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  • A year later, Heartbleed bug still hasn’t been squashedData Security, Technology

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    A recent report by cybersecurity management firm Venafi showing that a vast majority of the world’s largest companies remain vulnerable to attacks stemming from the Heartbleed flaw suggests that many have not grasped the full nature of the threat nor do they think the risk justifies the cost of remediating it. It’s been exactly one year since details of the OpenSSL flaw were first publicly disclosed. In the 12 months since then, numerous security researchers, […]

  • How This Federal Data Breach Law Could Actually Hurt ConsumersColumn, Data Security, Blog

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    With each passing brand name mega-breach—Home Depot, Target, JPMorgan Chase, Anthem—it becomes ever more urgent for government and industry to get on the same page about how to protect consumers. Sadly, not all laws are created equal, and there are few better examples of this homespun truth than a would-be federal law currently wending its way through Congress. And not to put too fine a point on it, the Data Security and Breach Notification Act […]

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    Healthcare, banking companies issue easily spoofed emailsData Security, health care

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    Emails purportedly sent by health insurance companies and large banks are more likely to be fraudulent than those claiming to be from social media companies, a new research study reveals. An email that appears to come from a health insurance company is four times more likely to be fraudulent—or two times more likely from a large U.S. bank—than an email ostensibly from a social media company like Facebook, according to Agari’s 2015 study. Agari, which […]

  • (Video) Clinton: There was no classified info in my e-mailsData Security, Government, Video, Technology

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    Adam Levin spoke with Liz Claman on Countdown to the Closing Bell on Fox Business about the security issues surrounding Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s ‘homebrew’ e-mail server. Levin voiced his concerns: “Was it privacy? Was it security?… I always get scared when convenience trumps security.” Click the video above to see the full interview.

  • Should the Secret Service Protect Candidates Online?Column, Data Security, Government

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    The Democratic and Republican gristmills got to work last week on Hillary Clinton’s “homebrew” email, and the ensuing firestorm underscored an alarming lack of cyber-savvy among the leading players of the 2016 election. It also raised a serious question: Should the Secret Service protect presidential candidates against cyber attack? News of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email service, @clintonemail.com, hosted from her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., spread fast last week. The State Department commented […]

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    Cloud apps routinely expose sensitive dataData Security, Technology

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    An alarming number of cloud-based apps used by enterprise employees don’t encrypt data at rest or require two-factor authentication. And an astounding number of employees are still uploading highly sensitive data to the cloud and sharing files on unsecured platforms, according to the Cloud Adoption Risk Report Q4 2014 from cloud security vendor Skyhigh Networks. The recent breach of 80 million records at health insurer Anthem was an example of how cloud services that don’t […]

  • Anthem breach shows need for wider encryption of sensitive dataData Security, Technology

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    Media reports concerning the Anthem breach have indicated that the compromised personal information wasn’t encrypted. Encryption – strong, modern algorithms properly implemented with tight key management – is the most effective way to protect data in 2015. How do we know this? Edward Snowden, of course. He made it clear that the NSA is unable to break strong encryption. It’s likely no one else can, either. Many have expressed surprise that the Anthem data, clearly […]

  • Faked PayPal sites hard to distinguish from the real thingData Security, Technology

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    Faked PayPal email notifications directing recipients to malicious websites aren’t new. But cybercriminals are getting a lot better at executing them. That’s what the discovery of a current phishing campaign designed to lure victims to click to a pair of very well-designed faked PayPal websites shows. The finding comes from researchers at OpenDNS, a free, advertising-sponsored service for making faster, more secure website connections. The fraudulent PayPal websites are virtually indistinguishable from the real PayPal.com, […]

  • Was This Billion-Dollar Bank Heist Preventable?Column, Data Security, Blog

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    A funny thing happened on the way to the ATM (and depending on who you believe, may still be happening). Scratch that. For the lucky few at the right place at the right time, an awesome thing has been happening: ATMs randomly coughing up cash—and a lot of it. Like an international lottery, the phenomenon has occurred in more than 30 countries, leading to potentially as much as $1 billion in stolen funds. At first […]

  • Skin implants arrive as replacement for passwordsData Security, Technology

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    CANCUN — It was a moment out of science fiction. All eyes were on Kaspersky Lab researcher Povel Torudd as he sat center stage here at the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit late Monday, waiting to become a cyborg. Torudd volunteered to have a Near Field Communications (NFC) chip implanted in his hand by a professional body piercer using sterilized tools, a marker to show where the chip would be inserted, a scalpel and an imposing-looking […]

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