Cybercrime and Fraud Part 1: Modern Tales of Piracy and Plunder
Calico Jack, Captain Blood, and Blackbeard. So many recognizable stories, books, and movies have been made about the period of stealing and looting exemplified by the golden age of piracy....
Reverse Social Engineering Tech Support Scammers
This post is authored by Jaime Filson and Dave Liebenberg. Background The amount of fraudulent actors masquerading as legitimate tech support has been on the rise since 2008. According to David Finn, executive director at the Microsoft Cybercrime Center, tech support scammers have made nearly $1.5 billion off of 3.3 million unwitting victims just this […]
LexisNexis Breach Highlights Identity Theft Risks
Who are you? Removing the obvious existential questions for a minute, your identity is often represented as a bundle of personally identifiable information (PII). In the United States PII begins at birth with a name, date of birth, and social security number (SSN). This morning’s KrebsOnSecurity post details the unauthorized access of computer systems (via malicious code) at Lexis Nexis and Dun […]
The Highs and Lows of the Pump and Dump Scam
The Internet remains an environment where it is important to keep your wits. The recent indictment of nine individuals on stock fraud charges reminds us that the pump and dump scam continues to be perpetrated . Stock spam emails were particularly prevalent during the mid-2000’s, with these messages reportedly comprising 15% of all spam in […]