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Data Breach

August 3, 2018
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One of the world’s largest websites has announced a security compromise. Reddit, the self-proclaimed “front page of the Internet,” announced a security breach that occurred over a three-day period in June.

What Happened

The hacker or hackers bypassed the site’s 2-Factor Authentication associated with several employees credentialed to access sensitive data and used that access to take email addresses, server logs, and a decade-old...

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July 24, 2018
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The most successful employee benefits brokers know that change is their friend. Rather than wrapping themselves in a cocoon of familiarity, they must embrace marketplace shifts, be willing to step out of their comfort zone, and take on a bigger role as an expert adviser making trustworthy recommendations.

By now, most insurance brokers know that voluntary benefits are a mandatory addition to their portfolios. In a...

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July 20, 2018
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LabCorp Diagnostics, one of the biggest medical diagnostic companies in the U.S., disclosed that it was investigating a data breach that may have occurred on their networks.

While LabCorp isn’t a household name, there’s a good chance they’ve handled some of your medical records or those belonging to someone you know. As listed on their website, the company handles “more than 115 million patient encounters per year [and] processes tests on more than 2.5 million patient specimens per...

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July 10, 2018
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By Eva Velasquez, President & CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center

When the ITRC released its data breach report for the most recent quarter with a year over year comparison that showed a decrease in the overall number of reported breaches I felt the internet breathe a collective sigh of relief. 

Our followers, including the media, collaborators, and others actively...

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July 9, 2018
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Timehop, an app for archiving social media activities, was breached on July 4. The breach compromised data for 21 million users from the company’s cloud environment including names, email addresses, and the phone numbers for roughly a quarter of them.

In an email to their users, Timehop stated: “The damage was limited because of our long-standing commitment to only use the data we absolutely need to provide our service. Timehop has never stored your credit card or...

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June 29, 2018
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If the reports are accurate, a Florida-based marketing and data company exposed sensitive personal data belonging to 340 million records. The gravity of the situation is yet to be confirmed or even discussed by Exactis, but the leak is estimated to include 230 million consumers and 110 million businesses.

If confirmed, this breach involves basically everyone in the United States.

Compromised information includes phone numbers, addresses and personal characteristics such as...

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June 28, 2018
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Event ticketing giant Ticketmaster UK experienced an ongoing data breach affecting 40,000 people over the last several months, many of whom have since fallen victim to scams.

The breach was disclosed by the company on June 23, and included a full range of customer information, including names, addresses, phone numbers, payment data, logins and passwords.

As Wired noted...

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June 7, 2018
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Assuming this is not a case where other shoes will be dropping with the thud of carefully manipulated damage control, MyHeritage did everything right.

First, they were urgent. They released news of the event the day they found out that 92,283,889 user email addresses coupled with hashed passwords associated with personal MyHeritage accounts had been found on an outside server. The statement was clear and detailed.

Second, MyHeritage was transparent...

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May 29, 2018
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Ransomware is a top concern for businesses. The widespread malware inflicted $5 billion in damages in 2017 alone.

But there are steps your organization can take to fortify its defenses—and, if the worst happens, to recover as quickly as possible.

Learn more in our infographic.

 

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May 29, 2018
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Simple tools. Ominous results. Ambitious cyber criminals launched devastating ransomware attacks in 2017, taking in billions of dollars and disrupting businesses around the world.

As ransomware becomes a more lucrative tool for criminals, things could get much worse. Cyber attacks doubled in the first half of 2017 and damage costs are projected to reach $6 trillion annually by 2021. Since it’s not easy to bounce back from these...

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