Understanding Reputational Risk in Cybersecurity

Following a cyber attack, brand reputation is a critical aspect of cybersecurity, often referred to as reputational risk.  This risk encompasses the potential threat to the integrity of a company’s name, the trust of its loyal customer base, and its historical standing within the market. It stands alongside other significant cyber threats, such as digital,…

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Tangerine hacked: 230,000 customers exposed

Tangerine, the latest company to be hacked in the Australian telecommunications sector, has unfortunately fallen victim to a significant data breach, wherein hackers managed to pilfer some personal information of an estimated 232,000 customers. The breach, which occurred on February 18, was brought to management’s attention on February 20, prompting Tangerine to notify affected individuals…

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AI’s Promise and Peril: A Balancing Act

In recent years, the advent of advanced AI tools like ChatGPT and Dall-E has promised groundbreaking transformations across various sectors, from healthcare to education. These technologies offer unparalleled opportunities to revolutionize society, empowering doctors with more precise diagnostic capabilities and democratizing access to professional expertise. However, beneath the surface of innovation lies a shadow of…

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Telecoms Tackle 19 Year New Security Risk

In the ever-evolving landscape of digital threats, telecommunications companies find themselves on high alert as a newly discovered consumer security risk emerges. This threat allows scammers to circumvent identity checks for online transactions, including banking, shopping, and messaging. Surprisingly, the vulnerability lies in a feature implemented on mobile phone networks 19 years ago, which, when…

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Beware the Surge in “Phantom Hacker” Scams

A “Phantom Hacker” scam involving malevolent individuals posing as tech experts via phone, text, or email alleges that the victim’s computer or electronic device has fallen victim to a virus or hacking. And they are on the increase. “Phantom hacking” involves scammers posing as tech experts or representatives from reputable financial or banking organizations who…

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Safeguarding Your Travel Bookings

Reports from various consumer affairs agencies are sounding the alarm – travel booking sites have become the latest playground for scammers looking to exploit unsuspecting travellers. In this blog, we’ll look into the latest findings from cybersecurity company Perception Point and provide essential tips to protect yourself from falling victim to these cunning scams.  Understanding…

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Unwind Securely: Safeguard Your Digital Footprint on Vacation

Contacting friends and family would be much more difficult without the internet and social media platforms. After all, we can enjoy several significant moments online, protected behind our screens. Online connections have enabled us to remain in touch, never missing a minute, whether attending your friend’s virtual wedding or watching your favourite cousin’s newborn take…

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AI-Driven Voice Cloning Scams Targeting Children: A Terrifying New Reality

A chilling revelation has come to light: criminals are harnessing the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to hack into children’s social media accounts and clone their voices. The implications are frightening and underscore the urgent need for heightened awareness and security measures. Security experts have warned about even the most basic scammers employing readily available…

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Holiday Hacks: Protecting Your Browser Amidst Festive Cyber Fervour

As the holiday season approaches, digital transactions transform into a bustling marketplace blending festive cheer with lurking cyber threats. Amidst the joyous celebrations, it’s paramount to fortify our digital defences beyond the conventional cues of cyber intrusion. Here, we delve deeper into safeguarding your website browser, unveiling lesser-known threats often lurking beneath the surface. As…

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The Elusive Tactics of Star Blizzard

A shadowy group of hackers has emerged onto the global stage, orchestrating a sophisticated global spear phishing attack reportedly linked to the Kremlin. Known under an array of pseudonyms—Star Blizzard (formerly SEABORGIUM), Callisto Group, TA446, COLDRIVER, TAG-53, and BlueCharlie—this clandestine unit employs a cunning strategy. Their method? Covertly embedding seemingly harmless links within legitimate websites…

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Unveiling the Digital Grinch: Fake Affiliate Scams, Giveaways, and Followers

As the holiday spirit blankets social media, lurking beneath are cyber villains wielding deceptive tactics. Discover the dark underbelly of the festive season: affiliate scams infiltrating platforms with stolen credentials, baited fake giveaways masquerading as gifts, and the rise of counterfeit followers.  These schemes, designed by digital impostors, prey on our trust and eagerness. Unwary…

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Holidays and Hackers: Staying Protected Amid Festive Cyber Risks

The holiday season, characterized by its spirit of joy, togetherness, and festivities, is a cherished time for many. Amidst the merriment, it’s crucial to remain vigilant against potential cyber threats that tend to surge during this period of heightened online activity.  As we immerse ourselves in the season’s warmth, we must watch the telltale signs…

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Phone Breach Red Flags: Are You Still a Target for Hackers?

Amid the pandemic’s whirlwind, the rush towards remote work spun our lives into an era of mobile maneuvers and an unwavering dependence on our trusty smartphones. Yet, even now, two years down the line, this transformative wave has left a trail of companies caught off-guard by a lack of cybersecurity measures, paving a golden path…

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Four top Black Friday scams 

Attention Black Friday enthusiasts, exercise caution! Cybercriminals are on the prowl, targeting bargain hunters aiming to seize great deals online in 2023. Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping extravaganzas of the year, is increasingly moving into the digital realm, becoming a prime opportunity for hackers to capitalize on. This day, following the US Thanksgiving,…

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Rising Instances of Deceptive QR Code Scams

Consumers face an escalating threat of identity theft and data breaches by exploiting Quick Response (QR) codes, an aged technology repurposed amidst the touchless payment trends sparked by the global pandemic. QR codes, known for their black-and-white square configuration readable by smartphone cameras, were introduced in the mid-1990s. Hackers are taking advantage by superimposing fraudulent…

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Don’t Fall for It: The Elaborate Job Application Scam Still Targeting University Students

In the age of digital connectivity, the online landscape offers both opportunities and dangers. Unfortunately, one unsuspecting university student recently became ensnared in a sophisticated job application scam, illustrating how crafty cybercriminals have become. This cautionary tale reminds us to remain vigilant despite enticing job offers that could be cleverly disguised traps. The Perfect Target…

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Exploring the Intricate Web of Fine Print Scams

When was the last time you meticulously scrutinized the fine print of an online agreement before gleefully clicking “I agree” to access premium content or snag a tempting free trial offer? If you’re like most, you might not even remember when. It’s common practice to bypass the fine print, but did you know that lurking…

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Beware of Rental Scams: Protect Yourself from Fraudulent Listings

As the demand for rental properties increases, so does the risk of falling victim to rental scams. Exercise caution when searching for rental accommodation, as scammers have become increasingly sophisticated in their tactics. By altering legitimate ads or creating fake ones, these scammers aim to deceive unsuspecting individuals into providing personal information, security deposits, and…

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Direct Messages: The Whispering Temptress of Online Predators

One enduring passion I’ve held dear is the quest to aid parents in safeguarding their children within the digital realm. In 2016, driven by this fervour, I conceived Internet Safety University – a bastion for parents seeking to fortify their children’s online defences. As we stand on the precipice of another school year, I am…

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Decoding the Digital Menace: Understanding the Evolution of Cyberbullying

The internet, a space once deemed benign, was a journey taken lightly by most. However, today’s digital landscape has evolved into an arena where nothing can be taken for granted. Within this vast expanse, cyberbullying continues as one of the most insidious and pervasive forms of online abuse, commanding the attention of internet safety experts…

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Defending Your Digital Footprint: The Rising Importance of Smartphone Security

Mobile technology has witnessed an unprecedented surge in adoption and capabilities, granting us unfettered access to email, applications, the Internet, and corporate data. Our ability to stay connected with family and colleagues has grown exponentially, accompanied by the continuous expansion of our digital footprint, primarily on laptops and smartphones. However, as technology marches forward, so…

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What scammers want from you — and how to stop them

See Terry’s interview with Tangerine Terry Cutler discusses deceptive practices, including robocalls, where scammers impersonate legitimate institutions to extract personal information or money; Phishing involves fraudulent emails or texts with harmful links, aiming to steal login details or infect devices; how Buyer scams occur on platforms like Kijiji and Facebook Marketplace, featuring counterfeit goods or…

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Cyber-Safe Living: Navigating the Nooks and Crannies of Smart Home Security

In the ever-connected world, smart home devices have surged in popularity, promising convenience, efficiency, and an enhanced living experience. Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), our homes have been transformed by integrating smart thermostats, security cameras, voice-controlled assistants, and smart appliances. Yet, amidst this technological advancement and convenience, the pressing concern of cybersecurity risks…

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Don’t Be a Cybercriminal’s Easy Target: Enhance Your Digital Security Today

In today’s ever-connected world, we frequently hear about hacks, ransomware attacks, and data breaches that leave many people receiving alerts about their compromised information.  For instance, Petro-Points members discovered that an unauthorized party had accessed their basic contact information. Similarly, in February, Indigo experienced a ransomware attack, impacting current and former employees’ data. These incidents…

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Mac Attack: Atomic Stealer Tricks Users with AppleScript Spoofing

A concerning trend is emerging as cybercriminals increasingly target Apple computers with information-stealing malware. One such macOS infostealer, Atomic Stealer, has recently garnered attention from cybersecurity firm SentinelOne. In May 2023, a new malware version was identified, exhibiting more refined and targeted data-capturing capabilities, specifically focusing on gaming and cryptocurrency users. The primary motive behind…

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Amazon Scams Exposed: Protect Yourself from Sneaky Tactics

In a digital world where scammers are becoming increasingly cunning and innovative, protecting yourself from their deceptive tactics has never been more critical. From sophisticated tactics to exploiting advanced technologies, these fraudsters relentlessly try to trick unsuspecting individuals. As an Amazon user, you must know how to spot and evade these scams effectively. So, let’s…

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Beware of Scam Sites: Protecting Yourself from Widespread Brand Impersonation Campaigns

Online shopping has become a convenient and popular way to make purchases. However, with the rise of brand impersonation campaigns, it has become increasingly challenging to distinguish between genuine and fraudulent websites. These campaigns, targeting popular apparel, footwear, and clothing brands, have exploited unsuspecting consumers, tricking them into providing sensitive information on fake websites. In…

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Safeguarding Against AI-Powered Hackers: Four Essential Protection Recommendations for the Average Consumer

With the rapid advancement of artificial intelligence (AI), hackers have found new and sophisticated ways to exploit vulnerabilities and compromise the security of individuals. Protecting ourselves from AI-powered hackers has become more crucial than ever. Fortunately, the average consumer can significantly minimize their risk by adopting a proactive approach and implementing certain security measures. This…

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Long-Term Romance Scams: Unveiling the Deceptive Web of Love

As the plague of romance scams continues to haunt unsuspecting victims, it’s getting worse. In this elaborate scheme, scammers invest weeks, months and even years in building trust, transforming themselves into non-committal pen pals and friendly chat buddies. These scammers are skilled in deception, slowly luring their victims into their traps. The ultimate goal? To…

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Unmasking the even Darker Side of Romance: AI Hackers in the World of Love

In online romance, finding love has become a precarious dance with the unknown. As technology evolves, so do the tactics of scammers and fraudsters. In recent years, a new sinister force has emerged: AI hackers infiltrating the world of romance scams. These sophisticated virtual predators employ artificial intelligence (AI) to deceive unsuspecting victims, leaving shattered…

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Think Before You Pink: The Danger Lurking in the Latest WhatsApp Scam

In the ever-evolving landscape of online scams, a new WhatsApp scam has emerged, targeting Android users and posing a significant threat to their privacy and security. The WhatsApp Pink scam is a cunning phishing campaign that tricks users into downloading a fraudulent application promising an enhanced version of WhatsApp with a beautiful pink interface. With…

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Monitoring Your Children’s Online Activities During the Summer

At Cyology Labs, we firmly believe that implementing structured surveillance of your children’s online activities and setting limits on their internet usage is crucial for their protection. However, there are always differing opinions on whether tracking, monitoring, and checking their online behaviour is acceptable. Some parents are encouraged to go beyond protective instincts and resort…

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How AI Empowers Everyday Consumers by Safeguarding Against Hackers

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is stepping in as a powerful ally to protect everyday consumers from the clutches of hackers. This blog post will explore how AI plays a pivotal role in safeguarding individuals, ensuring their digital privacy, and enhancing their online security. Robust Threat Detection: Enhanced Email and Web Security: Personalized Behavioral Analysis: Intelligent Password…

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Closing the Gap: FRX Thwarts Scammer Withdrawals and Transfers

Australia’s banks, facing mounting pressure, have introduced an innovative tool to combat fraudulent transactions to protect customers from increasingly sophisticated scams. Here are some key highlights: Fraud Reporting Exchange  Scammers commonly target victims using bank transfers as the preferred method of payment. To combat this, banks are implementing a near real-time reporting system to prevent…

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Swiftly Outsmart Ticket Scammers: Protecting Yourself During The Eras Tour 

…or any high-profile tour or event. As the highly anticipated Taylor Swift Canadian concert tour approaches, fans are hunting for tickets. But amidst the excitement, staying vigilant and protecting yourself from ticket scams is crucial. Let’s learn from a cautionary tale and gain valuable advice to ensure a scam-free ticket-buying experience. Picture this: A fan,…

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Is AI a friend or foe in cybersecurity?

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become ubiquitous, extending its reach across various industries, including cybersecurity. It has the potential to transform the field of cybersecurity and make the digital world safer. However, as with any tool, its uses can be positive and negative. Cybercriminals today are weaponizing generative AI, a fascinating artificial intelligence designed to produce…

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Why Passkeys are the Future of Online Authentication

Password Protection

With the increasing number of cybercrimes, phishing scams, and account hacking cases, safeguarding passwords has become a critical concern. However, the digital landscape has provided a promising solution to this issue. Notably, leading tech companies such as Google, Apple, and Microsoft have been actively developing a passwordless future for all internet users. As an exciting…

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Empower Yourself with Fraudster: Your Ultimate Defense Against Fraudsters

In today’s world, where internet scammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated, staying informed and taking proactive measures to safeguard oneself is critical. The mobile app, Fraudster, is a reliable tool that can empower individuals to stay safe by providing easy-to-understand information, the latest fraud and scam alerts, and practical tips to avoid falling prey to fraudster…

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Protect Yourself from the Terrifying Grocery Rebate Scam: CRA Impersonators Use Phishing Links to Steal Your Personal Information!

The headline above may sound scary, but unfortunately, it is a reality for many individuals targeted by the Grocery Rebate scam. Scammers posing as the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) are sending unsolicited emails and text messages claiming to be related to the upcoming Grocery Rebate, with a link to click on for more information. However,…

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The Fine Print: What You Need to Know Before Signing Up for a Free Trial

The lure of a free trial can leave you bound by unexpected charges and subscriptions. Social media ads promoting weight-loss pills, anti-wrinkle serums, or muscle-enhancing supplements often use high-pressure sales tactics, countdown timers, and celebrity endorsements to entice you to sign up for a trial offer. However, by accepting these offers, you could be charged…

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Scamming the Scammers: Creative Ways to Turn the Tables on Won Scams

Imagine you receive a message claiming you’ve won a prize, whether it’s a vacation, cruise, lottery, or sweepstakes. The person contacting you seems ecstatic about your winnings and can’t wait for you to claim them. However, be wary of scams like these that are designed to trick you into giving away your personal information or…

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Don’t Let Tax Season Turn into Identity Theft Season

As we embrace the convenience of online tax filing, we must prioritize the security of our personal and financial information. With cybercriminals and hackers constantly on the prowl for sensitive data, the risks of falling prey to online fraud are higher than ever, particularly during the tax season. Considering this, we must be mindful of…

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The Truth About Online Reviews: How to Protect Yourself from Fraudulent Feedback

In today’s e-commerce platforms, we come across incentivized, sponsored, or fraudulent reviews, creating a confusing experience for online shoppers. This problem becomes more complicated when we consider the impact of the volume and sentiment of consumer reviews. Online customer reviews are powerful tools for businesses, allowing them to build trust with potential customers and improve…

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The Amazon Prime Scam You Need to Know About: Stay Safe Online

Amazon Prime, the popular subscription service that offers fast shipping and streaming of music and movies, is being targeted by cybercriminals in a new phone scam. There has been a rise in Prime members receiving phone calls from con artists pretending to be Amazon. The first step in the scam is to determine if the…

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Cyber Attack Alert: How to Stay Safe on Gmail with Chrome

If you have a Gmail account and use Chrome on your PC, beware of a dangerous new attack. The attack involves a fake Chrome browser extension called AF that infects computers and steals data from Gmail inboxes. This blog will tell you about the new cyber attack alert: how to stay safe on Gmail with Chrome.…

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