Have you ever gotten an unsolicited call from someone claiming to be a tech support pro who wants to help you with an urgent problem with your computer? Chances are you have. It is estimated that just one type of these many scams have cost U.S. victims $1.5 billion so far in 2015. It is not known how many of these scams are currently active, but with new ones popping up almost every day, I would estimate there are at least hundreds, if not over one thousand, different groups of these crooks launching their own tech support phone scam. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘phishing’
Over the years I’ve done a lot of information security, privacy and compliance training and awareness activities; content creation, delivery, tools, and a large variety of other related activities. I’ve found doing case studies to be one of the most effective, and most interesting and popular, type of training activity.
I’ve created dozens, and perhaps even hundreds, of case studies throughout the years. Case studies engage your personnel in thinking in ways that just telling them information cannot do, noticeably change their work habits, and measurably impact their opinions about information security and privacy.
In the third article of the May 2008 issue of my IT Compliance in Realtime Journal, “Creating Effective Case Studies for Information Security and Privacy Training” I provide direction for how to create effective case studies within any type of organization.
The following is an unformatted copy of the article, without the sidebar information and illustrations; download the PDF version of the article to see those…
When was the last time you warned your family members, friends and/or personnel about the new phishing schemes that are being launched?
There are many phishing scams going on right now, and they are widely reported and talked about. I want to talk about a new one spoofing Amazon, a popularly spoofed company in phishing messages, because I’ve already had a couple of other folks I know who are not in the info sec biz asking me about it today. I also got it in my email box today, so it will make a good example to discuss…
Recently I blogged about getting a phishing scam message that threatened my life.
I was pleasantly surprised this morning to see the Iowa Attorney General’s office and law enforcement warning the public about this scam here.
The general public should made more aware of information security and privacy concerns, risks and scams to help keep them from falling victims to criminal schemes such as this.
What do you do to make those in your community more aware?
Here’s a pretty good mainstream news story from CNN to give to your business leaders to raise their awareness and understanding about phishing…
On December 28 the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) made a new report available to the public, “Spam Summit: The Next Generation of Threats and Solutions.”
The report describes the findings from a July 2007 workshop the FTC hosted, and proposes follow-up action steps to mitigate the damages caused by malicious spam and phishing.