitor your personal information. The average consumer has more than 27 online accounts and that number approaches 100 for millennials with only a handful of passwords being shared throughout all of them. Given that passwords are the first line of defense to protect personally identifiable [...]

Hacktivist Group Anonymous Attacks Minneapolis Police Department Website, Claims Data Breach

The hacktivist group Anonymous has taken credit for a cyberattack that took down the Minneapolis Police Department website to protest the death of George Floyd while in police custody. Before the cyberattack, hacktivist group members allegedly released a video on Facebook saying they were targeting the police department in order to seek justice for Floyd. [...]

How to Avoid Unemployment Benefits Scams During Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has created astonishing unemployment numbers, with nearly 39 million Americans applying for unemployment benefits since mid-March. States have struggled to keep up with the demand for unemployment benefits, resulting in glitches and long wait times to process applications and receive benefits. This dramatic increase in activity has provided scammers an opportunity to [...]

FBI and Cybersecurity Agency Issue Warning China is Hacking Organizations and Companies Working on COVID-19 Research

The FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have issued a warning that China is attempting to hack the networks of U.S. organizations, pharmaceutical companies and health care professionals working on coronavirus vaccines and research. The federal agencies called research institutions, companies and others working on the COVID-19 response “prime targets” for Chinese cyberattacks. Federal [...]

Zoom Acquires Startup with Encryption Expertise as it Aims to Increase Security During COVID-19 Pandemic

Zoom has acquired Keybase, a social networking service startup with encryption expertise, as part of the videoconferencing service’s plan to increase security during the coronavirus pandemic. Zoom CEO Eric Yuan recently announced the acquisition, calling it “another milestone in Zoom’s 90-day plan to further strengthen the security of our video communications platform.” Zoom did not [...]

Working From Home? Make Sure Your Data is Secure

As many of us are working from home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, now is the time to be especially vigilant when it comes to protecting personal and business data online. Here are three tips to help secure your data. 1. Use a virtual private network (VPN). Securing employee access with a VPN can give [...]

Cyberattack Aimed at U.S. Health Agency Suspected of Trying to Slow Coronavirus Response

Federal officials say the goal of a recent cyberattack on the U.S. Health and Human Services Department was to spread disinformation and disrupt the agency’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The cyberattack aimed to overload the agency’s servers by using automated users, or bots, to create millions of hits over a short period of time [...]

Data Breach Reveals Virgin Media Customers’ Information, Including Requests for Porn

A data breach has exposed more than 900,000 Virgin Media customers’ personal information – including whether they’ve accessed pornography links. Virgin Media officials recently disclosed hackers were able to access customers’ personal information through an unsecured database. An unauthorized user accessed the database at least once after April 2019, officials said. The hackers had access [...]

T-Mobile Hacked in Another Data Breach

T-Mobile has once again been hacked in a data breach. Company officials are alerting customers to a recent data breach that has put their personal information at risk. The newest data breach comes after the company experienced two data breaches in the last two years. T-Mobile reported a data breach exposing personal information of about [...]

‘Shark Tank’ Star Barbara Corcoran Victim of $400,000 Phishing Email Scam

Even a savvy millionaire can fall victim to a phishing email scam as “Shark Tank” judge Barbara Corcoran recently discovered. Corcoran, who has made millions investing, including in real estate, recently said she was the victim of a phishing email scam when her bookkeeper wired $388,700 to a fraudulent bank account in China. She said [...]

MGM Resorts Data Breach Affects More Than 10 Million Guests

More than 10 million guests who’ve stayed at MGM Resorts, including celebrities and high-profile CEOs, have had their personal information hacked in a data breach. MGM officials recently confirmed a data breach that exposed the information of about 10.6 million guests. MGM operates numerous properties in Las Vegas with celebrities such as Justin Bieber and [...]

Hackers Using Coronavirus Fears to Spread Malware

Hackers are launching email and web-based cyberattacks using the growing fears of the coronavirus as clickbait. Security experts have discovered new malware campaigns that are offering the promise of everything from educational content on the coronavirus to conspiracy-theory cures that instead infect devices with the goal of causing damage or stealing data. The campaigns are [...]

Protect Yourself and Your Children from Identity Theft

Remember the last time you were on an airplane and heard, “Should the cabin lose pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead bins. Please place the oxygen mask over your own mouth and nose first before assisting others.” As a mom, that’s somewhat startling to hear because your instinct is to always put your children first and yourself second. [...]

How to Protect Your Identity During Tax Season

Tax season is officially here with Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, Feb. 3 – 7. While it’s important to be on high alert and protect your identity all year long, tax season is an especially vulnerable time. Every tax season, identity thieves run a variety of scams to get their hands on taxpayers’ personal information. [...]

Microsoft Data Breach Exposes 250 Million Customer Records

Microsoft recently announced a data breach affecting one of its customer databases and exposing millions of records, including the personally identifying information (PII) of some customers who may have used Microsoft support since 2005. Between Dec. 5 and Dec. 31, a change made to an internal customer support database’s network security contained misconfigured security rules, [...]

Phishing Attacks Becoming More Sophisticated

Hackers are becoming more and more sophisticated in their phishing email attempts to steal personal and company data. The number of data breaches caused by phishing is increasing with hackers finding their way into a company’s network using phished information such as employees’ stolen credentials, according to a recent report from cybersecurity organization Crowdstrike. In [...]

Equifax to Pay $380.5 Million to Data Breach Victims

A federal court has approved a $380.5 million Equifax settlement to resolve a class-action lawsuit stemming from the credit-reporting firm’s 2017 massive data breach that put almost half the U.S population’s personal information at risk. In the approved agreement, Equifax officials are placing $380.5 million into a fund for consumers affected by the data breach. [...]

Texas School District Loses $2.3 Million in Phishing Email Scam

A Texas school district is out $2.3 million after falling victim to a phishing email scam. The Manor Independent School District recently announced it is working with the Manor Police Department and FBI to track down a scammer who siphoned about $2.3 million from the district after a single employee responded to a phishing email. [...]

Data Breach Hits Parent Company of Joe’s Crab Shack, Claim Jumper, Rainforest Café and More

Landry’s Inc., the parent company of more than 600 restaurants, hotels and casinos, has announced a data breach exposing customers’ card payment information. Company officials reported a hacker accessed and installed malware to their network supporting payment processing, which is used by servers to swipe and charge customer credit cards. They said encryption technology made [...]

6 of the Biggest Data Breaches of the Year

The year 2019 saw thousands of data breaches of all types and sizes. Billions of personal records were exposed, caused by malicious hacks and organizational incompetence. The public has had their payment information stolen, personal data leaked and private messages exposed. Data breaches have been on an upward trend since the early 2000s, and the [...]

Facebook Faces Another Data Breach with 267 Million Users Exposed

Facebook is ending the year with another data breach, this time with 267 million Facebook users’ personal information exposed. The monumental data breach comes after cybersecurity firm Comparitech and researcher Bob Diachenko found a database with the names, phone numbers and Facebook IDs for about 267 million users open on the web. The database was [...]

Canada’s Largest Laboratory Pays Ransom to Retrieve 15 Million Stolen Patient Records

The largest diagnostics and testing services laboratory in Canada, LifeLabs announced they paid hackers an undisclosed ransom to retrieve more than 15 million stolen patients’ records. The laboratory was breached last month with hackers removing patient data and requiring a ransom in order for the company to regain the records. Personal information taken in the [...]

Pennsylvania Attorney General Reaches $110,000 Data Breach Settlement with Orbitz and Expedia

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced a $110,000 settlement with the traveling websites Orbtiz and Expedia after a data breach that put the credit card information of almost 21,000 state residents at risk. Shapiro lead an investigation into the data breach that discovered a hacker was able to add malware to steal credit card payment [...]

California Water District Data Breach Exposes Credit Card Information

In Southern California, the Cucamonga Valley Water District is informing customers of a data breach that might have put their credit card information at risk. Water district officials said a server operated by outside vendor Central Square, which the water district uses to collect one-time credit card payments, was breached by an unauthorized third party [...]

Why Local Governments Are Vulnerable to Ransomware Attacks

The highest profile data breaches and cyberattacks often involve big businesses with millions of customers. But private companies aren’t the only organizations that are vulnerable to cybercrime – local governments are also popular targets for criminals. According to Verizon’s 2019 Data Breach Investigation, 16% of all 2018 data breaches involved public sector entities including state [...]

SMS Database Leaves Millions of Text Messages with Personal Info Exposed

SMS communications company TrueDialog left millions of text messages exposed and unprotected in an online database that security researchers discovered last month, according to reports. TrueDialog is a communications company that enables clients, including private businesses and universities, to send text messages to customers, students and other individuals. The service allows message recipients to respond [...]

On the Border Restaurant Data Breach Affects 28 States

The Mexican food chain restaurant On the Border has announced a data breach that put customers’ payment information at risk in 28 states. On the Border officials said the breach, discovered by the company on Nov. 14, exposed customers’ personal information, including their names, credit card numbers and credit card verification codes. The breach came [...]

T-Mobile Data Breach Allows Hackers to Access Customers’ Personal Information

Wireless carrier T-Mobile recently discovered a data breach that allowed hackers to access the personal information of more than one million customers, the company recently announced. The breach exposed the personal data of customers with prepaid wireless accounts in which they paid a predetermined fee ahead of time for their wireless usage. According to T-Mobile, [...]

Capital One Cybersecurity Chief Out After Data Breach

The head of cybersecurity at Capital One has been removed following this summer’s data breach that exposed the personal information of more than 100 million customers. Michael Johnson has transitioned from Capital One’s chief information security officer to a new role as senior vice president and special advisor for cybersecurity, according to the company. The [...]

Recent Data Breaches Involve Instagram, DoorDash, Uber and Other Smartphone Apps

With all the recent data breaches involving smartphone apps, here is a compilation of breaches that might have put your personally identifiable information at risk: A white-hat ethical hacker reported an Instagram vulnerability in the login form and Sync Contacts feature that puts user accounts at risk. The flaw allowed a hacker to create fraudulent [...]

U.S. Officials Living Abroad Targeted in Hack Using WhatsApp

Top U.S. government officials have been targeted by hackers through Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging application. An internal investigation by WhatsApp found numerous U.S. officials in at least 20 countries have become victims of data breaches through hacking software through the app. The hackers allegedly took control of users’ smartphones in order to access data. The investigation [...]

7-Eleven Customer Data Exposed in App Security Breach

The 7-Eleven Fuel app suffered a data breach in Australia last week that exposed users’ personal details. The app uses customer location and pricing data to help drivers find the best gas prices at local 7-Elevens, and lock in the low prices by prepaying. A customer reported the breach to 7-Eleven when he discovered he [...]

What is Synthetic Identity Theft?

Protect yourself and your family Identity thieves and fraudsters consistently innovate and adapt to new security measures when it comes to their crimes. One of the more modern cons, known as synthetic identity theft, is high on the list of concerns for legislators and financial institutions alike. Any demographic could be vulnerable to this form [...]

The Origins and History of the Dark Web

Accessing the Dark Web? You’ll need Tor For anyone to access the dark web, a special type of software and web browser is required. The most well-known and frequently-used software is the Tor browser, which stands for The Onion Router. Tor protects the anonymity of its users by using multiple layers of encryption. Keep in [...]

New Malware Zombie Attack Targets Windows Users

A new zombie attack is preying on Windows users in an attempt to take over their machines, according to researchers. Microsoft security researchers recently reported a new malware campaign, called Nodersok, that aims to disable Windows Updates and Windows Defender and turn the victimized device into a “zombie” proxy. The Nodersok infection begins with a [...]

Credit Freeze vs. Credit Lock: Differences Along with Pros & Cons

Credit Freeze vs. Credit Lock: What’s the Difference? Credit freezes and credit locks are often confused for one another since they protect consumers’ credit files from fraud in similar ways. They are, however, two different actions. As more people take preventative measures to protect their identity, it’s important to know how each of these actions [...]

Words with Friends Publisher Zynga Reports Data Breach

Do you play Words with Friends? If so, your personal information might be at risk. Mobile game publisher Zynga has reported a data breach affecting more than 218 million Words with Friends players. Company officials said a hacker was able to access players’ names, email addresses, phone numbers, login IDs, Facebook IDs, and account IDs. [...]

What is Email Spoofing? Definition & Protection Tips

When people hear the term “spoof” they often think of a humorous parody of a song, movie, or real situation. It’s all about imitation — just like it is in the context of cybersecurity. But when it comes to cybersecurity, the imitation isn’t about humor or entertainment. In this context, spoofing refers to the malware [...]

DoorDash Data Breach Compromises About 4.9 Million

The food delivery service DoorDash has announced a data breach affecting about 4.9 million consumers, merchants, and drivers. DoorDash officials said the data breach occurred when an unauthorized user was able to access information such as consumers’ names, order histories, phone numbers, and the last four digits of credit card numbers along with partial numbers [...]

White-Hat Hacker Finds Instagram Data Breach Put Personal Info at Risk

A white-hat ethical hacker recently found an Instagram vulnerability that might have exposed users’ personal information. Hacker @ZHacker13  found the vulnerability in Instagram’s login form and Sync Contacts feature. The hacker was able to put in phone numbers that the platform validated as linked to active accounts. New fraudulent accounts were set up using the [...]

Health Records of About 169 Million People Exposed in Data Breaches in Last Decade

During the last 10 years more than 169 million people in the United States have had their health records exposed, according to a new study. The study, published in the “Annals of Internal Medicine,” found that about 150 million people had their Social Security numbers, drivers’ license numbers, and dates of birth compromised through data [...]

The Deep Web vs. the Dark Web: What’s the Difference?

As the dark web has become a more common topic of discussion, the term "deep web" is often used synonymously with dark web — but there is a significant difference between the two. Read on to learn about the difference between the deep web and the dark web: What is the deep web? Deep web [...]

Ecuadorian Company Head Arrested After Leaving Personal Records of Almost Entire Country’s Population Exposed

The head of an Ecuadorian data analytics firm has been arrested after leaving the personal and financial information of almost the entire country’s population unprotected online. William Roberto Garces, general manager of Novaestrat, was arrested as part of an investigation into allegations his company left a server with the personal records of about 20.8 million [...]

Watch Out for This Google Calendar Phishing Scam

Email and phone phishing scams are commonplace in the modern age. Their goal is to trick you into providing personal information, such as bank account numbers or personally identifying data, that can be used to commit fraud or identify theft. But thanks to spam filters and call screening, many phishing scams now go ignored. However, [...]

Google’s YouTube to Limit Data Collection and Ads Targeting Children After $170 Million in Fines

The global video-sharing site YouTube has agreed to pay $170 million in fines for violating children’s privacy laws. YouTube, owned by Google, will pay the U.S. Federal Trade and Commission $136 million along with $34 million to New York state for violating the 1998 Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, by not receiving parental [...]

Report: More than Half of Social Media Login Attempts are Fraud

Scammers make up more than half of login attempts on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, according to a new report. A new fraud and abuse report by Arkose Labs found that 53% of logins along with 25% of new account signups on social media are by scammers. Most of the fraudulent [...]

Instagram Accounts at Risk with New Phishing Scam Using False 2-Factor Authentication

A new phishing scam is using false two-factor authentication to take over Instagram accounts. The scam, recently discovered by researchers, starts with emails stating the recipients have had a login attempt into their Instagram accounts. The email states if the recipients did not attempt to log into their accounts they need to log in and [...]

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