October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which the Department of Homeland Security (dhs.gov) says is “a yearly campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security.”
Dr. Matthew Hale, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity at UNO, says long before the huge Equifax breach there was plenty of reason to be concerned about identity theft. He describes identity theft and credit card fraud as “active areas of cyber crime” and “a massive industry”
“It’s surprising how cheap you can actually get people’s information on the black market. It turns out there’s roughly about 16 billion dollars in identify theft and fraud; this was just last year. And it typically affects about 15.4 million Americans – I think that was the
Cyberattacks today are unfortunately a common occurrence and on the increase. In fact, an average of 200,000 new malware samples are discovered daily, presenting an ominous threat to consumers at work and at home.
To help you teach employees and members how to avoid fraud on both fronts, our experts at CO-OP have compiled the following “top 10” list of cyber security tips. Sharing these guidelines throughout your community can help prevent cyber-breaches and all the devastation they leave in their wake.
Don’t click on e-mailed links. Instead, type the website URL directly into the web browser’s address bar, or search for the site using a search engine like Google.
Avoid opening any attachments you were not expecting. However, if you must, scan the attachment first for viruses.
Keep computers patched and up to date. This includes operating systems like Windows
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In a speech on 20 October at the annual Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association conference, Bell reflected that a move against a third-party administrator (TPA) was the most viable way to get money from schemes.
Usually a ransomware attack involves an individual or group sending an email to a targeted organisation or company.
This email is then opened by a member of that organisation which paralyses key functions of that firm’s internal systems.
Once a ransom has been paid to the criminals they might restore the paralysed system.
Bell explained how an attack on a TPA might work in practice.
“I think the first type of attack could be a ransomware used on an administrator to block services. These criminals are clever and set ransoms at a level which the organisation can pay and also be recovered from the insurers,” he said.
Local cyber security experts, IT academics, researchers and even a Federal Bureau of Investigations special agent were among technocrats speaking at the Third African Cyber Crime conference held yesterday.
Most of the experts cautioned that cyber security was being taken far too casually in a country where most of the business community is data and Internet reliant.
Prominent software developer, Itumeleng Garebatshabe said a recent survey of a commercial hub populated by Botswana Stock Exchange-listed companies had found gaping holes in cyber security.
“Our recent survey found that most of these BSE companies had their Wi-Fi networks open during the Christmas and Independence holidays,” he said.
“This is dangerous as it exposes corporate information to hackers who could use the data for other purposes. Most of these Wi-Fi networks are accessible metres away from those companies’ premises and people with evil intentions could easily crack the passwords and walk into their systems.”
Last month, Hanatour, South Korea’s largest travel agency suffered a major security breach, as hackers stole the personal information of over one million users. According to local news publications, hackers have demanded that Hanatour pay a one-time ransom payment in Bitcoin but the amount remains undisclosed.
According to South Korean travel associations and independent research firms, Hanatour has consistently been considered South Korea’s largest and most reputable travel agency when measured on revenue, client base and reviews. Since 2007, the company has aggressively moved into new international markets, establishing offices in popular tourist destinations including Japan and China.
According to recent reports, more than one million users have been affected. The company has notified its clients and the public that employee’s computers were targeted by hackers using sophisticated phishing attacks and malware, which allowed an unknown group of hackers to access