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May 5, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

A losing bet: The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is alerting customers of a data breach involving credit and debit card data involving customer names, card numbers and card verification codes, but doesn’t include PIN information. The breach affected transactions from Sept. 3, 2014, to April 2, 2015, at restaurant, bar and retail locations at the Hard Rock Las Vegas property. Customers are being advised to review card...

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May 4, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Better shred than read: The Federal Trade Commission advises consumers to shred any papers they don’t need for the long term. “Destroying documents with your personal information reduces the likelihood of becoming an identity theft victim,” said Lisa Weintraub Schifferle, with the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Consumer and Business Education. Shred credit card or utility bills as soon as you pay them, as well...

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April 30, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Keep private phone private: Government agencies are becoming more hesitant about having staffers use their own devices in the workplace, says Forrester Research, citing concerns about security and liability. Last year, 11 percent of officials who make technology decisions considered implementing the device policy “critical,” down from 17 percent in 2013, according to the Forrester survey. Many government officials...

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April 29, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Don’t tune in for this: Caddo Parish, La., authorities say they’ve cracked a $3 million identity theft scheme involving at least 11 suspects. The investigation involved thousands of cases of fraudulent Comcast cable, phone and Internet sign-ups, with one suspect being a Comcast employee. The company and a contract sales company lost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and more than 1,200 customers could see their credit...

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April 23, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

SAN FRANCISCO—Staying out of touch: At the RSA Conference, privacy officers of Microsoft, Google and Facebook said that the connectivity of home devices, wearables and more will complicate privacy and force tech providers to rethink how much control is transferred to the user. For example, Microsoft’s Brendon Lynch said because its Kinect technology brought facial recognition to gaming, the company’s privacy team “was...

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April 13, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

We got you covered: Nautilus Insurance Group, part of W.R. Berkley, will offer first-party cyber coverage, available as an endorsement to Nautilus’ general liability policy, to offset the costs of a data breach. The policy covers notification assistance, cyber investigation and crisis management expenses, as well as regulatory proceedings costs, Nautilus said. Source:...

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March 19, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Health insurer stricken: Some 11 million customers of health insurance company Premera Blue Cross may have been affected by a May 2014 cyber attack. The company, licensed by Blue Cross Blue Shield, said the data breach wasn’t discovered until Jan. 29. Hackers may have gained access to customers’ Social Security numbers, bank account data, contact information and claims data. Premera plans to offer two years of free...

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March 12, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Largest breach case ever. This one dwarfs Target and even the Anthem breach. Beginning in 2009, hackers cracked the top email providers stealing one billion addresses. They then sent spam from those same servers collecting millions in affiliate commissions over a period of two and a half years. The Justice Department...

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March 5, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, Third Certainty

(Editor’s note: Welcome to the debut of 3C’s Security & Privacy News Roundup. Each Thursday this column will highlight a diverse mix of breaking news, fresh analysis and telling disclosures culled from a variety of sources. Our intent is to keep you informed and foster discussion. Curation is manual. Attitude, probing. So let’s get to it.)

Banks’ monitoring found lacking. What do U.S. Comptroller of the...

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