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Online Security Threats and Scams

EarthLink Staff By EarthLink Staff July 24, 2018

Learn the tell-tale signs of password extortion and credit card processing scams, and what to do if you receive an online threat.

As your internet service provider, your online security is important to us. Security scams frequently change, so it’s important to stay up to date. Below are recent occurrences regarding online security scams and how to find more information.

Password Extortion

Over the past few years, there has been an increase in emails that claim to have your account username and password from a “questionable” website. The cybercriminals on the other end of the email are asking for ransom payments (perhaps in bitcoin) or threatening to share your activity.  More information can be found on this Krebson Security forum and on this Internet Storm Center forum.

Scam Alert Trends

The Federal Trade Commission published an article highlighting online threats that could impact your security. Two they mention are vacation rental fraud and credit card processing scams. 

If you know how to recognize the warning signs, you’re less likely to fall for a scam. The online security landscape changes daily. It’s important to stay informed to protect your devices and your family.

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