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Cybersecurity

October 3, 2018
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Parents can’t always keep an eye on their children’s digital lives. Some adults aren’t digital natives, and still others simply don’t have time to monitor their kids’ activities.

To complicate matters, the risks posed by cyber criminals changes all the time. Hackers and cyber crooks don’t stand still; they continually adapt, changing their attack methods to find new victims.

More than 1 million children—or 1.48 percent of minors—were victims of...

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October 1, 2018
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West Virginia has released a mobile app for voting in the 2018 midterm elections in a limited number of counties. The app utilizes blockchain technology and multifactor authentication, and it is primarily intended to enable military members living abroad the opportunity to cast a ballot.

Advocates for the technology extoll the ability for overseas voters to have a more reliable means of voting. West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner has been pushing for the...

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September 24, 2018
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Sixteen counts of fraud, gross negligence, invasion of privacy, unauthorized disclosure of confidential customer records, violation of a consent decree, failure to supervise its employees and investigate their criminal background, and related charges were the subject of...

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August 31, 2018
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The cost of a data breach keeps going up, the worldwide average in 2018 increasing to $3.86 million, up from $3.62 million the year before. That said, you wouldn't know it from the average ...

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August 24, 2018
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News of an attempted voter database hack announced earlier this week was a false alarm, the Democratic National Committee announced this morning.

It was initially thought that hackers had used a spearphishing attack to acquire user credentials and access to the DNC’s voter database, an approach that closely mirrored a similar hack announced earlier this week by Microsoft. That exploit originated with the Russian government. It was later found to be a simulation...

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August 22, 2018
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Microsoft Corp. announced that it identified and took action against recent Russian hacking attempts ahead of the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.

The attacks seemed to be focused on conservative think tanks which have been critical of Russian activities, including the International Republican Institute (which counts Sen. John McCain as a member) and the Hudson Institute, which has raised concerns about kleptocracy in Russia and cybersecurity.

Microsoft has publicly stated that...

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July 24, 2018
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Russian hackers have successfully infiltrated the control system rooms of U.S. electrical utilities, the Department of Homeland Security announced earlier this week.

Suspected hacking groups Dragonfly and Energetic Bear infiltrated their targets using common methods including spear-phishing and watering-hole attacks. They first targeted third-party vendors associated with the utilities, which they then leveraged to steal credentials and gain access to operating...

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July 6, 2018
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It's been a long compromise-filled road with billions of victims along the way, but businesses are finally embracing the need for creating a culture where good cyber hygiene is emphasized and rewarded. But how much is enough?  

It is increasingly common...

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June 15, 2018
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CyberScout wins the people’s choice for Cyber Service Vendor of the Year at Advisen’s fifth annual Cyber Risk Awards.

NEW YORK, New York, JUNE 11, 2018 — At an event attended by more than 400 P&C professionals who care about cybersecurity, CyberScout was named Cyber Service Vendor of the Year by Advisen, the leading provider of data, media and technology solutions for the commercial property and casualty insurance market. The gala took place at...

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May 29, 2018
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The FBI has advised owners of internet routers worldwide to reboot their devices in order to disrupt and help better identify a malware-driven botnet called VPNFilter.

"Owners are advised to consider disabling remote management settings on devices and secure with strong passwords and encryption when enabled. Network devices should be upgraded to the latest available versions of firmware," the FBI said in their alert.

VPNFilter is thought to have...

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