Leading Domain Registrars Hacked by Third-Party – Protect Your Account Information

According to a recent Krebs on Security article, top domain name registrars, NetworkSolutions.com, Register.com and Web.com, issued a statement asking customers to reset their passwords after discovering a third-party gained unauthorized access to customer account information in August 2019.

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Another great year at PLUS!

Earlier this week, OneBeacon Entertainment, Financial Institutions, Management Liability and Technology attended and sponsored the annual PLUS Conference held in National Harbor, Maryland. It was a great forum to connect with colleagues and develop new relationships, while keeping up with the latest trends and news in the industry. Additionally, the group hosted a cocktail hour where they caught up with their producer partners, while enjoying appetizers and cocktails at the Pienza Marketplace.

Check out a few photos below!

Join Us at the 2019 PLUS Conference in National Harbor, Maryland

Our Entertainment, Financial Institutions, Management Liability and Technology teams will be in National Harbor, Maryland for the 2019 PLUS Conference from November 11-13. We’re excited to catch up with colleagues and host our producer partners for cocktails and appetizers at the Pienza Marketplace. We look forward to seeing you there! #PLUS2019

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month and this year marks the 16th annual collaborative effort between government and industry to increase cyber security awareness and provide resources for online safety and security. In support of this important risk mitigation effort, OneBeacon Technology is posting informative articles on the TechRisk Blog. Check out the first two articles on Smart Devices and Deepfake videos.

For more information about this initiative and this year’s theme, please visit the National Cybersecurity dedicated website.

 

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Great Seeing You in Seattle!

We had the pleasure of hosting our producer partners in Seattle, WA for our final Product Fair of 2019! Underwriting teams from Entertainment, Environmental, Financial Services, Inland Marine, Management Liability, Technology, Specialty Property and Surety were on hand to discuss their products and services, while enjoying lunch and drinks at Loulay Kitchen & Bar. It was a great event, and we look forward to 2020 for these opportunities to see colleagues and make new connections. Thanks to all who joined us!

Check out a few photos from the event!

Join Us in Seattle

Seattle partners! We appreciate your business and the relationship you have with OneBeacon. We hope you’ll join us at our Product Fair on Thursday, October 10. Stop by anytime from 11:30-2:30pm at Loulay located at 600 Union St, Seattle, WA. Join us for some lunch, drinks and networking to learn more about our products and services from nine of our underwriting teams:

  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Inland Marine
  • Management Liability
  • Technology
  • Specialty Property
  • Surety

You can register for the event here. We hope to see you there!

Great Seeing You in Phoenix!

Recently we had the pleasure of hosting producers in Phoenix, AZ for our second open house of the year. Eight of our businesses were on hand to discuss their products and services, while enjoying lite bites and drinks during a warm Phoenix evening at the Culinary Dropout. Underwriting teams from Entertainment, Environmental, Financial Services, Government Risks, International Marine Underwriters, Inland Marine, Management Liability and Technology were the hosts for the evening. These events provide great opportunity see colleagues and make new connections. Thanks to all who were able to join us – it was a pleasure to host you!

Enjoy some photos from the evening.

Gene Editing: Life-Changing Science

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.

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Beware: Apple Vishing Scam

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.

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Stay Cyber Safe During the Holidays

The holidays are in full swing—and for many of us, that means shopping! The reliance on online holiday shopping continues to grow, making it a very lucrative time for cyber criminals to “shop” for your personal and financial information.  Be particularly vigilant this time of year, being careful for phishing and SMiShing scams, fake shopping web sites and charity scams.

To help you be security smart over the coming weeks, here are some online shopping tips:

  • Do your online shopping at home and make sure your wireless network is protected.
  • Make sure your connection is secure.
    • When making a purchase, always confirm the address bar of your browser starts with https:// (not http://).  The s stands for secure and indicates the data being transmitted is encrypted.
  • Beware that the small lock icon on your browser does not necessarily mean the site is secure. Cyber criminals are increasingly adding it to scam websites in their efforts to deceive people.
  • Shop at websites you trust.  Don’t click on links in emails, and never log in to a site via an email link.  Instead, open a browser and hand type the Web address.
  • Before placing an order with an unfamiliar website, search for online reviews using the words scam or fraud in an effort to determine its authenticity.
  • Ensure your devices are updated with the current software version.
  • Be aware of fake apps that may imitate apps made by legitimate retailers.  You should only load apps from the official stores for Android (Play Store) and IOS (App Store).
  • Use a credit card instead of a debit card, and review statements.  Most credit cards have built-in fraud protection – just notify them quickly if you suspect something.
  • Be cautious of phishing and SMiShing scams with fake shipping notifications and tracking alerts.
    • Instead of clicking on the included link, go to the online retailer and follow the tracking link, or search the tracking number provided to determine if it is legitimate.
  • And don’t forget to keep gifts a secret by clearing your browser history!

Taking precautionary steps like these will certainly help avoid any unfortunate situations this shopping season. We hope you have a happy and safe holiday!

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