Data Breach

October 4, 2017
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The astonishing rash of disclosures of data breaches at top-tier organizations continues. Big Four accounting firm Deloitte has joined Equifax and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in going public about a catastrophic loss of sensitive data.

Ironically, Deloitte a few years ago branched from its core auditing and tax services to high-end cybersecurity consulting. PricewaterhouseCoopers, another member of the Big Four...

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October 2, 2017
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The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout have released findings from a timely new study that reveals how people respond to a data breach. Their reactions: confusion, distrust, frustration, anger and anxiety.

When people were notified that their personal information was exposed in a data breach, nearly half (49 percent) were confused about what to do. Many (31.5 percent) didn’t know where to turn for help. Three...

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September 25, 2017
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When Equifax announced the historic data compromise that exposed the sensitive personal information of up to 143 million consumers, the company said victims would have access to credit freezes for a month free of charge. This was not exactly a solution to the fresh hell it had just announced.

Frankly, it...

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September 20, 2017
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There is no mistaking that, by now, most consumers have at least a passing awareness of cyber threats.

Two other things also are true: All too many people fail to take simple steps to stay safer online; and individuals who become a victim of identity theft, in whatever form, tend to be baffled about what to do...

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September 19, 2017
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Equifax breach victims signing up for identity theft protection with LifeLock beware.

LifeLock is using Equifax credit reporting and monitoring services to protect customers from the Equifax breach, according to this story in The Los Angeles Times.

That's right. It's a conundrum. This isn'...

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September 18, 2017
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Some time ago, the popular show Mythbusters wanted to find out if the Lone Ranger was right about silver bullets being better than lead ones. Turns out silver bullets are actually slower and less accurate.

When it comes to cybersecurity, quick-fix silver bullets are also less effective than tried-and-true approaches. The most effective cybersecurity strategies begin with two certainties: mistakes will be made, and breaches like...

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September 15, 2017
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What happened?Equifax, a consumer credit reporting company, discovered a breach in its online systems that could impact 143 million consumers.

When did the breach occur?The breach occurred from mid-May to July and was discovered on July 29. Equifax alerted the public on Sept. 7.

What information was involved?Hackers gained access to files with names, birth dates, Social Security numbers (SSN), driver’s licenses and addresses....

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September 15, 2017
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The massive Equifax data breach that compromised 143 million personal records has triggered nearly two dozen class-action lawsuits claiming personal harm to consumers.

But businesses also have cause for concern. Many depend on information from the three major credit bureaus to approve consumer credit and employee security privileges, as well as to verify identifies. The breach compromises the risk analysis and identity...

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September 12, 2017
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The pain has only just begun for Equifax. Last Thursday, the giant credit bureau disclosed that hackers stole personal information for 143 million of its customers, presumably mostly Americans, but also Canadians and Europeans.

In less than 24 hours, two Oregonians,...

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September 11, 2017
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By now you've heard the bad news: Equifax, one of three major consumer credit reporting agencies, reported a breach that potentially exposes the sensitive data—including driver's licenses and Social Security numbers—of 143 million American consumers.

Breaches unfortunately have become a daily occurrence, but this is a massive event. The takeaway? You need to prepare and take action now to protect your good name and credit.

Follow these steps from our experts at CyberScout:...

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