For those who think I’ve been beating the war drums about data breaches a lot, take a look at this chart brought to you by InformationIsBeautiful.net. The bubble chart shows all the breaches from the past few years in an easy-to-visualize format. As I’ve said before, it’s no longer a question of whether or not you will by breached, it’s only a matter of when […]
Four-letter words can ruin a lot of things in life – a nice family dinner, a job interview, your relationship with your mother. But there’s one four-letter word that can wreak such havoc on your life that you won’t be able to live in the place you want, drive the car you prefer or even get the cellphone plan you like. That word is debt. Debt is the quintessential American experience these days: most people […]
As Hollywood prepares to announce the winners of the Academy Awards on March 2, scores of consumer watchdog groups kick off National Consumer Protection Week that same day to increase awareness and provide consumer tips on how to avoid online traps where cybercriminals can rob you of your money, identity and security. While with the recent breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus, Kickstarter and the University of Maryland, there is no shortage of related scams, some […]
There is an Apple enthusiast I know – and I’m sure you have a similar friend – who used to gleefully brag about all the suspicious links he could click on from his phone or computer with no fear of consequences. But after Apple’s confirmation this weekend that it was in the process of creating and issuing patches to resolve a massive security flaw in its operating systems and many of its connected programs, he’s […]
Adam Levin appeared on Bloomberg Surveillance this morning to discuss Target’s announced earnings and what every business needs to be thinking about going forward.
Yesterday a cybersecurity firm reported that 360 million newly stolen credentials were available for sale on the deep web. The breach reportedly includes one attack that alone yielded 105 million records. Taken as a whole, that would make this aggregate compromise the largest breach of credentials to date, eclipsing the Adobe and Target breaches both in size and level of exposure. Whether this latest report is a re-hash of what we already know–that somewhere between […]
Adam Levin talked to Stacia Naquin from Azcentral.com about the breach at the University of Maryland. He said that the Maryland breach highlighted a larger problem where the open environment of higher education institutions coupled with low-tech information protection solutions cause data breaches.
The storm of consumer-focused data breaches started off as intermittent downpours — Choicepoint, TJ Maxx, SONY, LinkedIn, Twitter, Adobe Systems — and is now a torrent: Target, Neiman Marcus, Kickstarter, White Lodging, the Sands Casino, and now everyone who’s attended or worked at the University of Maryland since 1998. In each case, hackers weren’t after the company’s intellectual property or trade secrets: they were after your information, because it’s the key to your money. In […]
I was on ABC News Radio yesterday right after news broke that the University of Maryland had suffered a major data breach involving information belonging to faculty, students and employees–anyone who had been issued an identification card. The exposed information included the name, social security number and date of birth of more than 300,000 people. There have been hundreds of breaches at universities over the years. At least two have been breached more than 5 […]
Forget the “till death do us part” mantra — cohabitation has become the new normal in the U.S. Most millennials will move in with a significant other before marriage, and a high percentage of them will end up packing their boxes to leave. A National Center for Health Statistics report found that of those who cohabitate in the U.S., 27% of those couples will break up. While there are laws and courts dedicated to helping […]