Ransomware attacks are on the rise, hitting businesses and government agencies around the world. Cyber criminals use a variety of methods to gain access to vulnerable systems and, once a target system is breached, the malware disables security features within the victim’s network. Prior to execution of the ransomware all data files are stolen, including […]
According to the FBI, Google authentication code scams that use the company’s voice service are on the rise. Google’s voice service allows you to set up a new virtual phone number that can be used to make domestic and international calls or send and receive text messages. Here’s how the scam typically works… You post […]
Cyber criminals who deal in ransomware typically will capture and encrypt sensitive data and then demand payment from victims to decrypt it. To expedite the transaction, the payment demand comes with the threat of exposing increasing volumes of captured information to the public and raising the ransom amount if the deadline is not met.
The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released its year-end 2019 Internet Crime Report, which includes information from 467,361 complaints of suspected Internet crime, with reported losses in excess of $3.5 billion. Among the most common crime types reported by victims in 2019 were Business Email Compromise (BEC), Tech Support Fraud, and extortion via […]