Posted by - July 14, 2017

Bithumb, which is one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, was recently hacked, with the criminals making off with approximately 32,000 customers’ user account information. Thankfully, no passwords were obtained.

This hack was different in that instead of going after the exchange’s internal network, the hackers broke into a home PC of an employee of Bithumb. One obvious question is why was this employee allowed to house sensitive information on his personal computer which he had in his home? Once this information was obtained, scammers then phoned some victims, trying to access their accounts by posing as Bithumb employees. One victim lost about $8,700.

If anyone ever calls you saying they are from a company, and you have a feeling it might be a scam, don’t hesitate to let them know you’ll call them back just to ensure they are who they say they are. But be sure not to call back a number they give you, instead, call the customer service number listed on their website. This is just one way to protect yourself from phone scams.

Not only is this a lesson in how to prevent being scammed over the phone and what steps you can take, but also on how to ensure all employees are trained properly so that these hacks don’t occur in the first place. Do you know if employees have access to your company’s data on their personal devices? If so, how confident are you in the security measures protecting said devices?

Optfinity can provide no-cost, no-obligation assessments so that you know how secure or vulnerable your employees, your devices, and your company’s data are. Not only do we provide the know-how, we can also provide the training that your employees may desperately need to ensure they are working just as hard to help keep your business safe from hackers.

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