Fraud

The Era of Proportional Ransomware Has Arrived

According to the FBI the incursion of ransomware has just gone from bad to worse. In a recent alert, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned that recent ransomware variants have targeted and compromised vulnerable business servers to identify and target hosts, thereby multiplying the number of potential infected servers and devices on a network. More…

Credential Checking Services Soar in Popularity on Dark Web

If you’ve ever needed another reason to not recycle your passwords, I give you Sentry MBA. Although the tool has been around for a couple of years, it has recently been soaring in popularity among those in the fraud community which is no surprise with more than 1.5 billion consumer credentials breached so far this year. The…

Your Step-Up Authentication Compass… NIST & SMS – Finding North

An estuary is the area where a river meets the sea (or ocean), where fresh water from the river meets salt water from the sea. The fresh draft of the NIST Digital Authentication Guidance (NIST SP800-63B) has been let loose into the salt waters of the public and certainly provoked some conversation of late around…

A New Generation of Hackers Target the Gaming Industry

Hackers love a crowd. That’s true when it comes to social media networks, government system websites, financial institutions, retailers, and, based on recent headlines, gaming sites.  For an industry projected to be worth nearly $100 billion in 2016, gaming offers a lucrative industry for cybercriminals.  Last year, gaming accounted for 1 in every 50 e-commerce fraud transactions,…

Cyber Scams to Beware of at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Are you planning to cheer on your country’s athletes in-person at the Summer Olympics in Rio and need some discounted tickets? Or maybe you can’t afford to actually travel there, but would love to win a ticket lottery that would increase your chances of doing so? Or maybe you’re not planning to attend at all…

Identifying Fraud Faster with Intelligence Feeds – Web Threat Detection v6

Online fraud remains as much a part of digital life as URLs. Fraudsters are constantly devising new ways to separate consumers from their money, login credentials, Personally Identifiable Information (PII), healthcare data and anything else that can be monetized. Even more, they are doing it with speed and sophistication, but most damaging, they do it…

Current State of Cybercrime in 2016

The bon mot that “crime doesn’t pay” certainly predates the advent of cybercrime. Today, these digital hold-ups against businesses are highly profitable.  Let’s face it: if cybercrime was a publicly traded stock, realizing the return on investment, we’d all be on the phone with our respective broker begging for them to include it in our…

Fraud Investigation: A Big Job for Small Teams

RSA recently conducted a survey among security and fraud investigation professionals within the e-commerce industry to gauge the cyber threats and business challenges that plague them most.  While many interesting insights emerged, there was one that stood out: finding the source of fraud takes too long. Among the observations and conclusions: Detecting fraud/suspicious activity isn’t…

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,…