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A Twitter Chat on Cybercrime Defense

Yesterday, Akamai participated in a Twitter forum on cybercrime as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Participants supplied a ton of great resources, which I think is worth sharing here. 

What follows are some of the tweets from the conversation. If you want to stay out of the attackers' crosshairs -- or if you're a victim looking for help -- you'll find what follows useful.

  1. If you're a victim, DOJ has a great site at where you can report a or identity theft.

  2. Check a site is using https:// *before* you login. Learn about the dangers of not doing so:

  1. You can also report phishing scams to the Internet Crime Complaint Center

  2. Cybercrime victims, file complaints: . victims, take 3 steps immediately:

  1. Guide for what to do if victim of cybercrime, including forms & what if it's your kid:

  2. FTC has detailed steps, checklists, & videos 2 help u prevent & resolve damage from :

  1. The "Victims of " resources sheet is good to have on hand before you need it.

  2. owners can also check out our whitepaper w/ plenty of tips:

  • RT : Stay educated! Here are top 10 email of 2013 & expert tips to protect yourself

  • Teach kids re: w/Fordham's great program:

    1. Final thought - subscribe to OnGuardOnline blog posts 2 learn about latest online scams & how to avoid them:

    2. Are u ready to protect yourself online? Test your skills on our game -The Case of the Cyber Criminal:

    3. RT : Seriously good advice. People are afraid to be blacklisted for one mistake, but it happens to the best of us.

    4. Check out our infographic on cybercrime & how small businesses can lose big

    5. Our blog at is a great resource for the latest info in security trends, tips and info.

    6. Oversharing info online & using unsecured public wi-fi makes it easier for criminals. Learn 2 use w/care:

    7. A lot of the training gives new employees on how to behave securely applies to what we're discussing here...

    8. If people suspect fraudulent activity, they should report it to their bank, local police,etc. Here's a list

    9. A lot of PII is shared (intentional or b/c we have many user accts). Helps bad guys social engineer. Advice:

    10. We provide pics of a few common Visa phishing scams on our security blog


    11. Guessable passwords played role in 29% of 2011 breach investigations

    12. Weak passwords! We see "123456" and "password" used way too often. More fun stats we found:

    13. For newbies, social engineering is when the bad guys try to phish you with messages that look like legit business, news, etc.

    14. As a journalist, one of the things I covered a lot -- and still do at Akamai, is social engineering...


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