What Really Happens After Your Credit Card Is Stolen

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What Really Happens After Your Credit Card Is Stolen

What Really Happens After Your Credit Card Is Stolen

After a hacker steals your credit card number, you may receive an email, text or phone call from your bank to alert you of criminal or fraudulent activity with your credit card. This is a helpful and necessary measure implemented by financial institutions to help protect your accounts. However, sometimes the alert is too late and… Read More

The Lie That Could Keep You Safe From Hackers

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The Lie That Could Keep You Safe From Hackers

The Lie That Could Keep You Safe From Hackers

The hack that created millions of morally challenged voyeurs—and, depending upon which celebrity they downloaded, child sex offenders—also provided us with a teachable moment. It exposed the use of security questions in online authentication as a quaint artifact of an antiquated Internet culture. We talk a lot about personally identifiable information (PII) in the data… Read More

The All-Access Pass Hackers Love

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The All-Access Pass Hackers Love

The All-Access Pass Hackers Love

What do the Target hackers have in common with Edward Snowden? Both successfully breached highly protected networks to steal mountains of sensitive data by abusing privileged accounts. Privileged accounts are the logons that open access to desktops, laptops, servers, firewalls, databases, printers — pretty much any device with a microprocessor tied into a company network. For the… Read More

Even Hackers Worry About Getting Hacked

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Even Hackers Worry About Getting Hacked

Even Hackers Worry About Getting Hacked

Hackers have some of the best security knowledge out there, but that doesn’t mean they’re attack-proof: 88% of self-identified hackers surveyed at a recent security conference said they think their personally identifiable information is at risk of being compromised online. At the same time, the vast majority of those surveyed said they believe they’ll never… Read More

5 Things Identity Thieves Want You to Do

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5 Things Identity Thieves Want You to Do

5 Things Identity Thieves Want You to Do

Keeping your identity safe online and elsewhere is paramount in today’s highly digitized world. If you allow hackers to access information about you, it could result in a wiped-out bank account or a hacked email address, which will lead to major frustrations. As Chairman and Co-Founder of Credit.com and IDT911 Adam Levin believes, escaping identity thieves… Read More

Hackers Target the World Cup

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Hackers Target the World Cup

Hackers Target the World Cup

Hackers are planning to attack the FIFA World Cup, according to a report by Infosecurity Magazine. The article cited two hackers. One called Che Commodore spoke with Reuters and explained that the infamous hacker group Anonymous has already begun to look for weaknesses in World Cup-related websites it can exploit. Commodore said the group plans to execute Denial of Service attacks on high-profile sponsors… Read More

My Run-In With a Real-Life Hacker

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My Run-In With a Real-Life Hacker

My Run-In With a Real-Life Hacker

I received an unexpected email from a friend today with a Google doc attachment. It was a friendly note, so friendly that I did consider clicking on it — even with about 20 years experience watching all manner of hacker tricks.  Fortunately, I stopped and asked a simple question, which is almost always enough to… Read More

SPAM in the Fridge: Hackers Target Home Appliances

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SPAM in the Fridge: Hackers Target Home Appliances

SPAM in the Fridge: Hackers Target Home Appliances

It’s probably time to start thinking about a strong password for your refrigerator, like “N0SnaxAtNite!”  An e-mail security firm says it detected what it calls the first hacker attack on the Internet of Things this month, and yes, a refrigerator was among the devices that were compromised by the intruders. The computer criminals also hacked… Read More

What’s the Future of Fraud?

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What’s the Future of Fraud?

What’s the Future of Fraud?

What do you get when you bring together a roundtable of experts who’ve got their finger on the pulse of fraud trends in the U.S.? A room full of people empowered to protect their identities — and spread the word among friends and colleagues. Herb Weisbaum, The Consumerman on NBCnews.com, led the “Fast Forward: 2013… Read More

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