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  • IRS Warns Of Largest-Ever Phone Scam Targeting Taxpayers

    Blog Identity Theft 

    There’s nothing that strikes fear into the hearts of men (and women) like a call from the IRS — and this tax season, that’s what a new group of identity thieves counted on to bilk taxpayers out of over $1 million and counting. In this new scam, which is so serious that the Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration issued a warning about on Thursday, thieves contact individuals by phone and demand immediate payment for […]

  • Your Identity Thief Might Be Hiding In Your Family Tree

    Column Blog Identity Theft 

    Most people assume identity thieves are super-sophisticated hackers sitting in front of banks of blinking computer screens. The more vigilant among us might be shredding every document in sight, jealously guarding sensitive information from unknown callers or online “frenemies” and installing the most sophisticated firewalls and security software on our mobile devices and computers. But sometimes you really never see it coming and the identity thief who ruined your credit and turned your life upside […]

  • ATM Security: With End of Windows XP Updates Risk Increases

    Blog Personal Finance 

    ATM security has been in the news of late. Adam Levin spoke with Kate Rogers of Fox Business about the threat to ATM security following Microsoft’s announced discontinuation of updates to Windows XP, which is used on hundreds of thousands of machines around the world. What happens if banks don’t upgrade their Windows XP operating systems by the April 8 deadline? 2.2 million ATMs worldwide could be at risk of a cyber attack. Read the […]

  • Could BYOD Leave Your Small Business DOA?

    Column Data Security Blog 

    There is a line of thinking among many of my small-business colleagues that allowing employees to supply their own computers and phones – known as Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD – is both convenient and a great way to save money. Whenever I hear that from anyone, the first thing I ask is if they require these employees to take the appropriate steps to secure these personal machines. If their answer is, “huh?” I […]

  • Medical Identity Theft: Does The Healthcare Industry Think It’s Too Big For Its Breaches?

    Column Blog 

    If recent disclosures regarding the massive wave of breaches suffered by retailing icons Target, Neiman-Marcus and Sally Beauty haven’t scared you enough, try to wrap your brain around the new Ponemon Institute Patient Privacy and Data Security study. The study has found a 100% increase in criminal attacks on health care organizations since 2010. But if that weren’t enough, they also found something far more disturbing. “Despite concerns about employee negligence and the use of […]

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    100 Percent Increase in Criminal Attacks on Healthcare Entities

    Data Security Blog 

    The Ponemon Institute released a report today that includes some alarming news: Criminal attacks on healthcare organizations increased by an eye-popping 100 percent since 2010. With a continued ad-hoc approach to security at many organizations and millions of patients signing up for healthcare made possible by the Affordable Care Act, cybercriminals have been presented with an irresistible opportunity for potential crimes. 91 organizations were included in the study—11 more than last time around. The take-away: […]

  • Verizon Wireless Scam: What You Need to Know (WATCH)

    Blog Technology 

    I appeared on CBS News last night to talk about a new scam. Verizon Wireless subscribers are getting calls from a spoofed Verizon support line. There is no way to tell that you are not talking to Verizon. Caller ID says you are. The scammers had a web site (it has since been shut down), but if you look at the URL, the address points to Verizon54.com. Yet another example of the ingenuity out there, […]

  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Passport Safe

    Column Data Security Blog 

    If you’ve had to go get a new passport lately, you have learned (like me) it’s no longer the easiest thing to prove that you’re you. If you’re a first-timer, you must show up in person with a birth certificate, at least one government-issued ID (two if it’s out of state), photocopies, forms and fees, and then wait your turn. If you lose your passport while traveling abroad, you’ve got to show up at an […]

  • Ever Wonder What an ATM Skimming Device Looks Like?

    Data Security Blog 

    You probably know that criminals have long figured out how to trick people into handing over their credit card information. One way is the skimmer. If you thought you’d never fall for that trick, think again. Turns out, skimmers can look a lot like the reader that unlocks doors that lead to bank machines. And because it is very difficult to tell the difference and thieves mount cameras over the machines to capture your PIN, […]

  • 5 Ways Sharing On Social Media Can Put You At Risk

    Column Blog 

    Everybody knows there are certain things you can’t share on the Internet without the risk of serious consequences — photos of yourself in compromising positions, intimate details of your travel plans, or what you really think of your boss, for instance. But there are other morsels of information we share with regularity and without considering the consequences to our own detriment, as one of ZDNET writer Zach Whittaker’s colleagues found out recently after granting Whittaker […]