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America's new Cyber Trust Mark. What is it and why have they done it. Also, hackers are now selling your private information for as little as $15 because it leaks out of credit bureaus.

America's new Cyber Trust Mark

Roughly 95% of all malicious traffic on the internet comes from our IoT devices! In response to this threat, the U.S. Government launched a new voluntary "U.S. Cyber Trust Mark" labeling program. Its purpose is to assist consumers in identifying how risky any IoT device might be. This should be useful; allowing us to determine the risks associated with a device we might want. The U.S. Cyber Trust Mark will be a distinctive shield logo on goods that satisfy predetermined cybersecurity standards.

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Hacker tool sells private information from credit bureaus

On the messaging app Telegram, I entered a tiny amount of information about my target into the dark blue text box—their name and the state I believed they lived in—and pressed enter. A short while later, the bot spat out a file containing every U.S. address that person had ever lived at, all the way back to their college dorm more than a decade earlier. The file included the names and birth years of their relatives. It listed the target’s mobile phone numbers and provider, as well as personal email addresses. Finally, the file contained information from their drivers’ license, including its unique identification number. All of that data cost $15 in Bitcoin. The bot sometimes offers the Social Security number too for $20.

Criminals are selling access to credit bureaus' header information about us. They got the data and sell it online in chat rooms. The information is supposed to be restricted to debt collectors, insurance companies, law enforcement, and a select few others. It has escaped and is sold for just $15—$20. I did an article in July, about removing your name from many data brokers.

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Date: October 2023

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