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Robert Siciliano

Social Media is a Criminals Playground

Social media has become a playground for adults, teens, and tweens. And like on any playground, when you hit the jungle gym or horseplay on the seesaw, there is always a chance that you may go home wi...

07 Oct 2010
Robert Siciliano

Criminal Hackers Create 3 Million Fraud Websites Annually

A recent study shows that organized criminals create approximately 8,000 malicious websites every day, or over 57,000 each week. These malicious websites model legitimate websites that we visit every ...

07 Oct 2010
Robert Siciliano

50 Million Dollar Van Gogh Stolen No Alarm System

“A prized Vincent van Gogh still life was stolen from a Cairo museum leading to a massive art hunt, conflicting reports about the details of the crime, and plenty of finger-pointing. Five people, me...

05 Oct 2010
Robert Siciliano

Log Out, Log Out, I repeat, LOG OUT

One of the most common yet underreported causes of data breaches is users’ failure to properly log out of public PCs. Is your work computer accessible to others, perhaps after business hours? How abou...

02 Oct 2010
Robert Siciliano

Victim Rebuilds Life After Identity Theft

This story is about a victim of criminal identity theft. The victim is a trucker who discovered that his identity had been stolen when his commercial driver’s license was suspended because the thief w...

27 Sep 2010
Robert Siciliano

Strong Passwords Are Not Enough

I’ve said it before, use upper and lower case, use number and letter combinations and when possible, if the website allows it, use special characters. It has been documented that “Adding just one capi...

22 Sep 2010
Robert Siciliano

College Students At Risk For Identity Theft

September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month. I helped Uni-Ball conduct a survey of 1,000 college students and 1,000 parents. The survey revealed that while about 74% of parents believe studen...

21 Sep 2010
Robert Siciliano

Geolocation Technology; Please Stalk and Rob Me

Technology is meant to make life easier, safer and in some cases fun-er. Geolocation is supposed to make you save a few bucks on discounts when you “check in” at participating retail stores and gather...

15 Sep 2010
Robert Siciliano

iTunes a Platform for Phish Scammers

iTunes users all over the world are being hooked in a possible phishing scam that siphons cash out of their PayPal accounts. Phishing scams, of course, consist of emails that appear to be coming from ...

15 Sep 2010
Robert Siciliano

Killer Computer Viruses

When most people think about a virus, they think of a fever, chills, and maybe a potential pandemic. But when they think about a computer virus, they think of a headache, or worse, identity theft. Unu...

14 Sep 2010
Robert Siciliano

More ATM Skimmers Being Used By Gangs

A report issued by the FTC finds that customers in the process of withdrawing cash from ATMs are more likely to be victims of ATM fraud than a direct, physical crime, and skimmer devices have recently...

14 Sep 2010
Robert Siciliano

Internal Revenue Service Identity Theft Scams

There have been many articles written about scammers who pose as representatives of government agencies. But perhaps the most inventive are the scams that appear to originate from the IRS. It makes pe...

09 Sep 2010