How to stay safe online from cyberattack
TECHNOLOGY READINESS NEWS – 9/18/2017 AUGUSTA, Ga.
— AUSTIN, Texas — An anonymous online threat group announced Tuesday it has stolen information from a major bank and is threatening the lives of dozens of people.
The threat group, called the Millennium Technologies Group, says it will attack targets in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Miami, Atlanta, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and a number of other U.S. cities, including the District of Columbia, by the end of the week.
The group says it has information from financial institutions, insurance companies, credit card companies, and health insurance companies.
It says it is looking for “unmasked targets” in the United States and abroad to use as a source of information.
The news comes less than a month after the Federal Trade Commission issued a report saying Millennium Technology Group has violated FTC privacy rules by using false identities and identities of people who have been compromised to access customers’ information.
In addition, the group says the FTC has issued a subpoena demanding information from its financial services partners, including credit card processors and banks, and financial institutions to identify customers who have accessed the information.
Millennium Technology says the group was formed to protect the privacy of the millions of consumers who use its credit cards and debit cards for online purchases.
The company says its targets include major U.s. banks, credit cards companies, insurance providers, and other financial institutions.
Millennium Technologies said it was not the intended target of the attack.
“We are not responsible for any information, data, or transaction that is transmitted by these parties,” Millennium Technology said in a statement.
The organization said the attack began last week and has continued over the past few days.
The attacks have prompted the U. S. Secret Service to issue a warning to consumers who may have used credit cards at participating merchants and other retailers.
In response to the attack, the Secret Service said it has launched a criminal investigation and is seeking information from the companies that are using credit card information for online shopping.
The Secret Service is also warning consumers that it is working with other government agencies and private businesses to help them protect themselves and their information. U.