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Data Breaches

Do You Know Where Your Health Data Is?

Ifeoma Ajunwa | Posted 02.13.2015 | Impact
Ifeoma Ajunwa

The data we generate in our digital lives can reveal important information, particularly about our health. For one, our social networks can be predictive of health outcomes and conditions, in part because of shared attitudes amongst social groups.

Are You Your Own Worst Enemy When It Comes to Identity Theft?

Adam Levin | Posted 02.12.2015 | Technology
Adam Levin

In each of these instances, we leave ourselves vulnerable to those who consider the theft of our identity as their day job. We are also contributing our personal data to folks who are hoping to someday launch the equivalent of a denial of service attack on our economy to take us down.

A New Approach to Making it Harder to Breach Computer Security

Steve Kirsch | Posted 02.09.2015 | Technology
Steve Kirsch

If the government ran (or helped launch) a "trustable" federated identity (TFI) service using technology available today from the private sector, that could go a long way to securing our computing infrastructure.

Anthem Hack Exposes 80 Million Individuals: How to Protect Yourself

NextAdvisor.com | Posted 02.06.2015 | Technology
NextAdvisor.com

Health insurance provider Anthem announced late Wednesday, Feb. 4 that it had experienced a massive security breach which exposed the information of up to 80 million of its current and former customers, as well as employees.

Your New Smart Card's Dirty Little Secret: It Won't Stop Hackers

Jeff Fox | Posted 01.30.2015 | Business
Jeff Fox

Even when you shop with the latest, chip-laden credit card, retailers' computers will still store your card number in easily readable form, leaving it as vulnerable as in the past to criminal theft.

The Simple Email Trick that Identity Thieves Hate

Adam Levin | Posted 01.29.2015 | Technology
Adam Levin

It may sound ridiculous at first, but a strategic deployment of the most common and visible form of personally identifiable information--the humble email address--might be enough to send a would-be identity thief packing to an easier mark.

5 Colleges With Data Breaches Larger Than Sony's in 2014

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 01.16.2015 | College
Kyle McCarthy

According to information from the massive database maintained by Privacy Rights Clearinghouse on data breaches, 30 educational institutions experienced data breaches in 2014. Five of the thirty schools actually had larger data breaches than the notorious Sony Hack.

POS Breaches in 2015: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Joe Ross | Posted 01.14.2015 | Technology
Joe Ross

Take the time to find out when you can receive a debit and/or credit card with chip-and-pin technology from your financial institution. While it likely will get worse before it gets better, merchants and financial institutions are taking baby steps toward a more secure payment future.

4 Moves You Need to Make Immediately After Your Credit Card Is Hacked

MyBankTracker | Posted 01.12.2015 | Money
MyBankTracker

If your credit card got hacked over the holidays or you're just paranoid about it happening in the future, here's what you can do to keep an eye on your credit for free.

32 Data Breaches Larger Than Sony's in the Past Year

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 01.17.2015 | Business
Kyle McCarthy

The Sony Hack was not even one of the ten largest hacks of 2014. Though large, it actually only ranks as the 33rd largest of the year in terms of number of records breached. EBay actually suffered the largest data breach of 2014 (and the second largest since 2005) with more than 150 million records compromised.

5 Big Privacy Predictions for 2015

Adam Levin | Posted 02.11.2015 | Technology
Adam Levin

It seems like there were more companies that had privacy-related problems in 2014 than didn't. And the lucky ones that didn't "get got" were separated by only one or two degrees from those that did. As we look ahead to 2015, I see a mix of old privacy concerns along with a few emerging dangers.

December Breach Round Up

Joe Ross | Posted 02.07.2015 | Technology
Joe Ross

We're only a week in to December and there's already been significant cyber security activity. There have been a number of well publicized high profile breaches, malware attacks and phishing attacks as we head in to the final stretch of the year.

Big Data and Bigger Breaches With Alex Pentland of Monument Capital Group

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business
Shane Paul Neil

He has spent a lot of time addressing the failings of big data systems and pushing for better infrastructure and security protocols across the board. He has even developed a consumer level data platform that mimics what the big guys should be doing.

Fear and Worry in America? Identity Theft and Cybercrime

CreditSesame.com | Posted 01.05.2015 | Money
CreditSesame.com

What's the biggest worry for Americans? Here's a clue. It's not Ebola, terrorism or spiders. According to two separate studies and polls in just the last two weeks, the two things that most Americans worry about, even fear, are identity theft and hacking.

Hey, Corporate Director!

Edward Guiliano, Ph.D. | Posted 12.20.2014 | Technology
Edward Guiliano, Ph.D.

The campaign to stop cyber-crime begins with educating the next wave of professionals, but ongoing education and idea exchange are the ultimate keys to confronting cybercrime on the ground and in the boardroom.

The Big Password Mistake That Hackers Are Hoping You'll Make

Jeff Fox | Posted 12.16.2014 | Technology
Jeff Fox

Can you tell how strong a password is?

Hacking Back and the Cyber Balance of Power

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 12.14.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

The Washington Post front page article on October 10 "Hacked Firms Quietly Talk about Fighting Fire with Fire" about growing corporate anger over successive cyber attacks has a new message: go on the offensive. Hack back! They are not alone.

Data Breaches -- What's a Poor Credit Card User to Do?

David A. Dedman | Posted 12.14.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

It's becoming a war out there. You have to stay on top of your money and finances every minute of the day. Consider a few of these ideas to make it a bit easier to guard against future credit and debit breaches.

JPMorgan CEO Asks For Help With Data Breaches

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 10.11.2014 | Business

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon offered a grave warning on Friday about future cyberattacks. Making his first public statement about the enormous da...

Why Home Depot's Data Breach Is Worse Than You Think

Gene Marks | Posted 11.24.2014 | Small Business
Gene Marks

In a slow economy. Big companies can absorb losses, establish reserves, raise prices. Small businesses, including mine, have less resources and flexibility. We are exposed -- more exposed to this problem than anyone else.

Cyber Attack: Coming to a Store Near You

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Rebecca Abrahams

BigPill Drug stores began in 1960 and grew to 35 stores by 1990. The company had more than 100 stores in 2000. It is now a publicly traded company, w...

Protect Your Small Business From Being A Target

Michael Hall | Posted 09.17.2014 | Small Business
Michael Hall

This only happens to large businesses, right? Wrong.

The Big Lie Behind the Biggest Data Breaches

CreditSesame.com | Posted 11.02.2014 | Business
CreditSesame.com

Enough with the data breach excuses already. Not only are they as jaded as the breaches themselves, they're often just not true. In the aftermath of almost every data breach, chances are you're only going to get a boilerplate public statement.

What Do I Need to Know and When Do I Need to Know It?

Brian E. Finch | Posted 10.14.2014 | Technology
Brian E. Finch

Another day, another big hack discovered. According to reports from the New York Times, the WSJ, and numerous other publications, a small group of cyber criminals based out of Russia were apparently able to collect around 1.2 billion usernames and passwords from more than 400,000 websites globally.

Cyber-Ransom and Online Extortion - 5 Ways You Could Fall Victim

Michael Gregg | Posted 09.01.2014 | Technology
Michael Gregg

Cyber-ransom is a relatively new crime on America's digital shores and it is spreading fast. While ransomware has actually been around for almost 10 years, it's mostly been limited to Russia and parts of Europe -- until now.