Cross-Linking Social Media & Apps is Risky Business

The Fine Line Between Convenience & Security

Try to solve this riddle: What’s something that many of us use every day, but also offers up tons of sensitive and personal information like your age, birthday, location, personal and professional relationships and more – all publicly? 

The answer: your social media profiles. 

While you may feel uneasy leaving your house unlocked when you’re away on vacation, leaving your personal information open to the public never seems as bad. Free, personalized services at the cost of your personal data can easily seem worth the trade. 

But if you didn’t know already, few things in life are truly free.  Continue reading

Equifax Update: Breach Exposed More Than Reported

What Happened?

If you thought you had heard the last of Equifax, think again. Recent reports confirm that the company’s 2017 data breach exposed more information than initially reported. 

In September 2017, Equifax confirmed a data breach that affected 145.5 million U.S. consumers. The company initially reported that Social Security numbers, birth dates, driver’s license numbers and addresses were exposed in the breach. 

But a document recently submitted to the U.S Senate Banking Committee tells a different tale. According to the document, additional information like taxpayer identification numbers, email addresses and driver’s license issue dates and states was also compromised.  Continue reading

Three Gift Card Scams to Avoid

Double Check Your Gift Cards

Gift card fraud affects digital and physical gift cards alike. While fraudsters may approach gift card fraud with a variety of scams, the goal is to ultimately steal the funds from the cards while remaining undetected. 

Most likely you’ve probably bought and/or received at least one gift card this year. Whether it was for a birthday, holiday, special event or “just because,” gift cards are the most wanted – and most popular gift in the U.S. for nearly any occasion. 

With a 200 percent increase in digital gift cards last year, it can be easy to forget these cards hold real monetary value that fraudsters want to take for themselves. Gift card fraud is on the rise, as Flashpoint cited a notable increase in discussions surrounding gift cards on the Dark Web in 2017. Let’s look at some ways that fraudsters use scams to commit gift card fraud.  Continue reading

1.4B Credentials Dumped, Dark Web Database Found

From Data Dump to Dark Web Database 

On Dec. 5, 2017, a massive database with data from over 300 data breaches was discovered on the Dark Web. This Dark Web database contains over 1.4 billion unique clear text, or publicly viewable, login credentials, which experts have confirmed are legitimate pairings. 

To make a long story short, 41GB of publicly viewable data was dumped on the Dark Web. From there, the information became accessible via a “Dark Web database,” allowing hackers to search the aggregated data by password type, user, breach event and more. 

Unlike a single data breach event, this database aggregates breached data from hundreds of big-name data breaches like Netflix, LinkedIn, Minecraft and Bitcoin. The database is even more concerning because the information was found in clear text – meaning that anyone with access to it can view it.  Continue reading