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US federal agencies announce data breach

We mentioned recently the acknowledged importance of cybersecurity in the realm of finance and national security.  Now those attitudes will once more be put to the test. The breaking story this week, of course, is how hackers breached the US Treasury and Commerce departments through an IT security vendor called SolarWinds.  The scope of SolarWinds’… Read More

Understanding the impacts of a data breach

As the home office and remote working creates new, unforeseen vulnerabilities in data security, so have the costs of incidents risen dramatically.  According to research from McAfee and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the total global cost of cybercrime has surpassed $1 trillion per year, and about $500,000 per company. One of the… Read More

Examining cybersecurity before holiday shopping

While October is Cyber Security Awareness month, it turns out November 30 was Computer Security Day.  As the holiday season now coming upon a quarantined populace, it can be useful to examine how things stand in the field of cybersecurity, since few things have such an impact on consumer shopping online. According to a study… Read More

Global cyber breaches hit various sectors

Cybersecurity breaches are a risk no matter what the industry, or where you are located.  Just last week, the UK soccer/football team Manchester United revealed an intrusion that compromised its systems.  Although their investigation has not yet confirmed whether hackers could access the data of fans and customers, they were quick to assure that their… Read More

Cybersecurity breaches in video games

A couple of video game related data breaches are in the news this week.  Capcom has just posted a press release to its site about a breach it announced earlier this month, in which unauthorized access to the network led to a ransomware attack that destroyed and locked data on its servers and deleted access… Read More

How COVID impacts cybersecurity incidents

Many cybersecurity incidents have, unsurprisingly, become subject to the influence of COVID.  According to the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), more than 200 of 723 reviewed incidents qualify as being related to the pandemic.  We’ve covered a fair bit in the past how phishing schemes exploit people’s worries over the virus to trick them… Read More

Hackers Hit Therapy Center for Patient Data

Pandemic-induced stress and anxiety are on a constant rise, according to all reports, and the demand for therapy has thus never been higher.  Hackers are taking notice.  In Finland, we now have reports of a psychotherapy center experiencing a data breach.  Approximately 300 patients of the practice, which is operated by a company called Vastaamo,… Read More

Data security for kids and restaurants

Regulators in Europe are laying out fines for companies that come up short in data protection.  The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has recently hit British Airways for £20 million, over a data breach involving 400,000 customers.  Ireland’s Data Protection Commission, meanwhile, came into existence in 2018 and acts as the EU’s GDPR compliance regulator.  During… Read More

Phishing scheme utilizes CAPTCHA against Microsoft users

Does anybody really like CAPTCHAS?  Those little verification boxes on website login pages that ask you to check a box, or click on all the images with street lights…and then you do and somehow it still fails but if stick with it you can eventually log in, probably.  Anyway, they are perhaps a necessary evil,… Read More

Cybersecurity Concerns for IoT and Healthcare

It honestly feels like most of the articles you find about data security, especially where pertaining to the Internet of Things (IoT), could easily begin with that famous Spider-Man quote about great power and responsibility.  Because the IoT is capable of so many functions spread across vast global networks, it’s an apt adage.  Always crucial… Read More

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