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More Cyber Criminals Targeting your Identity, Including Bad Guys in China!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
According to a recent report groups in “China continue to target Western interests, but there has been a shift in focus from the theft of intellectual property to identity information” according to BusinessInsurance.com which drew these conclusions from a February 23, 2015 recent HP report entitled “HP Security Research, Cyber Risk Report 2015” which also [&hellip… Continue Reading

Cybercrime report should be alarming to every Internet user in the world!

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A recent report analyzing cybercrime that infected over 500,000 PCs pointed out that while “the primary targets appear to be financial accounts and online banking information, the group also has a range of options for further monetization of the infected computers.”  The Proofpoint October 2014 report entitled the “Analysis of a Cybercrime Infrastructure” concludes that [&hellip… Continue Reading

Cyber IT Risk Wake Up Time for Board Members!

Posted in eCommerce, IT Industry
A former SEC Chair spoke at a Directors & Officers (D&O) insurance conference and said board members “should be knowledgeable about data inventories, where data is located and if it is protected, and use third-party services to test its safety” as reported by BusinessInsurance.com.  Mary L. Schapiro (SEC chairman from 2009-2012) currently serves on the [&hellip… Continue Reading

Cyber Privacy & Security Warning! – Watch out for the 25+ Billion of IoTs (Internet of Things)!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
With billions IoT devices now in place, and growing exponentially, apparently IoT manufacturers have not given a great deal of thought to security so the FTC recently urged Best Practices to IoT manufacturers as “part of the security by design process, companies should consider: (1) conducting a privacy or security risk assessment; (2) minimizing the [&hellip… Continue Reading

10 Cyber security tips all employees need to know, including Phishing Scams & BYOD

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Employers want to blame cyberthreats on bad guys but “the threat actually originates from within when employees’ ignorance and/or negligence opens the door for cybercriminals” as reported by Kasperky in “Top 10 Tips for Educating Employees about Cybersecurity.” Phishing Scam advice is included in Tip #4: Phishing remains the primary method for infecting users via [&hellip… Continue Reading

Cyber Advice to Lawyers: Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) are directed at your clients!

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According to a recent Kaspersky Lab Report every “corporation, regardless of its size or industry, is at risk of becoming the victim of a targeted attack by a variety of threat actors including APT groups, politically-driven “hacktivists,” and more advanced cybercriminals, who offer their services for hire.” The report entitled “The Evolution of Corporate Cyberthreats” [&hellip… Continue Reading

Do you have the right cyber insurance?

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“Whether a cyber attack is covered by an insurance policy may depend on the motive for the attack and its perpetrator … as this will affect whether clauses and exclusions for cyber insurance can be considered”according to a recent report issued by the CRO Forum which was entitled “Cyber resilience – The cyber risk challenge [&hellip… Continue Reading

Do you think a consumer website can arbitrate disputes? Maybe not without prior approval

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The American Arbitration Association (AAA) changed its Consumer Arbitration Rules effective Sept. 1, 2014 and now requires AAA pre-approval and annual renewal for Terms of Service that obligate consumers to arbitrate disputes. According to the AAA, “contracts that typically meet the criteria for application of these Rules, if the contract is for personal or household [&hellip… Continue Reading

New Privacy Risks to your Wifi Passwords with Free Phishing App

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Wifiphisher is a new tool created “to launch phishing attacks against users of wireless networks in order to steal their Wi-Fi access keys” according to a January 5, 2015 report in Computerworld. The inventor of Wifiphisher is IT security engineer George Chatzisofroniou who says: Wifiphisher is a security tool that mounts fast automated phishing attacks against [&hellip… Continue Reading

TripAdvisor Fined $610,000 for Failing to Prevent Astroturfing

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The Italian Competition Authority fined TripAdvisor based on a complaint by an “association of Italian hoteliers and by local consumer protection groups, which claimed that TripAdvisor did not provide accurate reviews for consumers to make informed decisions.”  The New York Times reported that TripAdvisor disagreed: We think the ruling is unreasonable,…We fight fraud aggressively and [&hellip… Continue Reading

Don’t Count on your Thumbdrive -it May be infected with BadUSB!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
“BadUSB, can be installed on a USB device to completely take over a PC, invisibly alter files installed from the memory stick, or even redirect the user’s internet traffic.”  The Wired report went to say: The problem isn’t limited to thumb drives. All manner of USB devices from keyboards and mice to smartphones have firmware [&hellip… Continue Reading

Cyberintrusions Lead to 81+ Million Records Exposed in 2014

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The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) defines data breaches when an incident put a risk of exposure of an individual’s “name plus a Social Security number, driver’s license number, medical record or financial record (credit/debit cards included).”  The ITRC Data Breach Report is published every Tuesday and on December 9, 2014 the Report identified 720 [&hellip… Continue Reading

Coming to your Computer Soon? Ransomware which Locks your Files and Demands Payment

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Alarms are going off around the Internet with an apparent increase of ransomware which “immediately makes its presence known by encrypting files and demanding payment for the keys to unlock them.” The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an Alert on October 22, 2014 that included this description: Ransomware is a type of malware that [&hellip… Continue Reading

Companies Slow to Get CyberInsurance Coverage Even as CyberAttacks Increase

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A recent report showed a slight increase from 10% to 26% of companies with cyber insurance coverage between 2013 and 2014, and stated that most US companies are deficient in “keeping the data breach response plan up-to-date, conducting risk assessments of areas vulnerable to a breach, continuous monitoring of information systems to detect unusual and [&hellip… Continue Reading

Google Search Results Protected by the First Amendment

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A Judge agreed with Google that “search results were protected by the First Amendment and could not be penalized” in spite of claims that Google “monopolizes the search-engine business, has caused grievous harm to CoastNews.com, an arts, entertainment, cultural, and travel web site that also includes the San Francisco Restaurant and Dining Guide.”  US News [&hellip… Continue Reading

Congress May Pass New Cybersecurity Laws

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A recent article evaluating the new Congress indicated it may “allow information about civilians to go directly to the National Security Agency, or some other federal agency such as Homeland Security, before going to the NSA.”  On November 23, 2014 Judge Greenwald wrote an article in Business Insurance entitled “Cyber breaches could prompt cooperation in [&hellip… Continue Reading

More Bad Cybersecurity News – Top-Tier Malware Regin Used for Spying Since 2008

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy, IT Industry
Symantec reported the discovery of new malware named Regin whose main purpose “is intelligence gathering and it has been implicated in data collection operations against government organizations, infrastructure operators, businesses, academics, and private individuals.”  On November 24, 2014 Symantec issued a report entitled “Regin: Top-tier espionage tool enables stealthy surveillance” which is a “back door-type [&hellip… Continue Reading

Challenge to Uber’s Customer Privacy Policies Including its “God view”

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Senate Al Franken asked Uber for clarification about an apparent “troubling disregard for customers’ privacy, including the need to protect their sensitive geolocation data.”  On November 19, 2014 Senator Franken sent a letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick about a tool known as “God view” which is: … “widely available to most Uber corporate employees” [&hellip… Continue Reading

Darkhotel Cyberattacks Business Executives in Hotels

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Kaspersky identifies that Darkhotel is a group of attackers that “seems to know in advance when these individuals will arrive and depart from their high-end hotels. So, the attackers lay in wait until these travelers arrive and connect to the Internet.”  The Kaspersky report issued on November 10, 2014 is entitled “THE DARKHOTEL APT A [&hellip… Continue Reading