Alerts

Alerts

Check here for alerts and information that will keep your banking information secure.

  • Attn Verizon Customers

    Verizon partner data breach exposes millions of customer records

    Accessed through an unprotected Amazon S3 storage server
    by Dani Deahl@danideahl Jul 12, 2017, 7:53pm EDT

    Millions of Verizon customers have had their records exposed, ZDNet reported earlier today. Verizon confirmed that 6 million records were compromised by Nice Systems, a Verizon partner that facilitates customer service calls. The records, which held logs from residential customers who had called Verizon customer service in the past six months, were accessed via an unprotected Amazon S3 storage server controlled by an employee of Nice Systems.

    CNN reports that the cause was a misconfigured security setting on the server. As a result, anyone who knew the web address could download the files. But Verizon says no other external party had access to the data, telling CNN that no loss or theft of customer information occurred.

    Each record included the customer’s name, mobile number, and account PIN, along with their home address, email address, and their Verizon account balance. While some records were partially redacted, most were not. Anyone with access to the records could have theoretically impersonated a subscriber and been granted access to their account.

    Verizon and Nice Systems have said they are investigating the breach. Nice also commented that the data was “part of a demo system,” but refused to elaborate. Chris Vickery, a researcher with cybersecurity firm UpGuard, first noticed the breach on June 13th and privately informed Verizon. The data was finally secured on June 22nd, nine days later.

    This is certainly not the first time a mobile carrier has suffered a data breach. In 2015, a breach at data broker Experian resulted in the exposure of similar information for 15 million T-Mobile customers. In 2016, hackers stole data from Verizon’s enterprise unit, which provides IT services to companies, and put it up for sale online.

  • Chipotle and Kmart Breach

    Have you gone to Chipotle or Kmart recently?

    We have one customer that likes burritos and used their Citizens Visa card at a breached Chipotle restaurant.

    Fortunately, our fraud protection services protected the customer because we received a pro-active notice of the potential compromise from Bankers Bank/FIS and blocked the card before there was any fraud.

    Citizens State Bank is pleased to provide all of our customers with a safe and secure credit card
    service. Although there is no “Silver Bullet” to prevent card fraud, a layered approach is the most likely to succeed. Citizens State Bank is working hard to provide a safe and secure credit card.

    www.chipotle.com/security 

    Did you use a credit or debit card at Kmart between 9/3/2016 and 4/30/17? Kmart has disclosed a data breach with the potential to compromise your credit or debit card information. For more details, please follow the below link.

    http://www.kmart.com/en_us/dap/statement05312017.html

  • Homebuyers Scam

    Always contact your financial institution before making a large payment.

    Scammers are targeting homebuyers by attaching a document with instructions about how to make a final payment with a bank-to-bank wire transfer. The instructions said the payment needs to be sent before the scheduled closing to increase the buyers urgency. Always contact your financial institution before making a large payment.

    http://www.kare11.com/news/investigations/kare-11-investigates-email-scam-targets-homebuyers/435752635

  • La Crescent Resident Awareness Alert

    Credit card fraud in the La Crescent Area

    La Crescent Resident Awareness Alert:
    Be aware of the possibility of credit card fraud, by checking all machines you use when scanning your credit or debit card. There have been a few recent incidences in La Crescent where credit card numbers were used for non-local purchases.
    Photos attached show some of the ways "Skimmers" obtain credit card information, as well as other bluetooth devices that can pick up the credit card number when walking by a purse or pocket.
    Don't be afraid of using your credit or debit cards, but do check your accounts with regularity and report unusual activity to your bank or credit union.

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  • Vishing

    Phone call SCAM. We will NEVER ask to verify personal information such as credit card numbers via phone.

    Customers have recently received phone calls from toll free numbers in which the individual claimed to be from Citizens State Bank. 
    This FAKE notification claims a customer’s credit cards had been deactivated and asks for credit card numbers in order to reactivate.  THIS IS A SCAM.

    This is a social engineering attack called “Vishing.” With recent large data breaches such as the Yahoo! and Amazon, there are vast troves of user accounts, e-mail accounts, and passwords available on the digital black market. It is very easy for a malicious person to purchase leaked accounts or gain access to leaked accounts. Once they gain access to an account, they can find out all sorts of personal information such as where you bank and if you receive emailed statements.

    The best defense if you feel your account was involved in a data breach is to CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD.  And give us a call.

  • New Locky Ransomware Phishing Attack

    Be aware of suspicious emails.

    Contact your banker with any concerns you have about your account. Click here to learn more.

  • Yahoo Email Scam

    Email purporting to be from Yahoo claims that you recently initiated an action to shut down your Yahoo account and you should click a ‘Cancel Request’ link if you do not want the account closed.

    http://www.hoax-slayer.net/shut-down-your-yahoo-phishing-scam-email/

  • FBI Information-Sharing Portal Breached

    Click to read more.

    Contact your banker with any concerns you have about your account. Click here to learn more.

  • Phishing Scam Targets Apple Users

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    Contact your banker with any concerns you have about your account. Click here to learn more.

  • FDIC Cybersecurity Protection & Education

    Click link below to learn more

    https://www.fdic.gov/protection/