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Scammers Preying On COVID-19 Fears Becoming More Sophisticated, Better Business Bureau Warns – CBS Chicago | #coronavirus | #scams | #covid19

CHICAGO (CBS) — Scammers preying on the public’s fears about COVID-19 are becoming more sophisticated, the Better Business Bureau warns in a new study. In the study,  (BBB) found scammers […] View full post on National Cyber Security

#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Facebook ‘Secret Sister Gift Exchange’ Is Illegal Scam, Better Business Bureau Warns

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A Facebook post that resurfaces around the holiday season has been declared as an illegal scam, according to the Better Business Bureau.

The post discusses the “Secret Sister Gift Exchange,” where participants are instructed to send one gift in order to receive up to 36 gifts in return. However, it’s easy to see that the math just doesn’t add up.

“These gift exchanges, while they look like innocent fun, are really pyramid schemes – and are considered illegal,” the BBB warns.

The gift exchange first became popular in 2015. Users were encouraged to invite others to participate in the exchange and were told that they would receive information on where to send the gifts.

Eventually, participants will be instructed to send an email or social media invitation to send a modest gift to a stranger along with their friends, family and contacts.

“The cycle continues and you’re left with buying and shipping gifts for unknown individuals, in hopes that the favor is reciprocated by receiving the promised number of gifts in return. Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen,” says the BBB.

In reality, the scam relies on recruitments to remain afloat. When people stop participating, the supply of gifts dwindles, letting down countless people who were expecting gifts.

But it doesn’t end there: the information you provide during the exchange can easily end up in the hands of cyber thieves.

“When signing up, the alleged campaign organizer is asking for personal information such as a mailing address or an email,” says the BBB. “With just a few pieces of information, cyber thieves could expose you to future scams or commit identity theft.”

The BBB recommends keeping the following tips in mind should you receive an invitation to participate in an online gift exchange with people you don’t know:

  • Ignore it. Pyramid schemes are illegal in the United States and Canada.
  • Report social media posts inviting users to participate in the gift exchange.
  • Avoid giving out personal identifying information to strangers.
  • Be aware of false claims. Even invitations that claim to be legal and endorsed by the government are false, as the government will never endorse illegal activity.

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Better Business Bureau recomends ways to avoid Valentine’s Day romance scams

It’s time to protect your hearts and your wallets leading into this Valentine’s Day. Tuesday the Better Business Bureau (BBB) reminded everyone to be very cautious when visiting online dating sites like Tinder, E-Harmony, and Match.com. According to the BBB many scammers are beginning to impersonate U.S service members this February. “They’ll come on pretty strong pretty fast with the feelings, and then that leads into scenarios where their saying my children are sick, or I need money because I’m in the military, I need to come home, or I need money for medical expenses. Read More….

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China accused of hacking into Australian government’s weather bureau

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China accused of hacking into Australian government’s weather bureau

China has been blamed for a cyber attack on Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology that may have compromisedCOMPUTER systems across the federal government, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported, citing unidentified sources. TheSECURITY breach will cost millions of dollars to fix as other agencies that receive information from the bureau have been affected, the national broadcaster said, citing official sources it didn’t identify. READ MORE: China, US to hold high-level talks on hacking, cybersecurity There was little doubt the source of the attack was China, the broadcaster cited one official as saying. The weather bureau declined to comment onSECURITY matters, beyond saying it worked closely with government security agencies. The bureau’s “systems are fully operational”, according to a statement on its website. The office of Attorney General George Brandis did not immediately respond to e-mailed request for comment on the report. China has previously denied reports of hacking, including claims reported by the Daily Telegraph in 2011 that its intelligence agencies accessed the e-mails of senior Australian officials including then prime minister Julia Gillard. READ MORE: China denies hacking data on four million US government staff The US has previously accused China of hacking American companies to steal industrialTRADE SECRETS. The motivation for […]

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Federal Bureau of Investigation seeks hacker after 1.2 billion logins are stolen

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Federal Bureau of Investigation seeks hacker after 1.2 billion logins are stolen

That hacker, known as “mr.grey”, was identified based on data from a cybsecurity firm that announced in August 2014 that it had determined an alleged Russian crime ring was responsible for stealing information from more than 420,000 websites,THE DOCUMENTS said. Court documents made public last week, and seen by Reuters, name a mysterious force called “mr.grey” as the hacker, or group of hackers, behind last year’s attack, which is regarded as the biggest cyber heist to date. The FBI is now on the heels of a “mr.grey”, a Russian hacker who announced on hackers forums that he is selling users’ data hacked from thousands of websites, including Facebook and Twitter; the U.S.SECURITY AGENCY has linked the foreign hacker through a Russian email id to the breach of about 1.2 billion users’ data across the internet. Hold Security’s chief information security officer, Alex Holden, told Reuters that he believes the 2011 message proves the hacker, or group of hackers, has access to a large database of stolen data. Source: http://www.ledgergazette.com/federal-bureau-of-investigation-seeks-hacker-after-1-2-billion-logins-are-stolen/155356/

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Southern States Propose to Set Up Regional Wildlife Crime Control Bureau

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HYDERABAD: The southern states have decided to set up Regional Wildlife Crime Control Bureau on the lines of National Wildlife Crime Control Bureau to tackle trans-border wildlife crime. The forest ministers of southern states have met at the southern forest ministers conference in Tiruvanantapuram in Kerala on Thursday. The meeting was inaugurated by Kerala chief minister Oomen Chandy. Telangana state forest minister Jogu Ramanna, who participated in the conference, said that the meeting has also decided to form a Southern State Ministers Council to share their information and experiences. Kerala state forest minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan will be the chairman of the council for the first year. Speaking at the conference, Ramanna said the Centre has granted Special Tiger Protection Force to the state for protecting wildlife. He also said the state government is using modern technology like GIS, GPS and remote sensing technology in its efforts to protect forests. ‘’Preserving forests and protection of wildlife from smugglers and poachers has become a major challenge for southern states. Smugglers are committing crime in one state and taking shelter in the neighbouring state. The southern states should cooperate with each other to tackle the menace of smugglers,’’ Ramanna said. Meanwhile, it was […]

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Southern States Propose to Set Up Regional Wildlife Crime Control Bureau

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HYDERABAD: The southern states have decided to set up Regional Wildlife Crime Control Bureau on the lines of National Wildlife Crime Control Bureau to tackle trans-border wildlife crime. The forest ministers of southern states have met at the southern forest ministers conference in Tiruvanantapuram in Kerala on Thursday. The meeting was inaugurated by Kerala chief minister Oomen Chandy. Telangana state forest minister Jogu Ramanna, who participated in the conference, said that the meeting has also decided to form a Southern State Ministers Council to share their information and experiences. Kerala state forest minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan will be the chairman of the council for the first year. Speaking at the conference, Ramanna said the Centre has granted Special Tiger Protection Force to the state for protecting wildlife. He also said the state government is using modern technology like GIS, GPS and remote sensing technology in its efforts to protect forests. ‘’Preserving forests and protection of wildlife from smugglers and poachers has become a major challenge for southern states. Smugglers are committing crime in one state and taking shelter in the neighbouring state. The southern states should cooperate with each other to tackle the menace of smugglers,’’ Ramanna said. Meanwhile, it was […]

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Anonymous claims responsibility for Census Bureau hack

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Online hacking group Anonymous is taking responsibility for breaching U.S. Census Bureau databases and posting what looks like personally identifiable information on various federal and state government employees. In a tweet Wednesday, the collective posted a link to a website that houses four large text documents that appear to include the names, email addresses, work addresses and office phone numbers for thousands of current and former federal employees. One of the documents also appears to list information on employees in a number of different states, as well as information on employees of private accounting and auditing firms across the country. Another document also seems to show password hashes of database users, along with a library of various Oracle database utilities and files. In a statement to FedScoop, Census spokesman Michael Cook said the bureau is investigating “unauthorized access to non-confidential information on an external system that is not part of the Census Bureau internal network.” Access to that system has been restricted as part of the bureau’s investigation. The breach was first reported by the U.K. edition of the International Business Times. The bureau did not comment on whether they discovered the hack themselves or were alerted by another agency. […]

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Better Business Bureau offers online safety tips for children

6258892_GBetter Business Bureau Serving Acadiana is offering tips to keep children safe online through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

During the summer months, kids often have extra time to spend online with their computers and mobile devices.

This increased screen time provides many benefits for kids, but there are also increased risks that include cyber bullying, cyber child predators, inappropriate violent or sexual material and other threats.

Parents and guardians can help protect children by creating an open environment where children feel comfortable talking to their parents about what they see and do online.

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