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Archives for July 2017

Trump Vote Fraud Commission Hopelessly Divided

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Today’s Fraud News from around the world: Trump Vote Fraud Commission Hopelessly Divided: At the commission's first meeting, Pence barely mentioned fraud or put it forward as one of the panel's key tasks. Instead, he touted a bipartisan effort …: Google Alert – Fraud BREAKING: Cristiano Ronaldo arrives in court over tax fraud allegations: Cristian Ronaldo […]




Techniques for dealing with ransomware, business e-mail compromise and spearphishing

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Phishing, spearphishing, CEO fraud/business e-mail compromise (BEC) and ransomware represent a group of critical security threats that virtually every organisation will encounter at some point – and most already have. While phishing actually started in the 1995-1996 While phishing actually started in the 1995-1996 timeframe, it became a much more serious problem in the mid-2000s. […]




Angelina Jolie Says Child Casting Story Is False, Upsetting

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angelina Jolie says accounts of her casting process for children to appear in her film “First They Killed My Father” are false and upsetting. An excerpt from a Vanity Fair profile of the director sparked backlash online earlier this week from people who criticized the methods as being cruel and exploitative. […]




British expat sentenced for wire-fraud scheme; Davis co-defendant pleads guilty

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Today’s Fraud News from around the world: British expat sentenced for wire-fraud scheme; Davis co-defendant pleads guilty: A British man was sentenced to nine years in federal prison for wire fraud and money laundering in a case in which one of his four co-defendants …: Google Alert – Fraud As Venezuelan election nears, more upheaval and […]




The Lazy Habits of Phishing Attackers

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Most hackers who phish accounts do little to hide their tracks or even mine all of the data they can from phished accounts, mostly because they can afford to be lazy. The next time a crisis communication manager states that their organization suffered from a “highly sophisticated” attack, someone may want to cross-check that with […]




The Lazy Habits of Phishing Attackers

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Most hackers who phish accounts do little to hide their tracks or even mine all of the data they can from phished accounts, mostly because they can afford to be lazy. The next time a crisis communication manager states that their organization suffered from a “highly sophisticated” attack, someone may want to cross-check that with […]




Was a Musician Deported for Attacking a Los Angeles Street Vendor?

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CLAIM A musician was deported to Argentina after he was caught on video knocking over a vendor’s cart on a Los Angeles street. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN In July 2017, just after footage of an altercation between a musician and a street vendor in Los Angeles went viral, generating outrage and a discussion about the […]




IRS warns about spear phishing

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Randy Hutchinson(Photo: Submitted)   Spear phishing is not a sport. It’s a scam and the IRS has issued an alert to tax professionals to be wary of it. Their clients may be the ultimate victims. Kaspersky Lab, a global cybersecurity company, defines spear phishing as “an email or electronic communications scam targeted towards a specific […]




Bridge Security, Hot Truck Investigation, Synthetic Identity Fraud, and More

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Today’s Fraud News from around the world: Bridge Security, Hot Truck Investigation, Synthetic Identity Fraud, and More: Another GAO report assessed synthetic identify fraud, a growing trend where criminals combine real and/or fictitious personal identifying information to …: Google Alert – Fraud Director of Data Science, Fraud: As a key member of the HBC Customer Loyalty, […]




Li Ching-Yuen: 256-Year-Old Man?

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CLAIM A Chinese man named Li Ching-Yuen lived to be 256 years old. UNPROVEN RATING UNPROVEN ORIGIN Man’s fascination with the concept of longevity beyond the 70 or80 years of the typical human lifespan is documented in a variety of writings, myths and legends stretching back thousands of years. The ancient Greek historian Herodotus, for […]




Tech, not people, will help stop phishing attacks

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Karla Burnett, a security engineer with Stripe. Corporate cyberdefenses that rely on training workers to recognize and not click on malicious emails are destined to failure and must be replaced with technology, said security engineer at Black Hat 2017. Karla Burnett, a security engineer with Stripe, told the large crowd at her ichthyology: Phishing as […]




Bill addressing mail ballot fraud could prove costly

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Today’s Fraud News from around the world: Bill addressing mail ballot fraud could prove costly: The Texas Legislature's move to discourage mail ballot fraud, while well intentioned, could prove costly for Bexar County taxpayers. There were no …: Google Alert – Fraud Idaho Reviewing New Request From Voter Fraud Commission: Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney's […]




House Enacts ‘Martial Law’ as Senators Grapple With ‘Skinny’ Partial Obamacare Repeal

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As the Senate debated on 27 July 2017 about passing a potential partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (known colloquially as either the ACA or Obamacare), the House of Representatives enacted a rule known as “martial law” which would allow them to vote on it without notice if the Senate passes it. Senators debated […]




Tech, not people, are needed to stop phishing attacks – SC Magazine

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Karla Burnett, a security engineer with Stripe. Corporate cyberdefenses that rely on training workers to recognize and not click on malicious emails are destined to failure and must be replaced with technology, said security engineer at Black Hat 2017. Karla Burnett, a security engineer with Stripe, told the large crowd at her ichthyology: Phishing as […]