Consumers often at mercy of weak cyber security

Global News

WATCH ABOVE: A Cambridge home buyer who bought in to a cyber scam had no idea she was being targeted. As Sean O’Shea reports, an expert says businesses have to harden their cyber security efforts. 

TORONTO–An Ottawa-area cyber security expert says many businesses fall short when protecting their emails, leaving their customers at risk.

“If people knew how much risk they take on a daily basis…I think would make changes, and these changes are necessary,” said Patrick Malcolm, a cyber security expert near Ottawa.

Last week, Global News reported on a cyber crime involving 22-year-old Kaitlyn DiMarco, who purchased her first home in Cambridge, Ontario. After buying the house, the property and paying a deposit, she received an email from her Re/Max Twin City Realty agent, Tina Goldrick.

The email sought an extra $10,000, purportedly for title insurance on the property. Believing the email to be genuine, since she had been…

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