Roughly 1/3 of Reported Data Breaches are caused by an Insider

Desjardins announced Thursday June 20, 2019 that the private information of around 2.7 million of its clients was leaked by an employee. According to a report from CBC, the employee gained access to much of this data by gaining the trust of their co-workers and leveraging that to gain access to their permissions.  “Not every breach is caused by a malicious nation-state. Insiders account for More »

Desjardins – Info for 2.9M members shared outside of organization

© Provided by Canadian Press Enterprises Inc MONTREAL — Desjardins Group said Thursday the personal information of more than 2.9 million of its members has been shared with individuals outside of the organization. The Quebec-based financial institution said the breach affects 2.7 million individual members and 173,000 business members. It said the situation is the result of unauthorized and illegal use of its internal data More »

A Florida City Agrees to pay $600K in Ransom to Hackers

Fort Lauderdale Fla. — June 19, 2019 – A Florida city agreed to pay $600,000 in ransom to hackers who took over its computer system, the latest in thousands of attacks worldwide aimed at extorting money from governments and businesses, according to CBS news The Riviera Beach City Council voted unanimously this week to pay the hackers’ demands, believing the Palm Beach suburb had no More »

City of Burlington falls for $503K phishing scam

Halton police are investigating after the city of Burlington fell prey to a phishing scam that ended up costing half a million dollars. City officials say a staff member made a single transaction to a “falsified bank account” after receiving an email requesting to change banking information for someone the city was doing business with. The staffer transferred $503,000 to the phoney account on May More »

Photos of travelers were taken in a data breach

Hackers managed to steal biometric data collected by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. The Washington Post reported that images of people’s faces and license plates were lost in the attack, which can be used to construct identity theft. Loss of biometric information is especially dangerous due to their permanence; once lost, they present a persistent threat. The CBP reported that fewer than 100,000 people were More »

Ransomware as a service?

At the time of this post, it’s been nearly one month now since the City of Baltimore was hit with a nasty Ransomware attack that locked down its servers and left the city government without email, telecommunications, and disrupted real-estate transactions and bill payments.. Some security experts meanwhile have obtained and studied samples of the so-called Robbinhood Ransomware used in the attack. Like most Ransomware More »

Canadians use YouTube to learn

YouTube, it turns out, actually plays a significant role within Canadian media, according to a new report from the Audience Lab at the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) The Watchtime Canada report says Canadian YouTubers have leveraged what the platform offers: a free platform, metrics, diversity of creators and perspectives, and the ability to become entrepreneurs who not only make a living from their More »

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