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The Identity Theft Resource Center reveals in recent studies a troubling rise in cyberattacks within the transportation sector and labor scams facilitated by AI

A recent study by SOAX, using data from the Identity Theft Resource Center, unveiled a concerning surge in cyberattacks in the United States between 2020 and 2023. In the past year, the country experienced 3,205 data breaches, marking a 78% increase from the previous year. The transportation sector stood out with 101 data breach incidents in 2023, showing a staggering 181% increase from the previous year, equaling the combined total of the previous three years.

Stepan Solovev, CEO of SOAX, emphasized the urgent need to enhance cybersecurity, especially in sectors like public services, which, despite reporting only 44 incidents, were the sector with the most victims, affecting a surprising total of 73 million people. Moreover, the transportation and navigation sectors accounted for 53% and 45%, respectively, of global ransomware detections, according to Trellix, a cybersecurity company.

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Rise in AI-driven labor scams

Concurrently, labor scams have witnessed a concerning rise last year, driven by the use of artificial intelligence by perpetrators. The Identity Theft Resource Center reported a 118% increase in reports of these scams in 2023 compared to the previous year.

Scammers often pose as recruiters on trusted platforms like LinkedIn, capturing sensitive information during fake “interview” processes, which has led to consumers to report losses totaling $367 million in 2022, a 76% annual increase, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

The surge in remote work during the pandemic has normalized exclusive digital interactions in the hiring process, which may confuse newcomers to the job market about standard practices. Experts warn that this shift can be particularly risky for recent college graduates, immigrants, and other newcomers to the workforce, who may become easy targets for these digital deceptions.

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These developments underscore a growing complexity and sophistication in digital threats faced by both industrial sectors and individuals seeking job opportunities in the United States. This highlights the urgent need to establish robust security measures and clear boundaries in response to technology.

Both members of the transportation sector and job seekers are advised to carefully verify shared information and implement effective security filters to promptly detect these scams.


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