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FBI Releases Article On Digital Defense Against ID Theft

May 16, 2018

The FBI has released an article on building a digital defense against identify theft. FBI explains that the growing number of data breaches put more people at risk of becoming a victim of identity theft. However, implementing basic security practices can help users minimize their risk.

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Be Prepared! Staying Safe In The Age Of Cyber Crime

May 11, 2018

Cyber crime is at the forefront of headlines and horror stories about identity theft, fraud, and data breaches. As technology changes, so do the methods of criminals and scam artists.

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FTC Releases Alert On Exposed Twitter Passwords

May 8, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission has issued guidance for Twitter users on changing their passwords. Users should change their Twitter passwords as well as any other accounts that use the same password.

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FBI Releases IC3 2017 Internet Crime Report

May 8, 2018

FBI has released the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) 2017 Internet Crime Report, which highlights scams trending online. The top three crime types reported by victims in 2017 were non-payment/non-delivery, personal data breach, and phishing. Hot topics for 2017 include ransomware, business email compromise, and tech support fraud.

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Russian Malicious Cyber Activity

April 16, 2018

The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre released a joint Technical Alert about malicious cyber activity carried out by the Russian Government.

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FTC asking for access to your computer? It’s a scam.

April 10, 2018

Scammers pretending to be with the FTC or with FTC refund administrators are calling, asking for remote access to your computer. Their goal is to make you think you are moments away from getting money that’s owed to you – and, to get the money, all you need to do is allow them to connect to your computer. It’s a scam.

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FTC-IRS Initiative Aims To Make It Easier For Consumers To Report Tax-Related Identity Theft

April 10, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission and the Internal Revenue Service are teaming up to make it easier for consumers to report tax-related identity theft and to receive assistance to help recover. The IRS will now allow consumers to report identity theft to the IRS electronically through the FTC’s IdentityTheft.gov website.

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Ongoing Threat Of Ransomware

April 10, 2018

NCCIC has observed an increase in ransomware attacks across the world. Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware, designed to deny access to a computer system or data until a ransom is paid. Ransomware typically spreads through phishing emails or by unknowingly visiting an infected website. Ransomware can be devastating to an individual

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FTC Releases Alert On Tax Identity Theft

April 4, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission and the Internal Revenue Service are offering consumers a new way to report tax-related identity theft to the IRS online. Tax-related identity theft happens when someone steals your Social Security number to file a tax return and claims your refund. To report such a theft, go to IdentityTheft.gov.

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Tax Guidance As Deadline Approaches

March 31, 2018

As this year's April 17 tax deadline approaches, NCCIC/US-CERT offers taxpayers guidance to help protect their personal, financial, and tax information. Hackers can take advantage of taxpayers by using social engineering scams to attempt to steal personally identifiable information.

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