Monthly Security News

FBI Warns of Dramatic Increase in Business E-Mail Compromise Scams

The FBI Boston Division is warning of a dramatic rise in business e-mail compromise scams or BECs, which target businesses of all sizes and types and have resulted in massive financial losses in Boston and other cities. 

Globally, since October 2013, more than $3.1 billion in actual and attempted losses have been reported. Here in the Boston Division, approximately 370 victims from Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island have reported losses totaling approximately $33 million. Those losses range from $500 to $5.9 million, with the average loss per scam being $90,000. The Division has successfully facilitated the return of approximately $13 million, with millions more frozen and in the process of being returned. Continue reading.....

FDIC Consumer News - Winter 2017 

Also inside is the "EDIE" Electronic Deposit Insurance Estimator, to Determine Your Coverage.

Quarterly FDIC articles especially aimed at educating consumers on answers to several common financial questions.

Click the image above to learn more about how you can identify and help prevent RansomWare.

Avoiding Money Wiring Scams

The Federal Trade Commission has released a video to educate consumers about the dangers of money wire scams. In the brief video, various scenarios are presented to illustrate how scammers try to convince consumers to wire money, including: lottery/advance fee scams, rental scams and the grandparent scam. The FTC encourages consumers to investigate claims before sending anyone money. Click to view the video .

American Banking Association released an i nfographic containing tips to avoid becoming an accomplice in the latest "Card Cracking" scam.

Card cracking originates online on social media platorms. It happens when a fraudster reaches out to a bank customer promising quick cash. The customer provides account credentials to the scammer, who then deposits a fake check in the customer’s account. The fraudster then makes an immediate ATM withdrawal, sharing some of the funds with the customer. Meanwhile, the customer is instructed to report the card or credentials lost or stolen so that the bank will reimburse the stolen money -- making the customer a criminal accomplice. 

You should avoid online solicitations for easy money, and never share your account number(s) or ATM/Debit Card PIN; and report any suspicious social media posts you think could be connected to scams.

Monthly Security Awareness Videos

Every other month the SANS Institute's SecurityTheHuman.Org will connect you to the latest online security threats and teach you how you can protect yourself.

Security Awareness Newsletter for Computer Users

OUCH! is the world's leading, free security awareness newsletter designed for the common computer user published every month by the SANS Securing The Human team.

May 2017 - Securing our Online Kids

April 2017 - Passwords and Passphrases

March 2017 - Using Mobile Apps Securely

February 2017 - Staying Secure on the Road

January 2017 - Social Engineering

December 2016 - Safely Dispose of Your Mobile Device

November 2016 - Using the Cloud Securely

October 2016 - Four Steps to Staying Secure

September 2016 - Email Do's and Don'ts

August 2016 - Ransomware

July 2016 - CEO Fraud

June 2016 - What is Encryption?

May 2016 - Internet of Things