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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.

Pressure, Peer and Otherwise: Ransomware and Data Theft Go Hand-In-Hand

Data theft is now a well-established element of ransomware attacks, according to John Shier, a Senior Security Expert at Sophos. In a blog post (summarized by iTwire), Shier noted that in ...
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EasyJet Becomes the Latest Victim of Data Breach Impacting 9 Million Customers

In an apparent attack intent on stealing intellectual property, EasyJet announced that their customer’s personal data had been “accessed” as part of the attack.
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[Heads Up] Microsoft: Ransomware Gangs That Don't Threaten To Leak Your Data Steal It Anyway

That means you can from now on count a ransomware infection as a data breach with all the consequences that this brings. Moreover, the so-called "human-operated" ransomware gangs have ...
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Can COVID-19 Related Data Breach Worries Stop Your Mergers Or Acquisitions?

The WSJ just reported that the new coronavirus has thrown the M&A dealmaking into disarray. They said: "cybersecurity experts say the workplace upheaval caused by the pandemic will ...
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Seven Tips to Optimize Security

Data breaches continue, phishing attacks are on the rise, and people responsible for security wake up in a cold sweat a few times a year worried they’re the next victims.
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70% to 90% of All Malicious Breaches are Due to Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks

If you’ve heard me speak the last two years, read any of my articles, or watched any of my webinars, you’ve probably heard me say, “Seventy to ninety percent of all malicious breaches are ...
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[On-Demand] Never Assume Breach: Build a Data-Driven Defense Strategy to Secure Your Organization's Most Valuable Assets

Even the world’s most successful organizations have significant weaknesses in their IT security defenses, which today’s determined hackers can exploit at will. There’s even a term for ...
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Data Breach After Effects: Consequences and Learning Lessons

If you think your organization is safe from a data breach, think again. Data breaches could be deadly for any organization big or small.
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[Heads-up] Ransomware Criminals Hack An Accounting Company And Cause A Data Breach For Their Customers

Last December, a ransomware infection of Albany, New York-based accounting firm BST & Co. CPAs LLC exposed the confidential data of their customers, causing a data breach for one of their ...
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The Real-life Email You Never Want To Get From Your CEO Because The Feds Called...

From The Desk Of Mark *********, CEO, ********* Corporation
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DOJ Charges Hackers from the Chinese People Liberation Army with 2016 Equifax Data Breach

Four hackers have been charged with hacking the U.S. credit reporting agency where data on U.S. citizens and proprietary Equifax secrets were stolen.
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Most British Breaches Traced to Human Error

90% of data breaches in the UK during 2019 were caused by human mistakes, Infosecurity Magazine reports. CybSafe analyzed all the data breach reports received by the UK Information ...
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Ashley Madison Data Breach Comes Back to Haunt Customers with New Sextortion Scam

Just when you thought everyone forgot about participation on the ill-famed cheaters website, a new phishing scam looks to use the breached data as the basis for extorting the site’s users.
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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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