Data Security

The latest on data breaches and cybersecurity and data security by Adam K Levin.

If some in the small business community thought to themselves, “better them than us,” after hearing that hackers had breached mega chains Target, Neiman Marcus and (possibly) Michaels, their bliss was short-lived. Reports surfaced last week that the cyber-intruders accessed Targets’ systems by first hacking one of their (comparatively) small regional contractors, Fazio Mechanical Services. Fazio, though, is in good...
Regular viewers of MTV’s series “Catfish” (in which online-only, deceptive relationships are pulled into the real world, albeit with cameras running) might think that the show just highlights the extreme cases of a common problem – people who tell lies in search of a personal connection. For instance, studies show that about 81% of people lie in their online...
To listen to some House Republicans at the Target hearing Wednesday, and the Senate Republicans on Tuesday, one would be forgiven for thinking that the massive data breaches experienced by customers of Target, Neiman Marcus and the hotel management chain White Lodging were serious enough to warrant two Congressional hearings (and one more to come), but not a single...
When Sen. Patrick Leahy (D- VT) gavels the Senate Judiciary Committee to order on Tuesday, four witnesses will sit before the esteemed Senators to ostensibly discuss "Preventing Data Breaches and Combating Cybercrime." Among them will be the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the recently-hacked Neiman Marcus and the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of...
By now, most of us know that when surfing the Web we shouldn't click on ads promising us new ways to lose weight without dieting, read emails about magic pills to boost our "egos" or even click on Twitter links about the "shocking" pictures some friend supposedly found of us online. That is, we know not to do those...
If the news of the massive breach of Target customers' credit and debit card numbers has you sweating bullets, you have a lot of company right now. Target admitted that hackers gained access to the names, credit card numbers, security codes and expiration dates from the credit and debit cards that many, many people used to make purchases at...
In Dr. Seuss' timeless tale, the Grinch had to wait until all of Whoville was asleep, tie his dog to a sled and slink down a few too-tight chimneys in order to steal Christmas from the Whos. In 2013, all a savvy criminal needs to do is follow your kids on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Vine, Foursquare, Google+ and/or...
If you're one of those folks who believed that "it will never happen to me," when it comes to identity theft, the hack of Adobe's internal database isn't just bad news -- it's scary. It is increasingly inevitable that every business will suffer some kind of data breach -- and that each of us will be a victim of...
Facebook's privacy policies have always been the subject of debate among its users -- especially when they change, as they did this month for underage users. After all, when you're putting so much information online where anyone can see it, how upset can you be when the public sees it? But what if "the public" is law enforcement, and their...
For the first time in a while, I found myself this week on a transcontinental flight without WiFi access or in-flight television. I generally try to avoid being electronically sequestered for any amount of time, especially on a football Sunday, so I couldn't help but feel it was a punishment of sorts -- at least at first. But as someone...