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New fraud scheme involves hacking of executives' e-mail

Mon, Aug 11, 2014

Washington, District Of Columbia

An employee might not hesitate to respond if their superior asks for secure information, and that's the response fraudsters are hoping for, according to a report by the Information Security Media Group. The report cites numerous warnings issued by federal authorities and researchers in recent weeks.

According to the report, hackers infiltrate e-mail networks and take over an executive's account. The account is then used to send e-mails to lower-level employees instructing them to perform a task with a sense of urgency. This usually involves confidential information, and sometimes involves instructing the employee to schedule fraudulent funds transfers.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center, has issued a notice about this scam. The IC3 reports that the average dollar loss per successful fraudulent transfer is approximately $55,000, but there have been reports of losses exceeding $800,000.

The IC3 also reported that victims are generally from the U.S., England and Canada, and are focused on institutions that generally conduct high-dollar wire transfers, so the requested amount is not uncommon.

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