The Web: Expect More Swindles in 2005 A report of corporate IT security officers released by International Data Group said so-called "phishing" -- scams utilizing e-mail or pop-up messages to trick the computer user into revealing private information -- is about to increase. The survey by IDG's CSO Magazine found 96 percent of 459 corporate IT security officers think these scams will proliferate in 2005.
By Gene J. Koprowski UPI 12/30/04 5:00 AM PT As virtual banking and other online transactions continue to grow, consumers increasingly are being swindled on the Internet. More and more, they are looking for ways to ensure the organization they are dealing with online is what it claims to be. When people withdraw money at the bank, the teller usually asks for some ID to prove they are who they claim to be. It would be quite unusual, though, for a customer to ask a bank employee for ID. The bank infrastructure -- right down to the mahogany paneling and portraits by famous artists on the wall -- assures people they really are at the bank. Not so online, but that is about to change... Proliferation Predicted... Fighting Back... Unique Identifier... Fraud Scanning Software...
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