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Coronavirus: ‘The house is so quiet’ – Mum who lost two children within 11 days | US News | #coronavirus | #kids. | #children | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

The death toll is rising in Florida. Coronavirus cases are surging here. This week, a new grim record was reached – 173 coronavirus deaths in just one day. Sometimes those figures are hard to compute. California: The worst-hit US state? Everyone wants to see and experience progress. It feels at… View full post on National Cyber Security

#hacking | Wikileaks Suspect Lost Agency’s Trust, CIA Hacker Tells Jury

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Law360, New York (February 5, 2020, 6:23 PM EST) — A CIA computer expert told a Manhattan jury Wednesday that Joshua Schulte, the former CIA coder accused of giving secrets to Wikileaks, was a talented worker with “rough edges” whose workplace feuding caused intelligence officials to […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

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

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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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Outdoor Media Association paid $5,000 to cyber hacker to retrieve lost data

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

The Outdoor Media Association paid $5,000 in the form of bitcoin, to retrieve more than 60 weeks of data, after the company experienced a cyber attack last month. In a blog on the OMA website, chief executive of the association Charmaine Moldrich, has offered tips to avoid being cyber hacked,…

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Ex-GCHQ expert warns UK has lost edge on hackers

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

The five-year advantage that Britain once enjoyed over organised criminals and hostile state hackers has been wiped out by the disclosure of a powerful armoury of hacking tools developed by America’s spies, a former GCHQ officer has told Johnston Press Investigations. The so-called “Vault 7” theft saw at least 16…

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6 Women Remember The Babies They Lost In Emotional Photo Series

For Nikita Razo, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month is personal. Several years ago, during a routine 12-week check-up, she found out that her growing baby had died. An ultrasound tech was unable to find the heartbeat. After sitting alone in the waiting room for an hour and a half, a doctor finally confirmed the news. It was days before Thanksgiving 2012 and Razo, her husband and the couple’s first son had been planning to visit family and announce her pregnancy over the holiday.

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For Every Mother Who Has Lost Her Child

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I miss you more than words could ever speak or essays could ever express.

I hurt more than a human body and soul should ever be able to endure in this life.

There may be no greater pain in this world than losing you; an unbearable pain I would not wish on anymore, a pain that no one can begin to fathom.

But until we are reunited again one day…

Rest easy, my Precious One, in the safe arms of Jesus, who will protect you until one day I can.

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Love is never lost. If not…

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Hacking Team Lost Its License to Export Spyware

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Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Months after being hacked and getting all its secrets leaked online, the spyware vendor Hacking Team is still in business—but struggling to survive. Now, the Italian government has dealt the embattled company another blow. The government authority who oversees the export of “dual use” technologies, which can be used both for civilian as well as military purposes, revoked Hacking Team’s “global authorization” to export its spyware at the end of March. The Italian Ministry of Economic Development (also known as MISE) said in a press release that the company would now have to get an ”individual” license. Eric Rabe, Hacking Team’s spokesperson, confirmed the news on Tuesday, after the Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano first reported of the revocation. “Yes, the global license has been suspended by MISE but Hacking Team still has approvals for all countries within the EU, and the company also expects to be given approvals for sales to countries outside the EU,” Rabe said in an email to Motherboard. “We can sell everywhere in Europe without a license. We can sell everywhere in the world but we have to ask for a license every time we sell.” Years before the hack, researchers were able to reveal […]

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