Cyberthieves Train Their Sights on US Mobile Phone Customers


A relatively new form of cybercrime recently has been plaguing American consumers. Thieves have been hijacking mobile phone account numbers and then transferring services to a different device. Further, hackers have begun using mobile numbers to raid digital wallets and similar accounts. This type of theft has been successful even against the most sophisticated of consumers. Accounts belonging to the chief technologist of the Federal Trade Commission, Lorrie Cranor, are among those that reportedly have been breached.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84772.html?rss=1

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Stop skimmers from stealing your money

One of the more successful tools of 21st century crooks is the skimmer. Thieves attach these sneaky gadgets to steal your credit or debit card’s magnetic strip information at ATMs, gas pumps and other places where you swipe your card. The thieves use this information to make a clone of your card, and then they use the clone to drain your bank account or run up huge bills and trash your credit.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/12/05/stop-skimmers-from-stealing-your-money.html

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Thieves can reset your Apple Watch without a password

Apple Watches can easily be factory reset by thieves without the owners’ passcodes, staffers at the Apple-centric iDownloadBlog have discovered.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/05/14/thieves-can-reset-your-apple-watch-without-password/

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Apple Pay Cybercrime Burns Banks


Identity thieves are using Apple Pay to defraud banks of what could amount to millions of dollars. Armed with iPhones, the fraudsters are entering stolen payment card information into Apple Pay. Due to weak authentication procedures at the institutions issuing the cards, they are able to use the stolen cards to make purchases through Apple Pay. Ironically, much of the purchasing is being done at Apple Stores, thanks to the high resale value of Apple products. Before cards can be added to Apple Pay, they must be provisioned — that is, approved — by the card issuer. Criminals are finding that process easy to game.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/81779.html?rss=1

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Apple's Activation Lock drives iPhone thefts down 40% in San Francisco, 25% in New York

Once a hot item for thieves and pickpockets, Apple’s iPhone is becoming a significantly less attractive target as the company’s Activation Lock prevents the devices from being easily wiped and re-sold, a new report indicates.



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Thief returns Android tablet he couldn't work to charity store

Typically, authorities do not expect thieves to return the items they stole, but that is exactly what Christopher Hoosen, 33, did when he brought back an Android tablet that he swiped from a U.K. charity store. 

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/12/30/thief-returns-android-tablet-couldnt-work-to-charity-store/

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Colorful butterfly wings inspire counterfeit-proof tech

To stop identity thieves and counterfeiters, a group of researchers is looking for inspiration from an unlikely source: butterflies

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/10/07/colorful-butterfly-wings-inspire-counterfeit-proof-tech/

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