2018

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 19, 2018
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Don’t be surprised if the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook story turns out to be merely the first in a long line of stories to come about the abuse of consumer data purloined from social media.

ZDnet reports that 48 million personal profiles were compromised with data that was just as granular as the information in the possession of Cambridge Analytica–if not more...

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April 18, 2018
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It doesn’t matter how many times you tell employees not to share passwords. A new study suggests many people are still going to do it.

The 2018 Privileged Access Threat Report, recently published by Bomgar, a leader in identity and access management solutions for privileged users. The study is global, taking a look at employees, independent contractors, and third-party vendors, specifically at the way they handle security.

Brass tack: 50% of the organizations contacted for the...

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April 17, 2018
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Who is Cambridge Analytica?

Cambridge Analytica is a voter profiling consulting firm that used data mining and psychographic targeting for political campaigns, most notably for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.  Cambridge Analytica is in the hot seat for harvesting data from a personality quiz, where the personal data of 87 million users was mined and deployed without their consent.

What kind of information was collected and...

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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 6, 2018
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The most remarkable aspect of the revelation Facebook allowed millions of people to unwittingly, and unwillingly, help the Trump victory machine on social media may be that people are actually surprised by it.

The social networking giant knew for two years that a third party had ill-gotten, harvested data associated with more than 50 million U.S. voters—almost all of it without their knowledge or consent.

The story came by way of a ...

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April 5, 2018
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You can spot a Nigerian email scam without opening it. You know what you’re doing when it comes to keeping ID thieves from conning you. And if someone tried to get the kind of personal information needed to open credit in your name, well, it just wouldn’t happen.

Except it would.

Credit gets stolen using personal information all the time. In the wake of the Equifax breach it’s happening even more than usual.

The Identity Theft Resource Center tracks data breaches every...

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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 26, 2018
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently toughened cybersecurity reporting guidelines for public companies, and days later Yahoo agreed to ...

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