Phishing

July 27, 2015
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will recall 1.4 million vehicles that can be cyber-hacked remotely, the first-of-its-kind callback. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will look into the recall to ensure all vehicles that could be affected are covered. “Opening this investigation will allow NHTSA to better assess the effectiveness of the remedy proposed by Fiat Chrysler,” NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said, acknowledging the agency had urged the move. Owners will get a...

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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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June 22, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Ten planes and around 1,400 passengers of Polish airliner LOT were grounded June 21 after a hacking attack jammed the carrier’s systems, the company said. LOT’s computer system suffered an attack that left it unable to send flight plans to the aircraft before takeoff. Without this document—which details the route, weather and other important information—the planes were unable to fly. The issue, which took five hours to solve, meant...

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May 28, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty Identity thieves are collecting unemployment benefits in a “tsunami of fraud,” says Wifredo Ferrer, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Bad guys are buying personal information stolen from places such as hospitals, medical offices, schools and retirement programs. They then log onto state websites and file for unemployment benefits. Since the priority is for states to get the money out quickly, they don’t wait for an employer...

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April 8, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Ringing their Bell: Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner is not satisfied with Bell Canada’s commitment to seek customer consent before tracking cell phone use to deliver targeted online advertising. The company said it would accept the commissioner’s recommendation to get explicit consent or opt-in before using private viewing patterns and sensitive personal data to create profiles sold to advertisers. Bell...

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