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  • Tax Fraud Advice, Straight from the Scammers

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    Some of the most frank and useful information about how to fight fraud comes directly from the mouths of the crooks themselves. Online cybercrime forums play a critical role here, allowing thieves to compare notes about how to evade new security roadblocks and steer clear of fraud tripwires. Few topics so reliably generate discussion on crime forums around this time of year as tax return fraud, as we'll see in the conversations highlighted in this post.
  • Kreditech Investigates Insider Breach

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    Kreditech doesn't appear to operate in the United States, nor in Germany where it is based. According to a cursory overview of the documents leaked online, the bulk of Kreditech's customers/applicants are from Brazil, the Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Spain and Romania.
  • Hilton Honors Flaw Exposed All Accounts

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    Hospitality giant Hilton Hotels & Resorts recently started offering Hilton HHonors Awards members 1,000 free awards points to those who agreed to change their passwords for the online service prior to April 1, 2015, when the company said the change would become mandatory. Ironically, that same campaign led to the discovery of a simple yet powerful flaw […]
  • Convicted Tax Fraudster & Fugitive Caught

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    Lance Ealy, an Ohio man who fled home confinement last year just prior to his conviction on charges of filing phony tax refund requests on more than 150 Americans, was apprehended in a pre-dawn raid by federal marshals in Atlanta on Wednesday. Ealy, 28, of Dayton, Ohio, was the subject of no fewer than three previous […]
  • OpenSSL Patch to Plug Severe Security Holes

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    The world is about to get another reminder about just how much of the Internet runs on technology maintained by a handful of coders working on a shoestring budget. OpenSSL -- the software used by thousands of companies to encrypt online communications -- is set to get a security makeover this week: The OpenSSL Software Foundation said it plans to release new versions of its code to fix a number of security weaknesses, including some classified as "high" severity.
  • Dark Web’s ‘Evolution Market’ Vanishes

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    The Evolution Market, an online black market that sells everything contraband -- from marijuana, heroin and ecstasy to stolen identities and malicious hacking services -- appears to have vanished in the last 24 hours with little warning. Much to the chagrin of countless merchants hawking their wares in the underground market, the curators of the project have reportedly absconded with the community's bitcoins -- a stash that some Evolution merchants reckon is worth more than USD $12 million.
  • Premera Blue Cross Breach Exposes Financial, Medical Records

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    Premera Blue Cross, a major provider of health care services, disclosed today that an intrusion into its network may have resulted in the breach of financial and medical records of 11 million customers. Although the company isn't saying so just yet, there are independent indicators that this intrusion is once again the work of state-sponsored espionage groups based in China.
  • Door Skimmer + Hidden Camera = Profit

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    If an ATM you'd like to use is enclosed in a vestibule that requires a card swipe at the door, it might be a good idea to go find another ATM, or at least use something other than a payment card to gain entry. Thieves frequently add skimmers to these key card locks and then hide cameras above or beside such ATMs, allowing them to steal your PIN and card data without ever actually tampering with the cash machine itself.
  • ‘AntiDetect’ Helps Thieves Hide Digital Fingerprints

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    As a greater number of banks in the United States shift to issuing more secure credit and debit cards with embedded chip technology, fraudsters are going to direct more of their attacks against online merchants. No surprise, then, that thieves increasingly are turning to an emerging set of software tools to help them evade fraud detection schemes employed by many e-commerce companies.
  • Adobe Flash Update Plugs 11 Security Holes

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    Adobe has released an update for its Flash Player software that fixes at least 11 separate, critical security vulnerabilities in the program. If you have Flash installed, please take a moment to ensure your systems are updated.

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