Information Security and Wire Transfer Fraud are critical topics for the land title insurance and settlement industry. Wire Transfer Fraud is a threat to every title operation regardless of size, location or years in business. ALTA’s priority is helping you protect your systems, plan for a rapid response in case of an incident, and prepare your employees, clients and customers to be aware and vigilant.

Industry Standard Policies and Tools

Employee Training and Awareness

Resources for Your Clients and Consumers

    • Wire Fraud Tips Video: Share this 1-minute video with homebuyers so they know how to protect their money.
    • ALTA Wire Fraud Video: This 2-minute video provides four tips on how consumers can protect their money and offers advice on what to do if they have been targeted by a scam. Link to this video from your website, include in your email or share on social media.
    • ALTA Wire Fraud Rack Card: ALTA has produced this Rack Card explaining Wire Fraud. ALTA Members can brand the infographic with their own information at the ALTAprints website. This rack card can also be branded in 14 different languages.
    • ALTA Wire Fraud PowerPoint for Consumer Education: (Member-only content) Use this presentation to educate consumers about the dangers of phishing emails and wire transfer fraud. The presentation provides information on what to do if you’ve fallen victim to a scam and also highlights 10 tips to prevent wire fraud.

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FBI Urges Companies to Update Email Security
May 15, 2024

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of State have issued a joint cybersecurity advisory warning of state-sponsored email attacks that evade authentication security measures. According to the advisory, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, a.k.a. North Korea) Kimsuky cyber actors to exploit improperly configured DNS Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC) record policies to conceal social engineering attempts.

Important Yet Affordable Cybersecurity Defenses
March 27, 2024

ALTA is dedicated to helping members safeguard their operations from the constant threat of cyber attacks. Read on for a collection of helpful links to cybersecurity resources provided by ALTA’s Information Security Work Group and other trusted sources.

 The Three Rs to Cyber Defense and Response
March 13, 2024

Just as when you were in school, if you could read but not write, you might get by for a while, but eventually you will have issues getting ahead in life. The same holds true for a strong cybersecurity defense and response program. Read on as two members of ALTA's Information Security Work Group walk through the three Rs of cybersecurity.

Fresh Phish: Microsoft Authenticator
March 13, 2024

It's important for title and settlement professionals to be aware of the latest phishing schemes. To help with this, ALTA has developed an infographic that highlights different phishing emails, what the fraudsters are attempting to do and how to spot the bait. This "fresh phish" attempts to steal Office 365 credentials to sell them or gain access to your email account. It's important to never approve multi-factor authentication requests that you didn't initiate.

New Critical Microsoft Outlook RCE Bug is Trivial to Exploit
Bleeping Computer  |  February 23, 2024

An ALTA member could receive a phishing email with a specifically crafted hyperlink in the body of the email that utilizes and takes advantage of this Outlook vulnerability. Clicking on the malicious link bypasses Outlook’s existing security mechanisms and can lead to the leakage of local NTLM credentials (protocol used in networks that require user authentication) and the potential for arbitrary code execution. Microsoft recommends applying the recently released security updates as soon as possible to mitigate this critical vulnerability.