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A week in security (September 17 – 23)

Last week, we took a look at a low level spam campaign on Twitter, explored the signs of falling victim to phishing, and examined a massive WordPress compromise. We also explained some SASL vulnerabilities and covered a breaking Emotet spam campaign. Other cybersecurity news: NewEgg attacked by MageCart (Source: Volexity) UKGOV tackled the talent gap (Source: The Register) Maximum fine touted for … [Read more...]

The data breach epidemic: no info is safe

By now it’s obvious that data security technology and protocols haven’t kept pace with the needs of consumers. Even as more people trust their most sensitive personal information to online apps and services, databases are routinely exposed. In 2017 alone, we learned about massive data breaches from major organizations like Equifax, Uber, and Verizon. In other words: We’re in the midst of a data … [Read more...]

4 cyber security predictions for 2018

At the end of every year, people are bombarded with articles predicting trends and events for the following year. Some of the predictions for the cyber security industry in 2018 are obvious – “cyber crime will rise” – and others provocative – “the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will bankrupt everybody” – but one thing’s for sure: most of them will be wrong. We’ve trawled through … [Read more...]

The seven most colossal data breaches of 2017

By Logan Strain If it seems like the words “leak,” “compromised data,” and “breach” are constantly in the news, it’s not just you. The frequency of major data breaches is increasing. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, the number of breaches is expected to top 1,500 in 2017. That’s a 37 percent annual increase over 2016, which itself was a record year for exposed personal data. But … [Read more...]

Please don’t buy this: identity theft protection services

With an ever-increasing tempo of third-party breaches spilling consumer data all across the dark web, a natural impulse for a security-savvy user is to do something proactive to protect their sensitive information. After Equifax, there was an explosion of interest in credit monitoring and identity theft protection services. But most of these services offer limited value for the money, and in many … [Read more...]