Digital Privacy

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  • 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

  • Fake Job Sites Are a Data Goldmine

    Looking for a job is hard work. Every application you file creates a data-rich event in which you, the applicant, provide all the valuable personally identifiable information (PII) you possess. Rejection may be unavoidable in your job hunt, but you can dodge identity theft by avoiding job sites created just to collect the pieces that […] Read more

  • Is Your Smartphone A Hijack Target?

    Your cellphone quits mid-call and you discover it can’t be used any longer. Your husband has a heart attack, and your phone won’t work to call for help. These are not fictitious scenarios; they’re factual stories about recent cellphone hijackings. If you haven’t heard about this new type of fraud, you will soon because every […] Read more

  • Is Your Sports Team Spying On You?

    Be honest. What would you do to support your favorite sports team? What wouldn’t you do? Or wear? Some fans go overboard in an insatiable quest for the latest statistics and news. They watch games on the go and download apps from their teams. But one Golden State Warriors fan has declared war on her […] Read more

  • Pokémon GO Brings Fake Android Apps, User Spam

    Pokémon GO is less than two months old, but already, it has spawned fake websites, bogus reward offers, and spam. Lots and lots of spam, evidently. reported in August that North American users had been swamped with SMS messages urging them to click on a link to pokemonpromos[.]xxx. The messages were designed to appeal […] 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

  • 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

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