QUANTUM COMPUTING IS COMING FOR YOUR DATA

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The news that disturbed my digital life came two years ago in a snail mail letter strewn with phrases like “malicious cyber intrusion” and “identity theft.” A relative’s company had been part of a massive hack, the note said, leaving my information exposed. Before the letter came, I was a…


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Hacking Continues to Cause Majority of Reported Data Breaches

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A recent study shows that reported data breaches in healthcare are more transparent than other industries, and that hacking is the leading cause across sectors. Through June 2017 there has been a 29 percent increase from 2016 in US reported data breaches, according to a report from the Identity Theft…


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Google will push users to abandon SMS two-step verification to avoid security risks

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Google Inc. is pushing users to switch from messaging-based two-step login verification to a phone-based service instead as a way to bypass the security risks of Simple Messaging Service authentication services. Beginning this week, Google will invite users of its existing so-called SMS 2-SV service to use a different login…


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IBM plans to thwart hackers with a cover-all encryption system

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IBM Z is the company’s answer to the internet-old problem of secure data storage Hackers are everywhere. Some are simply looking for opportunistic cash-grabs while others want to access top-secret data and share it amongst nefarious networks. There are also “hacktivists” that look to steal data and disrupt organisations in…


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DCCC Employs Encrypted Messaging App to Prevent Hacks

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is trying to guard against future computer hacks by using an encrypted messaging program for communications between employees and the campaign teams for 20 Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections. The DCCC confirmed to BuzzFeed News that it’s using Wickr, which boasts about its…


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UK Business to Spend Over £1m Recovering From Data Security Breach

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The cost of recovering from of a security breach for UK organisations has been estimated in a new report launched today by NTT Security, the specialised security company of NTT Group. The 2017 Risk:Value report, the company’s third annual study of business decision makers’ attitudes to risk and the value…


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Google wins fight with Labor Department over pay gap data

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Google appears to have emerged mostly triumphant in its fight with the Department of Labor over supplying pay gap data. An administrative law judge has ruled that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs overstepped its boundaries by asking for as much data as it did when trying to address…


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Hard Rock, Loews hotels admit data breach

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Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos alongside Loews Hotels have warned customers that a security failure may have resulted in the theft of their information. Both incidents appear to have been linked to a third-party reservation platform, SynXis, which only begun informing client hotels of the security breach in June, months…


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How to stop hackers from stealing your data

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Rudi Dicks, a senior specialist at BDO’s Forensics and Cyber Lab, has seen a lot when it comes to the world of online security. Dicks specialises in offensive security, including penetration testing and vulnerability assessments, and knows what it takes to break down digital defences. If you are concerned about…


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Weakening encryption is an attack on our freedom

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In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in London, there is a renewed attempt by global governments to increase surveillance of the internet. Taking aim at encryption, Malcolm Turnbull stated that, despite it being “a vital piece of security for every user of the Internet … encrypted messaging applications…


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Malcolm Turnbull faces Silicon Valley fight on encryption

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If Malcolm Turnbull presses forward on threats to force technology companies to better cooperate on countering terrorism — by unlocking secret encrypted messages and data belonging to suspected violent plotters — the Prime Minister can expect a heated tussle with America’s powerful Silicon Valley. Turnbull intends to nudge world leaders…


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The Age Of Living Data Has Arrived

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As long ago as 2015, the analyst firm Gartner ‘retired’ big data from its Hype Cycle – its method of tracking emerging technologies from innovation through to the ‘peak of inflated expectations’, ‘trough of disillusionment’ and the sunnier ‘plateau of productivity’. It reasoned that big data was no longer an…


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Data breach exposes teachers’ Social Security numbers

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The Victoria school district was one of many districts affected by a data breach through the Texas Association of School Boards. The association learned recently that personal information of employees became inadvertently visible to the public on the internet, according to a June 21 news release. Victoria school officials have…


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Medicare data breach: Alan Tudge admits department unaware darknet vendor selling card details

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The human services minister, Alan Tudge, has admitted that his department was unaware that a darknet vendor had been selling Australians’ Medicare details since October 2016. On Tuesday an investigation by the Guardian revealed that a darknet vendor on a popular auction site for illegal products claimed to have access…


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Four Things You Need to Know About Cybersecurity

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Data about IT attitudes toward customer privacy provides a wake-up call to IT professionals, their companies, and their customers. Ponemon Institute recently conducted a survey sponsored by Centrify and designed to more deeply understand the current state of cybersecurity. The Impact of Data Breaches on Reputation & Share Value: A…


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Steps to protect home computer, laptop from new ransomware threat

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A new, inconvenient and potentially costly ransomware threat is a good reminder of the security steps consumers can take to protect home computers and laptops. The Petya ransomware is affecting companies and government systems worldwide. As computer security experts work to ascertain the particulars of Petya, simple measures can help…


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How Hotel Cybersecurity Keeps Guests and Data Secure

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Hotels need cybersecurity: Although they don’t have the volume of transactions that big box retail stores do, their transactions are generally larger, and their guests have more at stake than just their groceries. But the personal information hotels store is only part of what’s at risk. Breaking Down Hotel Cybersecurity…


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The UK Has a Dirty Secret for Spying on Encrypted Messages: Hacking

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Members of the media and some politicians are near-constantly talking about accessing terrorist communications, but are ignoring one of the most viable solutions. After a string of terrorist attacks in the UK this year, members of the government have renewed their pressure on tech companies such as WhatsApp to provide…


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BlackTech Exploits Leaked Hacking Team Tools to Commit Cyber Espionage

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A very aggressive cybergang has been targeting Asian companies by repurposing legitimate tools and exploiting security vulnerabilities in outdated software. According to the International Business Times, the group, known as BlackTech, is linked to three major cyber espionage campaigns against organizations in Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong. Hacking Team Tools…


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No identity theft reported from database breach

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – Officials have received no reports of identity theft or harm from Vermonters following a breach in the state’s job search database in March that officials said could affect about 180,000 Vermont accounts. State officials had said the breach could affect anyone who had an account on…


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