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SHOCKER: Data Breaches Cost Big Companies Very Little

Two articles today in Fortune Magazine and Harvard Business Review each lifted a piece of the veil about a dirty little secret about data breaches. From Home Depot to Target to Sony, big ...
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Data Breach at Health Insurer Anthem 80 million records

Last updated Feb 7, 2015 - Both the Wall Street Journal and cyber security blogger Brian Krebs reported that Anthem Inc., the nation’s second largest health insurer disclosed that hackers ...
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Staples: 6-Month Malware Breach, 1.16 Million Cards

Office supply chain Staples Inc. today finally acknowledged that a malware intrusion by hackers this year at some of its stores resulted in a credit card breach. The company now says some ...
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Home Depot Hackers Also Steal 53 Million Email Addresses

As if it wasn't bad enough to lose 56 million credit card accounts, now Home Depot has to admit it also lost 53 million email addresses. This gives the bad guys a fabulous opportunity to ...
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Home Depot, Target Breaches Exploited Old WinXP Flaw

The massive security breaches and theft of credit card information at The Home Depot and Target have something in common. They were both allowed by a vulnerability in XP embedded that was ...
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Home Depot Hit By Same Russian Hackers As Target

Right after the Target Hack, C-level execs at Home Depot Inc. put together a task force to prevent being the victim of a similar attack. The task force recommended to fully ...
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Symantec: Crypto Ransomware Phishing Up 700 Percent in 2014

Very interesting data from Symantec. This is fresh from the press and shows Phishing, Spam and Malware trends. There is a PDF with a whole bunch more data, but these are the most relevant ...
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New Ransomware Holds iPhones and iPads Hostage

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Scam Of The Week: eBay Password Reset Phishing Emails

Ok, unless you were on an Internet-free vacation (fat chance); you have heard that eBay managed to lose all its 145 million credentials. 
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Verizon's New 2014 Data Breach Report: Summary

In IT, we are subject to help desk tickets and putting out fires. The problem with this is that most of these are short-term fixes. It is usually about last week's downtime, today's ...
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Target Breach: Where The Weak Points Were

Dave Kearns posted March 18 that he's been fascinated by the information that keeps coming out of the Taget Stores data breach. He's got a great analysis, and he ends off with words that ...
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Do you recognize yourself in The Compliance Curve?

Have a look at the curve here. Do you recognize yourself? It's the process that many IT pros told us they go through on a regular basis, much like Groundhog Day.  
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Which HackBusters Logo Do You Like Best?

You miss important IT security news because you aren’t subscribed to the right sources, or the relevant security news is snowed under simply because of the incredible volume. So KnowBe4 ...
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The Gap Between PCI Compliance And IT Security

You may have seen this diagram before, and it's meant to be both entertaining and instructive. It is obvious to all of us that if your organization's focus is to "be compliant", the goal ...
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Major Hotel Franchise Announces Data Breach

White Lodging, a company that maintains hotel franchises under nationwide brands including Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton and Westin appears to have suffered a data breach that exposed credit ...
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WSJ: Did Hackers Got Into Target With Spear-phishing

Today (Jan 22, 2014) Wall Street Journal reporters Charles Levinson and Danny Yadron had a good summary of the current status of the Target Hack. 
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Target Databreach Now 110 Mil Cards - Neiman Marcus Hacked Too

It goes from bad to worse. The initial 40 million turns out to be really 110 million. Apparently the forensics team discovered another 70 million cards exfiltrated. And then the news ...
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Firm Bankrupted by Cyberheist Sues Bank

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Eastern European Hackers Hit Target Phish Out 40M Credit Cards

During the Black Friday shopping week, tens of millions of credit and debit card records were "phished" out of Target. The data breach was nationwide, and has extended for as far as ...
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