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Data Breach

October 31, 2018
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The U.S. Justice Department announced charges against ten Chinese intelligence agents for hacking into computer systems belonging to U.S. and international companies to steal aerospace technology and data.

The indictment, revealed earlier this week accuses agents working for the Jiangsu Province Ministry of State Security (JSSD) of conspiring “...

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October 22, 2018
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The personal information of roughly 75,000 people was leaked in a data breach of the Healthcare.gov system October 13.

The centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the breach October 19, after detecting “anomalous activity in the Federally Facilitated Exchanges,” but offered assurances that Healthcare.gov is still active and...

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September 28, 2018
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Facebook has had a hard year, and it just got worse. The company announced that it was compromised, and 50 million users were affected. The company discovered the breach on Tuesday, and reported it three days later.

While 50 million users may seem like relatively minor news given the total number of Facebook users out there, it’s roughly the equivalent of the entire population of the west coast of the United States. 

All Facebook users...

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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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