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In recent years, the practice of scientifically adapting human DNA has been advanced through the breakthroughs resulting from the National Institute of Health’s Human Genome Project. Through the careful adaption of DNA, researchers are advancing targeted options for treating serious illnesses, such as certain cancers. But these opportunities are also introducing important conversations regarding medical ethics and other risks.
OneBeacon Technology is pleased to offer deeper insights on this topic in their first whitepaper of the year titled “Gene Editing: CRISPR/Cas-9 and Beyond” authored by Medical Technology Risk Control Specialist Michael Campbell. In this whitepaper, Mike provides an overview of the methodology, reviews issues and concerns, and notes what is on the horizon for this emerging discipline.
We hope you enjoy this publication and invite you to browse their complete whitepaper library for additional technology-focused insights.
Nelson Kefauver has joined OneBeacon Insurance Group as President of our Management Liability business unit, reporting to Executive Vice President Paul Brehm. In his new role, Kefauver will lead a specialty underwriting team focused on providing management liability solutions targeting a broad range of not‐for‐profit organizations and private for‐profit companies throughout the U.S.
Read the full news release on onebeacon.com.
The tactics employed by internet scammers continue to become more sophisticated. Recently, KrebsOnSecurity reported a new phone-based scam that “spoofs” Apple Inc. and its customer service phone number for iPhone users.
Spoofing disguises the caller’s identity by using fake caller ID information. This particular vishing scam starts with an automated phone call that displays Apple’s logo, correct address and their correct phone number. This scam warns about a data breach at the company, and requests that the caller contact a toll-free number prior to doing anything else with their phone.
If an iPhone user requests a call back from Apple’s legitimate Customer Support line, the fake call gets indexed in the iPhone’s “recent calls” list and looks like the legitimate Apple Support line call.
A call to the fake toll-free number by KrebsOnSecurity was answered by an automated message indicating that Apple Support had been reached along with an expected wait time. Though the call was disconnected prior to a conversation, the call was eventually answered by an individual who did not work at Apple but at a call center. This scenario is indicative of a call center scam.
Security best practices suggest the following:
- Do not answer calls from telephone numbers you do not recognize.
- If you answer, do not respond to any questions and immediately hang up the phone.
- Beware that fake telephone numbers linked to scammers are becoming more prevalent in search engine results.
- Obtain a telephone number directly from a company’s website (not just a Google search).
For the complete article and other security insights, visit KrebsOnSecurity.com.