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Online security breaches — A growing threat in the digital era

One of the emerging threats in the digital era is online security breaches. Today, millions of people use social media platforms to post information about their lives online. In doing so, they often provide sensitive personal information to various platforms, including credit card information, personal preferences, and other information that is otherwise protected by various privacy legislation. A security breach from an unknown hacker can lead to millions of users’ accounts being compromised. In addition, many users now use one social media platform to host a variety of applications. In those circumstances, a security breach of the main platform could … Continue Reading

Social engineering fraud

What is social engineering fraud?

Social engineering fraud is defined as the art of influencing people to disclose sensitive information or granting the fraudster unauthorized access. As opposed to exploiting a secure computer system to access information, criminals are now exploiting a person’s trust through avenues such as email, social media, and mobile apps. While social engineering fraud could involve the classic “advance-fee scam” such as when a vulnerable individual is tricked into sending money to a “prince” in a foreign land, there has been a rapidly increasing amount of sophisticated scams, such as Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams that … Continue Reading

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