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Data Breaches

How the Ashley Madison Hack Might Impact You

NextAdvisor.com | Posted 08.28.2015 | Technology
NextAdvisor.com

Whether you are a part of the database or not, this hack could affect you. Millions of e-mail addresses, home addresses, credit cards and other information are contained within the leaked database.

The Most Dangerous Identity Theft Threat

Adam Levin | Posted 08.06.2015 | Technology
Adam Levin

Last weekend, TheUpshot published the most dangerous identity theft threat: the non-expert's tendency to underestimate the magnitude of problem.

Back-to-School Cybersecurity - Seven Things Every College Student Should Do

Jason Glassberg | Posted 08.05.2015 | Technology
Jason Glassberg

Millions of Americans will soon be headed back to college campuses for the new school year, but one thing they'll need to watch out for is a growing risk of getting hacked.

Are Elite Credit Cards Most Vulnerable to Hackers?

CompareCards | Posted 07.29.2015 | Money
CompareCards

The crooks always seem to be one step ahead of the security features and many cardholders are now wondering if there is anything they can do to take the target off their backs. Here are a few tips to consider that might help you fly under the radar of today's cyber criminals.

Why You Need to Add Third Parties Into Your Business Resiliency Equation

Tom Garrubba | Posted 07.09.2015 | Business
Tom Garrubba

You'll never know where the next "hit" is going to come from, but if or when it does, the efforts brought into it should certainly pay off.

8 Things You Should Know About the Office of Personnel Management Breach

Michael Gregg | Posted 06.26.2015 | Technology
Michael Gregg

For almost a month, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has been engaged in damage control after publicly disclosing that it was the victim of a massive data breach of government employee data.

The Real Question We Should Be Asking After the Massive Government Hack

Adam Levin | Posted 06.11.2015 | Technology
Adam Levin

True or False? There was no way the Office of Personnel Management could have prevented hackers from stealing the sensitive personal information of 4.1 million federal employees, past and present. If you guessed "False," you'd be wrong. If you guessed, "True," you'd also be wrong.

What You May be Doing Everyday to Reveal Your Identity and Good Credit

Jeanne Kelly | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
Jeanne Kelly

Next time you plan to have a sensitive or private conversation, take a moment to make that call in a private location. Remember also that neither emails nor text messages are secure forms of communication for your private information as well.

The Recent IRS Breach and How We Can Act to Secure Personal Data

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Over the past decade, almost one billion records with personal information have been compromised -- things like Social Security numbers, birth dates, address and even tax filing status. In many cases, those breaches were not highly sophisticated.

What Everyone Needs to Know About the IRS Breach

TJ Trent | Posted 05.28.2015 | Technology
TJ Trent

As a cyber security professional balancing the unique needs of the organization with industry best business practices is always a challenge. Tactics, techniques, and procedures are often a reflection of an organization's prevailing mindset.

5 Identity Theft Facts That Will Terrify You

Adam Levin | Posted 05.21.2015 | Crime
Adam Levin

Identity theft was the number one consumer complaint at the Federal Trade Commission last year. So far in 2015, the data breach problem that drives so many identity-related crimes has gotten worse. The massive compromises at Anthem and Premera alone put a combined 91 million records in harm's way.

Password Breaches: Why Legislation is the Way Forward

Joe Ross | Posted 06.22.2015 | Technology
Joe Ross

While there are no laws forcing businesses to notify customers of a password breach yet, there is an ethical responsibility that exists for companies to notify their customers in a timely manner when a breach occurs.

This Sums Up The Utter Failure Of Cybersecurity

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 04.21.2015 | Business

"The security industry is sort of like the Band-Aid industry."

Should We Kill the Social Security Number?

Adam Levin | Posted 06.16.2015 | Technology
Adam Levin

The Anthem breach alone exposed 80 million Social Security numbers, and then was quickly followed by the Premera breach that exposed yet another 11 million Americans' SSNs. The question now: Why are we still using Social Security numbers to identify taxpayers?

Your Privacy -- Qualcomm, Suicide, DARPA: Top Trending Stories Today

Mark Weinstein | Posted 05.20.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

As we move forward into March Madness, we look back at the hottest trending online privacy stories and discover a different form of madness. Some of the news is good, some is bad and some sends a message of hope for our future.

Do You Know Where Your Health Data Is?

Ifeoma Ajunwa | Posted 04.15.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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 04.11.2015 | 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 04.08.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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 03.10.2015 | 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.