1 of 5 View 5 Items Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Boyd Webb, manager of the Utah Cyber Center, works in the center at the State Office Building in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. Related Links New Medicare card to help protect seniors from ID scams A popular new scam appears to freeze your computer until you pay up Here's the most common scam in Utah SALT LAKE CITY — Each year, online criminals scam and extort millions of dollars from unsuspecting victims each year by illegally accessing and stealing personal information from people in Utah and worldwide. Experts are warning Utahns to beware of cybercrooks targeting individuals and businesses in the Beehive State. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the Utah Department of Public Safety is using the opportunity to warn the public and business owners to protect themselves from a potential hack or online crime. The agency is working with local, state and … [Read more...] about Law enforcement warns Utahns against being cybercrime victims
Laura Layden Naples Daily News Published 12:24 PM EDT Oct 13, 2018 When Maryland residents Roger and Shirl Lynn Butschky sold their home in East Naples more than a year ago, they didn't get their money after the closing. Every dime of their money — more than $450,000 — went to a fraudster who changed the wiring instructions at the last minute without the couple's approval or knowledge. The scheme is laid out in court documents and a report filed with the Naples Police Department. The Butschkys sued Dunn Title in Naples and several of its employees for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty in 2017, seeking damages and a jury trial. The lawsuit is still pending in Collier Circuit Court. Real estate wire fraud, a form of cybercrime that intercepts money transfers in home sales, is nothing new. It can take many forms. Local experts say Southwest Florida is ripe for such scams because of its wealth and … [Read more...] about Real estate wire fraud, a form of cybercrime, intercepts money transfers in home sales.
Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Infosys announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Karnataka Police and Data Security Council of India (DSCI) towards setting up the Centre for Cybercrime Investigation Training and Research (CCITR) in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Data Security Council of India (DSCI), a premier industry body on data protection in India, is committed to making the cyberspace safe, secure and trusted by establishing best practices in cyber security and privacy. DSCI has proposed to start the Centre in collaboration with the CID of Karnataka Police. As part of this MoU, the Infosys Foundation will support the establishment of the Centre that will house the CCITR through a public-private-partnership model, anchored by the Karnataka Police Department. The CCITR aims to train police, prosecution, judiciary and other departments in handling technology investigations and create standard operating … [Read more...] about Infosys to Build Center for Handling Cybercrime Investigation
The majority of cyberattacks aren’t large-scale, coordinated efforts to break through tough defenses and acquire valuable data; instead, they’re simple and opportunistic. A “hacker” might stumble upon someone’s password because they left it written on a sticky note, or they might take advantage of an account that was left logged in on a public computer. It can happen to individuals and businesses alike, despite the latter’s access to more resources and more valuable assets to protect. The strange thing is, most of these opportunistic attacks could be easily prevented with a handful of simple techniques, commonly known to the public. So why aren’t more consumers implementing these basic steps for cybercrime prevention? Why the Best Security Measures Are Simple Let’s start by taking a look at some of the most effective practices a person can implement to reduce their likelihood of being “hacked,” and examine what makes them both … [Read more...] about Why Consumers Often Miss Simple Techniques to Resist Cybercrime
By Irving Wladawsky-Berger Oct 5, 2018 11:43 am ET 1 COMMENTS A few weeks ago I wrote about social physics, a new discipline that aims to help us better understand and predict the behavior of human groups. Social physics is based on the premise that all event-data representing human activity contain a special set of group behavior patterns. As long as the data involves human activity, regardless of the type of data or the demographics of the users, similar behavioral dynamics apply. These patterns can be used to detect emerging behavioral trends before they can be observed by other data analytics techniques. And among those trends in which social physics may prove useful: cyber criminal activities. Social physics originated in MIT’s Human Dynamics Lab and in a recent paper published in New Solutions for Cybersecurity, MIT's Alex (Sandy) Pentland and Yaniv Altshuler discuss the application of social physics to cybercrime The paper starts out by … [Read more...] about Emerging Field of Social Physics Shows Promise in Cybercrime Detection