FBI Reveals Telephony Denial of Service Scam

By JDavis | 7/14/10 11:05 AM

Have you received an unusual amount of strange phone calls on a mobile or land line recently? If so, you should be aware of a scam that uses automated phone calls to gain access to users' accounts, leaving its victims with drained bank accounts. It's a rare example of Telephony Denial of Service (TDOS) attacks being used directly against consumers.

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Cyber-skimmers Stealing Credit Cards at the Gas Pump

By JDavis | 3/16/10 8:24 AM

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department recently wrapped up a three-year investigation into a credit card fraud and identity theft ring that was using "skimmers"--electronic devices covertly installed over the card slots on ATM machines and other card readers--to capture credit and debit card information, including PIN codes, at a number of computerized gas station pumps. The skimming devices stored the card information until downloaded by the thieves and re-encoded onto the magnetic strips of other cards. The criminals were then able to use the stolen card numbers--of which they had over 10,000 when arrested--to make purchases.

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