Bloomberg says: Identity Theft Fraud Falls 34%, Victims Pay More (8-Feb-2011)


Identity theft fraud fell 34 percent last year to $37 billion, the lowest since Javelin Strategy & Research began tracking data in 2003.

About 8.1 million identities were stolen in 2010, the fewest since 2007, according to a Javelin study released today. Out-of-pocket costs to victims rose to $631 in 2010 from $387 in 2009, according to the Pleasanton, California-based market- research firm.

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“There are fewer cases of identity fraud than there were in previous years. The bad news is there’s more consumer cost,” said James Van Dyke, Javelin’s president and founder. “That’s really due to a shift in the types of fraud.”

Debit-card fraud accounted for 36 percent of crimes committed with cards already in circulation in 2010, up from 26 percent in 2009. Debit-card fraud is generally more expensive for consumers than credit card because zero-liability policies, which protect consumers from losses if their cards are stolen, are less common for debit cards, according to the study.

“There’s been a shift from credit to debit in all kinds of transactions, and unfortunately as you have more debit transactions you have more debit fraud,” said Van Dyke.

New-account fraud, in which a criminal opens an account in the individual’s name rather than exploiting an existing account, also contributed to the rise in costs. Out-of-pocket losses for consumers on new-account fraud averaged $1,267 in 2010, up from $787 in 2009.

Consumer Education

Better consumer education and the success of systems that monitor customer accounts for unusual activity have helped to reduce fraud rates and losses, according to Erik Stein, a vice president of Brookfield, Wisconsin-based Fiserv, a financial services technology company and a sponsor of the survey.

High-income households, or ones earning $150,000 or more a year, had the highest fraud rate of 7.3 percent compared with an average of 3.5 percent across all income levels, the study said.

Consumers should regularly check their free credit reports and monitor their bank and credit-card statements for unfamiliar charges, said Linda Sherry, a spokeswoman for Consumer Action.

“I’m always amazed when I hear from people who don’t read their credit-card statement, they just pay the bill,” said Sherry, who is based in Washington. “If they don’t catch something right away it can be an endless torment.”

Opinion Access Corp., a Long Island City, New York, research firm, surveyed 5,004 people by phone between September 2010 and November 2010 on behalf of Javelin.

To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Ody in New York eody@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rick Levinson at rlevinson2@bloomberg.net.

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e-promotion by ICICI Bank against Phishing mails !!


Kindly make a note of Phishing mails that can hack into your precious bank / Monetary accounts & fetch-out free money.

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I myself had received such mailers from IDBI Bank asking for personal banking details. On the follow-up with Bank’s Top  officials over mail, it was found that the respective hacking bug was blocked & de-activated.

Here are a few Forensic Triggers mention in the web-poster of ICICI Bank, which is pretty much enlightening.

  • The email ID domain might appear to be Bank name / familiar company / friend’s ID.
  • On moving  the cursor onto the sender’s address, it would reveal mis-matching characters in the URL.
  • The padlock (Security protection) icon would be missing.
  • Generally, mailer will mention the urgent step-by-step action required in order to avoid shut-down of account.
  • It will ask for secret information like user ID, passwords, PINs, CVV number, Credit/Debit Card number, vbyv passcode details, etc.

    Money going e-line

    Phishing Mail

 
 
  Dear Customer, You must have heard of ‘Phishing’ ! It is a trap laid by fraudsters through e-mail. If you reply to the e-mail, you might be ‘phished’ of your confidential banking/credit-card details and end up losing your hard-earned money.

The way to protect yourself against phishing is to identify a phishing e-mail. If you suspect an e-mail to be a phishing attempt, forward it to antiphishing@icicibank.com, and delete from your mailbox. Do not respond to such mails.

 
     
 
 
 
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p.s. – Original structure is modified as to suit the formatting.

 

 

Cyber Frauds – Indian companies vulnerable to internet attacks


PUNE: Here’s a cause of concern for India Inc. Independent findings of internet and data security company Symantec and research agency Frost and

Sullivan suggest that Indian companies are susceptible to internet threats and companies are underspending on security. The country ranked number one on the prevalence of internet virus attacks in the Asia Pacific and Japan region, according to data with Symantec.

How does one attackes a website
How does one attackes a website
Phishing Attacks & Cyber Frauds

Symantec revealed this in the findings of its IT security scenario in 2008, while Datacraft, a company providing software solutions for the manufacturing industry, had commissioned Frost and Sullivan to conduct a security compliance survey of manufacturing companies in the country.

Symantec’s findings show that India features among the top three countries in the region to be affected by malicious activity on the internet, aimed primarily at stealing sensitive corporate information.

Frost and Sullivan’s survey in 2009 found that 92% of the companies had security vulnerabilities and were underspending on information security .

While larger companies are taking steps for data security, small and medium businesses are not worried. Ken Schneider, Symantec CTO, security and compliance said, “While data theft is the prime reason for attacks, 61% of Indian SMBs are unaware of IT security threats and 68% do not consider data loss as a major security threat. Unprotected infrastructure, lack of IT policies, poorly protected information and poorly managed systems are a cause of concern for businesses. Unless enterprises improve security protocols and measures to counter malicious activities, India will continue to be a soft target of Internet threats.”

Beware of Phishing & Inernet Frauds
Beware of Phishing & Inernet Frauds

Added Tony Murphy, solutions head, manufacturing, Datacraft, “The next two years are critical as security threats will increase. Manufacturing companies are expanding their IT infrastructure, thus increasing the complexity of operations. However, they are not investing enough to meet challenges thrown up by this complexity . Most of them are also not compliant with the latest security standards .”

The Symantec survey revealed that incidence of spam is increasing and 12% of spam in the APJ region originates from India. Mumbai features high in the prevalence of internet attacks, contributing 37% of the affected computers, followed by Chennai at 24%.

Globally, spam tripled in 2008 compared to 2007.

According to a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a consultancy, report, IPR and business information contribute 32% and 68% respectively of data loss and Symantec’s findings reveal that 59% of the employees who lost or left a job walked away with some corporate information.

CYBER FRAUD

92% cos vulnerable

61% of Indian SMBs are unaware of threats and 68% do not consider it a threat

Mumbai contributes 37% of the affected computers

Chennai follows Mumbai at 24%

Globally, spam tripled in 2008

59% of the employees who lost or left a job, walked away with co data

http://www.theeconomictimes.com

19 Sep 2009, 1044 hrs IST, ET Bureau

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