Uncovered in India: Large Data Theft of United States Information

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Indian outsourcer steals client data, sells to competitors

The Times of India recently reported a case that will strike fear into the hearts and minds of information security specialists and C-level executives that support and promote the use of outsourcing for company processes and operations.

According to the report, the owner of an IT business process outsourcing (BPO) service provider has been accused of stealing information from Florida-based company Noble Ventures, and reselling it to their U.S.-based rivals.

When Noble Ventures cancelled their contract for Web site creation and maintenance with Ahmedabad-based Business Bee Solutions, the company's owner closed his BPO shopfront and moved operations to his home.

It is not known when he sold the data belonging to Noble Ventures, but he used an American-based accomplice to sell the stolen information to Noble Ventures' U.S. competitors. MORE

Also see: The Times of India


Phishing Scam Alert: American Airlines AAdvantage Members Receive Phishing Scam emails

If you receive an email from what appears to be from American Airlines don't click on the embeded link or you will be scammed.

If you received the below email, do not open the link and delete the email immediately.

The email looks official -yet it is simply a "phisihng" scam designed to trick you into believing it is from American Airlines. If you click on the link, you will be whisked off to a site that also looks legit.

They then ask you to provide you PIN and AAdvantage membership number and then ask you to take a quick survey where they then ask for your personal identifying information that includes your social security number, date of birth, mother's maiden name, credit card numbers, etc, etc.

Here is the phishing email:

Greetings from AA.com

Welcome to the American Airlines AAdvantage(R) program, the first and largest loyalty program in the world! We are proud to inform you that today June. 26 /2008 AmericanAirlines.com launch a new reward program. Please log in to your American Airlines account and take the 5 questions survey. For your effort you will be rewarded with $50

Your 50 dollars bonus code is AA-002JFX-1654JZ33. Please log in to your aa.com account and follow the steps.

Thank you very much for your help and your patient and hope you will enjoy the American Airlines reward program in the future

American Airlines Reward Department

If you have received the phishing email and already provided your personal AAdvantage information, please log on to AA.com immediately, verify your account balance and change your password. If unauthorized changes have been made to your account, please call us at 1-800-882-8880 and speak "AAdvantage Services," then select "Account Information" and ask for an "agent."

If you provided other personal information when completing the phishing survey, AA suggests you contact your financial institutions.


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