Security Breaches

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  • Is Your Vote Safe From Hackers?

    The upcoming elections are making lots of individuals nervous—including those responsible for sending out ballots or counting our votes. Recent hacks indicate that voter registration files have become a tempting target while new research found that a number of state registries possess really weak security. On August 31, the Illinois Board of Elections reported a […] Read more

  • Men or Women: Who’s More Concerned about Data Breaches?

    A survey of 1,200 men and women in the U.S. has unveiled some differences in how gender influences your response to a data breach. A Brand Perception Survey recently conducted by Alertsec, a cloud-based encryption firm, determined that men are far more likely to sever ties with the hacked merchant. Overall, the survey’s numbers are […] Read more

  • How Should Users Respond to Yahoo’s Mega Breach?

    It’s hard to panic over a data breach that happened two years ago—even if it is now the largest on record. Yahoo on Thursday confirmed its servers had been breached in late 2014 and that over 500 million accounts were compromised. Now users are wondering how to react to the theft after so much time […] Read more

  • Do Some Websites Need Better Data Security Than Others?

    It’s tempting to say ALL websites need strong data protection, but it’s clear that some simply demand more robust protection. Your bank website is one. The IRS is another. On any Top 5 list, you’d probably expect to see dating websites that store highly sensitive preferences, but if recent hacks are any indicator, it’s time […] Read more

  • Star Olympians Exposed in Data Breach

    The glow from Rio still follows U.S. gold medal gymnast Simone Biles, but this week the young Olympian grabbed some undesirable headlines when Russian hackers accessed and then published her private medical files. The hack of numerous athlete records raises questions regarding prescription drug use in sports and also offers a lesson for those of […] Read more

  • Dropbox Hack from 2012 Triggers Password Resets

    Today’s a good day to check your Dropbox account. The cloud storage firm has just announced that a hack way back in 2012 has necessitated a password reset for many users. Dropbox will alert a specific group of users via email. Any accounts created before mid-2012 that have not had a password update since creation […] Read more

  • 2FA Protects Some Steam(ed) Gamers

    Gamers have always been hacking targets, but in the past ten days, a wave of new attacks has surfaced. The list includes Steam, Minecraft Pocket Edition, and Epic Games forums. Data on millions of gamers has been compromised. Some players have been asked to reset their passwords, too. Now, you can fight back with a […] Read more

  • 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

  • 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

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