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A Call for More Consumer Privacy Laws Could Spell Penalties in Your Future

In the wake of the Marriott data breach, U.S. senators are calling for tougher privacy laws and stiff fines for organizations that do not properly protect consumer data.
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61% of Organizations Believe Negligent Users Will be the Primary Cause of a Data Breach in the Next 12 Months

Dark Readings annual Strategic Security Survey provides several details highlighting that organizations aren’t ready, and users aren’t helping.
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Data Breach at Q&A Site Quora Affects 100 Million

It's all over the news, it even made the Wall Street Journal. I'm a quora participant myself and received the news directly in an email.
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The Massive Marriott Data Breach: Some Practical Advice For Business Travelers

If you have stayed in one or the following hotels in the last 4 years, it's very likely that your personal data—and even potentially your passport number—has been stolen and is available ...
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[Heads-up] Bad Guys Love Marriott: 500 Million Data Breach Is Phishing Heaven

So I guess we have just reached the tipping point, it's "privacy game over" for business travelers.
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Reduce the Risk of Data Breach by Focusing on Compromised Credentials

The bad guys can’t do anything on your network without access. That’s why they focus their efforts on gathering as many sets of credentials as possible. You should focus there too.
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More Details On New Bill That Poses Jail Time and Fines for Senior Executives of Victim Organizations

We covered this in the recent CyberheistNews, but now there is more detail.
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Data Breaches Expose 3.6 Billion Records in 2018

With nearly 3,700 publicly disclosed data compromise events in the first 3 quarters of 2018, according to security information provider, Risk Based Security, breaches remain a risk.
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Money Mules: How A Data Breach Turns Into Cash

Cybercriminals don’t want to be caught, so after a data breach, they use unsuspecting people as “mules” to launder money using a sophisticated shipping scam.
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[INFOGRAPHIC] The Problem: More Data Breaches Despite Increasing Security Budgets

The CyberEdge 2018 Cyberthreat Defense Threat Report shows that lack of security talent, low security awareness among employees, and too much data to analyze are the three major headaches ...
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Data Breaches Projected to Reach 146 Billion Records

Where do you see your organization in five years? According to Juniper Research, without a solid security strategy, you may be one of the many experiencing a data breach.
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Data Breach Costs Come Calling to the Tune of $115 Million

Organizations aren’t the only ones tired of data breaches. A class-action lawsuit against health insurer Anthem for their 2015 data breach comes with a hefty approved settlement. If ...
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Healthcare Sees 278% Increase in Data Breaches in Q2,  30% Caused By Repeat Offenders

It’s not good to be in Healthcare IT these days, judging by the latest data. With over 3 million records put at risk by both insiders and external attacks in Q2, healthcare orgs need to ...
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You Can’t Afford a Data Breach – And They’re Only Getting More Expensive

Like everything else in this world, data breaches are costing organizations more too.
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Breach You Once? Shame on You. Breach You Twice? Still.. Shame on You.

Heed the warning found in the story of a Virginia bank that was not breached once, but twice in an 8-month period of time!
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Consumer Privacy: California Follows in the Footsteps of GDPR

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (AB 375) takes effect on January 1, 2020 and will be the most exacting data privacy policy in the United States. Similar to the European ...
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Equifax: "Oh, minor detail, we also lost 17.6 Million driver's licenses in that data breach"...

On May 7, executives of Equifax submitted a "statement for the record" to the Securities and Exchange Commission detailing the extent of the consumer data breach the company first ...
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Yahoo Pays $35 Million Penalty For The Hot Mess Of Their Massive Data Breach

This is the first time that a public company gets fined by regulators for failure to properly investigate their 2014 data breach, and disclose it to shareholders. Technically this is not ...
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Cancer Center Discloses $2.3 Million Data Breach Settlement In Their Bankruptcy Filing

As reported in BNA Privacy Law Watch, on December 6, 2017, health care provider 21st Century Oncology agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle charges by the Department of Health and Human ...
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Uber Total Loss: 57 Million Records Stolen But Data Breach Was Hidden For A Year

Oh boy. Uber is known for pushing the limits of the law and has dozens of lawsuits pending against it, but this one went too far and now comes the reckoning. Bloomberg was first to report ...
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