Most of us have had or heard from a friend who has been the target of an email scammer pretending to be a friend in distress who needs money wired out of town or out of the country. Now scammers are using the telephone to inform you that your loved one is in distress. And the caller may sound “just like” your friend/relative. At that moment, your instinct would be to do anything to help them escape danger, including wiring money. My father was a victim of such a scam, but he called me first f
Activity Summary - Week Ending on 1 July 2022:
- Red Sky Alliance identified 40,622 connections from new IP’s checking in with our Sinkholes
- MS hit 45 x – 2nd week
- Analysts identified 1,801 new IP addresses participating in various Botnets
- Apple, Google and theUS FTC
- Guns and California Data Hacks
Link to full report: IR-22-182-001_weekly182.pdf
Seems Twitter is having many serious issues of late. A few months ago, Elon Musk started a whirlwind inside and outside the social media giant. Now regulators at the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued regulatory action against Twitter. Twitter has agreed to pay $150 million for violating a 2011 administrative order with the FTC over how it used the email addresses and phone numbers of its users for targeted advertising, the agency announced with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on May
Sound merger and acquisition often checks on a company’s cyber safeguarding and data transfer provisions said the President of investment banking and dealership advisory firm Presidio Group. Specifically, auto dealership purchase agreements many times include representations that the seller has complied with Gramm-Leach-Bliley and has taken reasonable steps to protect their computer systems and customers’ information, said a principal attorney and partner with Holland & Knight in Denver, CO who
During the first nine months of 2021, 40,000 people reported losing over $148 million in gift cards to scammers. And we are only now entering the Christmas season. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), these are staggering numbers that have increased each year for the past several years. Since 2018, gift cards have been the most frequently reported payment method for fraud. According to the FTC, most gift card scams start with a phone call from someone impersonating a branch of t
Facebook has been having its share of problems. From a global outage to a Whistleblower gone public with claims that Instagram causes youth-based psychological issues, the social media giant is now on the defensive. US Congress is currently taking another, yet closer, look at oversight of social media platforms.
Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms are finally back in operation after a worldwide outage hit the services and the businesses and people who rely on its platforms. Fac
“Oh Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo?” The FBI is warning the public that a massive spike of online romance scams this year caused many Americans to lose more than $113 million since the start of 2021. The scammers behind this type of online fraud trend (also known as confidence fraud) which can lead to significant financial losses and devastating emotional scars use fake online identities to gain potential victims' trust on dating or social media platforms.
After the victims are lured in
A US Congressional Representative from the State of Washington recently reintroduced a bill that would create a nation-wide data privacy standard, to be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), that in its latest version is intended to gather bipartisan support by addressing specific Republican concerns. The Information Transparency and Personal Data Control Act, if passed, would replace a patchwork of current state laws and provide an influx of $350 million to the FTC’s budget to enforc
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