Cybersecurity

January 26, 2017
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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been warning taxpayers for weeks now about tax refund delays in 2017 and the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) thinks this is good news. Here’s why: As the IRS continues to beef up its resources to tackle identity theft in the tax system and tax refund fraud, it needs the extra time to be sure any fraudulent refunds are not issued in the first place.

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January 19, 2017
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I have to admit that when President-elect Trump uttered “the cyber” during the first presidential debate, I was right there with the tech community in the collective eye-rolling that followed. “The Cyber” memes were born, along with real concern about the candidate’s grasp on cyber security, and with the recent announcement of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as the cyber czar, those concerns multiplied.

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January 13, 2017
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It’s difficult to imagine life without the internet. But the very same wonderful attributes that make it convenient and accessible also bring significant risks.

Hackers and thieves gladly exploit these vulnerabilities, and in recent years they’ve become increasingly brazen, their schemes more sophisticated and slippery than ever.

At CyberScout, we believe prevention is key to keeping your identity and data safe in 2017 and beyond. But you, the consumer, are the first line of...

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December 2, 2016
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By Amit Ashbel

National Cybersecurity month has come and gone in a flurry of analyzing security practices and determining which areas need more attention. But instead of waiting another year to revisit the topic, companies should carve out time regularly to ensure they’re keeping security top of mind and avoiding falling victim to vulnerabilities.

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July 31, 2015
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Security researcher Samy Kamkar posted a YouTube video of an OwnStar device that he says let him monitor and intercept communications between General Motors’ OnStar RemoteLink app and any OnStar-equipped car. GM worked to quickly issue a fix, but Kamkar told CNET that the fix was not successful. With the OwnStar device, Kamkar indicated he was able to issue commands through OnStar’s RemoteLink app—which lets drivers control some features of their cars such as locking doors and turning on...

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July 30, 2015
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TrackingPoint makes a smart rifle that lets novices hit targets a half-mile away. Shooters digitally “tag” a target, then lock the trigger until the gun is positioned to nail it. It can connect to smartphones or tablets so someone can see what the shooter sees. But security researchers have found software flaws that would let anyone near enough for a Wi-Fi connection to remotely tinker with controls. In the worst case, a hacker could force a police sniper to miss while shooting at a criminal...

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July 29, 2015
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The hackers who stole data on tens of millions of U.S. insurance holders and government employees in recent months breached another big target at around the same time — United Airlines. The world’s second-largest airline detected an incursion into its computer systems in May or early June, said several people familiar with the probe. According to three of these people, investigators working with the carrier have linked the attack to a group of China-backed hackers they say are behind several... Read More
July 21, 2015
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Federal regulators want tighter controls on the export of cyber weapons, with the Commerce Department seeking to ensure that software that can attack a network—the kind that can break in, bypass encryption and steal data—can’t be shipped overseas without permission. According to human rights reports, government agencies in Bahrain, Turkmenistan, Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates have used spyware to monitor and crack down on activists. Leaders from about 40 countries, including the...

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July 15, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

The personal data for 21.5 million people was stolen in the Office of Personnel Management hack, but for national security professionals and cybersecurity experts, the more troubling issue is the theft of 1.1 million fingerprints. Unlike a Social Security number, address or password, fingerprints cannot be changed—once they are hacked, they’re hacked for good. And government officials have less understanding about what adversaries...

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July 10, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

All federal employees soon could get free credit- and identity-theft monitoring services. The Office of Personnel Management said it would propose providing the benefit to all federal workers, whether or not they were affected by breaches that together affected millions of employees, contractors and other individuals. OPM said it will “work with federal employee representatives and other stakeholders” to develop the plan. Source:...

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