Not Again! Medical Data Breach

A Calgary doctor uses his personal Gmail account to communicate sensitive personal health information, does not protect his account, and whammo: 7,000 of his patients now have their private information circulating on the web. Never use your personal email to communicate business sensitive information. In this case, the doctor had been provided with a secure email service by the Alberta Health Service. With many companies, the More »

Are Insurance Companies Promoting Ransomware?

Ransomware is proliferating across America, disabling computer systems of corporations, city governments, schools and police departments. Recently, attackers seeking millions of dollars encrypted the files of 22 Texas municipalities. Overlooked in the ransomware spree is the role of an industry that is both fueling and benefiting from it: insurance. The FBI and security researchers say paying ransoms contributes to the profitability and spread of cybercrime More »

Phone Numbers of 200 Million Facebook Users Found On-Line

A server with databases holding the phone numbers and identity numbers of perhaps as many as 200 million Facebook users in the U.S., the U.K. and other countries has been found open on the Internet by a security researcher. No one knows who the database belongs to, how or when it was copied from Facebook, according to TechCrunch, which first reported the discovery Wednesday. A total More »

How to Lose 20% of Your Customers

Companies that experience a data breach can expect to lose 20% of their sales revenue forever, according to a new study. PCI Pal PLC, a firm out of the United Kingdom specializing in secure payment solutions, surveyed 2,200 Canadian consumers. Of those surveyed 78% said they would stop spending money with a company that mishandled their data, and 58% indicated a willingness to stop spending More »

Hacking from Outer Space?

Concerned about being hacked? Now you have to worry about outer space? NASA is reportedly investigating what’s said to be the first ever instance of a space crime. According to a report by The New York Times, the space organization is currently looking into a claim that astronaut Anne McClain improperly accessed the bank account of her estranged spouse Summer Worden while aboard the International More »

Huge Data of Fingerprints and Facial Recognition Found on Web

The use of facial recognition, iris recognition or fingerprints — referred to as Biometric authentication; is seen by many experts as the savior of security by allowing organizations to do away with passwords. However, on Wednesday August   privacy researchers discovered a large bank of unprotected biometric, password and other personal data open on the internet. The data, which belong to the BioStar 2 identity and access More »

Capital One Data Breach

Capital One Financial Corp announced Monday that the FBI has arrested an alleged hacker who accessed the personal information of as many as 6 million people in Canada and 100 million people in the United States. For Canadians, the hack compromised 1 million social insurance numbers (SIN). The information exposed in the hack was largely linked to consumers and small businesses that applied for Capital One credit card More »

Marriott Fined $123 Million For 2018 Security Breach

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) fine against Marriott as the result of a major security breach in 2018 that resulted in more than 339 million guest records being exposed. The $123 million GDPR fine is approximately 3 percent of the company’s $3.6 billion in global annual revenue. The maximum fine under the GDPR rules can now More »

Equifax fined for Data Breach

Fines continue to be levied for data breaches across the planet, and a $700 million settlement from credit-reporting company Equifax has been trending on Google News. It is the largest settlement related to a data breach that we have ever seen. Equifax experienced a major data breach in 2017, which exposed the private information of around 147 million customers. As part of the settlement, Equifax More »

British Airways Data Breach

The U.K. data regulator is fining British Airways 183 million pounds ($229 million) over a breach that compromised information on half a million customers. The airline revealed in September that it had been the victim of a hack. The scam saw customers diverted to a fake website where credit card details were harvested by the attackers. Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office says its investigation found “poor More »

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