Ever wonder what the use of stealing millions of email addresses is? All those often downplayed, 'low sensitivity' data breaches have massive potential to create enough uncertainty for people to eventually call a 1-800 number, even it it means speaking to a passive-aggressive tech support professional. This article explores the mindset that has led the public to belittle scammers even as organized crime defrauds the masses on a global scale.
I'm often surprised at the public's disappointment with the realization that security processes are not directly analogous to the medical notion of immunization. In fact, single-shot protection does exist, and it serves to defuse individual threats with the simple application of patches, firewall filtering or other methods of protecting against single attack vectors.
This past Christmas season hasn't been kind to the Target chain of retail stores nor to its brand. A brazen attack took place in December that affected its retail locations in a major way, somehow compromising 70 million payment cards. Those losses were then augmented by up to 40 million user accounts stolen by good old fashioned hacking
First, the robots. They're cute. they're animated. And you can replay the clip as many times as you want, for free. As for the cyberfraud bit, that's a different story. In years past, I published lists of predictions for the new year, chronicled notable events and published timely stories. This time I just have 3 quick points to share and you can return to planning the festivities...
In a recent press release we echoed the Privacy Commissioner's concerns over growing numbers of data breaches occurring in 10 government agencies. Over 3000 inadequately reported data breaches took place at the Canadian Revenue Agency, Fisheries and Oceans, Public Safety, Employment and Social Development Canada, Justice Canada, Citizenship and Immigration, Passport Canada, the Correctional Service, the RCMP, the Parole Board and Veterans Affairs. Here are 5 best practices that represent a win-win for businesses, government agencies and the public.
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