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In 2016, 70% Of Executives Caved In To Ransomware Demands

In 2016, a new type of malware reared its ugly head and dominated the cyber crime space: Ransomware. Many cases, such as Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, fell victim to a ransomware attack and ended up in the news. At the end of 2016, about 70% of executives gave in to cyber criminals’ ransomware demands. The ransomware […]

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Quest Diagnostics Labs Suffer a Data Breach

Quest Diagnostics’ patient data has been accessed by an unauthorized third party, affecting more than 30,000 patients. Like many other breaches, the unauthorized hacker accessed Quest Diagnostics’ data base via the MyQuest via Care360 internet app. Clinical laboratory services company Quest Diagnostics announced Monday that it is investigating a third-party hack into an internet application […]

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Yahoo Discovers ANOTHER Breach

Earlier this year, Yahoo discovered they had a security breach that compromised 500 million user accounts. Within the last few weeks, Yahoo uncovered yet another breach believed to be entirely separate that compromised more than 1 billion user accounts. Yahoo has suffered another hack. The company disclosed today that it has discovered a breach of […]

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Global Cost of Cyber Crime to Hit $6 Trillion in 2016

The global cost of cyber crime, according to a recent study by Cybersecurity Ventures and the Ponemon Institute, could reach $6 trillion before the end of 2016. While $6 trillion may seem a little high, more than a trillion isn’t unlikely either. A report out by Cybersecurity Ventures predicts global annual cybercrime costs will grow […]

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Ransomware: Beware & Be Prepared!

Ransomware has been popping up in headlines quite a bit lately, and while it’s nothing to scoff at, there’s a few things you can do prepare. First, you can start by learning the basics. Ransomware is an epidemic. Every day more businesses, consumers, government and other organizations are finding their critical data held hostage and […]

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When the “Big One” Hits – Are We Prepared?

Similar to being prepared for an earthquake, we must be prepared for when cyber criminals finally take a shot (and succeed) at taking down our entire energy and utility infrastructure. A few years ago, an attack on our grid sounded like something out of a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel, but now…it’s a grim, realistic possibility. […]

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Is Your FitBit a Key for Criminals?

When it comes to privacy and security vs. cool and convenient, cool and convenient tend to win leaving privacy and security in the dust. Today, there’s a culture, and almost cult-like following, of wearable devices that can answer your phone calls, track your heart rate and number of steps, respond to text messages, find cafes […]

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Did the St. Louis Cardinals Hack the Houston Astros?

File this one in “unexpected data breaches,” the FBI is currently investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for hacking into the internal networks of the Houston Astros. “The F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors are investigating whether front-office officials for the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in baseball over the past two decades, […]

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Looking to 2015, Phishing & Malware Expected to Rise

The healthcare industry has the perfect storm for digital attackers.  High valued assets (PHI & PII) and low barrier to entry (less than mature information security).  Professionals from around the industry are expecting a rise in attacks on healthcare data, specifically phishing and malware attacks in 2015. “Lynn Sessions, a partner with the law firm […]

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Data Breach Risk – LinkedIn Lurking

ID Experts release a list of 10 breach risks and one in particular caught my eye.  LinkedIn Lurking is a new term to me but without any extra explanation it makes sense to me. 9.  LinkedIn Lurking. If your LinkedIn profile contains the words “payroll,” “HR” or “Finance,” you’ve painted a bull’s eye on your […]

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