It’s called credential loading and it’s just the latest threat that cyber pirates and thieves have discovered to bilk unsuspecting citizens out of their money.
In an age where digital communication is becoming important on-line crime is growing, making cyber security a higher priority. We’ve come a long ways from the Nigerian scam over the fax machine.
The City of Saskatoon’s recent case is just one example. And this is a sophisticated organization with elaborate security plans in place and even so….they got caught. So how does the average person protect themselves?
Colin Rooke of Butler Byers Insurance in Saskatoon has become something of an expert in this field and he warns one new thing to watch for is a seemingly harmless website that invites you to sign up for something free. The criminals make this offer so they can get your password and user ID. They’re betting that you use the same one every time you sign up. Then they use that information to log onto dozens of websites in hopes they’ll hit pay dirt by finding one of your real accounts.