Browsing Category: Social Engineering

Data Breaches Increase ID Theft Chances 4X

Individual [img_assist|nid=1443|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=115|height=115]data compromised in a data breach is four times more likely to be used for identity theft finds Javelin Research in a multi-year study. Another key finding cited: Most consumers do not see the link between breaches and identity theft. “[D]espite 19.5 percent of breach victims
suffering some kind of fraud in the past year, only 2 percent attribute
their fraud to the breach.” Read the full article. [Dark Reading]

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Voters Test New Crytographic Voting System in Maryland

The[img_assist|nid=1529|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=115|height=115] state of Maryland tested a new cryptographic voting system on Election day that allowed users to confirm their votes online, as well as allow anyone to independently audit the system. Scantegrity is an optical-scan, open-source system that uses a combination of paper ballots and unique cryptographic codes inside the ballots. It was designed by David Chaum and researchers from MIT, Univ. of Maryland, George Washington Univ., the Univ. of Ottawa, and the Univ. of Waterloo. Read the full article. [Wired]

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Southern California Man Gets 11 Years in Slammer for ID Theft Ring

Martin Quoc Pham, 28, of Garden Grove was sentenced by a judge to 11 [img_assist|nid=1443|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=115|height=115]years in Federal prison for spearheading an identity theft ring targeting home equity lines. The compromised accounts of JP Morgan Chase customers were fraudulently accessed and lines of credit were stolen including nearly $1 million that was transferred to accounts controlled by the ring.

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US-CERT Warns About Free BlackBerry Spyware App

The U.S. C[img_assist|nid=1138|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=120|height=186]omputer Emergency Readiness Team warned BlackBerry users on Tuesday about a new program called PhoneSnoop that allows someone to remotely eavesdrop on phone conversations.The PhoneSnoop application must be installed on the phone by someone who has physical access to it or by tricking the user into downloading it, the CERT advisory said. Read the full story [CNET/Elinor Mills]

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Eugene Kaspersky: My Thoughts on Internet Anonymity

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[img_assist|nid=597|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=115|height=115]Guest editorial by Eugene KasperskyThere seems to be quite a loud
response to what I thought was a rather simple idea. In this post, I am
going to go over the main points – somewhere when I have more time I’ll
share my ideas in detail so people could see exactly what I am
proposing.

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Google Voice Mails Found In Public Search Engine

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Google Voice Mails have been discovered in Google’s search engine, providing audio files, names, and phone [img_assist|nid=512|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=115|height=115]number as if you were logged in and checking your own voice mail. Some appear to be test messages, while others are clearly not.

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Study: Only 4% of Corporate IT Users Stick to Password Rules

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Just 4% of users of corporate systems abide by IT security policies, even when that system handles very sensitive private information according to an academic survey [pdf] that has revealed humans to be the main flaw in any security system.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and  IT University, Copenhagen found that just 4% of the people surveyed obey best practice rules for passwords. The rest use the same passwords for different systems or use words that appear in the dictionary or write their passwords down on post-it notes beside the computer.  Read the full story [out-law.com]

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Citing Cybercrime, FBI Director Doesn’t Bank Online

The head of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has stopped banking online after nearly falling for a phishing attempt. FBI Director Robert Mueller said he recently came “just a few clicks away from falling into a classic Internet phishing scam” after receiving an e-mail that appeared to be from his bank.
“It looked pretty legitimate,” Mueller said Wednesday in a speech at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club. “They had mimicked the e-mails that the bank would ordinarily send out to its customers; they’d mimicked them very well.”  Read the full story [IDG News Service/Robert McMillan]

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BlackBerry, Other Smartphone Users Easy Spy Targets

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iPhone lovers and other smartphone users should take heed: A security researcher showed ways to spy on a BlackBerry user during a presentation Wednesday, including listening to phone conversations, stealing contact lists, reading text messages, taking and viewing photos and figuring out the handset’s location via GPS. Read the full story [IDG News Service/Dan Nystedt]

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