Identity Theft

Governor Ducey announced the formation of Arizona’s cybersecurity team.  The team will consist of experts from diverse backgrounds and disciplines who will work together to identify cyber threats and prevent cyber attacks on Arizona citizens.  The team will include members from state, local and federal government as well as experts from private business and universities.  It is hoped the team combined with the new security breach law will better protect Arizona residents against cybercrime.

There are risks as well as benefits to using a mobile device such as a smartphone or a tablet to access bank or credit card account information or to make purchases or payments. This article describes some of these pros and cons and concludes with a series of tips intended to help Arizona consumers practice safe and secure mobile banking.

If you don’t already have a virtual home assistant, you have undoubtedly seen the ads on TV and the internet.  There is currently a big push to promote Amazon Echo, Google Home, Google Home Mini, and other similar technologies.  While it may be convenient to have a virtual assistant to turn on the dishwasher, order groceries, and answer trivia questions, privacy concerns have arisen that are both complex and troubling.  Those privacy issues pose serious legal questions and impact our civil rights.

A marketing company has acquired and is using two toll free numbers which are VERY SIMILAR to Veterans Benefits Administration toll free numbers.  The marketer is trying to get callers to sign up to receive a Wal-Mart gift card, and is asking for PII, to include credit card information.  When asked if they are the VA, they reply vaguely, and explain that the VA is very busy and the call was directed to them. 

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