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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 25, 2018
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South Carolina became the first state to pass a law requiring all insurance entities to create and maintain a cybersecurity and data breach response program.  

Among the law’s provisions is a requirement to notify the state government within 72 hours in the event of a breach or cybersecurity event affecting 250 or more people, the protection of policyholder’s personally identifiable information, and an annual statement detailing their breach response plan.  

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June 20, 2018
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Two of Google’s most widely sold IoT devices have a privacy problem that makes it possible for hackers to pinpoint their location. Security experts Brian Krebs and Craig Young reported the findings that Google Home and Chromecast both allow unauthenticated traffic to the devices, which can return that location’s device.

This privacy gaffe presents a serious threat. Utilizing Google’s comprehensive archive of Wi-Fi network maps all around the world, geolocation can be read without the...

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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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June 8, 2018
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Facebook’s privacy violations and data leaks at this point are becoming so frequent that the company might want to consider scheduling regular news conferences to discuss the latest and greatest security facepalms.

The latest: Facebook accidentally set the default data sharing settings for 14 million users to “public” for all new posts. In short, what was meant to be posted to a circle of friends was posted to the internet, and the world at large.  

“We recently found a bug...

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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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June 4, 2018
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Another day, another news story about Facebook’s privacy practices.The list of recent stories should be enough to spell the end for most companies, but Facebook abides.

By now you would have to be a monk living in a cave underneath the lost city of Atlantis to have missed the Cambridge Analytica story, wherein Facebook data belonging to 50 million users was used to influence the United States presidential ...

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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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May 22, 2018
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A ballot initiative was recently proposed in California to give consumers privacy rights similar to those granted by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. The initiative, called the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, would make it possible for residents of the state to find out how businesses handle their personal data, including...

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May 22, 2018
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The EU’s new data privacy regulation contains many pitfalls. We think you should be most aware of these three.

Enforcement of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation just days away.

You're probably aware of the impact this will have on your company. But has your team fully considered the full scope of the regulation's nuances and devised a plan to come into compliance by May 25, 2018?

That's exactly what we've been doing for our...

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