Monday, March 22, 2004
( 12:55 PM ) Andy
BOL Guru John Burnett was recently spotted teaching at the ABA Compliance School in IN. again.
John is a regular and here was teaching e-compliance. These pictures were taken from the back of the room.
Friday, March 12, 2004
( 1:59 PM ) Andy
What do you do when a check kiting scheme becomes so elaborate one person can't keep up with it? You with a manual and let others manage the process for you. This is what allegedly happened with the husband of U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky.
In a Chicago Sun-Times story reported March 12, several banks are at risk of losing $2.3 million. Robert Creamer is charged with 16 counts of bank fraud involving three alleged check-kiting schemes, from the mid-1990s. Rep. Schakowsky is not named in the indictment. #
Monday, March 08, 2004
( 12:20 PM ) Michele
Another tricky EMAIL SCAM .. this one targeted Bankersonline.com
We hope you didn't receive this email ... and if you did we certainly hope you were not fooled into opening it. The BankersOnline domain was spoofed and this email was socially engineered to appear to come from us. It didn't!
Unfortunately, these are becoming all to common. Read the report Mary Beth posted on March 4th -- the email styles are similar and they are targeting users of large Internet sites.
Are your customers next to receive a spoofed spam email appearing to be from your trusted institution? We hope not but it can happen and you have to be ready to react. Make sure your system administrator traces the header and alerts the ISP that originated the offending email. Then followup up with a report to NIPC.
Here's the offending email:
Dear user of Bankersonline.com gateway e-mail server,
Some of our clients complained about the spam (negative e-mail
outgoing from your e-mail account. Probably, you have been
infected by a proxy-relay trojan server. In order to keep your
computer safe, follow the instructions.
Please, read the attach for further details.
The Bankersonline.com team
( 7:21 AM ) Mary Beth
Now Who's Boss
A new show premieres tonight on The Learning Channel. Called "Now Who's Boss?", the show features top executives of huge enterprises spending a week doing the jobs of folks that are significantly lower on the corporate totem pole. The head of a global hotel empire checks guests in, cleans rooms, totes luggage. Co-chairmen of a restaurant chain bus tables, clean doors, do dishes. There are six episodes in all, each featuring a different work environment, different real-life characters. What is fascinating is watching the light bulb moments the execs have as they actually experience the tasks from the perspective of someone doing them, rather than the perspective of someone ordering them done. They see the flaws in everything from the housekeeping uniforms (too hot!) to the glass front doors (way too much work to keep clean). Problems and annoyances that were already readily apparent to staff suddenly show up on the executive radar. Even for those who aren't fans of reality TV, this series will be worth watching. #
( 6:48 AM ) Mary Beth
Sunday, March 07, 2004
( 1:20 PM ) Andy
NBC4.com is reporting on a new skim scam that will be even less evident than those we have seen in the past. The thief opens a "pay-as-you-pump" gas dispenser and attaches a skimmer to the electronics inside the machine.
These have been seen in Florida and California. In this instance, you will have to watch your statement to detect the activity. A PIN based transaction may be the safest here as there are no reports of cameras to watch for a PIN so that data gathered may be used. #
Thursday, March 04, 2004
( 4:37 PM ) Mary Beth
Tricky Web Names Lead to Jail Time
Imagine a kid innocently trying to surf to a wholesome site like Disneyland and ending up on a porn site instead. Thanks to a dirtbag named John Zuccarini, that is precisely what was happening. We're happy to note he just got sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for registering misleading Web domain names designed to capitalize on misspellings. According to the complaint, Zuccarini had registered thousands of domain names with slight spelling variants of the names of popular, legitimate sites. Read more
Very Convincing Worm Email
If I didn't know better, I would have gotten infected with a computer worm this afternoon. I received an email with the subject "E-mail account disabling warning", purporting to be from my ISP. It said (I've left the grammar and punctuation mistakes):
Hello user of Ionet.net e-mail server,
Our antivirus software has detected a large amount of virusses outgoing from your email account, you may use our free anti-virus tool to clean up your computer software.
Advanced details can be found in attached file.
For security reasons attached file is password protected. The password is "55038".
The Ionet.net team
A zip file was attached. Tricky, but not tricky enough. . .
Tuesday, March 02, 2004
( 5:43 AM ) Andy
Look for the new nickels coming to your bank soon. The US Mint introduced two new designs for one side of the coin last year. The first of the two celebrating the Louisiana Purchase is in the Federal Reserve system and ready for distribution. The second will be out in the fall.
Monday, March 01, 2004
( 6:14 PM ) Andy
How often do you consider the security of your computer networks? Do these networks include laptops? Do these networks include laptops on the road? Consider reviewing this CNN story describing the insecurity of hotel networks. When I travel I must have an Internet connection and I don't want dial-up if I can avoid it. I am not alone. And don't trust in VPNs alone. Data on a laptop is still vulnerable because "file sharing" may still be turned on. Use caution and verify settings. #