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12 hackers arrested in Europe

According to security groups Kaspersky and Emsisoft, 2020 saw approximately 65,000 successful ransomware attacks worldwide.  As part of a joint operation, Europol has recently arrested 12 of the contributors to this total. After much coordination by the agency and involvement with other authorities in Europe and the US, the suspects were apprehended in the Ukraine… Read More

Amazon’s GDPR Penalties

A massive fine against Amazon for GDPR violations was instituted this month, and now the corporate giant is appealing the results.  Insisting the $865 million penalty is completely baseless and unwarranted, Amazon has taken its issue up with the Luxembourg Administrative Tribunal after the country’s data protection regulator levied the fine in July.  Indeed, Amazon… Read More

Nuclear sub data smuggled in sandwich (but not a sub)

Selling nuclear warship data and FBI arrests go together like PB & J.  In this case, literally, since the guilty party hid the SD storage card containing the data inside an actual sandwich.  I didn’t have that on my data security bingo.  A US Navy engineer and his wife are now accused of planning to… Read More

The risks and costs of poor data security hygiene

The physical risks of data security often get overlooked, but they can still come back to bite you.  The HealthReach Community Health Centers in Maine recently had to notify over 100,000 patients of a breach due to a simple hard drive disposal done wrong.  Combined with this physical vulnerability is that of third-party errors, as… Read More

SolarWinds breach compels SEC probe

In the continued aftermath of the 2019 SolarWinds breach, new developments see the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) asking hundreds of firms to hand over information dating back to October 2019 that pertains to “any other” breach or ransomware incident in which any SolarWinds network software updates were downloaded.  This totaled over 18,000 SolarWinds… Read More

Data breaches at JPMorgan Chase and T-Mobile

A couple of big name breaches have made the news recently, from both JPMorgan Chase and T-Mobile. In the former, the bank warned that a number of customers had their personal information accessible to others via the mobile app or website.  Among the information were potentially account numbers, balances and transactions.  As of yet, no… Read More

Is your location safe from cyber threats?

One vulnerable area of concern, amid the expanding Internet of Things (IoT) and its use of smart devices, remains the security of buildings which themselves exploit enough of the IoT to cross the threshold of becoming smart.  According to Industrial Defender, the majority of new buildings with over 100,000 square feet qualify as such, and… Read More

Amazon’s GDPR Penalty

Amazon has had a rough go of it this past week, as punitive measures came down from Luxembourg’s National Commission for Data Protection for an alleged violation of GDPR.  A major case, the fine imposed is around $887 million, setting the high mark of fines so far under the European data security regulation. Amazon is… Read More

Scraping data from LinkedIn and an oil company’s breach

What does or does not constitute a data breach can sometimes be a little ambiguous.  Data scraping qualifies as such to some, as it utilizes applications to gather, or ‘scrape’, publicly available data from websites.  Is this a legitimate activity, or does it allow for more data than is publicly accessible to be taken? No… Read More

The gig economy has put corporate data at risk

Compounding the complexity of remote working, a recent rise in the gig economy is spreading enterprise data security issues even wider, as workers are brought in on a brief timeframe to fill specific roles and tasks.  Unfortunately, this fleeting arrangement further increases the attack surface whereby hackers can breach the network, spreading workers outside the… Read More

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