Experian Data Breach Gets the Media Treatment

A huge data breach involving Experian which came to light months ago has finally caught the media’s eye. Experian enmeshed in litigation over business that was breached: “Experian Plc is enmeshed in litigation over its 2012 purchase of the assets of data firm Court Ventures, which is at the center of a breach that exposed […]

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Ponemon Report on Patient Privacy and Data Security

The Ponemon Institute just released their 4th Annual Report on Patient Privacy and Data Security sponsored by ID Experts.  The report has some surprising and interesting findings as to the state of healthcare privacy and security: Employee negligence: 75 percent reported employee negligence as their biggest worry, and insider negligence was the root of most […]

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Maricopa Community College Data Breach Update: Lawsuits

The huge Maricopa Community College Data Breach just got a bit messier… here come the lawsuits.  A little background on the breach can be found here. DataBreaches.net reports: Arizona law firm files notice of claim over Maricopa County Community College District breach; class-action lawsuit to follow? The notice of claim for the first client was […]

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Breach Risk Assessment Decision Process – Software Vs. Paper

WEDI released its most recent Breach Notification Decision Process document, an update with Final HIPAA Omnibus Rule Breach Notification changes, but something strange stands out.  Why is an organization which is focused on “electronic data interchange” recommending a paper process?  Do you complete your taxes on paper?  Does your accountant prepare anything on paper?  Why […]

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Is Data Breach Prevention Dead?

It sounds silly, and might be a bit over dramatic, but is data breach prevention dead?  That’s the question being raised by several information security professionals and although the statement seems absurd, the logic isn’t. “In the past few years, we have experienced a lot more sophisticated, targeted attack activity that is a lot more […]

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The Data Breach Blame Game

With the recent high profile data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus & Michaels, the retailers & banks have started to turn on each other.  This argument is not surprising now that the federal government is investigating and CEOs are being hauled in front of Congress.  Improvements to the information security infrastructure is going to require significant […]

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Neiman Marcus Learns Hard Lessons in Data Breach Response

Following in the steps of Target, Neiman Marcus has recently confirm they have been the victim of a data breach.  Neiman Marcus first learned about the breach [insert date] when their POS system was [insert hacking method].  Over [insert large number] individuals were effected when [insert data types] were stolen.  It is like a data […]

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Target Data Breach Leads to BBB Scam Warning

While everyone was busy holiday shopping the last few months, hackers were busy breaching over 40 million credit and debit cards from the Target point of sale system.  This Target mega data breach hit the main stream media and the wolves have been out ripping Target, and their terrible info security.  The CEO even responded […]

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Maricopa Community College’s 2.5 Million Person Data Breach: Chaos Ensues

In one of the largest College/Education data breaches, Maricopa Community college is notifying almost 2.5 million current and former students, vendors, employees, and apparently people who never attended.  Information breached includes Social Security numbers and bank account information.  The Office of Inadequate Security (www.databreaches.net) has a great write up about the breach here.  But the […]

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Data Breach Exposes 42 Million Plaintext Passwords – Really?

First Adobe, then PR Newswire, and now Cupid Media… but this time in plaintext.  Found in the same cache of records from the first two breaches Cupid Media had over 42 Million plaintext passwords exposed – and we thought the Adobe data breach was bad. Plaintext… really?  Information Security 101: encrypt your passwords. “The compromise […]

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