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9 in 10 #Canadian Companies suffered at least one #cyber security #breach last #year

Source: National Cyber Security News

Canadian companies face almost constant cyber security threats, resulting in a rising number of incidents where sensitive data is stolen, according to the findings of a new study from Scalar Decisions Inc. of more than 420 Canadian IT and security workers.

Released today, the 2018 Scalar Security Study (commissioned by Scalar and conducted independently by IDC Canada) showed that Canadian organizations are attacked in varying degrees of severity more than 450 times per year, with 87% suffering at least one successful breach. Almost half (46%) are not confident in their ability to defend against attacks.

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“As cyber security breaches become the new normal, organizations can’t be complacent. Many companies are still reporting gaps in their defences despite hiring full-time security staff, which may point to a deficit in the availability of highly skilled IT workers,” said Theo Van Wyk, Chief Security Architect, Scalar Decisions. “The rising number of high-impact breaches coincides with the increasing costs of recovery.”

The study, examining the cyber security readiness of Canadian organizations and year-over-year trends in handling and managing growing cyber threats, also found:

  • Of the companies that suffered a security breach, 47% had sensitive data stolen.

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Hackers #stole $172 #billion last #year: #Consumers should #avoid these #mistakes

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Online hackers made out like true bandits in 2017, stealing over $172 billion from people in 20 countries around the world, a new report said.

Norton Cyber Security released its annual insights report and found that 44% of consumers were affected by a cybercrime in the last 12 months with an average victim losing $142.

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Identity #theft alert: How 77,0000 Canadians lost $99 million last year in #extortion, #phishing and #romance scams

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Identity #theft alert: How 77,0000 Canadians lost $99 million last year in #extortion, #phishing and #romance scams

Randy Chester was visiting one of his usual second-hand haunts this summer, a Value Village in Toronto’s east end, when he spied a beautiful shirt and vest for $20. Excited about his new finds, he tapped his debit card, only to be shocked by the resulting message: Insufficient funds.

“I was upset because I knew I had money,” he recalls. He tried the card again at a variety store, a restaurant and then at an ATM belonging to his bank, CIBC, and got the same message. When he called the bank to see what was going on, they asked him if he had been shopping at Yorkdale Mall in the city’s north end. There was a $1,500 purchase debited from his account, but Chester, a cancer patient on disability who uses a walker, had been at a medical appointment at the Princess Margaret Cancer Hospital that day.

“It’s like, hello!” he jokes. “Value Village, yes. Yorkdale Mall, no. I couldn’t get there with my walker.”

Then he remembered that a young man had called him on his flip-phone a few days before, claiming to be from CIBC and saying there was a problem with his debit card. Chester knew better than to talk to anyone about his banking information and hung up. The next day, he got a text message, purportedly from CIBC, that had the last four digits of his debit card number in it, and asked him to text back “Y” for yes if it was his account. He assumed because they had his number already, it was legitimate. He hit Y and send.

“The bank told me they would never send a text message,” says Chester, 61. “I didn’t know that.”

Once he reported the problem, the bank locked down his account, reversed the charges, and gave him a new bank card. But it’s impossible to tell how the scammers got his bank information, which is often the case when it comes to identity theft, says Jessica Gunson, the acting call centre and intake unit manager at the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.

“It certainly sounds like a variation on phishing,” she says, but notes that it’s unusual because the thief already had Chester’s bank information when he or she sent the text.

“We do know thieves have been known to dumpster dive, and it underlines the importance of having a paper shredder in the home and in the office. We need to treat our personal information like cash.” For that reason, experts advise leaving your Social Insurance Number card and birth certificate in a safe place at home, since thieves can do a lot of damage with your name, birth date and SIN.

The Canadian Anti-fraud Centre, jointly managed by the Ontario Provincial Police, the RCMP, the federal Competition Bureau, manages the central database for fraud complaints. Investigators across the country rely on its vast stores of data to compare notes on mass-marketing fraud and online scams. In 2016, it logged more than 77,000 complaints that resulted in losses of more than $99-million, with the top scams by complaint involving extortion, phishing, and fake computer-service companies. The frauds that resulted in the most money lost were romance scams, at more than $20-million.

Though Gunson could not begin to guess how criminals got Chester’s information, she said it is important never to leave a paper receipt of a transaction in or near the banking machine, and to use online banking to check balances, rather than printing them out at ATMs.

“When it comes to identity theft and identity fraud, the difficulty is in pinpointing the source. Unless (investigators) find a boiler room where people are mass producing ID, it is difficult to determine on an individual basis where it is coming from.”

The good news is most cases of identity theft and identity fraud result in little financial loss to the victims, but Gunson says it takes time and effort to untangle the mess.

In Montreal, actor Paul Burke figures someone used a surveillance camera or fake keypad or card reader to obtain his PIN, which they used to empty his account of $700 in the summer of 2010. He called the bank, which contacted the RCMP. And then he waited.

“ I called them back after a week and I said, ‘I have zero money. I need my money back,” says Burke, 48.

Within a day or two of that call he had the money in his account, but to this day he has no clue what happened.

“It was so bizarre. I consider it a one-off, but obviously I should be more careful.”

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50% malware exploits in India occurred in the last 3 months of 2016: Report

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

50% malware exploits in India occurred in the last 3 months of 2016: Report

Indian firms were highly vulnerable to cyber attacks in the period following demonetisation with close to 50% of the attacks happening in the last three months of 2016, a report published by Fortinet points out. The research report said that the last two weeks in December, 2016 recorded a very high level of threat activity following the push towards a …

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HOW LONG DO ONLINE DATING COUPLES ACTUALLY LAST?

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ Unfortunately, a new problem regarding online dating has surfaced. Years ago, there was a stigma associated with it. Online dating was considered as the last resort of men and women who …

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This is how much online dating scams cost Brits last year

Fraudsters stole nearly £40 million from Brits looking for love last year. New figures have confirmed a record number of people fell victim to online dating scams in 2016. Overseas criminals posing as suitors targeted almost 4,000 wealthy Brits in so-called ‘romance frauds’. After striking up a rapport and gaining the trust of the unsuspecting target, the scammer then quickly persuades them to part with money, often claiming it is to help pay for an emergency. The number of people falling victim to the scam has reached a record high in Britain, but not all of those targeted were women. Read More….

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Hacking Of 3.2 Million Debit Cards Last Year Was Caused By Security Flaw In Hitachi’s Systems

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Hacking Of 3.2 Million Debit Cards Last Year Was Caused By Security Flaw In Hitachi’s Systems

Hitachi Payments Services has accepted its systems were compromised by a sophisticated malware in mid-2016, that led to one of the biggest cyber security breaches in the country with 3.2 million cards affected and a scare over security of card-based …

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Continued Unidentified Activity at Site of North Korea’s Last Nuclear Test

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr.  Recent commercial satellite imagery from August 4, 2016 shows continued activity at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, specifically at the North Portal, site of North Korea’s

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8 Signs A Marriage Won’t Last, According To Divorce Lawyers

For the best relationship insight and advice, turn to a divorce attorney. After all, every day they have a front-row seat to the kinds of petty drama and missteps that lead couples to split up. 

With that in mind, we asked family law attorneys from across the country to share some of the most obvious signs that a couple is likely to divorce. 

1. They give each other the silent treatment

“It’s a bad sign if a couple bickers and it results in the silent treatment. Sure, fighting is healthy in a relationship but when it turns from playful to serious on a regular basis — and it Read More

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At last, a sci-fi movie that accurately captures the horrors of dating

In The Lobster, a bleak comedy set in a future Ireland, the world is being run by what can only be described as an authoritarian dating service. Anyone who is single for more than 45 days is turned into an animal. To help the good citizens of the world remain human, there are terrifying “hotels” where singles go to be reeducated, their arms bound and movements restricted, as they learn why it’s wrong to be alone—and are given the opportunity to meet eligible mates. Read More….

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