Monthly Archives: April 2012

Top Banks Targeted by “Vishing” Attacks

The five largest U.S. banks – and thousands of their consumer and business customers – were targets of phone-based phishing fraud in the second half of 2011. In total, the attacks targeted 30 of the 50 biggest banks in the nation.

New York is the state with the most potential victims, with over 22,000 of these so-called “vishing” (voice-call phishing) incidents

Social Intelligence: Employers Demand Facebook Passwords

Some employers are demanding that job seekers provide their Facebook passwords as part of their employment application. Is this a smart step in pre-emptive security or simply a coercive hiring practice?

In this context, it’s worth noting that social network profiles can be deeply data-mined without having the user password. Private investigators routinely –

Fracks, Frauds and Toxic Torts

Growing controversies and numerous lawsuits have resulted from the recent boom in domestic oil and gas drilling. Today’s energy industry faces increased scrutiny from landowners, investors, insurers, lenders, environmentalists, and regulators.

The uptick in multi-million-dollar claims pertaining to environmental damages, landowner rights, and securities fraud coincides with a growing need for qualified investigators, observes Beacon director John Powers