Please do this before you get hacked
Please do this before you get hacked by Simon Black – Sovereign Man
What I’m about to tell you is a bit scary. But as you’ll see, it could easily happen to anyone. So please read this in full… and then go change your passwords.
We have a friend whose email was hacked some time ago. It happened because, as many people tend to do, she used a very simple password for her email and logged in over an unsecure network, allowing hackers to easily grab it.
What’s more, she used the SAME password for multiple other online accounts. So when the hackers obtained her email password, they could also access her bank account.
After obtaining access to her email account, the hackers combed through years and years of old files and emails until they found a document with her signature on it, along with other key personal information.
From there, they created a phony contract that made it appear she was buying a property for $500,000, and then they Photoshopped her signature at the bottom of it.
The contract looked completely legitimate. So when they faxed it over to the bank, along with wire instructions to please transfer $500,000 out of her bank account, the bank believed the scam.
The hackers were also able to log in to her bank account and send internal messages to the bank, ‘confirming’ the wire transfer.
On the bank’s end, everything appeared to be in order. So they transferred the money.
Poof. $500,000 was stolen.
Now, clearly the bank had some pretty weak internal controls in place. I’m astounded that a bank in 2017 would transfer half a million bucks to the other side of the planet based on a faxed signature that’s so easily reproduced by any teenager with Photoshop skills.
And more than likely the bank is going to have to pony up some cash.
But still… no sense in taking the risk.