In her latest op-ed for ITProPortal, 4iQ Vice President of Marketing Claire Umeda explores how bad actors continue to use publicly available information for malicious purposes. While it’s not difficult to gain access to underground marketplaces, nefarious actors also have the option to access an individual’s personally identifiable information (PII) just by looking on the surface or social web. They will use this information to piece together an individual’s digital footprint, which can lead to identity theft, account takeovers, and more.
Some quite rudimentary tools and techniques, applied with criminal persistence, have been weaponized at volume and are being leveraged at scale to harm individuals and businesses financially and reputationally. Even further, these attacks put our nation’s democracy at risk, and our vulnerability is heightened with U.S. elections around the corner.”