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Practical Steps to Help Prevent Identity Theft

[img src=”/wp-content/uploads/sites/1097/2019/04/img-ProvidenceConsulting-PracticalStepstoHelpPreventIdentityTheft-Blog.jpg” class=”aligncenter”] The recent exposure of 763 Million records containing personally identifiable information (PII) made me reflect on a blog post I wrote a few year ago on the importance of freezing your credit. The information is even more important today that it was in 2017. My best advice is to take action for

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Michigan Cyber Command Center: Cyber Situational Awareness Message (SAM) – Threatening Phishing Emails

The MC3 has become aware of threatening phishing emails circulating recently. Hundreds of variations of the email, all with a very similar template dating back to August 2017, have been found. The emails begin with the adversary claiming to know your “secret”, have your email credentials, contact list, access to your internet search history (i.e. pornographic sites the user has visited), or access to your webcam containing embarrassing footage.

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MC3 Cyber Situational Awareness Message (SAM) – Phishing incident targeting payroll

[img src=”/wp-content/uploads/sites/1097/2018/03/blog-img-mc3-cyber-situational.jpg” class=”aligncenter”] Overview: The Michigan Cyber Command Center (MC3) is aware of multiple incidents in which phishing campaigns were used to obtain user account credentials. Once this information was obtained, malicious actors accessed employee payroll accounts and rerouted payments to another financial account. In one of the more recent incidents, hospital employees were targeted.

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Equifax – what we must do now!

The September 7th 2017 announcement of the Equifax data breach is a wakeup call that should be heeded not just by those whose data may have been stolen, but by ALL Technology Users worldwide. This attack was predicted, but only in the general sense, like the predictions that California will suffer a massive earthquake sometime in the future. 

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[ALERT] FBI: “CEO Fraud Is Now a 5.3 Billion Phishing Scam

[img src=”/wp-content/uploads/sites/1097/2017/05/ProvidenceConsulting_CEOFraudEmailScam-blogpost.jpg” class=”aligncenter”] There is no better budget ammo for new-school security awareness training than to prevent phishing attacks. Attempts at cyber wire fraud, using spoofed email to impersonate a C-level executive or trusted business associates, surged in the last seven months of 2016, the FBI said in a May 4, 2017 warning. Cyber criminals

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Security Awareness For Taxpayers

TAXES. SECURITY. TOGETHER. The IRS, the state of Michigan and the tax industry are committed to protecting you from identity theft. They’ve strengthened partnerships with taxpayers and tax preparers to fight a common enemy – Cyber Criminals!. Working together, they’ve made many changes to combat identity theft, and are making progress. However, cybercriminals are constantly

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Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft

Cybercrime activity is escalating and shows no sign of slowing down. That’s a fact of life in the early 21st century.  Information stolen from computer systems is used by cyber criminals in a variety of ways, but one of the most common scenarios is to open credit cards or bank accounts on behalf of a

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Check for DNSChanger by July 8!

We’ve posted about this a couple of times before, but since the deadline to update your machines is quickly approaching, the message bears repeating. DNSChanger is a malware that has changed many machines to use a handful of malicious DNS servers. The hackers that set up these malicious DNS servers and propagated the malware hoped

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Printer = Security flaw?

The words “hacking” and “printers” usually don’t go together, but recent research on the vulnerabilities of IT systems are now suggesting otherwise. A flaw in many printers (those connected to the Internet) has been discovered which allows hackers and online thieves to infiltrate an otherwise secure network. When it comes to printers, we usually think

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