The Federal Trade Commission reports that people who lost money to scams that started on social media has more than tripled in 2020, with a significant increase in the second quarter of the year.  The increase in social media scams fits the overall 2020 trend of more phishing scams on channels besides email.  Some recent social media scams include romance scams, fake advertisements, […]

A new VPN security vulnerability could affect as many as 800,000 internet-accessible SonicWall VPN appliances.  According to researchers, the bug can allow a denial of service cyberattack and crash services, creating widespread damage.  SonicWall VPN users should install the recently released SonicWall patches to eliminate their risk of attackers gaining access.  For more information, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center toll-free at 888.400.5530 or live-chat with an advisor on […]

Data breaches are down 30 percent in Q3 of 2020 compared to Q3 of 2019 when you look at the Blackbaud ransomware attack as a single event.  Data breaches are down 10 percent in Q3 of 2020 compared to Q3 of 2019 when you look at the Blackbaud ransomware attack as a series of data breaches.   Regardless of how […]

Scammers are taking advantage of Apple users eager to purchase the iPhone 12 with a chatbot scam offering “a free trial” of the new device. Threat actors are looking to steal people’s credit card information and other identity information. They can use the information to commit financial identity theft. Consumers are urged to ignore any […]

Credential theft is when fake webpages are created that look real for the sole purpose of stealing logins and passwords to access legitimate accounts. The top targeted companies for phishing scams from credential theft include Paypal with 11,000 fake login pages, Microsoft with 9,500 fake pages, and Facebook 7,500 fake pages. To prevent falling victim […]

Right now, there is a particular kind of data exposure that is mystifying security experts around the world. Every week, the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) takes a look at some of the top data compromises of the previous week in our Weekly Breach Breakdown podcast. This week, we are looking at an attacker who […]

People are spending more time on their phones, tablets and computers now than ever, making the importance of cyber-hygiene tips as paramount as they’ve ever been. The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) wants to highlight some of the best practices and steps that users can take to improve their online security. We recommend everyone make […]

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Ransomware is something no one wants to end up with. It is a type of malicious software that is designed to deny access to data or a computer system until the hacker is paid. Ransomware is just one of many forms of malware, code that is developed by cyberattackers to cause damage to data and […]

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This post will be updated as more information becomes available Contact tracing scams have begun to pick up steam with the evolving technology coming closer to becoming a reality. Some of those scams include hackers and fraudsters posing as contact tracers – both online and in person – trying to steal personally identifiable information (PII), […]

Unemployment identity theft, also known as unemployment fraud, continues to skyrocket across the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic; particularly hard-hit is Washington state. A possible Nigerian fraud ring could be to blame for many of the cases involved in the uptick. According to the New York Times, a group of international fraudsters from Nigeria […]