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95 Percent of Americans Received Email with Malware and 9 Percent Opened the Attachment

According to a recent report from Halon, an email security provider, 94.7 percent of Americans received one or more emails that contained a virus, spyware or malware while nearly 9 percent opened an attachment infecting their computer or device. Read More


eBay Acquires Braintree to Bolster PayPal and Mobile Payments

In late September eBay announced their acquisition of Braintree, a payment service provider and gateway focusing on payments within mobile apps and websites. eBay is purchasing Braintree for $800 million in cash and the deal is expected to close before the end of 2013. Read More


SMiShing Scams Target U.S. Area Codes Utilizing Location-Specific Information

Phishing scams carried out via SMS text messages, known as SMiShing, continue to grow and target mobile users in the United States. Cloudmark, a messaging security software provider, recently cataloged the top 25 U.S. area codes that receive the most SMS spam and detailed various SMiShing scams targeting different regions. Read More


Fraudsters Used Spear Phishing Tactics to Initiate Attacks Against New York Times and Other Websites

In a high profile attack led by the Syrian Electronic Army against the New York Times and other websites, users accessing the affected sites were redirected to servers under the attackers’ control. Users were redirected to pages hosting malicious content, and this was all made possible following spear phishing attacks against an Australian web domain



More Brands Targeted with Phishing Attacks so far in 2013

During the first six months of 2013 720 different brands were targeted by phishing attacks, an increase of 18 percent from the last six months of 2012, according the latest report from the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG). The two most targeted brands during the first half of 2013 were PayPal and Taobao.com. Read More


Avoiding Customer Service Chargebacks for your Online Business

Tips and techniques for avoiding preventable, customer service based chargebacks for small to mid-sized merchants are discussed in this guest post article from a Certified eCommerce Fraud Professional. Read More


Register for Online Training Programs Before October Price Adjustments

On October 1st The Fraud Practice will be increasing the enrollment prices of our online training programs across the board. If there are courses or Career Tracks that you’ve been considering for yourself or for staff, register by the end of September to enjoy the current low prices. Read More


France, Russia and UK Lead Increase of Card Fraud in Europe

According to data from FICO and Euromonitor International, card fraud losses increased 6 percent in 2012 from 2011 while 80 percent of this increase came from Russia, France and the United Kingdom. Read More

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