The Watchblog


  • Travelers Must Take Caution as More Hotels Get Hacked

    Westin, Marriot, Hyatt, Intercontinental—add these names to the list of recently hacked hotels that also includes Trump Hotels, Hilton, Mandarin Oriental and White Lodgings properties. Once again, the data loss occurred at point of sale (POS) locations in the hotels where guests used their credit cards. That means that anyone who used a card at […] Read more

  • Point of Sale Breach Hits Oracle/MICROS Payment Systems

    There’s always a risk of credit card hacking—even if the card never leaves your hand and the company where you shop is highly reputable. Hackers can load malware into payment systems that seek to capture card numbers and other data. It appears an unnamed group has successfully compromised MICROS point of sale (PoS) transaction systems […] Read more

  • Parents Should Limit Student Data Shared

    It’s back-to-school time. Parents are ready to rejoice, but first they’ll have to wade through a pile of papers during student registration. Look closely at the questions and challenge some of those requests to boost your child’s odds of avoiding identity theft this season. Schools are notoriously sloppy with data security; each year, we read […] Read more

  • Insurance ID Card Maker Breach Hits Blue Cross/Blue Shield

    The number of health insurance customers hit by a new data breach is adding up quickly. At the center of this new attack on healthcare data is Newkirk Products Inc., an Albany, NY company that manufactures ID cards for large insurance providers including several BlueCross/BlueShield groups. The breach first occurred on May 21, 2016, when […] Read more

  • Will Yahoo Fall Victim to the Next MegaBreach?

    Yahoo was tipped to a possible data breach this week after a hacker named ‘Peace’ listed 200 million Yahoo user name and password combinations for sale on the dark web. While the company has confirmed it’s investigating, what should Yahoo users be doing? At this point, proactive measures can’t hurt and sitting around waiting for […] Read more

  • Ransomware Surge Worse Than Forecast

    In the closing days of 2015, numerous data security experts forecast huge growth in ransomware attacks in the New Year. 2016 has barely passed the halfway point, but the number of schemes that encrypt computing devices then offer to ‘sell’ the decryption key has already surpassed predictions. Ransomware infections are off the charts as creators […] Read more

  • Don’t Use USB Flash Drives Found on the Ground

    Flash drive, thumb drive, USB stick. Whatever you call them, these tiny digital devices can spread malware in the blink of an eye according to research from the University of Illinois being presented at Black Hat 2016 this week. The university team found that devices deliberately dropped in numerous locations were picked up and plugged […] Read more

  • Companies Can’t Detect Most Data Breaches

    It’s natural to think that a company that loses your data will let you know. There’s just one major sticking point—the firm has to detect the breach first. A recent study indicates that detection is still elusive even when the company’s core assets are at stake. According to a new study by the Ponemon Institute, […] Read more

  • Pokémon Go: It’s in the Fine Print

    Prime time newscasts are loaded with reports about Pokémon GO players glued to the game at inappropriate locations—a U.S. State Department press briefing and the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. being just two recent examples. Gamers have been injured while absorbed in the game. Think you could sue the manufacturers for those broken bones? Think […] Read more

  • Wendy’s Data Breach: Is Your Store on the List?

    The recent credit card data theft at numerous Wendy’s locations in the U.S. is not what you’d call breaking news. Word of this breach first surfaced several months ago, but now, the company has revised the size of the breach and admitted that over 1,000 locations were hit — an increase of 325% over original […] Read more