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May 16, 2018
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It would be easy to confuse recent news that data belonging to 3 million Facebook users was exposed online with the Cambridge Analytica debacle that involved 87 million users. Both stories have their origin stories among researchers at Cambridge University.

This compromise was unearthed by investigative reporters at New Scientist who found that the data from millions of Facebook users who had used a popular personality app developed by researchers from Cambridge University had been...

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May 11, 2018
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KnowB4’s chief hacking officer Kevin Mitnick released a video that should send shudders down the spine of anyone using 2-factor authentication.

Implementing a standard attack mode, in this case a spoofed invitation to connect from LinkedIn, Mitnick demonstrates how a hacker can bypass the multi-factor authentication bydint of session recording malware.

This hack captures all the information needed for an account takeover: user name, password and the authenticated session cookie...

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May 7, 2018
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Do you? Currently and depending on who is speaking, there are varying and frequently opposing answers – even among experts – leaving consumers grasping for a better understanding of what it means for them. This is a significant problem that creates some serious issues that need to be addressed as an industry. Perhaps a discussion about the current definitions and categorizations doesn’t t go far enough in addressing these issues, but there has to be starting point. It’s a beginning but not...

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May 2, 2018
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The Trump Administration’s National Security Council want to scrap an Obama-era directive for approving government-sanctioned cyberattacks.

Presidential Policy Directive 20 (or PPD 20) was created to promote greater oversight on the government’s cyber activities, and requires executive approval on operations “of significant consequence.” It also installed a bureaucratic process of approval for smaller scale offensive actions that effectively added a layer of pause in actions that have...

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April 27, 2018
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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released its first major revision to their standards and best practices for cybersecurity policy this month.

The update was compiled after a two-year research period and sought to address some of the newer and more prolific threats to cybersecurity since the...

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April 24, 2018
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Cybercriminals are earning more than ever before, with an annual haul of $1.5 trillion according to a new study conducted by Dr. Michael McGuire, a senior lecturer in criminology at the University of Surrey.

The study revealed crimes of every description are being committed using new technology, ranging from drug deals and money laundering to human trafficking and even terrorism.

The Cambridge Analytica story, McGuire says, was “just the tip of the iceberg,” stating that there...

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April 11, 2018
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By Denise Szott

Brokers, now more than ever, need a proactive strategy to help employer clients meet a growing demand for enhanced employee benefits.

To do so, brokers must be ready to leverage their resources. An expanded employee benefits voluntary products portfolio, which may include identity theft protection, financial counseling or casualty coverage, among others, will help them meet their clients’ demands and desire to boost worker...

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April 2, 2018
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Net Neutrality is dead and the Internet is increasingly a playground for data mining schemes, social networks, and identity thieves. The possibility of true online privacy has never seemed more remote.

The use of a VPN (Virtual Private Network) has long been viewed as a silver bullet. Historically, VPNs have been used by dissidents trying to avoid persecution from governments, hackers wishing to cover their tracks, and mainstream consumers looking for ways to...

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March 30, 2018
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A recent Reuters article by Tom Bergin takes a look at what data mining companies may or may not know about particular individuals in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica story. Bergin uses his own data in an intensely un-scientific, yet interesting investigation.

First of all, Bergin is not from the U.S. As a citizen of the European Union, he enjoys certain...

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March 20, 2018
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Cyberscout Chairman and Founder Adam Levin appeared on the PBS program “White House Chronicle” in a wide-ranging interview touching on everything from his work as Director of Consumer Affairs for the State of Jersey and co-founder of Credit.com to his present work helping consumers... Read More

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