July 30, 2019
A huge headline this week – on July 30th, Capital One announced that a hacker had accessed the personal details of 100 million American clients, and 6 million Canadian clients. The hacker, according to Capital One, has been arrested. Most of these clients had client card application information stolen, such as addresses and names. However, Capital One has admitted that certain people have had account details, such as credit scores and account balances, accessed. Around 1 million social security numbers were also stolen. If you fear that you have been affected, check out IdentityFirst’s articles on protecting your data.
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From one huge data beach this week to an even bigger data breach that occurred in 2017, Equifax was ordered last week to pay out $700 million to victims. If you have been affected through the breach, you can collect a $125 compensation from the Equifax webpage.
A bit further from home, the Los Angeles Police Department announced this week that a data breach had exposed the personal information of thousands of police officers and applicants. The department has since claimed to upgrade their online systems. This just seems to highlight that anyone can be affected through lapses in security…
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Youth Under Attack
A Dutch cybercrime study has discovered some disturbing trends. They claim that young adults under the age of 25 are most likely to fall victim to a cybercrime, with 12% of Dutch under-25-year-olds having been affected. Even more worrying, most of these young adults are unlikely to report their victimhood to the police. Be sure to keep an eye out on any older children you may have!
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Religious Gift Card Scam
Finally, the Federal Trade Commission in the United States is reporting a new type of scam making the rounds. Scammers have now been posing as religious leaders and asking people of faith to make donations to certain causes via gift cards. Be sure to validate that you are using a trusted service whenever donating. Be sure to be suspicious of any out-of-the-ordinary emails you receive soliciting for donations.
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