AS INTERNET SCAMMERS UP THEIR GAMES,STATE DOJ SAYS STICK TO BASICS
Scammers, hackers and trolls are infesting the internet in record numbers and they’re playing at the top of their game.
For illegal profit at your expense, they’re trying to get personal information, including social security numbers … the crown jewels of identity theft. Use lazy passwords, and they’ll crack right in and help themselves.
As Hugh Harris of the state Department of Justice cautioned Rotarians at lunch on Monday, the bad guys know how to spell now. They get the grammar right. They use perfect fake logos and other validating visuals and have even been known to tailor scams with personal information available in the public domain. If you include last year’s data breach at Equifax, more than 5 million state residents have been affected by data breaches, said Harris, outreach and policy counsel for the DOJ’s public protection unit. “It’s constant,” Harris said. “It’s non-stop.”