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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 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

Watch Out! Your Computer Probably has Spyware Courtesy of the US Government!

Posted in Internet Privacy
Apparently the US National Security Agency (NSA) “has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world’s computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives”  as reported by Reuters on [&hellip… Continue Reading

Senator Express Concerns about IoT Privacy and that “Big Brother” is Listening!

Posted in Internet Privacy
Florida Senator Bill Nelson expressed his concern that “Big Brother may really be listening…recently, we learned that Samsung’s privacy policy for its voice-activated ‘Smart TV’ informed consumers that their indoor conversations can be recorded by the television and sent to a third party,…” during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation on [&hellip… Continue Reading

Big Surprise! – There will be no Privacy in the Future, and IoT is Part of the Problem!

Posted in Internet Privacy
Pew research report “The Future of Privacy” indicated by 2025 that 55% of the 2,211 respondents no one should really expect any privacy and that the IoT (Internet of Things) will make things worse.  Here are the themes reported on December 18, 2014 by those surveyed that there will not be a widely accepted privacy [&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

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
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

Do you have the right cyber insurance?

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
“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

New Privacy Risks to your Wifi Passwords with Free Phishing App

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
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

Snapchat Admits it Violated Privacy Laws

Posted in Internet Privacy
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a Final Order which was “settling charges that Snapchat deceived consumers with promises about the disappearing nature of messages sent through the service…” and “…deceived consumers over the amount of personal data it collected and the security measures taken to protect that data from misuse and unauthorized disclosure.”  The [&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

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
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

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”

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
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

Privacy at the Heart of Colossal Cybersecurity Mistakes

Posted in Internet Privacy, IT Industry
Infoworld reported that for Information Technolgoy (IT) “Privacy has become one of the leading computer security issues today…Today’s systems track every access, and every employee should know that accessing a single record they don’t have a legitimate need to view is likely to be noticed and acted on.”  The November 17, 2014 Infoworld article entitled [&hellip… Continue Reading

Darkhotel Cyberattacks Business Executives in Hotels

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
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

Privacy Policies Paramount in the Ten Commandments of BYOD

Posted in Internet Privacy, Social Media
IBM recently released a report about BYOD because of the “rapid proliferation of mobile devices entering the workplace feels like divine intervention to many…”  This fall MaaS360 by Fiberlink (an IBM company) released its Ten Commandment of BYOD which included asked these questions about privacy policies: What data is collected from employees’ devices? What personal [&hellip… Continue Reading

Supercookies Are Tracking +100 Million Cell Users, But Are Any Privacy Laws Being Violated?

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Privacy advocates claim that Verizon is “silently modifying its users’ web traffic on its network to inject a cookie-like tracker… sent to every unencrypted website a Verizon customer visits from a mobile device.” According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Verizon’s “tracker, included in an HTTP header called X-UIDH” and the EFF explains how the [&hellip… Continue Reading

$10 Million Fines for Privacy Violations

Posted in Internet Privacy
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it was issuing fines since “TerraCom and YourTel apparently stored Social Security numbers, names, addresses, driver’s licenses, and other sensitive information belonging to their customers on unprotected Internet servers that anyone in the world could access.” However, the FCC stated in “their privacy policies, the two companies stated [&hellip… Continue Reading

LinkedIn Allegedly Violates Federal Law by Making Employment History Available

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A new class action lawsuit alleges that on LinkedIn “any potential employer can anonymously dig into the employment history of any LinkedIn member, and make hiring and firing decisions based upon the information they gather, without the knowledge of the member, and without any safeguards in place as to the accuracy of the information that [&hellip… Continue Reading

$100+ Million Lawsuit Threat to Google Over Celebrity Pictures

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A demand letter reminded Google of its corporate motto “Don’t be evil,” alleged that Google is making “millions and profiting from the victimization of women,” and that “it is time that Google owns up to its conduct and remedies this gross violation of law, ethics, moral and basic privacy rights.”  The October 1, 2014 letter [&hellip… Continue Reading