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Milwaukee Bucks hit by W-2 Phishing attack

Players and staff with the Milwaukee Bucks had their 2015 W-2 records compromised, after a staffer with the NBA franchise released the records to an email address spoofed to appear as if it came from team president Peter Feigin.

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Basic Phishing scam successfully targets PR agency, reporters

On Tuesday evening, Salted Hash received a pitch from a PR agency we've worked with in the past. Such things are normal in the day-to-day life of a journalist. But the problem is, this email wasn't a pitch, it was a Phishing attack...

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7 reasons to gamify your cybersecurity strategy

Thanks to gamification, organizations are finding new ways to educate employees on the importance of cybersecurity, through gaming elements like one-on-one competitions, rewards programs and more.

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Phishing scams erode trust and compromise brand

While common and persistent, when potential client receive phishing scams from your organization, they make think twice about engaging in future business transactions

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Alpha Payroll fires employee victimized by W-2 Phishing scam

Punishing the victim of a crime feels wrong, but that's exactly what happened to one unnamed employee at Alpha Payroll Services in Trevose, Pennsylvania. The firm recently disclosed they were the victim of a Phishing scam targeting...

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Thousands of taxpayers affected by W-2 Phishing attacks this year

Thousands of taxpayers have been impacted by a wave of Phishing attacks targeting W-2 records, with more than sixty organizations reporting such incidents this year alone. By taking advantage of the trust relationships that exist...

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Security pros concerned about Facebook payment expansion

Facebook's Messenger app has allowed users to send money to friends using their debit cards since last spring, but recent reports indicate that Facebook may be considering a move into the retail payments space as well, following in...

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Enterprises fall behind on protecting against phishing, detecting breaches

The ninth annual Verizon Data Breach Report contains bad news on multiple fronts, including click-through rates on phishing messages, how long it takes companies to detect breaches, and even whether companies spot the breaches at all....

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Machine learning and social engineering attacks

In my last post I promised to use some real-world use cases from the recent Verizon Data Breach Digest report to illustrate potential ways that machine learning be can used to detect or prevent similar incidents in the future. For my...

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Two perspectives on social media for security leaders

Brian Reed and Ian Amit from ZeroFox blend two unique perspectives and experience on social media into an action plan for security leaders

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CEO targeted by fraud twice a month

Every couple of weeks or so, Tom Kemp's company gets hit by ever-more-sophisticated attempts to trick them out of large sums of money

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Organizations still reporting stolen W-2 information

Since the end of 2015, criminals have gone on a rampage targeting W-2 information at organizations both large and small. So far this year, more than sixty organizations have come forward as victims of business email compromise (BEC)...

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10 whaling emails that could get by an unsuspecting CEO

Email security company Mimecast has shared a handful of real-life examples of fraud attempts targeted at the person in the corner office.

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Latest tax-related data breach could affect employees and their children

Whiting-Turner, a Baltimore, Maryland-based construction company with contracts in both the private and federal sectors, says a recent security incident at a vendor hired to provide tax services could impact employees and their...

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Ever been in these social engineering situations?

A security consultant lays out various scenarios in hopes you are not the next victim.

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Chinese scammers take Mattel to the bank, Phishing them for $3 million

Mattel, the popular toy maker behind Barbie and Hot Wheels, was the victim of a Phishing attack last year that nearly cost them $3 million. The only thing preventing a total loss was a mixture of timing and luck, because the day...

9 tips to prevent you from falling for a tax scam

Tyler Moffitt, senior threat research analyst at Webroot, provides tips for staying secure this tax season.

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Drivers targeted by GPS-based Phishing scam

Police in Tredyffrin, Pennsylvania are warning drivers about a new scam that uses accurate GPS information. The messages being sent to drivers claim to be speeding tickets; and in order to lend legitimacy to the scam, they contain...

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