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MyIDMatters Content for Issue 39, Q1 2019

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Credit Freezes Are Now Free (Legal)

Consumers in most states were required to pay to put a freeze on their credit file, but as of September 21, 2018 it is now free. This article will explain what a credit freeze does, why consumers might choose a freeze and how to put freezes in place at the three major credit bureaus. Link: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/10/new-credit-law-faqs Link: https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/09/credit-freezes-are-free-let-the-ice-age-begin/ Link:...

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From the Internet of Things to the Internet of Bodies (Privacy)

“The line between human and machine is blurring — and creating new concerns about consumer safety and privacy rights,” says Mary Lee, a mathematician for the RAND Corporation. The Internet of Things (IoT) has seen us connecting everything from cars to toasters to light switches to the Internet. New medical devices connect our bodies to the Internet as well—creating the “Internet of Bodies.” Implanted devices not only monitor the functioning of a body, they have the potential to control it. Having your phone hacked could be annoying and expensive. Having your pacemaker hacked could be fatal. This article will explore the current state of the Internet of Bodies and what the future may hold. Link: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/gvyqgm/the-internet-of-bodies-is-coming-and-you-could-get-hacked Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/theworldpost/wp/2018/10/15/health-data/ Link:...

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Agent Tesla Malware (Crimeware)

Keyloggers are nothing new, but Agent Tesla takes the capabilities of simple keyloggers to new levels. Among other capabilities, Agent Tesla can steal passwords from all major browsers, and capture snapshots of the victim’s keystrokes, their desktop, and pictures from their webcam at timed intervals. Although Agent Tesla has been around for a few years, there has recently been an increase in its popularity with more than 6,300 customers paying subscription fees to license the malware. This article will look at what Agent Tesla does and how it is spread. Link: https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/10/who-is-agent-tesla/ Link: https://www.digitrustgroup.com/agent-tesla-keylogger/ Link: https://www.securityweek.com/new-agent-tesla-spyware-variant-discovered Link:...

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Soon, the Majority of Mobile Calls Will Be Fraudulent (Scams)

After analyzing more than 50 billion calls made to mobile customers over 18 months, technology company First Orion predicts that nearly half of all calls to mobile phones will be fraudulent in 2019 unless the industry adopts and implements more effective call protection solutions. Over the past year, First Orion’s data shows a drastic increase in mobile scam calls—from 3.7% of total calls in 2017 to 29.2% in 2018—and that number is projected to reach 44.6% by early 2019. This article will look at reasons for the surge in fraudulent calls, and suggest steps consumers can take to reduce the number of scam calls they receive. Link: https://firstorion.com/nearly-50-of-u-s-mobile-traffic-will-be-scam-calls-by-2019/ Link: https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2018/scammer-calls-increasing.html Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/12/you-think-its-your-friend-calling-but-its-actually-this-growing-phone-scam.html Link:...

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