Ransomware

Ransomware

“I remember the time I was kidnapped and they sent a piece of my finger to my father. He said he wanted more proof.” Rodney Dangerfield Back in the 1920s and 30s, old-school criminals made money through kidnapping – holding people for ransom until their demands...

Phishing

An actuary can tell you how many people between the ages of 50 and 60 will die this year. A Sicilian actuary will tell you their names. Actuarial science uses the laws of probability and statistics to predict the possibility of things happening in the future. Much of...

Malware

The word “malware” is derived from two terms: “malicious” and “software.” Software is what operates the hardware, or physical components, of your computer. Malicious—well, you probably know what that means. Hateful, spiteful, mean, nasty, mischievous, and, well, you...

Romance Scams

“I’d like to chat with you, if you don’t mind.” Who talks like that! This is a typical opening line of a romance scammer. If asking to continue a conversation, most people don’t say, “If you don’t mind.” Anyone can be the victim of a romance scam, but the criminals...

The Grandparent Scam – A Victim’s Story

Following a recent presentation, a member of the audience told me that his mother received a phone call from a person claiming to be a grandchild who had been arrested for fishing without a license. He asked the victim not to tell other family members about the arrest...