Hospital #pays $55,000-worth of #bitcoins for #ransomed #data

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An Indiana hospital has reportedly paid hackers a hefty ransom to regain access to its IT systems. In a statement to local media, Hancock Region Hospital in Greenfield said the cyberattack happened at around 9:30am on January 11. Employees noticed the hack immediately, Rob Matt, the hospital’s chief strategy officer,…


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Major #Chip #Bug Enables #German IT #Savvy to #Hack #Billions of #Devices Worldwide

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While testing a code that he had written on his computer, 22-year-old Jann Horn, based in Germany, accidentally detected one of the biggest chip bugs known so far. This major flaw affects an enormous number of widely used devices across the planet, including iPads and even baby monitors. The important…


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Detailed #Information on Over 100 Million #Households #Leaked to the #Internet

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Security experts have discovered another massive leak which exposes incredibly detailed information of millions of American households. On Tuesday, reports of a massive leak that compromises the information of around 123 million American households have set the Internet abuzz. Apparently, the scale of the issue has put the said security…


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Inactive #Accounts: The #Key to Your #Company’s #Sensitive #Data

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Would you ever leave for a week-long vacation and not lock your front door? Or lock it but leave keys scattered around the yard? Believe it or not, this is the equivalent of what organizations are doing when it comes to securing inactive “stale” user accounts. Hackers, much like robbers,…


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2017 #Data Breach Total Nears 1,300, Easily a New Record

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The latest count from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) indicates that there have been 1,293 data breaches recorded this year through December 20 and that more than 174 million records have been exposed since the beginning of the year. The incident total is 21% higher than at the same…


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Encryption’s #role in #GDPR #compliance and #cloud data #security

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Security of data in the cloud is a hot topic, especially with so many data breaches occurring during 2017 and the introduction of GDPR being just months away. The field of security is so broad, it can be difficult to know where to start. In the last twelve months, I’ve…


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How much your #personal data is #worth to #hackers

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Kamel Ibrahim answered the phone to hear that his Abu Dhabi-based bank had discovered foreign transactions on his credit card in the United States and Ireland. “A large amount of money on two different accounts had been charged,” he said. The first purchase was at an Apple store in the…


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Data is the new #currency: How to #protect yourself from #hackers

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As the world gets more digitised, we are falling prey to those who seek to use these digital vulnerabilities against us. Yes, we are talking about hackers. While there are a few white-hat hackers who ‘hack for a good cause’ or do everything in their power to prevent the bad…


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Data #breach #prevention is #essential to #consumer #retention

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The majority of consumers would stop doing business with companies following a data breach, according to Gemalto A majority (70%) of consumers would stop doing business with a company if it experienced a data breach, according to a survey of more than 10,000 consumers worldwide conducted on behalf of Gemalto,…


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High-speed #quantum #encryption could stop #hackers

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To fight back against the common securityattacks, scientists have created a high-speed encryptionsystem to stop hackers. The system is capable of distributing encryption codes at megabit-per-second rates, five to 10 times faster than existing methods and on par with current internet speeds when running several systems in parallel. In a study, published…


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Hackers #stole #data from 1.7m #Imgur users

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Breach went unnoticed for three years. The email addresses and scrambled passwords of 1.7 million accounts on popular image sharing site Imgur were stolen by attackers in 2014. The company today revealed it had been notified of the three-year old breach on November 23 when security expert Troy Hunt alerted Imgur…


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Uber is #sued over #massive data #breach after #paying #hackers to keep #quiet

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After Uber revealed that it paid hackers $100,000 to keep quiet about stealing the personal information of 57 million customers and drivers, the company is now facing at least three potential class action lawsuits and separate investigations by the attorneys general of New York, Missouri, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Illinois. The company said…


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Health #Data #Breaches: The #Legal #Issues

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Several pending legal cases involving security issues – including CareFirst’s recent petition to the Supreme Court for a review of a class action lawsuit filed against the insurer in the wake of 2014 data breach – showcase the multitude of cybersecurity challenges facing the healthcare sector, says attorney Lisa Rivera. “The healthcare sector is…


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How To #Secure Your #Data

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Cyber-crime is not a myth or a branch of the CSI series and many can testify to this. It has become more important than ever to secure your personal information from preying eyes and hackers. Many of us may not understand how hacking works but it does not mean that…


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The #dangerous #data #hack that you won’t even #notice

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A recent wave of cyberattacks—from WannaCry and Equifax to the alleged Russian influence on the US election—has demonstrated how hackers can wreak havoc on our largest institutions. But by focusing only on hackers’ efforts to extort money or mess with our political process, we may have been missing what is potentially an even scarier possibility:…


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Malaysian #police identify suspected #hackers behind #breach that #exposed #data of millions on dark web

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In October, a massive breach hit Malaysians that saw over 46 million records put up on sale on the dark web. Authorities said on Thursday (16 November) that they have identified several suspects that perpetrated the historic data breach. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun told local reporters at a press…


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Researchers #Hack Car Infotainment #System and Find #Sensitive User #Data Inside

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People who are worried about their security will use a secure phone, lock down their computer, and use strong passwords for their online accounts. But how many people have considered that their car could be leaking their most sensitive data? A researcher who recently decided to investigate his car’s infotainment…


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Businesses believe #data is as #valuable as #currency, but are #struggling to #secure it

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As data grows in value to businesses, cybercriminals actively monitor businesses to understand exactly what data they collect and store. How much data do businesses now store? With more being created in the last two years than every previous year combined, it shouldn’t be surprising that it’s a lot. Add…


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Over 685 #apps exposing #personal #data on 180 million #smartphones

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GPS, food delivery, photo editing, alarm clock, I have an app for that. You probably do, too. We rely on apps of all kinds to accomplish simple everyday tasks. The utility of these many apps often leads us to overlook some of the security concerns. Luckily, there are security researchers…


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Google: Our #hunt for #hackers reveals #phishing is far #deadlier than #data #breaches

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Google has released the results of a year-long investigation into Gmail account hijacking, which finds that phishing is far riskier for users than data breaches, because of the additional information phishers collect. Hardly a week goes by without a new data breach being discovered, exposing victims to account hijacking if…


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