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Technical reporting and analysis on high-profile data breaches, how they happened, and how hackers are using the information mined from breaches.

Happy Hotel With a Sad Ending

Tokyo, Japan-based Almex which operates the Japanese Happy Hotels announced it has been hacked and that customer data including email address, birth date, gender, phone number, log in, ...
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The Top 5 Eyeopener Strategies To Improve Your IT Defenses And Keep Bad Guys Out Of Your Network

Last year, in 2019 according to CVEdetails, there were 12,174 new, publicly announced vulnerabilities. If that sounds like a high number, it’s a lot less than the previous two years. We ...
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December Content Update: Includes New Versions of Email Exposure Check Pro and Phishing Security Test Tools

Here are a few important updates to share with you from the month of December. 
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Smishing and Deepfakes Top the List of Cyber Attack Methods Expected in 2020

You want to know what to expect from data breaches, phishing attacks, and other calculated methods in 2020? There’s no better source than Experian’s seventh-annual Data Breach Industry ...
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Wawa Data Breach Class Action Filed

There was a massive data breach suffered by Wawa, a convenience store chain of more than 850 stores around the country. Wawa had recently disclosed that it had suffered a data breach that ...
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Have Your Users Been Exposed in the 8.5 Billion Breached Records This Year?

Data breaches are getting bigger, the bad guys are getting more cunning, and the amount of compromised data is unfortunately continuing to rise. According to RiskBased Security, breach ...
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A Majority of Organizations Experience Breaches Despite a Majority Saying They Are Prepared to Defend Against Them

The mismatch of signals by IT organizations shows a potential overestimation on IT’s part about its ability to prevent and protect against new cyberthreats.
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IT Budgets Are on the Rise in Part Due to Organizational Concerns for Security

Security remains a primary driver as organizations work to establish budgets that keep IT cutting edge, competitive, and secure, according to new data from Spiceworks.
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Lower Your Business Risk with Best Practice Data Privacy Impact Assessments (DPIA's)

Whether you're creating a new product, going through a merger & acquisitions, or significantly changing a process in your organization, new processing activities can present high risk to ...
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Data Breaches Devastate Small Businesses in 2019 with 10 Percent Closing Their Doors

A new report from the National Cyber Security Alliance sheds some light on how prepared small and medium size businesses are and what the aftermath of a data breach really looks like.
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Don’t Fall Victim to Breach Fatigue

People shouldn’t let news of data breaches dissuade them from trying to protect their information, according to security researcher Ray [REDACTED]. On the CyberWire’s Hacking Human ...
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Extremely Embarrassing 250,000-record Data Breach At Hookers.nl

The data of 250,000 users of Hookers.nl, a forum where experiences with prostitutes and escorts are exchanged, have been stolen and offered for sale on the internet. It concerns e-mail ...
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The Cost of a Data Breach is Expected to Rise by Two-Thirds Over the Next Five Years

The increase in attack effectiveness and remediation costs, along with new compliance fines are causing the cost of a data breach to rise significantly.
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Scam Of The Week: Yahoo Massive Data Breach Settlement Phishing Attacks

Yahoo is close to reaching a $117.5 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit over a series of data breaches that affected users between 2012 and 2016 — and your employees are ...
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99 Percent Of All Misconfigurations In The Public Cloud Go Unreported

Charlie Osborne at ZDNet wrote: "Today's data breaches often seem to be caused not just by malware infections or external threat actors, but human error, insiders with an ax to grind, and ...
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Employees Are the Reason 70% of Financial Companies Have Suffered Security Incidents in the Last Twelve Months

The latest data from cybersecurity vendor Clearswift shows untrained employees are clearly the source of incidents that plague an overwhelming majority of companies in the financial ...
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Financial Phishing Campaigns on the Rise

More than 1900 new potential bank phishing sites were registered in the first half of 2019, according to researchers at NormShield. Based on the increase in new suspicious domains ...
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Report: Data Breach in Biometric Security Platform Affecting Millions of Users

Led by internet privacy researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, vpnMentor’s team recently discovered a huge data breach in biometrics security platform BioStar 2. Once stolen, fingerprint ...
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3 Important Facts to Take Away From the New Data Security Law

By Lecio De Paula, Jr., Director of Data Privacy, KnowBe4. New Hampshire joins Ohio, South Carolina, and Michigan in enacting a new data security law directed at insurers modeled after ...
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