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  • Markets, GPS could be first to go in the event of global cyber conflict

    Data Security Technology 

    The announcement of a sixth subterranean nuclear test has the world talking about how to contain the threat of a nuke-ready North Korea, but there is another concern getting insufficient attention: the potential for full spectrum cyber war. Just what that might look like is known, but seldom discussed. Remember the NASDAQ flash crash? It happened on May 6, 2010, at 2:32 pm and lasted for more than 30 minutes. Still not ringing any bells? […]

  • Are Your Connected Devices Safe?

    Data Security 

    The number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices in use is forecasted to hit 8.4 billion this year. That’s more than the human population on planet Earth. And with successful attacks like Mirai (which was the malware used in the 2016 Dyn cyberattack) already a part of the IoT story, there’s plenty to worry about. It’s crucial we give this latest market exuberance a brief time-out. Unfortunately, the chances of that happening are fairly unlikely. So, what to do […]

  • What Equifax Teaches Us About the Dangers of ‘Breach Fatigue.’

    Data Security Identity Theft 

    From mid-May to July, 143 million U.S. consumers were more vulnerable to hackers than usual. Or rather, they were actively vulnerable. Equifax, one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies, reported that the company had suffered a massive data compromise that exposed their customers’ Social Security numbers, drivers license numbers and other sensitive personally identifiable information. In a statement, they noted that the compromise was not limited to U.S. consumers. There were some customers […]

  • How Social Media Could Kill Your Company

    Cybersecurity Identity Theft 

    Who are you? These days it depends on a number of factors, all of which a criminal can easily spoof. Where you are matters, both in terms of your geographic location and the kinds of personal information you place online. Ten years ago, many consumers would have shuddered at the idea of putting personal and career information where anyone could see it, much less preferences and opinions. Now it’s commonplace. The Internet being what it is – a decentralized network […]

  • Alabama ransomware attack: think before clicking on email

    Data Security 

    Last week, if you wanted a vehicle tag or a license in Montgomery County, Alabama, you were out of luck. Hackers request bitcoins Hackers knocked many county computers offline with a ransomware attack, local officials say. The probate office took the worst of the attack, which hit late Monday, so business licenses, marriage licenses, and vehicle tags were all unavailable. (Driver’s license systems were not impacted.) So was the county sheriff’s website. “We noticed the system was acting up at about 4:55 […]

  • Credit lockdown

    Post Equifax: Will Free Credit Freezes Help?

    Data Security credit Identity Theft 

    When Equifax announced the historic data compromise that exposed the sensitive personal information of up to 143 million consumers, the company said victims would have access to credit freezes for a month free of charge. This was not exactly a solution to the fresh hell it had just announced. Frankly, it seemed like a relatively cheeky move considering the staggering number of people who had just learned that they will be looking over their shoulders for a […]

  • Identity theft

    Identity Thieves Bought a New Car in Her Name—Here’s How She’s Fighting It

    Identity Theft 

    Jen* is one of the few people that opens and reads every piece of mail they receive. It’s a quirk that has paid off: A piece of junk mail is how Jen found out someone had stolen her identity. “I opened a letter from Macy’s, which I thought was weird,” she said. “I haven’t shopped there in years. But the letter was a rejection of a credit card application.” Jen took immediate action, placing a credit […]

  • Consumers clamor for free credit freezes in wake of Equifax breach

    credit Cybersecurity Identity Theft 

    Victims of the Equifax data hack, please sit tight. I’d hate to see people paying money for the wrong thing. That’s already happening to people like, John, in Texas, who ended up regretting his purchase of a $19.95 credit monitoring subscription. Also, I think eventually the right thing is going to happen and consumers will be able to freeze their credit reports—for free. There is, finally, momentum in that direction. If you are sure you don’t need […]

  • The Equifax Breach and the Cybersecurity Silver Bullet

    Data Security Cybersecurity Technology 

    Some time ago, the popular show Mythbusters wanted to find out if the Lone Ranger was right about silver bullets being better than lead ones. Turns out silver bullets are actually slower and less accurate. When it comes to cybersecurity, quick-fix silver bullets are also less effective than tried-and-true approaches. The most effective cybersecurity strategies begin with two certainties: mistakes will be made, and breaches like the one that hit Equifax will keep happening. The 143 million consumers exposed […]

  • Worried about Your Online Information? Use a Virtual Credit Card

    credit 

    Even when online retailers strive to keep customer information safe, data breaches happen. Hackers and thieves are constantly working to gain access to your sensitive data, including credit card numbers. Data breaches are on the rise and could cost businesses $8 trillion over the next five years. But some credit card issuers, like Bank of America and Citibank, offer virtual card numbers to help you protect your credit card information when you shop online. These virtual card numbers are […]

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