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2018

November 14, 2018
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The still undecided race for governor of Georgia exposed a number of election security vulnerabilities and problems in the state’s election processes, revealing one of the most poorly secured and maintained systems in the country.

As part of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference, Georgia was revealed to be a target. In other news, the state’s entire database of 6.7 million voters was shown by a cybersecurity researcher to be poorly...

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November 9, 2018
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Whether or not you believe that Russia tried to influence the 2016 election seems to have entered the twilight zone, where the same shred of concrete evidence is simultaneously elevated to "indisputable fact" status by Trump detractors and questionable ...

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November 7, 2018
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HSBC sent a letter to an unknown number of U.S. customers of the bank on November 2, notifying them that their personal information may have compromised in a data breach. The letter said that online accounts had been accessed by unauthorized users between October 4, 2018 and October 14, 2018.

The letter warned that information breached may include, “full name, mailing address, phone number, email...

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November 5, 2018
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The international soccer league FIFA announced it had been hacked earlier this year and is bracing itself for a potential data breach.

This latest cyber incident marks the second major successful hack on the organization, the first reported in 2017. That attack was attributed to a Russian hacking group alternately called Fancy Bear and APT28.

News of this new hack was made public after FIFA documents were published on a website called...

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November 2, 2018
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Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) has been law for some time, but new federal data breach and compromise notification requirements went into effect, today, November 1, 2018.

The main points of the law include requiring businesses to report a breach to the government if any individual’s personal information is compromised and the potential loss of data represents “significant harm” to said individual. Breaches must now be...

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November 1, 2018
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The Israeli evening news Hadashot reported that Iran “is again facing a [Stuxnet-like] attack, from a more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated virus than before.” According to sketchy reports, the attack  hit infrastructure and strategic networks.

Stuxnet was a worm believed to be the product of a U.S./Israel collaboration that targeted the Siemens...

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November 1, 2018
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Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) has been law for some time, but new federal data breach and compromise notification requirements went into effect, today, November 1, 2018.

The main points of the law include requiring businesses to report a breach to the government if any individual’s personal information is compromised and the potential loss of data represents “significant harm” to said individual. Breaches must now be...

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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 30, 2018
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A network-wide infection of Russian malware at the U.S. Geological Survey was traced back to a single employee’s viewing of pornographic content on the job.

In a study released by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the department’s security audit of “suspicious internet traffic” at a USGS facility in South Dakota was traced back to an unnamed...

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October 29, 2018
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There’s an old saying: “Locks are for honest people.” The basic idea is that a competent crook can break in no matter what you do, but that doesn’t mean you don’t try to make your home as secure as possible. When it comes to online securitytwo-factor authentication(2FA) is the ...

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