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Data Breach

September 20, 2018
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An email server containing “sensitive but unclassified” data belonging to the State Department was breached, the government agency announced earlier this month. The information included personally identifiable information of an undisclosed number of employees who have since been notified.

While the breach itself is relatively minor, it highlights the relative lack of progress made by the department to enact more rigorous security measures, despite repeated hack...

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September 12, 2018
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The Government Accountability Office released a report detailing last year’s massive Equifax data breach and how hackers were able to infiltrate the company’s systems to gain access to the personal information of at least 145.5 million individuals.

According to the report, the hackers took advantage of a recently announced vulnerability in a web server technology called Apache Struts, which Equifax failed to patch or address and that left their systems vulnerable for weeks...

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September 7, 2018
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Greater than 50%. 

Those are the odds your important personally identifying information (PII) was exposed in the 2017 Equifax data breach. You are forgiven, if the September 2017 announcement of the breach now seems like ancient history, but it’s critical you don’t let your guard down.

Your PII is still—and will always be—in the hands of criminals after the free year of credit monitoring from Equifax expires. That data could include:...

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September 7, 2018
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On the heels of last weeks news that Air Canada suffered a breach affecting thousands of customers, British Airways announced a major breach affecting 380,000 customers who used the company’s website and app over a two-week period.

From August 21 to September 5, hackers stole British Airways customer user names, addresses,...

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August 26, 2018
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Register now for CyberScout's webinar on the new PIPEDA requirements that bring Canadian breach laws into close alignment with the General Data PRotection Regulation in the EU.

Originally enacted in 2000, Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act has long contained a voluntary breach notification...

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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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