Hackers reveal leading enterprise security blind spots

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Human error is often a factor when cybersecurity barriers fall, but according to hackers, password protection, facial recognition, and access controls are blind spots in corporate network security. According to Bitglass’ Data Games: Security Blind Spots report, both black and white self-labeled hackers said that these security measures are the…


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Data privacy, protection and cybersecurity

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Russian and international companies alike must comply with strict rules around the way that data is managed in, and in relation to, the Russian Federation and Russian citizens. Roskomnadzor (the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media) has made it clear that these issues will be…


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Equifax breach exposes 143 million people to identity theft

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Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now the unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen. The Atlanta-based company, one of three major U.S. credit bureaus,…


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State investigation into Alaska children’s services data breach still underway

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FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is continuing to investigate a computer breach that may have disclosed personal information of individuals who have interacted with the Alaska Office of Children’s Services. The department announced the security breach late Friday. Department spokeswoman Katie Marquette said an investigation…


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Judge says Yahoo must face litigation over data breaches

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Yahoo must face litigation on behalf of more than a billion users whose personal information was compromised in a massive data breach, a US judge has ruled. The internet company now known as Oath, after it was bought by Verizon for $4.5bn this year, was attacked by hackers between 2013…


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CEX data breach: Here’s what the cyber security experts think

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The UK retailer CEX has been hit by a data breach leaving as many as two million registered website customers at risk, with some encrypted data compromised. Other information exposed in the data breach includes email addresses, names, phone numbers and addresses. CEX has tried to reassure customers in saying…


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Ex-MI5 Leader Advocates for Strong Encryption to Stave Off Cybersecurity Attacks

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ore difficult to track, but the trade-offs in improved cybersecurity protection are worth it, according to the former head of Britain’s MI5 service. Cybersecurity Risks In a recent interview with BBC Radio 4, Jonathan Evans said that recent attacks by militants in the U.K. are not a reason to increase…


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Are Organizations Safe From Cyber Attacks? Experts Say Most Still Vulnerable

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Despite two major malware attacks that affected hundreds of thousands of computer systems in countries all over the world, a majority of information security experts still believe organizations are lacking in protections needed to prevent being hit by another attack, a survey found. Threat detection firm Tripwire surveyed 108 security…


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Will IBM India’s impenetrable encryption tech stop Anonymous hacker?

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The days of Anonymous hacker could be numbered as IBM India releases an encryption technology which claims to be hacker-proof. Is this really the solution to stop all the hacking and stealing of online data? Recently, the news of leaked Game of Thrones’ unaired episodes made the headlines. A group…


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Endpoint security firm leaking terabytes of data

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Endpoint security software vendor Carbon Black has been found to be exfiltrating data from several Fortune 1000 companies due to the architecture of its Cb Response software, the information security services and managed services provider DirectDefense claims. A blog post written by its president, Jim Broome, described the Cb Response…


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Think You Don’t Need Cyber Insurance? This Recent Data Breach Class Action Ruling May Change Your Mind

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Cyber insurance continues to be one of the hottest topics in the insurance industry. In the last several years it has evolved from a little-known specialty product to a standard purchase for some corporate risk departments. By now, most companies generally are aware that cyber attacks present substantial risks. Many…


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Australia: Shelve Proposed Law to Weaken Encryption

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The Australian government should not force technology companies to weaken the security of their products or to subvert encryption, Human Rights Watch said last week in a letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. That strategy would undermine cybersecurity for all users and would not stop determined criminals from using encryption….


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Ransomware attacks steal headlines, but accidental data breaches remain a major cause of loss

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Beazley, a pioneer in cyber and data breach response insurance, today released its Beazley Breach Insights findings based on its client data in the first six months of 2017. Ransomware attacks continued their rise in the first half of 2017, up by 50% over the first half of 2016. Hacking…


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Anthem faces new privacy breach of 18,580 Medicare beneficiaries

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Anthem is facing a privacy breach involving 18,580 Medicare beneficiaries after a vendor employee copied company files to his personal email last summer. About 60 of the affected Medicare enrollees live in Florida, according to an Anthem spokesman. The employee who emailed Anthem records to his personal email worked for…


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Customer information released in WestJet data breach

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WestJet says “it has become aware” that profile data for some of its WestJet Rewards program members was revealed online by what the company calls an unauthorized third party. The disclosed data did not include credit card or banking information, WestJet said. The company said it is working with the…


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DATA BREACHES IN U.S. ALLEGEDLY INCREASING AT RECORD PACE

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There are some things in the world that seem to be on a perpetually-increasing track such as price of rent in big cities. Now, this list may include the number of data breaches in the U.S., according to a recent report. According to non-profit organization Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC)…


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Everyone gets breached, so you’ll need an response plan when it happens

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Your organization has just discovered a serious data breach. Does it have a well-oiled plan to respond without ruining forensic evidence, creating a public relations nightmare, or frightening customers? The last thing an organization needs is hysteria when coordinating a response to a major data breach. There may be unwanted…


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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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