Security Breaches

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  • Are Educators Retaining Too Much Student Data?

    Which documents would you rather have hacked – your current medical files or your 10-year-old college records? Hackers apparently love those old college files, and that’s created a recent surge in hacks on educational institutions. The reasons are numerous, but one key factor is that colleges and universities often stockpile student data for decades. In […] Read more

  • Congratulations, Graduate! Time for a Data Protection Plan.

    Congratulations on your graduation. You made it! School’s done and that piece of (fake) sheepskin is firmly in hand — or at least in the mail. Savor the day but don’t relax yet. Hackers are gearing up to grab your identity. “Do you have a job yet?” is the question most friends and relatives will […] Read more

  • Authentic-Looking Email Scam Harvests Hundreds of W-2s at a Time

    Be on the lookout for an email scam that appears to come from one of your company executives, requesting every employee’s 2015 W-2 form. For busy people, a hot email from a senior executive triggers a response right away. The cybercriminals behind the W-2 email scam are counting on that. You can see how this could trick somebody into sharing hundreds […] Read more

  • Mark Zuckerberg Hacked. Are You Next?

    As researchers sift through the mass of passwords publicly disclosed in the LinkedIn and MySpace hacks announced last month, hackers have been busy too. Now one well-known name has bubbled to the top of the victim list and data security experts are taking him to task for poor security practices. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter […] Read more

  • MySpace, Tumblr, and Why Not All Breaches Make The News

    Move over, LinkedIn data breach. MySpace just smashed your brief reign as the largest (known) data breach in history. MySpace will force a password reset for 360 Million users as a result of disclosure from, a data-tracking site. The size of the breach – over 360 Million users – toppled LinkedIn’s notification to 167 […] Read more

  • Lessons Learned, Big Changes Coming as LinkedIn Breach Adds 160 Million Victims

    The biggest headache for data security bloggers is usually the challenge of determining the size of a data breach. Hacked companies will often go to great lengths to disguise these indicators or steadfastly deny requests for real statistics, but eventually, the actual numbers usually rise to the surface. Few bring quite the surprise that an […] Read more

  • ZocDoc Online Scheduler Hacked, Millions Possibly Exposed

    The most notable medical hack of the past week was one that could impact millions of patients. ZocDoc Inc., an online scheduler that lets patients choose a physician and book appointments without ever calling an office, has some explaining to do after reporting a breach nearly one full year after the firm first learned of […] Read more

  • Gamers Beware! You’re a Top Hacking Target

    There’s no safe harbor for gamers these days. Hackers are hitting hard and often hoping to scoop up user credentials that could yield benefits elsewhere. The latest victims are fans of Minecraft, and there are a bunch of them. Over seven million users are now facing a password reset if they used the Pocket Edition […] Read more

  • Ransomware Locks Down Hospitals

    This is every surgery patient’s nightmare — news that your hospital has been hit by ransomware and vital computer systems have been locked up. Yet, that’s precisely what happened to Methodist Hospital in Kentucky in mid-March. Declaring an “internal state of emergency,” the hospital noted, “We are currently working to resolve this issue; until then […] Read more

  • Don’t Be an April Fool. Back Up Your Data!

    There’s a national pickle day – it’s November 14th – so why not a national ‘Back Up Your Data’ day? Yes, March 31 is World Backup Day 2016 (WBD) — a point in the year’s calendar when all things digital should get copied securely. Think of this date as the moment you stop feeling invincible […] Read more

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