Law you can use: What can be done about hacking?

October 9, 2016 By Milton Sutton
The News-Herald (Originally published by the Ohio State Bar Association)

Q What forms of hacking should concern me?

A Phishing scams, password hacking and social engineering are most commonly used to gain illegal access to your personal information.

Phishing scams are attempts to steal your identity. Usually, the scammer uses fraudulent email messages, appearing to come from legitimate businesses (e.g., eBay, PayPal or Best Buy), that may fool you into divulging account numbers, passwords, credit card numbers and Social Security numbers.

For example, in 2003, many eBay Inc. customers received email notifications that their accounts had been compromised and were being restricted. The message included a hyperlink to an “eBay web page” where customers could re-register. Customers were told to provide credit card data, ATM personal identification numbers, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and their mothers’ maiden names. However, eBay hadn’t sent the original email, and the web page didn’t belong to eBay.

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