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  • Cyberthieves

    New tools automate cyber criminals’ attempts to take over corporate accountsData Security, Cybersecurity

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    Nearly all of the largest organizations throughout the world had their credentials exposed by cyber criminals last year, a new study has found. The study, done by London- and San Francisco-based Digital Shadows, which provides clients with information about their external digital risks, determined that 97 percent of the world’s largest 1,000 organizations had credentials exposed. The credentials are valuable to cyber criminals who “are increasingly turning to credential stuffing tools,” Digital Shadows officials say, […]

  • VPN

    VPNs prevent marketers, others from cashing in on your browser historyData Security, Privacy

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    Virtual private networks are back in the spotlight. In March, Congress voted to repeal rules that would have required internet service providers to get customer permission to sell their web-browsing data. ISPs are now free to market valuable customer information, triggering concern among privacy advocates. Detailed behavior profiles created by ISPs could be particularly handy tools for marketers targeting those most vulnerable to predatory sales campaigns, including the poor and tech neophytes. “Further overreaching by […]

  • Children's online safety

    Now’s the Time to Talk Online Security With Your ChildrenData Security, Technology

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    The time is right for getting hacked or worse, having the contents of your computer held hostage by ransomware. For a couple of carefree and extreme data-consuming months, kids everywhere will be doing whatever they want online even if you’ve tried to control them. In other words, be very afraid. Only you know if it is time to have “the talk” with your child about online security. But before you sheepishly clear your throat in […]

  • Cybersecurity experts cringe as Trump hands out his cell phone numberData Security, Politics

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    The internet stirred earlier this week about the meaning of the word “Covfefe”—generated, one could guess, when the president fell asleep mid-tweet, phone in hand. But a more important Trump cell phone issue got far less attention. The Associated Press reported that Trump is giving out his cell phone number to world leaders so they can call him directly. Not only is this highly unusual, it creates plenty of security risks—not to mention public records issues. Earlier, […]

  • WannaCry

    Five best practices worth repeating in wake of WannaCry attackData Security

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    In the world of cybersecurity—particularly for small- and midsize businesses—progress tends to be achieved in fits and starts. Rare is the SMB that has the patience and focus to take a methodical approach to improving network security over an extended period. So when news of the WannaCry outbreak grabbed the mainstream media’s attention recently, fear among SMBs spiked and attention turned to cyber issues. However, just as quickly, it seems, the pendulum appears to be […]

  • Summertime Scams

    6 Summer Scams & How to Avoid ThemData Security, Consumer Protection

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    As the weather gets warmer, mosquitos and ticks re-enter our lives, and along with them comes their larger cousin, the scam artist. There are ways to prepare for those seasonal meal stealers. The same goes for scams, as foreknowledge is the best repellent. Ticks and mosquitos aren’t harmless — they are well-known vectors for serious illnesses. Scam artists are also vectors for a plague that affects millions of people each year: identity theft. But sometimes […]

  • Health records

    Health care IT departments must defend against cyber attacks — and also the NSAData Security, health care

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    Every successful cyber attack provides a learning opportunity for technologists. WannaCry provides two: Big organizations, particularly in health care, must learn to prioritize safety over compliance; and while doing that, they shouldn’t have to fight against American-made weaponry. For a long time, many health care providers have been worried about the wrong thing in cybersecurity—compliance rather than patient safety. With the WannaCry attack, we see the most frightening example yet of the devastating consequences. Last […]

  • cyberattack

    50 Ways to Avoid (or Deal With) a CyberattackData Security, Technology

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    In case you missed it, a major cyberattack swept the globe Friday. Per pretty much every major news outlet here in the U.S., hackers locked computer systems worldwide, then threatened to destroy data if the victim did not pay to be let back in. In other words, they executed a large scale ransomware attack, targeting companies, government agencies, public institutions and ordinary citizens across continents. The attack comes just one week after Google Docs users […]

  • Ransomware

    Why WannaCry portends coming surge in attacks launched via self-spreading wormsData Security, Technology

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    The landmark WannaCry ransomware attack, I believe, may have been a proof of concept experiment that inadvertently spun out of control after it got released prematurely. But now that it’s out there, WannaCry signifies two developments of profound consequence to company decision-makers monitoring the cybersecurity threat landscape: • It revives the self-propagating internet worm as a preferred way to rapidly spread new exploits, machine to machine, with no user action required. • It lights up […]

  • laptop ban

    Laptop Ban is a Cyber Hygiene Wake-up CallData Security

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    Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) instituted an electronics ban on flights in and out of the United States. As per DHS’s Fact Sheet “Electronic devices larger than a cell phone/smart phone will not be allowed to be carried onboard the aircraft in carry-on luggage or other accessible property. Electronic devices that exceed this size limit must be secured in checked luggage.” Between this, the Galaxy Note 7 restriction (fire on a plane […]

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