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Do You Know These 5 Ways to Protect Your Credit?

In July, the Identity Theft Resource Center reported a 29 percent jump in data breaches in the U.S., hitting record of 791 incidents for the first half of 2017. Steven Andrés, Ph.D., who teaches cyber warfare/terrorism and critical infrastructure protection at the Graduate Program in Homeland Security at San Diego State, says it’s worth considering these six pieces of advice before you start your shopping:

1. Freeze your credit. 

California law allows you to place a legally binding “security freeze” at each of the three major credit bureaus (ExperianEquifax, and TransUnion). This freeze is like a firewall for your credit file, says Dr. Andrés, and prevents anyone from opening or obtaining your information (including yourself). 

A criminal armed with your SSN would meet resistance when the bank or financial institution attempts to look up your credit worthiness. 

“When you want to legitimately use your credit file to buy a car

Read more at: https://www.newswise.com/articles/do-you-know-these-5-ways-to-protect-your-credit

Advice Guide: How to protect against cyber crime

If you find yourself a victim of cyber fraud or online identity theft, what should you do?

Contact Action Fraud: the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre. They also offer an email or phone service where you can help alert others to potential scam emails and messages. Alternatively, you can call your local police force on 101.

Inform your bank, credit card company and other financial providers on a number you obtain from a trusted source like your paper statements or the rear of your cards.

You may also want to consider further protection to block unauthorised attempts to take out credit in your name. The CIFAS scheme places a marker on your credit file to help prevent fraudsters opening accounts and loans with your details.

Read more at: http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/2017-11-29/advice-guide-how-to-protect-against-cyber-crime/

No company is immune: How to protect your small business from a cyber attack

Business is booming for cyber criminals. In the past year, large scale cyber attacks made frequent headlines. What you likely didn’t read or hear about, though, were all the small businesses affected. Their stories don’t often make it into the news – but it’s not because they’re immune to this disruption. In fact, it’s quite the opposite – small businesses are usually more vulnerable as they often don’t have the budget for next-generation IT security defences and often consider themselves to be flying under the radar.  

However, just like their larger counterparts, these businesses collect and store vital, often sensitive, information and increasingly have an online footprint, putting them in a vulnerable position that cyber criminals are quick to take advantage of. For instance, a single user tricked into clicking a link in a phishing email can lead to an entire network outage, leaving a small business owner with only

Read more at: http://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/no-company-is-immune-how-to-protect-your-small-business-from-a-cyber-attack

Police campaign to protect us from cyber crime

A two-week campaign to help us avoid cyber crime is underway across the Thames Valley.

TVP’s #ProtectYourWorld campaign aims to raise awareness about cyber crime, as well as encourage residents and businesses to take action to protect their online worlds and to make a report if they fall victim.

National statistics show that each year, an estimated one in ten adults across the UK fall victim to cyber crime.*

In the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2017, nearly half of all businesses in the country reported a cyber breach or attack in the past 12 months.

Crimes with an element of internet or online activity accounted for nearly 50 per cent of all recorded crime in England and Wales.*

Detective Superintendent Gill Wootton, head of the Thames Valley Police Specialist Ops department, said:

“Cyber crime affects people from all walks of life, and of all ages, and its consequences can be extremely serious.

“Cyber crime threads through many

Read more at: https://www.mix96.co.uk/news/local/2437604/police-campaign-to-protect-us-from-cyber-crime/

Sextortion crimes are soaring across Birmingham – how to protect …

Police in the West Midlands have seen a big increase in sextortion crimes over the past five years.

In 2016/17, the force recorded nine sextortion crimes, where criminals persuade a victim to perform sexual acts in front of webcam or share explicit material before threatening to send the pictures or video to friends and family or post it online if money is not paid.

This was up from just three recorded in 2012/13.

However, the number of reports fell by 18% in a year, from 11 in 2015/16.

Most of the victims of the 32 crimes reported in the past five years have been aged over 18, but one was aged under 16 and four were aged between 16 and 18.

No one in the West Midlands has been charged as a result of these crime reports – 91% of cases were closed as undetected or with no suspect identified, and 3% could not be

Read more at: http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/sextortion-crimes-soaring-across-birmingham-13943439

Sextortion crimes are soaring across Birmingham – how to protect yourself

Police in the West Midlands have seen a big increase in sextortion crimes over the past five years.

In 2016/17, the force recorded nine sextortion crimes, where criminals persuade a victim to perform sexual acts in front of webcam or share explicit material before threatening to send the pictures or video to friends and family or post it online if money is not paid.

This was up from just three recorded in 2012/13.

However, the number of reports fell by 18% in a year, from 11 in 2015/16.

Most of the victims of the 32 crimes reported in the past five years have been aged over 18, but one was aged under 16 and four were aged between 16 and 18.

No one in the West Midlands has been charged as a result of these crime reports – 91% of cases were closed as undetected or with no suspect identified, and 3% could not be

Read more at: http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/sextortion-crimes-soaring-across-birmingham-13943439

Protect, defend, respond: Cyber Security and Forensics students on how to combat cyber threats

Why would some­one tar­get me?” Austin Kleineschay, pres­i­dent of the Cyber Secu­rity and Foren­sic Stu­dent Orga­ni­za­tion (CSFSO), said that’s a com­mon ques­tion about cyber­at­tacks. The mes­sage of CSFSO’s annual inter­net secu­rity work­shop: we are all poten­tial tar­gets for hack­ers and cyber criminals.

The “Think Safe, Be Safe,” work­shop focused on secu­rity prob­lems and pos­si­ble solu­tions. It was held Sat­ur­day, Oct. 28, at the Jason R. Carter Sci­ence Edu­ca­tion Cen­ter. Com­mu­nity mem­bers, stu­dents and fac­ulty attended.

Kleineschay opened the event with a dis­cus­sion of cur­rent inter­net secu­rity threats. He chal­lenged every­one to imag­ine what could hap­pen if a cyber crim­i­nal accessed their pho­tos, emails, pass­words, bank accounts and credit card num­bers. Offend­ers might not even be human, as “bots” can find a computer’s secu­rity weak­nesses, Kleineschay said.

Secu­rity bugs will always exist, humans are fal­li­ble,” said Kleineschay. The threat of viruses, worms, Tro­jans, ran­somware and mal­ware

Read more at: http://themetropolitan.metrostate.edu/issue/2017/11/007/

Protect, defend, respond: Cyber Security and Forensics students on how to combat cyber threats

Why would some­one tar­get me?” Austin Kleineschay, pres­i­dent of the Cyber Secu­rity and Foren­sic Stu­dent Orga­ni­za­tion (CSFSO), said that’s a com­mon ques­tion about cyber­at­tacks. The mes­sage of CSFSO’s annual inter­net secu­rity work­shop: we are all poten­tial tar­gets for hack­ers and cyber criminals.

The “Think Safe, Be Safe,” work­shop focused on secu­rity prob­lems and pos­si­ble solu­tions. It was held Sat­ur­day, Oct. 28, at the Jason R. Carter Sci­ence Edu­ca­tion Cen­ter. Com­mu­nity mem­bers, stu­dents and fac­ulty attended.

Kleineschay opened the event with a dis­cus­sion of cur­rent inter­net secu­rity threats. He chal­lenged every­one to imag­ine what could hap­pen if a cyber crim­i­nal accessed their pho­tos, emails, pass­words, bank accounts and credit card num­bers. Offend­ers might not even be human, as “bots” can find a computer’s secu­rity weak­nesses, Kleineschay said.

Secu­rity bugs will always exist, humans are fal­li­ble,” said Kleineschay. The threat of viruses, worms, Tro­jans, ran­somware and mal­ware

Read more at: http://themetropolitan.metrostate.edu/issue/2017/11/007/

New strategy to protect Scotland from cyber crime

A new action plan aimed at tackling cyber crime has been unveiled by the Scottish Government.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said the strategy, developed with industry experts on the National Cyber Resilience Leaders’ Board, would help make Scotland one of the safest places to live, work and do business in.

With both businesses and individuals increasingly reliant on digital technology, Mr Swinney said this could make them ” more vulnerable to the criminals who seek to exploit them for malicious purposes”.

He added: “Digital technologies can help criminals to bully vulnerable people, sexually exploit children, steal intellectual property, or destroy critical infrastructure.

“I want us all to take steps to minimise these risks, so that Scotland becomes one of the safest countries in the world to live in and one of the most reliable places to do business with.

“This strategy sets out the actions we need to take

Read more at: https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/scotland/new-strategy-to-protect-scotland-from-cyber-crime/

WannaCry ransomware: Hospitals were warned to patch system to protect against cyber attack – but didn’t

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The UK’s National Health Service was one of the most high-profile victims of the WannaCry ransomware attack.


Image: Getty

The National Health Service was left vulnerable to the WannaCry ransomware attack because, despite warnings to trusts to patch systems, many local organisations had failed to do so.

A National Audit Investigation

Read more at: http://www.zdnet.com/article/wannacry-ransomware-hospitals-were-warned-to-patch-system-to-protect-against-cyber-attack-but-didnt/