Monthly Archives: December 2015

Cheers to 2016!

nyeAs the holiday season draws to a close and we look forward to a shiny new year, we reflect on 2015 and all the people and events that made it the memorable year that it was. Family occasions, both great and small; gatherings and special moments with old friends and new; the countless small but indelible moments that make up our days; and all the business successes and milestones we share with our clients and friends. During this season of good will to all, we would like to take just a moment and express our appreciation to you for being part of our lives this past year. We wish you a very happy, rewarding, prosperous and peaceful 2016.

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Bank of Tucson Holding Toy Drive to Benefit Diamond Children’s Medical Center

toy.jpgBank of Tucson is happy to announce that we are holding a toy drive to benefit the Diamond Children’s Medical Center.

As you can imagine, having a child in the hospital is a difficult experience, especially during the holidays. This year, we would like to add a little Christmas cheer for those families that are caring for loved ones who are not able to spend Christmas at home.  We have a receptacle at each of our offices in which employees, clients and friends can place donations.  The ages of the children are varied and to help you with your selection, we’ve listed the requested items per age group below.

Donations will be picked up by Tuesday, December 22nd.  This will ensure delivery to the children just in time for Christmas!  If you are interested in distributing toys at the medical center, please contact our office or your relationship manager directly.

Merry Christmas and thank you for your participation!

Toddlers

  • Shape sorters and stacking toys
  • Pop-up toys/ cause and effect toys
  • Plastic Cars, Trucks, Trains, etc.
  • Large blocks

Preschool Age

  • Popular action figures/ Fisher Price sets (Spiderman, Captain America, Ninja Turtles, Batman)
  • Play sets for boys (Thomas the Train, Mickey Mouse, How to Train your Dragon, Cars)
  • CAT Trucks
  • Remote Control Cars/Trucks (rechargeable)
  • DVD Movies (Newer releases, G and PG rated)
  • Fisher Price CARS wheelies
  • Plastic Cars and Trucks
  • Magna Doodles and drawing boards
  • Hot Wheels and Match Box cars/ Race Tracks
  • Books (interactive, musical, pop-up books)

School Age

  • Balls of all types (basketball, football, Nerf toys, toss games, etc.)
  • X-Box and PS3 Games for all ages
  • Hand Held Electronic Games (20 Questions, Bop-it, Connect 4, etc.)
  • Skylanders
  • Action Figures (Star Wars, WWE wrestlers, Transformers)

Adolescents

  • T-Shirts/Hats with Cartoon/Sports Logos and athletic shorts
  • Nerf Toys, such as basketball, football, sets, toss games
  • Board Games (Battle Ship, Apples to Apples)
  • Gift Cards (Target, Wal-Mart, Toys’R’Us, Movie Tickets, Sports Authority, Best Buy, iTunes etc.)
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Tucson Police Foundation Golf Tournament and a Hole-In-One Winner!

tpfEarlier this season, the Tucson Police Foundation↗ held its First Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Randolph Golf Course, with proceeds benefitting the Tucson Police Foundation and the Tucson Police Honor Guard Unit.

Bank of Tucson and our Senior VP Ken Krapf have a long history of supporting the Tucson Police Department,↗ and Ken is a long-standing Board Member for the department’s Foundation.

When asked if Bank of Tucson would provide sponsorship for the Tucson Police Foundation, that answer was easy – a resounding YES! We sponsored a foursome as well as a hole-in-one cash prize of $5,000.

To everyone’s surprise, we had a winner! Detective Henry Martinez of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department got a hole in one on the 17th hole! Ken and the Bank of Tucson team knew someone had won when they heard boisterous shouting and congratulating.

Detective Martinez couldn’t have been happier and expressed his gratitude to our bank President Michael Hannley when presented with the $5,000 check.

The Tucson Police Foundation was founded in 2003. It is an independent, non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to fostering public safety through community building, education and outreach. In concert with the Tucson Police Department, the foundation works with a range of community safety advocates to develop and implement public safety and crime prevention programs.

While the city budget provides the necessary resources to fund the operations of the Tucson Police Department, a number of important community programs have been threatened or cut due to lack of funding. The foundation was created as a catalyst in responding to this threat, so that no innovative program would be left behind.

Congratulations again, Detective Martinez, and also to the Tucson Police Foundation for a memorable golf tournament and all of the great work that you do. We’re looking forward to next year.

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FBI Article: Ransomware on the Rise

We noticed that a lot of you really liked the last FBI cyber security article we ran. We’re pleased the Bureau has encouraged us to share their articles on this topic, so we’re happy to do so again. This article deals with a concerning type of cybercrime called ransomware, where a malware restricts access to the infected computer/network and demands that the operators pay some sort of ransom to regain control of their network. We hope this article is helpful to you. Please let us know if you have information or ideas on this topic that our readers may want to hear.

You can find this article, as well as many other articles you may find valuable to keep your business and staff secure against cybercrime, at this web address:

https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2015/january/ransomware-on-the-rise/ransomware-on-the-rise↗

For more information about fraud protection tools and product features provided by Bank of Tucson, please visit our website.

Ransomware on the Rise
FBI and Partners Working to Combat This Cyber Threat

Your computer screen freezes with a pop-up message—supposedly from the FBI or another federal agency—saying that because you violated some sort of federal law your computer will remain locked until you pay a fine. Or you get a pop-up message telling you that your personal files have been encrypted and you have to pay to get the key needed decrypt them.

Screen Shot 2015-12-03 at 10.50.23 AMThese scenarios are examples of ransomware scams, which involve a type of malware that infects computers and restricts users’ access to their files or threatens the permanent destruction of their information unless a ransom—anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars—is paid.

Ransomware doesn’t just impact home computers.
Businesses, financial institutions, government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations can and have become infected with it as well, resulting in the loss of sensitive or proprietary information, a disruption to regular operations, financial losses incurred to restore systems and files, and/or potential harm to an organization’s reputation.

Ransomware has been around for several years, but there’s been a definite uptick lately in its use by cyber criminals. And the FBI, along with public and private sector partners, is targeting these offenders and their scams.

Screen Shot 2015-12-03 at 10.47.22 AMWhen ransomware first hit the scene, computers predominately became infected with it when users opened e-mail attachments that contained the malware.
But more recently, we’re seeing an increasing number of incidents involving so-called “drive-by” ransomware, where users can infect their computers simply by clicking on a compromised website, often lured there by a deceptive e-mail or pop-up window.

Another new trend involves the ransom payment method. While some of the earlier ransomware scams involved having victims pay “ransom” with pre-paid cards, victims are now increasingly asked to pay with Bitcoin, a decentralized virtual currency network that attracts criminals because of the anonymity the system offers.

Also a growing problem is ransomware that locks down mobile phones and demands payments to unlock them.

The FBI and our federal, international, and private sector partners have taken proactive steps to neutralize some of the more significant ransomware scams through law enforcement actions against major botnets↗ that facilitated the distribution and operation of ransomware.

For example:

  • Reveton ransomware, delivered by malware known as Citadel, falsely warned victims that their computers had been identified by the FBI or Department of Justice as being associated with child pornography websites or other illegal online activity. In June 2013, Microsoft, the FBI, and our financial partners disrupted a massive criminal botnet built on the Citadel malware, putting the brakes on Reveton’s distribution. FBI statement↗ and additional details.↗
  • Cryptolocker was a highly sophisticated ransomware that used cryptographic key pairs to encrypt the computer files of its victims and demanded ransom for the encryption key. In June 2014, the FBI announced—in conjunction with the Gameover Zeus botnet disruption—that U.S. and foreign law enforcement officials had seized Cryptolocker command and control servers. The investigation into the criminals behind Cryptolocker continues, but the malware is unable to encrypt any additional computers.Additional details.↗

If you think you’ve been a victim of Cryptolocker, visit the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) CryptoLocker webpage↗ for remediation information.

The FBI—along with its federal, international, and private sector partners—will continue to combat ransomware and other cyber threats. If you believe you’ve been the victim of a ransomware scheme or other cyber fraud activity, please report it to the Bureau’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.↗

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