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March 16, 2018
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The New York Times reported this week on a hacking attempt at a petrochemical plant in Saudi Arabia last August that sought to physically sabotage the facilities and trigger an explosion. This represents a potentially alarming new trend in cyber attacks where the goal isn’t to steal information or gain control of a system, but rather to cause actual damage to people and property.

Utilizing hacking as a means of industrial sabotage isn’t necessarily new; the...

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March 12, 2018
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For many people, knowing a tax refund is on the way can be a big relief, an exciting treat, or both. And the sooner the refund arrives the better.

For victims of tax identity theft, however, the wait can drag on for almost a year. Not to mention they may have to deal with a lot of red tape to get what’s rightfully theirs. That’s why it’s critical to understand:

How tax-related identity theft works How to reduce chances of becoming a victim What to do, if you do become a victim

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March 1, 2018
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The data breach archive site HaveIBeenPwned.com just added records from 2,844 data breaches, providing users with one of the most up-to-date resources to check the security of their accounts. The site, operated and updated by Troy Hunt, allows visitors to enter either an email address or a login name check if there information has been compromised in any of the breaches in the site’s database.

As Hunt stated on his personal...

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December 12, 2017
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You open your monthly credit card statement and receive a shock: Someone is enjoying a big screen TV purchased with your card, and it’s not you.

You've just been hit with credit card fraud, a rampant form of theft responsible for nearly one-third of all identity theft complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). When criminals use stolen credit card information online or by phone—instead of in person at a store—it’s called card-not-present...

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December 11, 2017
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As consumers step up their online shopping leading up to the holidays, it’s a prime time of the year for identity theft. While you are busy snagging hot deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, thieves are phishing for your information.

Don’t let an identity thief take the jingle out of your holiday. Follow these 12 tips to keep your financial information secure during the holiday season.

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November 27, 2017
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It should come as no surprise that small and medium-sized businesses are often more vulnerable to cyber attacks than large corporations. These businesses not only suffer from a lack of resources to protect themselves against cyber threats, but they also suffer from a lack of awareness that they could be targets of cyber criminals in the first place. More often than not, SMBs are more concerned with making payroll and getting their taxes filed versus implementing...

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November 27, 2017
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It's hard to imagine a worse response to a data breach than Uber's: The ride-hailing company recently announced that in 2016 the company had a massive data breach in which the personal information of about 57 million users and drivers was exposed—and the company kept the data breach a secret and paid a $100,000 ransom. 

"This is not what you do as a...

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November 6, 2017
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Cyber Monday and Black Friday are right around the corner, and sales are expected to reach more than $682 billion, a 4 percent increase from last year.

The unfortunate reality is that scammers, too, are hoping to cash in on all the action. For the past three years, malware infections jumped by 99 percent from Black Friday to Christmas.

This potential fraud affects businesses small and large...

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November 6, 2017
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Imagine this scenario: Your college-bound child applies for a car loan or credit card, but is turned down because of thousands of dollars in unpaid debt. Identity theft has struck again, and the resulting poor credit record will affect your child’s financial well-being for years.

Identity theft claims more than 15 million people in the United States, but it’s not just a problem for adults. Roughly 4 percent of identity theft...

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November 3, 2017
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In the wake of the Equifax breach, many consumers are still unprepared for fraud and searching for identity theft protection—a challenging endeavor considering the many options available.

To meet demand, CyberScout has created CyberScout HQ, an online...

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