Scammers are using a combination of phishing techniques and social engineering to trick people with Chinese last names into handing over their personal information and even make direct payments to the scammer. The scheme isn’t new, with reports going back as early as 2015 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) told phone carriers to start using robocall-blocking services. Now the Federal Trade Commission has had it too. A statement by the FTC said it has recently recorded a surge in complaints from customers claiming that scammers are purporting to call from the Chinese Consulate asking them for personal information and even cash. “People across the country have reported getting a call or message saying they have to pick up a package at the Chinese Consulate office,” reads the report. “Or, they need you to give them information to avoid being in trouble with the Chinese Consulate. Then the caller asks for your bank or credit card information, or tells you to make a bank tr..
A former employee of Alaskan regional airline PenAir has pleaded guilty to felony fraud associated with hacking attacks against the company’s ticketing and reservation system in the spring of 2017, announced the US Department of Justice. Suzette Kugler, 59, was sentenced to five years of probation and 250 hours of community service. After working for PanAir for almost 30 years, Kugler was “dissatisfied with the circumstances surrounding her departure.” As PanAir’s director of system support, she was in charge of administering the Sabre database system which was vital to ticketing and reservations. After she retired, Kugler used her knowledge of the database to create fake employee accounts. Assigned with high-level privileges, she used the accounts to destroy information and keep legitimate employees at eight airports from making any flight changes, including booking, ticketing or boarding flights. Research revealed Kugler actually started creating fake profiles in her last week of w..