Scammers go Low-Tech to Target Senior Citizens

The FTC issued a warning on Monday about a ruse by scammers to get people to part with money in the form of gift cards or cash, sent by mail. According to the FTC, scammers even go as far as...
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Phishing Scams on the rise, Taxpayers Urged not to ‘Take the Bait’

The IRS has warned people to be on the lookout following what it termed “a surge of new, sophisticated email phishing scams.” According to the IRS, taxpayers saw many more phishing scams in 2018 and recorded a 60 percent increase...

FTC Recommends Precautions to Prevent identity Theft Following Marriott Breach

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Monday released an alert to provide affected users with recommended precautions against identity theft after the recent breach of the Marriott International Starwood guest reservation database. According to Marriott, the hackers accessed people’s names,...
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DHS, FBI, NCCIC Issue Alert on SamSam Ransomware

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Monday issued an activity alert to inform computer network defenders about SamSam ransomware, also known as MSIL/Samas.A. Specifically,...
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Quora Hacked: 100 Million Users Affected

Q&A website Quora disclosed on Monday that one of its systems was accessed without authorization by hackers on Friday, with the user data of approximately 100 million users affected. Compromised information include: Account information, e.g. name, email address, encrypted (hashed)...

Dem Lawmakers Query Law Enforcement’s Use of Amazon’s Controversial Facial Recognition Software

Eight democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday reiterating their concern about Amazon’s facial recognition technology, Rekognition, and the company’s decision to make it available for the use of law enforcement agencies. The lawmakers acknowledged...

Hackers Access Marriott Guest Reservation Database, Compromising Data of 500 Million Guests

Marriott International Inc said on Friday that there was unauthorized access to the Starwood guest reservation database, which contained guest information relating to reservations at its Starwood properties, on or before September 10, 2018. Starwood brands include: W Hotels, St....

Financial Institutions in Singapore Develop Blockchain Settlement System

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Singapore Exchange (SGX) said on Sunday they have successfully developed Delivery versus Payment (DvP) capabilities for the settlement of tokenized assets across different blockchain platforms. DvP system utilizes smart contracts to simplify post-trade...

French President Macron Launches International Agreement on Cybersecurity Principles

President Emmanuel Macron of France on Monday launched the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace aimed at developing common principles for securing cyberspace. Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, laid out the challenges...

Salesforce Wins Patent to Detect Spam Email Using Blockchain Technology

Salesforce has won a patent to detect spam emails using blockchain technology. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a document, Nov. 7. that describes the intent of the cloud-based customer relationship management firm to use blockchain to ensure...

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