Cyber criminals using election to get personal information: FBI

Scammers are trying to exploit the high level of interest in the U.S. presidential election as a way to steal personal information.

Swindlers are posing as fundraisers, pollsters and candidates and even launching fake voter registration drives to trick citizens into providing personal information and bank account details, the Associated Press reported.

The FBI, the Better Business Bureau and cybersecurity experts are warning about increasingly sophisticated online fraud schemes centered around the election that take advantage of high interest and the desire to get involved.

From natural disasters to the pandemic, it’s common for online grifters to tailor scams to take advantage of current events. Complaints to the FBI cybercrime reporting site quadrupled to up to 4,000 a day since the coronavirus pandemic started, for example.

The final weeks of the election are providing a ripe opportunity for cybercriminals, who often take advantage of the same tools use by foreign

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Is your ‘work from home’ office cyber secure?

One Maine cyberdefense company suggests doing these things to protect yourself and coworkers

PORTLAND, Maine — After months of working from home, have you asked yourself if your connection to your office is secure?

Having a WiFi password is a start, but it’s not enough.

October is National Cyber Security Month and for the past 17 years, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has been raising awareness for Americans to stay safe online.

Defendify, a Portland-based cyber defense company, is doing the same, even offering a toolkit for free for the business community.

Co-Founder, Rob Simopoulos outlined what to look out for and how to stay two steps ahead of cybercriminals. 

Simopoulos says there are different attack methods used today. Cybercriminals do their research on what you post on social media sites and can even find out who your boss is to send a phishing email targeting you or

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Budget 2020: Australia’s cyber dollars are full of stale hot air


Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Image: IBM

Australia’s federal budget papers, which dropped on Tuesday night, make it clear just how little attention the government is paying to its cyber policies and to good governance generally.

ZDNet has already reported how most of the Budget was pre-announced, with those previously-announced figures included in the totals of supposedly new spending. In reality, though, it’s even worse.

Yes, the “additional $201.5 million” to help deliver the nation’s disappointing Cyber Security Strategy is just another part of the AU$1.7 billion over 10 years already announced in August.

Yes, the vast majority of that total figure is the AU$1.35 billion cyber kitty for the Cyber Enhanced Situational Awareness and Response (CESAR) package already announced with much fanfare back in June.

Yes, it’s a re-announcement of a re-announcement. New is not new.

But look more closely and you’ll see that CESAR isn’t even an additional

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