Cybercrime

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Secret Service warns of scams, disinformation campaigns around spread of coronavirus


"There already is a high level of anxiety over the potential spread of coronavirus," FTC chairman Joe Simons said in a statement. "What we don't need in this situation are companies preying on consumers by promoting products with fraudulent prevention and treatment claims. These warnings are just the first step. We're prepared to take enforcement actions against companies that continue to market this type of scam."

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Clearview AI has billions of our photos. Its entire client list was just stolen


The company claims to have scraped more than 3 billion photos from the internet, including photos from popular social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

The firm garnered controversy in January after a New York Times investigation revealed that Clearview AI's technology allowed law enforcement agencies to use its technology to match photos of unknown faces to people's online images.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

U.S. Charges 4 Chinese Military Officers in 2017 Equifax Hack


KrebsOnSecurity has long maintained that the 2017 breach at Equifax was not the work of financially-motivated identity thieves, as there has been exactly zero evidence to date that anything close to the size of the data cache stolen from that incident has shown up for sale in the cybercrime underground.

However, readers should understand that there are countless other companies with access to SSN, DOB and other information crooks need to apply for credit in your name that get hacked all the time, and that this data on a great many Americans is already for sale across various cybercrime bazaars.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Experian hack exposes 15 million people's personal information


We all know about the Equifax breach of 2017. 

But what about the smaller breach in 2015 of another of the Big Three national credit bureaus, Experian?

 

https://www.theguardian.
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Monday, February 10, 2020

Justice Department indicts four members of China’s military for Equifax hack


After the initial breach was announced on September 7, 2017, law enforcement officials and investigators turned their attention to China’s military. This was due in part to the fact that the Equifax data has never been found for sale on underground internet forums that usually involve the trade in this type of data to criminals who may use it to fraudulently obtain credit or tax return funds. 


By naming Chinese military officials, the Justice Department is finally confirming which nation’s military they suspect was behind the incident, which ultimately led to enormous upheaval at Equifax. The company’s CEO resigned, as well as its head of cybersecurity, Susan Mauldin, and chief information officer Jun Ying. 


Ying would later be sentenced to four months in prison for insider trading on the security incident before it was announced to the public, to profit from the information by $117,000.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

How Can Identity Theft Affect Your FICO Scores?


When a criminal steals your identity, he or she can also steal your good credit score.

https://blog.myfico.
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Thursday, June 6, 2019

12 Million Medical Bills Stolen by Data Thieves: What to Do


Nearly 12 million U.S. residents may have had their credit cards, Social Security numbers compromised, thanks to a data breach at a medical blll-collection agency. It's likely that names, addresses and dates of birth were also part of the breach.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Equifax CEO testifies company took security seriously before its massive breach in response to scathing Senate report


The report also criticizes Equifax for not properly saving records of internal conversations about the breach. Employees used an internal chat service called Read more . . .


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