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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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QBE Cyber Resources – eRiskHub.

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A recent report from Netdilgence highlighted the increasingly difficult cyber risk environment for by business.  A copy of the paper is available  here. CPAGold™ members have access to a broad range of cyber risk services. One of the most useful is the substantial support and resources provided by eRiskHub. eRiskHub offers a range of tools and information […]

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Your Malpractice Insurance Policy May Not Cover You for Fraudulent Wire Transfers

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ACIArb., ARM Back in July 2017 we posted a blog about a protocol to minimize the possibility of a social engineering claim (Go here for the posting). This topic has become of interest to CPAs as the number of spoofing claims has increased.  A recent posting on the KnowBe4 website (go here […]

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W2 Phishing scams

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What has become a common feature of the post-Holiday season is the W2 phishing scam.  This is a sophisticated social engineering attack to dupe clients’ payroll and HR departments into providing W-2 data on employees, to enable the crooks can file fraudulent tax returns.  For several years, these criminals have been the cause of identity […]

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WannaCry provides a wakeup call for more training on email exploits

Originally posted May 14th, 2017 by Paul E. Paray, Esq. here. On May 12, 2017, WannaCry ransomware infections reportedly took hold of 200,000 computer systems in 150 countries.  Experts have been warning against ransomware exploits for years.  The recent rise of ransomware, however, has been a function of the low cost of financial data on the dark […]

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IRS Warns CPAs: Beware of Phishing

Guest bloggers from the law firm Goldberg Segala posted the following which we thought is timely and pertinent: Businesses are increasingly becoming the targets of sophisticated cyber-attacks, and professionals are no exception.  When cyber-criminals breach a professional service firm, they not only may gain access to the firm’s corporate data, but also confidential information from the […]

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