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  • Is Your Christmas Present Spying On You?Column, Data Security, Blog, Technology

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    T’was the night after Christmas, when all through the house Every stripe of device with no need of a mouse Sent oodles of data to that Cloud in the Air While their owners slept soundly, with nary a care… When it comes to gifts from the Internet of Things department, there’s no jolly guy in a white-trimmed red suit with a bag full of presents, no magic reindeer clip-clopping on the roof. In fact, it’s […]

  • The Most Important Lessons You Can Learn From the Sony HackColumn, Data Security, Blog

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    Angelina Jolie may have been all thorns when she ran into Sony’s Amy Pascal last week after the hacker group Guardians of Peace leaked the co-chair’s email rant about the “Maleficent” star, but while the gossip mill grinds and the spin doctors do their best to stop the bleeding at the company, the real lesson here revolves around a question of corporate culture. It is important not to understate what happened. While I doubt the […]

  • 5 Big Privacy Predictions for 2015Column, Data Security, Blog

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    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. Breaches are the new normal. Sony Pictures, the U.S. Postal Service, Home Depot, JPMorgan Chase, Goodwill, Staples, eBay, P.F. Chang’s, […]

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    The Best Privacy Solution? Assume There is None.Privacy

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    The folks at Dictionary.com chose “privacy” as their word of the year in 2013. It was a long journey to that distinction, during which it inexorably became the engine driving more companies than not. Privacy is the consumer-consequence manifestation of big data, which increasingly shapes approaches to marketing, product development and a vast array of services. In short, privacy has become a price of consumption. For years, popular opinion held that the threat of identity […]

  • All Your Base Are Belong To Us

    The Sony Pictures Hack as Teachable MomentPress

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    On the off chance you just returned from a shoot on a deserted island, Sony Pictures got hacked. As I write this, the company is using Gmail to conduct business. This was no little-h hack. This was an “All your base are belong to us,” big-H hack, a system wide, full-spectrum, scorched-earth takeover. And for studio executives, it would be wise to consider it a final warning. The people behind the attack call themselves Guardians […]

  • Are You Ready for the Latest Cyber Threat at Work?Personal Finance

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    The latest greatest swindlers in the cybercrime racket know you’re onto their digital three-card monte, and they’ve made a few adjustments, putting yet another wrinkle in the corporate-hacking game by targeting top-level employees for major profits. These hackers appear to be based in North America or Western Europe, and they know a great deal about the companies and industries they’ve been cracking. They could be “white-collar hackers” or just good studies of character. It really […]

  • I Ate Thanksgiving Dinner With My Identity Thief for 19 YearsColumn, Blog, Identity Theft

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    Nineteen a minute: That’s how quickly people become identity theft victims in the U.S. Estimates vary, but somewhere between 10 and 16 million Americans are defrauded each year in this way. Thanksgiving can be an awkward time of year for some victims, since family members account for more than 30% of the identity thieves. Axton Betz-Hamilton knows this firsthand. Raised in a middle-class home—her mother Pamela was a tax preparer, her dad a department manager […]

  • 73,000 Webcams Are Open to Peeping Toms—Is Yours?Personal Finance

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    If the past year has taught consumers anything, it’s that identity thieves, fraudsters and scammers are on the prowl, going after any information they can use to make a buck. But the intrusions don’t stop there. If the thought of being the unwitting star of your own prime time reality show gives you the willies, consider the recent revelation that more than 73,000 unsecured webcams and surveillance cameras are, as I write this column, viewable […]

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    The Holiday Shopping Danger You Won’t See ComingColumn, Blog, Personal Finance

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    Around this time last year, cybercrime went mainstream with Target’s announcement that the credit and debit card accounts of 40 million shoppers were nabbed during the height of the holiday shopping season. Worse, the personally identifiable information of 70 million Target customers was in the wind. Before you get too worked up, here’s something to remember: Breaches are and will always be the enemy, but the more likely source of financial woe this holiday season […]

  • It’s 10 PM. Do You Know Where Your Social Security Number Is?Personal Finance

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    Your Social Security number is a skeleton key in the hands of an identity thief, but it’s not just about money. Those nine digits are used in too many transactions to enumerate, and because of that, there are plenty of opportunities for them to fall into the wrong hands. Whether we’re talking about tax fraud or more serious kinds of identity theft that could land you on a no-fly or even a most-wanted list–crimes committed […]

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