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In An Evil Internet Minute, $858,153 Is Lost To Cybercrime, Reveals RiskIQ

July 19, 2017

With cybercriminals costing the global economy $454 billion last year alone1, digital threat management leader RiskIQ has examined the growing volume of malicious activity on the internet to reveal the inaugural ‘Evil Internet Minute.’

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FBI Releases Article On Privacy Risks Associated With Internet-Connected Children’s Toys

July 17, 2017

The FBI has released an article on the privacy risks associated with Internet-connected children's toys. FBI warns that Internet-connected toys may contain "sensors, microphones, cameras, data storage components, and other multimedia capabilities – including speech recognition and GPS options" that may put the privacy and safety of children at risk due to the disclosure of personal information.

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FTC Releases Alert On Digital Security While Traveling

July 17, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an alert on ensuring good digital security while traveling. Security recommendations include using caution while accessing free Wi-Fi hotspots, keeping all software updated, and using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).     US-CERT encourages users to refer to the FTC Alert and the US-CERT Tip on Cybersecurity for Electronic Devices for more information.    

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IRS Launches ‘Don’t Take The Bait’ Series

July 7, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service will be launching a new educational series called "Don't Take the Bait" on July 11, 2017. As part of the "Protect Your Clients, Protect Yourself" campaign, this series will provide information about phishing scams targeting tax professionals and their clients.

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FTC Releases Alert On Charity Scams

July 7, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission has released an alert on charity scams. Recent acts of fraud include solicitations from scammers requesting payment to claim a sweepstakes prize. Anytime someone asks you to pay to obtain a prize, it is a scam.

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IRS Warns of Summertime Scams

June 26, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released an alert warning of various types of scams targeting taxpayers this summer. The alert describes common features of these cyber crimes, including: robocalls, private debt collection, and scams that target taxpayers with limited English proficiency.

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FTC Releases Alert on Tech-Support Scams

June 24, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an alert on technical-support scams. In these schemes, deceptive tech-support operations offer to fix problems that don't exist, placing calls or sending pop-ups to make people think their computers are infected with viruses. Users should not give control of their computers to any stranger offering to fix problems.

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IC3 Issues Internet Crime Report for 2016

June 22, 2017

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released its 2016 Internet Crime Report, describing the numbers and types of cyber crimes reported to IC3. Business Email Compromise (BEC), ransomware attacks, tech support fraud, and extortion are all common schemes affecting people in the U.S. and around the world. US-CERT encourages users to review the 2016 Internet

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FTC Releases Alert on Identity Theft

June 2, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission has released an alert about how quickly criminals begin using your personal information once it is posted to a hacker site by an identity thief. FTC researchers found that it can take as few as 9 minutes for crooks to access stolen personal information posted to hacker sites. To prevent identity theft, a user should follow password security best practices, such as multi-factor authentication, which requires a user to simultaneously present multiple pieces of information to verify their identity.

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SEI Issues Advice on Ransomware

June 2, 2017

The Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University has released a blog post on best practices for preventing and responding to ransomware. This common malware captures, encrypts, and holds your data to extort a ransom. SEI’s top recommendation to thwart ransomware attacks is to back up your important files regularly.

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