24 09, 2020

Phishing and Malware Attacks Most Common Techniques for Credential Theft

By |2020-09-24T20:40:04+00:00September 24th, 2020|

Every day we use our personal information for access to online accounts, smart devices and other resources. This happens so frequently that the sensitivity of credential information can be taken for granted. A recent study by password management company LastPass found that a staggering 61 percent of business users reuse the same passwords for multiple [...]

13 09, 2020

One of Largest IT Staffing Agencies in U.S. Reports Data Breach

By |2020-09-13T06:48:02+00:00September 13th, 2020|

A ransomware attack has exposed the commercial and personal employee data of Artech Information Systems, one of the largest IT staffing agencies in the nation. The data breach occurred Jan. 5 – 8 after a bad actor gained access to company servers through an employee user account. Company officials said Social Security numbers, medical information, [...]

1 09, 2020

Former Uber Executive Charged in Data Breach Cover Up

By |2020-09-01T19:05:07+00:00September 1st, 2020|

A former Uber executive has been charged with covering up a data breach affecting 57 million app users and drivers. Joe Sullivan, Uber’s former chief security officer, is facing obstruction of justice and other charges stemming from a 2016 data breach. The breach occurred when two men hacked a third-party server to steal the personal [...]

25 08, 2020

How to Help Protect Your Medical Records from Cybercriminals

By |2020-08-31T18:02:09+00:00August 25th, 2020|

Medical records are a prime target for cybercriminals, and data breaches are a frequent occurrence in the health care industry. These records are valuable because they may contain a large variety of personal information, including your name, address, insurance information, Social Security number (SSN) and medical history. Medical records can be used to commit many [...]

7 08, 2020

Google and Amazon Customers Top List of Brand Phishing Targets

By |2020-08-07T16:04:55+00:00August 7th, 2020|

Scammers are now targeting Google and Amazon customers the most frequently with brand phishing attacks, according to a new report. A recent study by security company Check Point found that Google and Amazon customers tie for the most phishing attempts aiming to steal their personal information at 13% of total attacks during the second quarter [...]

20 07, 2020

FTC Warning of Cryptocurrency Scams After Twitter Hacks

By |2020-07-20T08:14:04+00:00July 20th, 2020|

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued a warning on a popular new cryptocurrency scam that tricks victims into sending money. The FTC warning comes after high-profile celebrities’ and national leaders’ Twitter accounts were hacked earlier this month with scammers sending out fake tweets telling followers to send money using the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Victims ranged [...]

9 07, 2020

Cybercriminals Targeting Healthcare Industry Along with Coronavirus-Related Scams

By |2020-07-09T20:33:43+00:00July 9th, 2020|

As headlines focus on coronavirus-related scams, the related healthcare industry also continues to be a top target for cybercriminals. This year alone more than 3 million patient records have been exposed. Here are the top-five healthcare data breaches so far this year. 1. Health Share of Oregon More than 654,000 patients had their records breached [...]

12 06, 2020

Study: More Than Half of Online Users Still Using Same Password for Multiple Accounts

By |2020-06-12T16:44:10+00:00June 12th, 2020|

As social life continues to move into the online sphere, it becomes increasingly important to monitor and protect our online data. The average consumer has more than 27 online accounts and that number approaches 100 for millennials with only a handful of passwords being shared throughout all of them. Given that passwords are the first line of defense to protect personally identifiable [...]

1 06, 2020

Hacktivist Group Anonymous Attacks Minneapolis Police Department Website, Claims Data Breach

By |2020-06-01T23:29:26+00:00June 1st, 2020|

The hacktivist group Anonymous has taken credit for a cyberattack that took down the Minneapolis Police Department website to protest the death of George Floyd while in police custody. Before the cyberattack, hacktivist group members allegedly released a video on Facebook saying they were targeting the police department in order to seek justice for Floyd. [...]

26 05, 2020

How to Avoid Unemployment Benefits Scams During Coronavirus Pandemic

By |2020-05-26T19:18:37+00:00May 26th, 2020|

The coronavirus pandemic has created astonishing unemployment numbers, with nearly 39 million Americans applying for unemployment benefits since mid-March. States have struggled to keep up with the demand for unemployment benefits, resulting in glitches and long wait times to process applications and receive benefits. This dramatic increase in activity has provided scammers an opportunity to [...]

17 05, 2020

FBI and Cybersecurity Agency Issue Warning China is Hacking Organizations and Companies Working on COVID-19 Research

By |2020-05-17T23:52:55+00:00May 17th, 2020|

The FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have issued a warning that China is attempting to hack the networks of U.S. organizations, pharmaceutical companies and health care professionals working on coronavirus research and vaccines. The federal agencies called research institutions, companies and others working on the COVID-19 response “prime targets” for Chinese cyberattacks. Federal [...]

8 05, 2020

Zoom Acquires Startup with Encryption Expertise as it Aims to Increase Security During COVID-19 Pandemic

By |2020-05-08T20:32:54+00:00May 8th, 2020|

Zoom has acquired Keybase, a social networking service startup with encryption expertise, as part of the videoconferencing service’s plan to increase security during the coronavirus pandemic. Zoom CEO Eric Yuan recently announced the acquisition, calling it “another milestone in Zoom’s 90-day plan to further strengthen the security of our video communications platform.” Zoom did not [...]

31 03, 2020

Working From Home? Make Sure Your Data is Secure

By |2020-06-28T17:25:56+00:00March 31st, 2020|

As many of us are working from home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, now is the time to be especially vigilant when it comes to protecting personal and business data online. Here are three tips to help secure your data. 1. Use a virtual private network (VPN). Securing employee access with a VPN can give [...]

17 03, 2020

Cyberattack Aimed at U.S. Health Agency Suspected of Trying to Slow Coronavirus Response

By |2020-03-20T23:09:36+00:00March 17th, 2020|

Federal officials say the goal of a recent cyberattack on the U.S. Health and Human Services Department was to spread disinformation and disrupt the agency’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The cyberattack aimed to overload the agency’s servers by using automated users, or bots, to create millions of hits over a short period of time [...]

9 03, 2020

Data Breach Reveals Virgin Media Customers’ Information, Including Requests for Porn

By |2020-03-09T20:42:18+00:00March 9th, 2020|

A data breach has exposed more than 900,000 Virgin Media customers’ personal information – including whether they’ve accessed pornography links. Virgin Media officials recently disclosed hackers were able to access customers’ personal information through an unsecured database. An unauthorized user accessed the database at least once after April 2019, officials said. The hackers had access [...]

5 03, 2020

T-Mobile Hacked in Another Data Breach

By |2020-03-05T19:23:50+00:00March 5th, 2020|

T-Mobile has once again been hacked in a data breach. Company officials are alerting customers to a recent data breach that has put their personal information at risk. The newest data breach comes after the company experienced two data breaches in the last two years. T-Mobile reported a data breach exposing personal information of about [...]

2 03, 2020

‘Shark Tank’ Star Barbara Corcoran Victim of $400,000 Phishing Email Scam

By |2020-03-02T23:41:07+00:00March 2nd, 2020|

Even a savvy millionaire can fall victim to a phishing email scam as “Shark Tank” judge Barbara Corcoran recently discovered. Corcoran, who has made millions investing, including in real estate, recently said she was the victim of a phishing email scam when her bookkeeper wired $388,700 to a fraudulent bank account in China. She said [...]

24 02, 2020

MGM Resorts Data Breach Affects More Than 10 Million Guests

By |2020-02-24T22:28:38+00:00February 24th, 2020|

More than 10 million guests who’ve stayed at MGM Resorts, including celebrities and high-profile CEOs, have had their personal information hacked in a data breach. MGM officials recently confirmed a data breach that exposed the information of about 10.6 million guests. MGM operates numerous properties in Las Vegas with celebrities such as Justin Bieber and [...]

18 02, 2020

Hackers Using Coronavirus Fears to Spread Malware

By |2020-03-20T23:48:03+00:00February 18th, 2020|

Hackers are launching email and web-based cyberattacks using the growing fears of the coronavirus as clickbait. Security experts have discovered new malware campaigns that are offering the promise of everything from educational content on the coronavirus to conspiracy-theory cures that instead infect devices with the goal of causing damage or stealing data. The campaigns are [...]

11 02, 2020

Protect Yourself and Your Children from Identity Theft

By |2020-02-11T17:33:33+00:00February 11th, 2020|

Remember the last time you were on an airplane and heard, “Should the cabin lose pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead bins. Please place the oxygen mask over your own mouth and nose first before assisting others.” As a mom, that’s somewhat startling to hear because your instinct is to always put your children first and yourself second. [...]

3 02, 2020

How to Protect Your Identity During Tax Season

By |2020-02-03T19:10:22+00:00February 3rd, 2020|

Tax season is officially here with Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, Feb. 3 – 7. While it’s important to be on high alert and protect your identity all year long, tax season is an especially vulnerable time. Every tax season, identity thieves run a variety of scams to get their hands on taxpayers’ personal information. [...]

24 01, 2020

Microsoft Data Breach Exposes 250 Million Customer Records

By |2020-01-24T23:08:53+00:00January 24th, 2020|

Microsoft recently announced a data breach affecting one of its customer databases and exposing millions of records, including the personally identifying information (PII) of some customers who may have used Microsoft support since 2005. Between Dec. 5 and Dec. 31, a change made to an internal customer support database’s network security contained misconfigured security rules, [...]

20 01, 2020

Phishing Attacks Becoming More Sophisticated

By |2020-01-20T18:47:14+00:00January 20th, 2020|

Hackers are becoming more and more sophisticated in their phishing email attempts to steal personal and company data. The number of data breaches caused by phishing is increasing with hackers finding their way into a company’s network using phished information such as employees’ stolen credentials, according to a recent report from cybersecurity organization Crowdstrike. In [...]

16 01, 2020

Equifax to Pay $380.5 Million to Data Breach Victims

By |2020-01-20T22:28:03+00:00January 16th, 2020|

A federal court has approved a $380.5 million Equifax settlement to resolve a class-action lawsuit stemming from the credit-reporting firm’s 2017 massive data breach that put almost half the U.S population’s personal information at risk. In the approved agreement, Equifax officials are placing $380.5 million into a fund for consumers affected by the data breach. [...]

14 01, 2020

Texas School District Loses $2.3 Million in Phishing Email Scam

By |2020-01-14T18:04:00+00:00January 14th, 2020|

A Texas school district is out $2.3 million after falling victim to a phishing email scam. The Manor Independent School District recently announced it is working with the Manor Police Department and FBI to track down a scammer who siphoned about $2.3 million from the district after a single employee responded to a phishing email. [...]

6 01, 2020

Data Breach Hits Parent Company of Joe’s Crab Shack, Claim Jumper, Rainforest Café and More

By |2020-01-06T19:23:38+00:00January 6th, 2020|

Landry’s Inc., the parent company of more than 600 restaurants, hotels and casinos, has announced a data breach exposing customers’ card payment information. Company officials reported a hacker accessed and installed malware to their network supporting payment processing, which is used by servers to swipe and charge customer credit cards. They said encryption technology made [...]

31 12, 2019

6 of the Biggest Data Breaches of the Year

By |2019-12-31T00:13:09+00:00December 31st, 2019|

The year 2019 saw thousands of data breaches of all types and sizes. Billions of personal records were exposed, caused by malicious hacks and organizational incompetence. The public has had their payment information stolen, personal data leaked and private messages exposed. Data breaches have been on an upward trend since the early 2000s, and the [...]

21 12, 2019

Facebook Faces Another Data Breach with 267 Million Users Exposed

By |2019-12-21T00:47:44+00:00December 21st, 2019|

Facebook is ending the year with another data breach, this time with 267 million users’ personal information exposed. The monumental data breach comes after cybersecurity firm Comparitech and researcher Bob Diachenko found a database with the names, phone numbers and Facebook IDs for about 267 million users open on the web. The database was not [...]

19 12, 2019

Canada’s Largest Laboratory Pays Ransom to Retrieve 15 Million Stolen Patient Records

By |2019-12-19T17:05:45+00:00December 19th, 2019|

Officials at LifeLabs, the largest diagnostics and testing services laboratory in Canada, recently announced they paid hackers an undisclosed ransom to retrieve more than 15 million stolen patients’ records. The laboratory was breached last month with hackers removing patient data and requiring a ransom in order for the company to regain the records. Personal information [...]

17 12, 2019

Pennsylvania Attorney General Reaches $110,000 Data Breach Settlement with Orbitz and Expedia

By |2019-12-17T18:54:51+00:00December 17th, 2019|

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro recently announced a $110,000 settlement with the traveling websites Orbtiz and Expedia after a data breach that put the credit card information of almost 21,000 state residents at risk. Shapiro lead an investigation into the data breach that discovered a hacker was able to add malware to steal credit card [...]

12 12, 2019

California Water District Data Breach Exposes Credit Card Information

By |2019-12-12T20:58:23+00:00December 12th, 2019|

The Cucamonga Valley Water District, a water district in Southern California, is informing customers of a data breach that might have put their credit card information at risk. Water district officials said a server operated by outside vendor Central Square, which the water district uses to collect one-time credit card payments, was breached by an [...]

10 12, 2019

Why Local Governments Are Vulnerable to Ransomware Attacks

By |2019-12-10T17:29:07+00:00December 10th, 2019|

The highest profile data breaches and cyberattacks often involve big businesses with millions of customers. But private companies aren’t the only organizations that are vulnerable to cybercrime – local governments are also popular targets for criminals. According to Verizon’s 2019 Data Breach Investigation, 16% of all 2018 data breaches involved public sector entities including state [...]

6 12, 2019

SMS Database Leaves Millions of Text Messages with Personal Info Exposed

By |2019-12-06T19:02:59+00:00December 6th, 2019|

SMS communications company TrueDialog left millions of text messages exposed and unprotected in an online database that security researchers discovered last month, according to reports. TrueDialog is a communications company that enables clients, including private businesses and universities, to send text messages to customers, students and other individuals. The service allows message recipients to respond [...]

5 12, 2019

On the Border Restaurant Data Breach Affects 28 States

By |2019-12-05T19:42:17+00:00December 5th, 2019|

The Mexican food chain restaurant On the Border has announced a data breach that put customers’ payment information at risk in 28 states. On the Border officials said the breach, discovered by the company on Nov. 14, exposed customers’ personal information, including their names, credit card numbers and credit card verification codes. The breach came [...]

3 12, 2019

T-Mobile Data Breach Allows Hackers to Access Customers’ Personal Information

By |2019-12-03T16:55:53+00:00December 3rd, 2019|

Wireless carrier T-Mobile recently discovered a data breach that allowed hackers to access the personal information of more than one million customers, the company recently announced. The breach exposed the personal data of customers with prepaid wireless accounts in which they paid a predetermined fee ahead of time for their wireless usage. According to T-Mobile, [...]

12 11, 2019

Capital One Cybersecurity Chief Out After Data Breach

By |2019-11-12T21:33:05+00:00November 12th, 2019|

The head of cybersecurity at Capital One has been removed following this summer’s data breach that exposed the personal information of more than 100 million customers. Michael Johnson has transitioned from Capital One’s chief information security officer to a new role as senior vice president and special advisor for cybersecurity, according to the company. The [...]

6 11, 2019

Recent Data Breaches Involve Instagram, DoorDash, Uber and Other Smartphone Apps

By |2019-11-07T00:12:04+00:00November 6th, 2019|

With all the recent data breaches involving smartphone apps, here is a compilation of breaches that might have put your personally identifiable information at risk: A white-hat ethical hacker reported an Instagram vulnerability in the login form and Sync Contacts feature that puts user accounts at risk. The flaw allowed a hacker to create fraudulent [...]

5 11, 2019

U.S. Officials Living Abroad Targeted in Hack Using WhatsApp

By |2019-11-05T17:59:02+00:00November 5th, 2019|

Top U.S. government officials living abroad have recently been targeted by hackers through Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging application. An internal investigation by WhatsApp found numerous U.S. officials in at least 20 countries have become victims of data breaches through hacking software through the app. The hackers allegedly took control of users’ smartphones in order to access [...]

1 11, 2019

7-Eleven Customer Data Exposed in App Security Breach

By |2019-11-01T19:38:11+00:00November 1st, 2019|

The 7-Eleven Fuel app suffered a data breach in Australia last week that exposed users’ personal details. The app uses customer location and pricing data to help drivers find the best gas prices at local 7-Elevens, and lock in the low prices by prepaying. A customer reported the breach to 7-Eleven when he discovered he [...]

23 10, 2019

What is Synthetic Identity Theft?

By |2019-10-24T21:08:31+00:00October 23rd, 2019|

Protect yourself and your family Identity thieves and fraudsters consistently innovate and adapt to new security measures when it comes to their crimes. One of the more modern cons, known as synthetic identity theft, is high on the list of concerns for legislators and financial institutions alike. Any demographic could be vulnerable to this form [...]

17 10, 2019

The Origins and History of the Dark Web

By |2019-10-17T19:57:52+00:00October 17th, 2019|

Accessing the Dark Web? You’ll need Tor For anyone to access the dark web, a special type of software and web browser is required. The most well-known and frequently-used software is the Tor browser, which stands for The Onion Router. Tor protects the anonymity of its users by using multiple layers of encryption. Keep in [...]

15 10, 2019

New Malware Zombie Attack Targets Windows Users

By |2019-10-15T19:13:07+00:00October 15th, 2019|

A new zombie attack is preying on Windows users in an attempt to take over their machines, according to researchers. Microsoft security researchers recently reported a new malware campaign, called Nodersok, that aims to disable Windows Updates and Windows Defender and turn the victimized device into a “zombie” proxy. The Nodersok infection begins with a [...]

4 10, 2019

Credit Freeze vs. Credit Lock: Differences Along with Pros & Cons

By |2019-10-04T18:11:35+00:00October 4th, 2019|

Credit Freeze vs. Credit Lock: What’s the Difference? Credit freezes and credit locks are often confused for one another since they protect consumers’ credit files from fraud in similar ways. They are, however, two different actions. As more people take preventative measures to protect their identity, it’s important to know how each of these actions [...]

2 10, 2019

Words with Friends Publisher Zynga Reports Data Breach

By |2019-10-02T19:18:40+00:00October 2nd, 2019|

Do you play Words with Friends? If so, your personal information might be at risk. Mobile game publisher Zynga has reported a data breach affecting more than 218 million Words with Friends players. Company officials said a hacker was able to access players’ names, email addresses, phone numbers, login IDs, Facebook IDs, and account IDs. [...]

30 09, 2019

What is Email Spoofing? Definition & Protection Tips

By |2019-09-30T19:43:31+00:00September 30th, 2019|

When people hear the term “spoof” they often think of a humorous parody of a song, movie, or real situation. It’s all about imitation — just like it is in the context of cybersecurity. But when it comes to cybersecurity, the imitation isn’t about humor or entertainment. In this context, spoofing refers to the malicious [...]

27 09, 2019

DoorDash Data Breach Compromises About 4.9 Million

By |2019-09-27T20:46:48+00:00September 27th, 2019|

The food delivery service DoorDash has announced a data breach affecting about 4.9 million consumers, merchants, and drivers. DoorDash officials said the data breach occurred when an unauthorized user was able to access information such as consumers’ names, order histories, phone numbers, and the last four digits of credit card numbers along with partial numbers [...]

26 09, 2019

White-Hat Hacker Finds Instagram Data Breach Put Personal Info at Risk

By |2019-09-26T18:16:47+00:00September 26th, 2019|

A white-hat ethical hacker recently found an Instagram vulnerability that might have exposed users’ personal information. Hacker @ZHacker13  found the vulnerability in Instagram’s login form and Sync Contacts feature. The hacker was able to put in phone numbers that the platform validated as linked to active accounts. New fraudulent accounts were set up using the [...]

24 09, 2019

Health Records of About 169 Million People Exposed in Data Breaches in Last Decade

By |2019-09-24T16:05:43+00:00September 24th, 2019|

During the last 10 years more than 169 million people in the United States have had their health records exposed, according to a new study. The study, published in the “Annals of Internal Medicine,” found that about 150 million people had their Social Security numbers, drivers’ license numbers, and dates of birth compromised through data [...]

23 09, 2019

The Deep Web vs. the Dark Web: What’s the Difference?

By |2019-09-25T19:07:54+00:00September 23rd, 2019|

As the dark web has become a more common topic of discussion, the term "deep web" is often used synonymously with dark web — but there is a significant difference between the two. Read on to learn about the difference between the deep web and the dark web: What is the deep web? Deep web [...]

18 09, 2019

Ecuadorian Company Head Arrested After Leaving Personal Records of Almost Entire Country’s Population Exposed

By |2019-09-18T20:29:26+00:00September 18th, 2019|

The head of an Ecuadorian data analytics firm has been arrested after leaving the personal and financial information of almost the entire country’s population unprotected online. William Roberto Garces, general manager of Novaestrat, was arrested as part of an investigation into allegations his company left a server with the personal records of about 20.8 million [...]

17 09, 2019

Watch Out for This Google Calendar Phishing Scam

By |2019-09-17T17:05:54+00:00September 17th, 2019|

Email and phone phishing scams are commonplace in the modern age. Their goal is to trick you into providing personal information, such as bank account numbers or personally identifying data, that can be used to commit fraud or identify theft. But thanks to spam filters and call screening, many phishing scams now go ignored. However, [...]

5 09, 2019

Google’s YouTube to Limit Data Collection and Ads Targeting Children After $170 Million in Fines

By |2019-11-08T16:11:09+00:00September 5th, 2019|

The global video-sharing site YouTube has agreed to pay $170 million in fines for violating children’s privacy laws. YouTube, owned by Google, will pay the U.S. Federal Trade and Commission $136 million along with $34 million to New York state for violating the 1998 Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, by not receiving parental [...]

3 09, 2019

Report: More than Half of Social Media Login Attempts are Fraud

By |2019-09-03T22:11:23+00:00September 3rd, 2019|

Scammers make up more than half of login attempts on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, according to a new report. A new fraud and abuse report by Arkose Labs found that 53% of logins along with 25% of new account signups on social media are by scammers. Most of the fraudulent [...]

30 08, 2019

Instagram Accounts at Risk with New Phishing Scam Using False 2-Factor Authentication

By |2019-09-03T17:56:59+00:00August 30th, 2019|

A new phishing scam is using false two-factor authentication to take over Instagram accounts. The scam, recently discovered by researchers, starts with emails stating the recipients have had a login attempt into their Instagram accounts. The email states if the recipients did not attempt to log into their accounts they need to log in and [...]

30 08, 2019

Actress Bella Thorne turns to IdentityIQ services after recent hacking incident

By |2019-08-30T16:37:51+00:00August 30th, 2019|

Temecula, California, July 22, 2019 – Actress Bella Thorne now has IDIQ℠, the company behind the credit and identity theft monitoring IdentityIQ℠ brand, to protect her identity after a recent hacking incident exposed her personal information and photos. As an actress, director, rapper, and best-selling author, Thorne has amassed a social media following in the [...]

27 08, 2019

Five Charged in ‘Largest Criminal Case Ever’ of Identity Theft Targeting Military Members and Veterans

By |2020-05-22T19:43:15+00:00August 27th, 2019|

Five men have been charged with stealing millions of dollars from military members and veterans as part of an international identity theft and fraud ring that used stolen personal information to gain access to Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs benefit sites. The U.S. Department of Justice has charged Frederick Brown, Robert Wayne Boling Jr., [...]

26 08, 2019

My Information is for Sale on the Dark Web: What Should I Do?

By |2019-08-29T00:46:32+00:00August 26th, 2019|

The numerous recent data breaches have exposed the personal information of millions of people and put them at risk of having their information bought and sold on the dark web. The dark web is where cybercriminals go to anonymously buy and sell information – such as names, passwords, credit card numbers, and Social Security numbers [...]

21 08, 2019

Coordinated Ransomware Attacks Take 23 Government Agencies Offline in Texas

By |2019-09-06T20:12:47+00:00August 21st, 2019|

A coordinated cyberattack has taken at least 23 government agencies in Texas offline. Most of the agencies affected by the cyberattack were smaller local governments, according to the Texas Department of Information Resources. The cyberattack has been tracked to a single threat actor. Officials first became aware of the attack when they had trouble accessing [...]

16 08, 2019

Credit Karma ‘Technical Issue’ Exposes Account Information to Wrong Users

By |2019-08-23T16:44:42+00:00August 16th, 2019|

Officials of the credit monitoring site Credit Karma are blaming a “technical issue” for a data breach that exposed users’ credit and personal information to other site users. Users began posting to Reddit and Twitter this week to point out the issue, saying when they logged into the site they were given access to other [...]

14 08, 2019

Apple Offers $1 Million ‘Bug Bounty’ to Hackers to Find Security Flaws

By |2019-08-23T16:45:47+00:00August 14th, 2019|

Apple is offering a $1 million “bug bounty” to any hacker who can take over an Apple device without being supplied information from the device’s owner. Apple Security Chief Ivan Krstic announced the $1 million bounty during the Black Hat conference held in Las Vegas last week. The $1 million bounty is a significant increase [...]

13 08, 2019

The Dark Web is Booming: Is Your Info at Risk?

By |2019-08-23T21:38:50+00:00August 13th, 2019|

The dark web has been around for a long time, but it’s recently risen in pop culture — and for many people, it’s a relatively new concept. Increasingly frequent data breaches and cases of identity theft have put the dark web on our radars, but the subject remains strange and unclear to many people. As [...]

6 08, 2019

Capital One Hacker Might Also Have Breached Other Major Companies, a University, and a DOT

By |2019-08-23T16:46:01+00:00August 6th, 2019|

An ex-Amazon employee who hacked Capital One consumer data might also have breached information from Ford, British telecommunications provider Vodafone, and the IT company Infoblox along with Michigan State University and the Ohio Department of Transportation. Paige Thompson, a former Amazon Web Services employee, was recently arrested for hacking into Capital One’s customer information stored [...]

5 08, 2019

4 Realistic Anti-Fraud Changes You Can Make Now

By |2019-08-05T17:17:56+00:00August 5th, 2019|

Now is the time to protect yourself against account fraud and identity theft, which can do massive damage to your credit and finances. Luckily, you don’t have to be a finance guru or cybersecurity wizard to better protect your money and identity. Here are four realistic anti-fraud changes you can make immediately to protect yourself: [...]

1 08, 2019

Black Hat and DEF CON to Highlight Increase in Aircraft Hacking Risks

By |2019-08-23T16:46:15+00:00August 1st, 2019|

With the Black Hat and DEF CON conventions – the mecca for both information security professionals and hackers alike – taking place in Las Vegas this month, one major industry focus this year is aviation software vulnerabilities. Black Hat, which runs Aug. 3 – 8, features a presentation on the Boeing 787 software system and [...]

30 07, 2019

Ex-Amazon Employee Arrested for Hacking More Than 100 Million Capital One Customers’ Data

By |2019-08-23T16:46:29+00:00July 30th, 2019|

An ex-Amazon employee has been arrested for allegedly hacking the account information of more than 100 million Capital One customers. Paige Thompson, of Seattle, is accused of exposing customers’ personal information – including names, addresses, credit scores, bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, and Canadian Social Insurance numbers – and attempting to share the information [...]

26 07, 2019

Equifax to Pay Up to $700 Million for Data Breach

By |2019-08-23T16:46:46+00:00July 26th, 2019|

Equifax is expected to pay about $700 million for a data breach that put almost half the U.S. population’s personal information at risk. The credit-reporting firm is working to finalize an agreement that includes a $700 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, numerous state attorney general offices, and a class-action [...]

25 07, 2019

FTC Fines Facebook $5 Billion for Privacy Breach of Users’ Data

By |2019-08-23T16:34:46+00:00July 25th, 2019|

Social media giant Facebook has agreed to a $5 billion fine – the largest in Federal Trade Commission history – for violating users’ privacy. The record-breaking fine comes after the FTC began investigating the company last spring after political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica gained access to almost 87 million Facebook users’ data without their permission. [...]

17 07, 2019

British Airways and Marriott Receive Record-Breaking Fines for Data Breaches

By |2019-08-23T16:47:20+00:00July 17th, 2019|

British Airways and the hotel chain Marriott are facing record-breaking fines for failing to protect customers’ personal information in two separate data breaches. Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office this month issued a $230 million (£183.4 million) fine – the largest ever imposed by the ICO – against British Airways for a data breach last year that [...]

11 07, 2019

4 out of 5 Physicians Report Cyberattacks as Health Care Industry Leads in Data Breaches

By |2019-08-02T17:36:47+00:00July 11th, 2019|

Four out of five physicians have experienced some type of cyberattack as health care continues to be the No. 1 industry affected by data breaches, according to a new report by the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Councils. The report highlights the increasing and costly trend of data breaches in the health care industry, [...]

8 07, 2019

Organizations and Businesses Face 500% Increase in Ransomware Attacks

By |2019-08-02T17:37:43+00:00July 8th, 2019|

Hackers are going after organizations and businesses with a vengeance as detections of ransomware attacks are up 500% this year compared to this time last year. The staggering increase in the number of detections stems from cybercriminals ramping up their efforts against organizations and businesses by preying on weak credentials, broad user access, and infrastructure [...]

15 05, 2019

What is Phishing? Prevent Attacks with Common Examples

By |2019-08-02T17:48:11+00:00May 15th, 2019|

Cybercriminals are incredibly adaptable. They learn new security measures quickly and find new ways to steal sensitive information—often preying on individuals who aren’t familiar with the signs of common scams. One of the most common techniques used to exploit web-users is the phishing scam. This article will cover what phishing is, the different phishing approaches [...]

22 03, 2019

7 Simple Tips for Safer Internet Browsing

By |2019-08-02T17:49:37+00:00March 22nd, 2019|

There are many ways for your computer or personal information to be compromised on the web. Viruses and malware can infect your machine, phishing scams can trick you into providing information to thieves, and “secure” websites can be hacked. While there’s no 100% guarantee of safe internet use, you can take steps to make your [...]

8 03, 2019

5 Strategies for Protecting Your Child’s Privacy Online

By |2019-08-02T17:50:25+00:00March 8th, 2019|

The internet is an amazing source of information, but it also contains many unique threats. One important concern in the digital age is online privacy; thieves, hackers, and other criminals may be trying to access your data and information for their own personal gain. Kids are just as vulnerable as adults (if not more so), [...]

21 01, 2019

‘Collection #1’ Data Breach Leaks 773 Million Email Addresses and 21 Million Passwords

By |2019-08-02T17:54:13+00:00January 21st, 2019|

Last week, an enormous database of email addresses and passwords was publicly exposed on the internet, leaving hundreds of millions of people vulnerable to fraud, scams, and hacking attempts. The database, known as “Collection #1,” could be the largest recorded public data breach in history. First reported by cybersecurity expert Troy Hunt, Collection #1 contains [...]

14 01, 2019

A Year in Review: The Worst Data Breach News of 2018

By |2019-08-02T17:55:52+00:00January 14th, 2019|

Cybersecurity threats were a major theme in 2018, as last year saw some of the biggest data breaches in history. Security flaws and illegal hacks exposed the personal data of millions and shook up some of the world’s largest organizations. Ultimately, there’s no foolproof way to protect your personal data when it’s in the hands [...]

20 12, 2018

4 Reasons Identity Theft is a Major Threat During the Holiday Season

By |2019-08-30T17:46:14+00:00December 20th, 2018|

Protecting your finances and identity is a year-round endeavor, and you should always be diligent to guard yourself against identity theft. But identity theft and fraud are especially prevalent during the holiday season. According to credit bureau Experian, fraud attempts spike during the holidays, especially on Thanksgiving and the days leading up to Christmas. What [...]

10 12, 2018

5 Tips for Avoiding Charity Scams Over the Holidays

By |2019-08-02T17:57:42+00:00December 10th, 2018|

For many charities, the holiday season is the biggest time of the year for charitable donations. People are in a giving mood, the deadline for making this year’s tax-deductible donations is approaching, and mission-based organizations are making their final push to solicit donors. But this spike in giving can put donors at risk of fraud, [...]

30 11, 2018

Massive Marriott Data Breach Exposes Personal Information of Up to 500 Million Guests

By |2019-08-02T17:58:26+00:00November 30th, 2018|

Marriott International, one of the largest hotel chains in the world, today revealed its discovery of a massive data breach that exposed the personal information of up to 500 million guests. The data breach leaves Marriott guests vulnerable to account fraud, identity theft, and other criminal activities. Marriott says an unauthorized party has been accessing [...]

1 11, 2018

The Social Threat: How Criminals Can Use the Information You Share on Social Media

By |2019-08-02T18:00:20+00:00November 1st, 2018|

Social media networks are a great way to connect with friends and family online, but they’re also a breeding ground for scams and criminal activity. And while you may picture hackers trying to break into your account, thieves can just as easily use the information you volunteer to share publicly. It pays to be careful [...]

21 09, 2018

6 Tips for Protecting Your Social Security Number

By |2019-08-02T18:02:56+00:00September 21st, 2018|

With identity theft a rising threat for all Americans, it’s extremely important to keep your Social Security number safe and secure. With just a little identifying information and your Social Security number, thieves can apply for credit and open accounts in your name, wrecking your credit in the process. But your Social Security number is [...]

8 09, 2018

5 Password Best Practices You Should be Using

By |2019-08-02T18:08:34+00:00September 8th, 2018|

When it comes to protecting your online accounts, passwords are one of the most important lines of defense. Your finances, credit score, and identity are all protected by the passwords you keep. Unfortunately, many people practice poor password security, which can leave them vulnerable. While passwords aren’t foolproof against thieves and hackers, using good practices [...]

25 08, 2018

What to Do When a Debt Collector Calls

By |2019-08-02T18:09:01+00:00August 25th, 2018|

Getting an unexpected call from a debt collector can be an intimidating experience. Often, debt collectors will try to pressure you into paying them over the phone on the spot. But even if you’re swimming in debt, you have rights when a debt collector calls, and you should always do your homework and exercise your [...]

4 08, 2018

Who Can Check Your Credit Report?

By |2019-08-02T18:09:43+00:00August 4th, 2018|

The primary purpose of your credit report is to demonstrate your creditworthiness to lenders and creditors. In other words, your credit report can help companies decide whether to approve or deny your loan and credit card applications. But lenders and credit card companies aren’t the only ones that can pull your credit report. In fact, [...]

1 07, 2018

Free Credit Report Freezes Are on the Way: Here’s What You Need to Know

By |2019-08-02T18:10:45+00:00July 1st, 2018|

Following last year’s enormous Equifax data breach that compromised the personal information of 143 million Americans, consumers were left wondering how to protect themselves from fraud and identity theft. One solution is credit freezes, which prevent thieves from using your credit to open fraudulent accounts in your name. But freezing your credit with all three [...]

15 06, 2018

How Virtual Card Numbers Make Online Shopping Safer

By |2019-08-02T18:11:45+00:00June 15th, 2018|

Cybersecurity is a constant concern for retailers that store consumer data online. Even so, hackers are persistent, and data breaches have happened to some of the largest retailers in the world. When you use your credit card or debit card to shop online, you run the risk of your account information falling into the wrong [...]

27 05, 2018

How to Protect Your Identity While You’re on Vacation

By |2019-08-02T18:12:06+00:00May 27th, 2018|

People take vacations to explore new places, get away from the daily grind, or just plain relax. But even when relaxation is your goal, you need to be vigilant against identity theft. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, over 17 million people fell victim to identity theft in 2014 alone, and thieves won’t take [...]

20 05, 2018

Seven Reasons to Pull Your Credit Report Right Now

By |2019-08-02T18:12:30+00:00May 20th, 2018|

A lack of familiarity with your credit report could cost you big. The information in your credit report determines your ability to qualify for credit cards, loans, and even employment in some cases. Negative information in your credit report could hurt your credit score and block access to the financial products you need. You should [...]

17 05, 2018

Synthetic Identity Fraud Targets Children in a Long Con

By |2019-08-02T18:12:48+00:00May 17th, 2018|

Criminals with a lot of time on their hands are committing a con that can take years to pay off and sounds like something out of the future: Synthetic identity fraud. Instead of the traditional identity theft of stealing an existing identity from someone and posing as them, synthetic identity fraud criminals create a new [...]

4 05, 2018

Why to Always Use a Credit Card Over a Debit Card to Avoid Fraud

By |2019-08-02T18:14:23+00:00May 4th, 2018|

Debit cards are one of the worst ways to use your money if you want your ID protected. Because it’s linked directly to your bank account, anyone with your card information can instantly withdraw all the money from your account. If that doesn’t scare you enough, there’s the fact that debit cards don’t have near [...]

30 04, 2018

3 Best Ways to Stop Your Credit Report From Being Hacked

By |2019-08-02T18:04:29+00:00April 30th, 2018|

Data breaches are just about a daily occurrence. Whether it’s at a hospital, business school, energy provider or any other business with personal data on file, hackers are finding more ways to steal information and possibly later use it for fraud. Checking a credit report each month to make sure thieves haven’t opened accounts in [...]

30 04, 2018

Credit Cards vs. Debit Cards: Which is Safer for Online Shopping?

By |2019-08-02T18:05:07+00:00April 30th, 2018|

Online shopping offers convenience and great deals, but it also leaves you vulnerable to hackers and data breaches. Criminals are constantly trying to break into the databases of online retailers to access consumers’ personal information and debit or credit card numbers. You should take steps to protect yourself online, and that includes determining the best [...]

25 04, 2018

Five Underused Tools that Make Online Shopping Safer

By |2019-08-02T18:05:35+00:00April 25th, 2018|

Staying safe as you shop online requires diligence. Some good habits, such as keeping your credit card number private, are obvious. But savvy shoppers can go above and beyond to reduce the risk of theft and fraud as they shop on the Internet, using modern technology and safeguards to protect themselves. Here are five underused [...]

10 03, 2018

This Tax Season, Beware IRS Phone Scams That Target Taxpayers

By |2019-08-02T18:06:48+00:00March 10th, 2018|

Each year in the United States, tax season provides con artists an opportunity to scam taxpayers out of their hard-earned money. It’s a serious problem that is only on the rise: according to the IRS, the number of potential victims for one common scam has skyrocketed from hundreds to several thousands in a matter of [...]

25 02, 2018

Protecting Your Kids from Identity Theft

By |2019-08-02T18:07:49+00:00February 25th, 2018|

Children are just as vulnerable to identity theft as adults, but they don’t have access to the same system of checks and alerts. By falsifying birth dates, thieves can use your child’s Social Security number to open credit cards, take out loans, apply for government benefits, and more. When it’s done to a child, identity [...]