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Police Warn of New ‘Line-Trapping Technology’ Being Used to Scam People Over the Phone

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A new piece of sophisticated technology is being used by fraudsters to scam unsuspecting people over the phone. Police said a woman in the New York Region received a call earlier this month and was told by the scammers she had been a victim of identity theft. Police said the woman was directed to call […]

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Security Policy for CPA firms – a template

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We have received several enquiries from members of the CPAGold™ program for help with a suggested wording for a Cyber Security Policy as required by the IRS rules. As you will be aware, there is a lot of information available about this topic.  One of the best white papers is Small Business Information Security: The […]

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Equifax breach settlement

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb. You may recall that in September 2017 we reported on the data breach suffered by the national credit reporting agency.  Go here for the article. According to Reuters — Credit reporting company Equifax Inc. will pay up to $700 million to settle U.S. federal and state probes into a […]

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Gotcha! Three cyber policy traps to look out for (and a postcript to the CCH hack)

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The following is an article published by CFC Underwriting, a leading cyber insurer based in London. The original article appears here. ——————————————————————————————————————— Cyber insurance is projected to experience major growth in the years ahead and new insurers are regularly entering the market. While this is creating greater competition and providing more choice for customers, some insurers […]

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A cyber coverage “Fire Drill” – professional liability insurance implications of the CCH Axcess (Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting) malware attack.

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb Last Monday we received a flurry of frantic phone calls from clients about the denial of access to the CCH Axcess program.  On Monday May 6, between the hours of 8-10 a.m. E.T., accountants across the country started realizing their CCH products, which are based in the cloud, were […]

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Fraudulent Wire Transfers – the latest word

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb. In the past few years we have seen quite a few of these costly and tragic situations and paid a number of claims made against our CPA firm and investment professionals clients. The essence is that a CPA or adviser (or Trustee) is induced by a trick, artifice or […]

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SOCIAL ENGINEERING/WIRE TRANSFER FRAUD – A NEW TWIST ON AN OLD SCAM.

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by Rickard Jorgensen FCII, ARM, ACIArb. As we discussed in prior postings, social engineering is a major problem for CPAs. Go to:  here for risk management advice and here for coverage details Social engineering is a deception to manipulate individuals into carrying out a particular act, such as transferring money, handing over confidential information or […]

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Cybercrime Uses Social Engineering Techniques to Steal Employee Credentials and Commit Payroll Diversion

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb Recent developments clearly shows the urgent need for security awareness training. The FBI warned September 18, 2018 about new criminal campaigns that target the online payroll accounts of employees in a variety of industries. METHODOLOGIES “Cybercriminals target employees through phishing emails designed to capture an employee’s login credentials. Once […]

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SEXTORTION – a new aspect to cyber crime and CPAs.

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb   Sextortion attacks against professional firms, including CPAs, are not uncommon and increasing in frequency.  Sextortion is a form of blackmail in which sexual information or images are used to extort sexual favors or cash from the victim.  The FBI offers an explantion of this new crime here. However, recently […]

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Comparing Cyber Insurance Policies

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I know this is a little off topic as regards CPA professional liability insurance but cyber attacks are increasing in frequency and size (dollar value).  At least monthly (and some times more) we receive calls from panicked firms because of a cyber attack. Good risk management is the best way to reduce the impact of cyber […]

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