Identity theft happens when fraudsters access enough information about someone’s identity (such as their name, date of birth, current or previous addresses) to commit identity fraud. Identity theft can take place whether the fraud victim is alive or deceased.
A breach at UK car insurance company, the AA, has exposed information on more than 100,000 customers, including names, email addresses and partial credit card details, according to security researchers.
The company said a ‘server misconfiguration’ was responsible for the information being openly available on the web for a few days in April of this year.
The AA have been criticized for its handling of the incident: After claiming no sensitive information was included in the exposed cache, the company was called to task when security researcher Troy Hunt said he found 117,000 unique email addresses, names and partial credit card info among the details.
The company never notified its affected customers, he added.
The wide availability of Wi-Fi networks can make it difficult to unplug and disconnect on vacation, but if consumers take that extra step and unplug they can experience a more secure trip.
Despite the benefits experienced from unplugging, most individuals still prefer to stay connected when on vacation. But when individuals put convenience over security, by using unsecured Wi-Fi access points that are easily hackable for example, they leave themselves open to the possibility of having their personal information compromised.
If there’s one day of the year when everyone has their guard up, it’s April Fool’s Day. After all, who can put their hand up and say that they have never been duped by an April Fool’s trick? Some of the classic April Fool’s stunts have gone down in history, such as the BBC’s news report from 1957 showing the annual spaghetti harvest in Switzerland.
Simpler times, you say? Well, 50 years later the BBC pulled a similar stunt – getting Monty Python’s Terry Jones to star in a short documentary revealing the phenomenon of flying penguins. And, like the spaghetti hanging from the branches of trees in southern Switzerland, some people believed it. They believed it because the BBC is a trusted source of information. If some nutter had sat next to you on the bus and tried to convince you that penguins could fly or that you could send a Gmail by making the motion of licking a stamp you probably wouldn’t believe them.
The email message below with the subject: “You Are Violating the Terms And Conditions,” which claims that due to our recent security updates for the year, all Outlook users are to verify and validate their accounts, is a phishing scam. The email message is being sent by cyber-criminals, whose intentions are to hijack their victims’ email accounts and use them for malicious purposes. So, recipients of the same email message are advised not to follow the instructions in it.
Here is what you need to know in order to stay safe from a new, sophisticated phishing attack.
The attack works like this: Hackers who have breached someone’s email account look through the emails in it for correspondence containing attachments. They then send emails from the compromised account — impersonating the account’s owner — with each email leveraging similarities to prior correspondence, so as to make the new messages seem legitimate and familiar. For example, the phishing emails may use a subject line that was used in the past.