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Senator Claims Hackers Entered Florida Poll Systems

The Florida Secretary of State’s office in Tallahassee said it had been unable to learn which county it was

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A US Senator from Florida has claimed there was an intrusion into Florida’s elections systems by hackers in 2016.

According to a report in The New York Times late Friday, Senator Marco Rubio claimed that “Russian hackers not only accessed a Florida voting system, but were ‘in a position’ to change voter roll data”.

Rubio said he was constrained by his position on the Senate Intelligence Committee, but the redacted version of the Mueller Report released on April 18 stated that the FBI believes “at least one Florida county” was infiltrated with malicious software by Russian intelligence agents.

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The hackers use spear phishing, meaning that they pose as partner universities to the target. Pixabay

Rubio’s statement contradicts the Florida Secretary of State’s office which maintained last week that its elections systems weren’t hacked.

The Florida Secretary of State’s office in Tallahassee said it had been unable to learn which county it was.

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“The department reached out to the FBI and they declined to share that information with us,” Sarah Revell, a department spokeswoman, was quoted as saying.

“No county has come forward.” (IANS)

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Hackers Use Data Protection Websites to Hack User Data: Study

In any possible scenario - be it the absence of the SSN or entering the correct existing SSN - the website alerts mistakes and offers to sell a temporary one for the $9 price

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Experts at cybersecurity firm Kaspersky detected this new online fraud scheme where Hackers urge users to buy 'temporary US social security numbers' worth around $9 each. Pixabay

In a unique online fraud, hackers are tricking people into thinking that they own compensation after being victims of personal data frauds, and under the pretext of offering them money, are fleecing them, a new report said on Monday.

Experts at cybersecurity firm Kaspersky detected this new online fraud scheme where scammers urge users to buy ‘temporary US social security numbers’ worth around $9 each.

Victims were found in Russia, Algeria, Egypt and the UAE as well as other countries.

The scheme involves a website allegedly owned by the Personal Data Protection Fund, founded by the US Trading Commission.

The fund issues compensation to those who may have been subject to a personal data leak and is available to citizens from any country in the world.

For those interested, the site offers to check whether user data has ever been leaked.

For this, one needs to provide their specific surname, first name, phone number, and social media accounts.

Once this has been done, an alert is shown indicating that the user has experienced a leak, which can include data such as photos, videos, and contact information, entitling the user to compensation of thousands of dollars.

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In a unique online fraud, hackers are tricking people into thinking that they own compensation after being victims of personal data frauds, and under the pretext of offering them money, are fleecing them. Pixabay

“However, fraudsters do not just ask for a user to enter a bank card number and wait for the payment to be credited; users inevitably need to offer their own social security numbers,” the report noted.

In any possible scenario – be it the absence of the SSN or entering the correct existing SSN – the website alerts mistakes and offers to sell a temporary one for the $9 price.

Upon agreement, the victim is redirected to this payment form in Russian or English with the purchase price specified in rubles or dollars, respectively. The specific form depends on the victim’s IP address, the experts noted.

“The scammers themselves are most likely Russian speakers, as suggested by the request for payments in rubles, plus the suspicious similarity of the scheme to other easy money offers that regularly tempt residents of Russia and the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States),” said Tatyana Sidorina, Security expert at Kaspersky.

The e-bait in those schemes varies — giveaways, surveys, secret retirement savings, even a part-time job as a taxi dispatcher — but they tend to be in Russian (as are some of the preceding links).

The bottom line is always the same: the juicy promise of quite a bit of easy money, followed by a demand to pay for an inexpensive service, be it a commission, a ‘securing’ payment, or a temporary SSN.

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“However, Hackers do not just ask for a user to enter a bank card number and wait for the payment to be credited; users inevitably need to offer their own social security numbers,” the report noted. Pixabay

“The new scheme is quite a topical one and is related to offering compensation for data leaks. Once some organizations have started to pay users, fraudsters decided there is a monetary opportunity for them as well,” Sidorina added.

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In order to stay protected from the potential risks of online fraud, do not trust payment offers, use trusted resources and utilize a reliable security solution, said the researchers. (IANS)