Fraud

CEO Fraud: The New $2 Billion Phishing Scam

Like most employees, you don’t think twice before opening an email from your CEO. Given the latest email scam making the rounds in the workplace, maybe you should.  Statistics show that the spear phishing scam known as “CEO Fraud” has already racked up more than $2 billion in losses and victimized 12,000 individuals globally. Losses…

Reduce Fraud and Abandonment with a Risk-Based Approach to Online Sales

Sooner or later every business with an online presence is plagued by shopping cart abandonment. Sometimes a consumer changes their mind, factors in the cost of shipping and decides it’s not worth it, or is simply distracted long enough so the transaction is never completed. Getting a consumer to follow through is not as easy,…

Find Friends and Credit Cards on Facebook: The New Cybercrime Reality

Social media attracts all kinds. These sites are used for catching up with friends on Facebook, instant news dissemination on Twitter, partisan political viewpoints expressed in online forums, real-time reach outs on Snapchat, professional networking on LinkedIn — and now, not surprisingly, they’re used as global havens for cybercrime. With the release of the second…

Money Mules: The Critical Cash Out Service in the Fraud Supply Chain

While we might associate a mule with the stubborn, four-legged animal, in the world of cybercrime, it has a much different connotation. Mules can come in the forms of both accounts or people and are critical parts of the fraud supply chain. You can have mule accounts which are used to move stolen funds, or…

Credential Sharking: A New Fraud Comes to Town

Over the past couple of years, I’ve worked on many projects which have been focused on helping companies ‘turn the lights on’ as to what is happening on their website – the good, the bad and everything in-between. One of the most unusual cases I’ve seen involved a payday lender and a mass disclosure of online…

Ransomware: The New Cyber Kryptonite

And then, there was irony. While Apple has been able to hold out against the FBI demanding it produce a backdoor into the iPhone used in the recent San Bernardino attack, it was unable to render a similar defense against a strain of ransomware that recently, albeit briefly, infected its own Mac computers. The recent…

Fraud Effects of Real-Time Digital Banking Payments: Is Your Bank Ready?

When was the last time you read a news article about an ‘old school’ brick and mortar bank robbery?  Or perhaps even seen a new Hollywood movie about a gang of bank robbers?  I suspect the answer is……you haven’t. Online banking has facilitated a revolution in how we do our banking, with mobile pushing it even further in recent…

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Growth of Cybercrime in Social Media

Social media attracts all kinds. These sites are used for catching up with friends on Facebook, instant news dissemination on Twitter, partisan political viewpoints expressed in online forums, real-time reach outs on Snapchat, professional networking on LinkedIn — and now, not surprisingly, they’re used as global havens for cybercrime. Today, we are announcing the release…

The Dark Web: Coming to a Retailer Near You

As retailers, financial institutions and payment processors around the globe prepare for the upcoming year, it should come as no surprise that cybercriminals in the Dark Web are doing the same. From the POS terminal to the mobile device, fraudsters are building their arsenal of cyber weapons to strike at every point along the way.…

The Economics of Identity Theft in the Dark Web

If you ever want to find a reason to boycott the Internet, just go work for a security vendor.  The digital universe is a scary place, and the cybercriminals who operate within it never cease to amaze me with the level of sophistication they harness in their Dark Web businesses. The black market, although rife…