Millions of U.S. Voters Data Was Exposed Online

Voter data on 198 million (yes that’s million) US Citizens was improperly stored and freely available for 12 days on the internet.

There has never been a data breach this big. The information includes birth-dates, home addresses, telephone numbers, political views, suspected religious affiliations, ethnic background, where they stood on topics like gun control, the right to abortion and stem cell research.

This type of data can easily be used for nefarious purposes, from identity fraud to harassment or intimidation of people who hold an opposing political view. Worst of all, when the bad guys get a hold of this data, they can send highly personalized phishing attacks to you, looking like something totally legit. At this point, from here on out, treat any email you get at the house or the office with a healthy dose of suspicion and ask yourself if it could be a scam. Do not click on links in emails and do not open attachments you did not ask for. Also, be careful with robocalls, and phone scammers that seem to know a lot about you.

Summer time is a busy hectic time for many of us, mistakes are easily made.
Remember, Think Before You Click!

Threat From ‘Ransomware’ Is Expected to Grow

One thing for sure, Ransomware is not going away, in fact it is getting more prevalent than ever before.While it is true that some of the original group distributing and profiting from the crime have been caught, the new wave of thieves are more sophisticated than the prior group. According to Forbes this new strain of ransomware “Locky”is infecting as many as 90,000 systems per day.

Army National Guard struck by data breach

While the number keeps rising … who know how far it will go. The current admission is the about 24 million people have been affected in at least 6 different government breaches dating back to 2013. You wonder why this information was not encrypted or at least protect from access with a duel authentication system. Now in another separate breach announced this past weekend, the Army National Guard was breached …

Legendary Hacker Shows How It’s Done

It’s been about 20 years since the FBI considered Mitnick one of its “most wanted” criminals for hacking into major corporations. He led authorities on a manhunt but ultimately served five years in prison. He told the crowd he once wiretapped the National Security Agency when he was 16, and he said a federal prosecutor once warned a judge Mitnick could whistle tones into a phone to launch nuclear missiles.

Non-Traditional Costs of Financial Fraud

WASHINGTON — The FINRA Investor Education Foundation issued a new research report, Non-Traditional Costs of Financial Fraud, which found that nearly two thirds of self-reported financial fraud victims experienced at least one non-financial cost of fraud to a serious degree—including severe stress, anxiety, difficulty sleeping and depression. While the Stanford Financial Fraud Research Center estimates that $50 billion is lost to financial fraud every year, the FINRA Foundation’s innovative research examines the broader psychological and emotional impact of financial fraud.