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Articles tagged with: fraud

Facebook Hoax Spreading Like Wildfire

Unfortunately, some people take advantage of hacking frenzies like the ones we’ve been facing, to create hoax threats and scares because they know that contextual cues will help the hoax be believable.

It doesn’t help that the media preys on fear of its viewers, because fear sells. People innately seek to be fearful of something because it has been beneficial to the survival of our ancestors, and thus, we carry the same trait.

Dropbox- 25 Million Accounts Left Unprotected

We’ve covered Dropbox a number of times, from the critical flaw discovered to Dropbox employees having access to your files, there’s no question that Dropbox is a bit of a sketchy place to trust cloud storage.

Well, it seems like the cloud-storage system continues to have major security issues. Dropbox “accidentally” turned off password authentication for 25 million users for four hours on Monday evening. Of the unprotected accounts, about 100,000 were accessed, or less than 1% of total affected accounts.

Sega Gets Hacked- 1.3 Million Accounts Compromised

Sega Corporation, the massive videogame manufacturer said on Friday that there was a massive hack to Sega’s network, compromising data from 1.3 million customers. Fortunately, no bank information was stolen as that info is stored on a different system.

This comes after the Sony hack, Xbox hack, and Nintendo hack, leaving little doubt at the next possible targets, most likely video game corporations. Of the stolen information, names, birth dates, e-mails, encrypted passwords.

Xbox Live Hacked- 60,000+ Accounts Leaked

The name you all should know by now, LulzSec, has just hacked Xbox Live and has exposed over 60,000 Xbox Live gamertags, passwords, and even PayPal information. The information was taken down from forums multiple times, but it keeps getting posted.

If you use Xbox Live or Paypal, I recommend changing your password on both platforms, as well as your bank account, immediately. World Of Warcraft usernames and passwords were also stolen.

Four Men Caught In $1.5 Million Skimming Operation

According to PCWorld, three Romanian men and one Austrian man were indicted on Monday by U.S. federal prosecutors. The four men stole over 1.5 Million U.S. dollars by cloning payment cards with stolen account information. The men are charged with skimming (recording account details from the magnetic stripe of payment cards while capturing a person’s PIN by using fake overlays on the number pads.

Accounts were targeted at Citibank, and JP Morgan Chase between March 2010 and May 2011. The affected cities included New York, Miami, and Chicago. The four stole about $110,000 per month over those fourteen months, perhaps splitting it four ways at about $27,000 each, per month ($324,000 individual ‘salary’).

AT&T Systematically Overcharges Millions Of Users

So we all know that AT&T charges hefty prices in addition to offering poor call coverage, and very small data plan packages. Well it looks like this company just got even darker, and I really, really, hope this T-Mobile acquisition doesn’t go through. A class action lawsuit has been filed against AT&T for systematically overcharging customers on data usage. After running some experimental tests, the lawyers behind the lawsuit claim that every transaction has resulted in an over charge.

Google Fixes Android Information Leak

Yesterday we covered a security leak within Android that affected over 99% of android phones. We are happy to report that Google is working on the problem, and have already implemented a fix on the latest Android Gingerbread software. For all other versions of Android, users will get an automatic download through the air that patches this vulnerability.

Sony Is Sorry, Offers Free Stuff

Following Sony’s massive hack and losing personal information of over 100 million users, as well as having 3-4 weeks of downtime has caused Sony to offer an “apology package.” The package includes a selection of free games, extra days of premium content, a free 12-month identity protection program (available for gamers in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain, as well as the U.S.), fraud support, a dedicated helpline, and insurance-covered identity restoration. The only catch is that the user must be over 18 years of age and have been an account holder as of April 20th, 2011.

Hundreds Of iPhones Flying Out The Window

People walking the streets in Shenzhen, China got quite a surprise while walking their normal routes. Hundreds of fake iPhones came flying out the window. Of course, the citizens had no way of telling whether they were fake or not unless one actually grabbed a device to take a closer look. So what exactly was going on here? Apparently four Chinese phone dealers were selling fake iPhones and were raided by Chinese police thanks to a tipster.

Sony PSN Finally Back Online

After weeks of downtime, millions of stolen credit cards, a hundred million hacked accounts, and pure frustration, gamers can finally game on a network that is purportedly more secure than before. The PlayStation Network is finally back online in the United States, Canada, and Europe. With the new system, gamers are required to reset their passwords, and can enjoy the gaming they expect from the Play Station 3. Sony’s Executive Deputy President Kazuo Hirai gave another standard apology to customers and thanked them once again for their patience in the matter.