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Watch Out! Cyberattack scams the FBI impersonating the Internet Complaint Center (IC3)!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Darkreading reports that there has been a new cyberattack at the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) which “scams people into providing personal data and downloading malicious files by impersonating the”… IC3…which is “intended to give the public a reliable means of reporting suspected illegal activity online.”  The February 2, 2018 report entitled “Cyberattack Impersonates… Continue Reading

Amazon now disrupting health care!

Posted in eCommerce
The New York Times reported that “Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced on Tuesday that they would form an independent health care company to serve their employees in the United States.”  The January 30, 2018 report entitled “Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Team Up to Disrupt Health Care” included these comments from Ed Kaplan… Continue Reading

GDPR will change world-wide privacy on May 25, 2018: here are 13 key GDPR terms you better know!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
DMNews.com reported that GDPR is “a massive piece of legislation and if you want to read all 250+ pages, talk about it with fellow data nerds or marketing professionals, or just comprehend the various articles online, you need to know some of the key terms.”  The January 24, 2018 report entitled “13 Key GDPR Terms… Continue Reading

Did you know that Artificial Intelligence (“AI” aka Machine Learning “ML”) is critical in Cybersecurity?

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Darkreading’s recent article identified goals of using ML in Cybersecurity “To make a broad statement, we are trying to use ML to identify malicious behavior or malicious entities; call them hackers, attackers, malware, unwanted behavior, etc. In other words, it comes down to finding anomalies.”  The January 11, 2018 article entitled “AI in Cybersecurity: Where… Continue Reading

Is Bitcoin for real? Probably since the founder of Ripple was briefly richer than Mark Zuckerberg!

Posted in eCommerce
The New York Times reported that “In 2017, the cryptocurrency Bitcoin went from $830 to $19,300, and now quivers around $14,000. Ether, its main rival, started the year at less than $10, closing out 2017 at $715. Now it’s over $1,100.”  The January 13, 2018 story entitled “Everyone Is Getting Hilariously Rich and You’re Not”… Continue Reading

You don’t want to hear this – Chip makers confess that every computer in the world is at cyber risk!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, IT Industry
Every single computer (including cells, tablets, PCs, & servers) has a Central Processing Unit (CPU) made by Intel, AMD, & ARM and security experts found “two problems, called Meltdown and Spectre, could allow hackers to steal the entire memory contents of computers, including mobile devices, personal computers and servers running in so-called cloud computer networks.” … Continue Reading

Blockchain (think Bitcoin technology) is one of the “17 Things” you should have learned about in 2017!

Posted in eCommerce
Darkreading  described Blockchain (which allows Bitcoin to operate) as the “distributed ledger technology essentially allows for the creation of a list of records, each record cryptographically linked and secured, thereby enabling greater data integrity for all manner of applications.” The December 29, 2017 article entitled “17 Things We Should Have Learned in 2017, but Probably… Continue Reading

Adult supervision no longer needed at Google (Alphabet)…so Eric Schmidt is stepping aside!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Access
In 2001 Google brought Eric Schmidt aboard for adult supervision, and during his tenure among other earth shattering things Schmidt coined the word “Cloud” (fka time-sharing, and later Application Service Provider – ASP).  The Washington Post December 21, 2017 article entitled “Eric Schmidt is stepping down from his role at Google’s parent company, Alphabet” included… Continue Reading

Blockchain news -Legal risks are one of the 5 myths of bitcoin (which is powered by Blockchain)!

Posted in eCommerce
The Washington Post reported that the “Securities and Exchange Commission recently began cracking down on initial coin offerings, a new type of blockchain-based fundraising mechanism, under its existing authority to regulate securities.”  The December 15, 2017 story entitled “Five myths about bitcoin” which included these comments about the law: All mainstream bitcoin exchanges at least… Continue Reading

Insurance industry embraces Blockchain, but when? Tomorrow or in 10 years?

Posted in eCommerce
BusinessInsurance.com reported the comments of Paul Meeusen, head of distributed ledger technology at Swiss Re Ltd. in Zurich that using Blockchain to manage Insurance “seemed very intuitive that this technology was very suitable to some of the key issues we deal with in our industry.” The December 12, 2017 article entitled “Insurance well suited to… Continue Reading

Note to Ransomware Criminals – North Carolina Counties will not pay ransom…so go elsewhere!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
The New York Times reported that Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (which includes the city of Charlotte) refused to “pay a $23,000 ransom to a group of hackers who seized control of several government computer systems” and the County was operating without “the internet, civil servants were doing their jobs using “paper processes.””  The December 6,… Continue Reading

Are you kidding me? Only 15% of US companies have insurance for their data!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
One might conclude it makes a lot of sense to insure business data after considering Tableau’s report that included Ponemon’s estimate that the “average total cost of a data breach was estimated at $3.62 million.”  The December 2017 report entitled “2018 Top 10 Business Intelligence Trends” included the #5 Rise of the Chief Data Officer… Continue Reading

Uber paid a ransom to hackers who stole 57 million Uber records last year!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
The New York Times reported that Uber fired it security officer after “two hackers stole data about the company’s riders and drivers — including phone numbers, email addresses and names — from a third-party server and then approached Uber and demanded $100,000 to delete their copy of the data.” The November 21, 2017 report entitled… Continue Reading

FBI recommends two-factor authentication & training to thwart Spearphishing!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Uncategorized
Among a number of recommendations to avoid Spearphishing (aka Business Email Compromise – BEC) the FBI recommends that “employees to use two-factor authentication to access corporate e-mail accounts.” The November 14, 2017 FBI News Report entitled “FBI Tech Tuesday—Digital Defense Against Business E-mail Compromises” included this advice about training employees to: watch for suspicious requests,… Continue Reading

100% of businesses affected by mobile malware (think BYOD)!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Darkreading reported that every “business with BYOD and corporate mobile device users across the globe has been exposed to mobile malware.”  The November 17, 2017 report entitled “Mobile Malware Incidents Hit 100% of Businesses” included these comments: …BYOD devices are usually more susceptible to attack than corporate devices because they are not managed by such… Continue Reading

Whoa! Did you know that Equifax claims to own your data?

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Privacy
In testimony before the US Senate we hear that “Equifax, and not consumers, that owns all the granular data collected about them, and that consumers cannot request to exit the company’s files.”  The Washington Post’s report on November 8, 2017 entitled “Equifax says it owns all its data about you” started with the comment that… Continue Reading

Think twice before relying on search engine results since they may have MALWARE links!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Darkreading reported that criminals are “using Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to populate search results with malicious links and distribute the Zeus Panda Banking Trojan through a compromised Word document.”  The November 3, 2017 article entitled “Hackers Poison Google Search Results to Deliver Zeus Panda” included these comments: SEO enables hackers to make their links more… Continue Reading

New law may require Google and Facebook to disclose political advertising

Posted in Anonymous Internet Activity, eCommerce
The New York Times reported about a new “bill would require internet companies to provide information to the election commission about who is paying for online ads.” The October 19, 2017 report entitled “Senators Demand Online Ad Disclosures as Tech Lobby Mobilizes” included these comments: Senator John McCain and two Democratic senators moved on Thursday… Continue Reading

Supreme Court will consider a 1986 law about phone records and how it applies to emails in 2017 outside the US

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Access, Internet Privacy
The New York Times reported that the US Supreme Court will consider a case against Microsoft to “decide whether federal prosecutors can force technology companies to turn over data stored outside the United States.”  In 1986 Congress passed the Stored Communications Act (SCA) to control telephone records long before the Internet we know today, but… Continue Reading

Do you trust Equifax? Apparently IRS believes a new $7.25 million contract with Equifax is a good idea!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Gizmodo reported that IRS supports its new $7.25 million contract with Equifax as a “no bid sole source” contract “to help verify US taxpayers’ identities” …and without which “would have prevented thousands of hurricane victims from obtaining much needed…. tax information.”  The October 5, 2017 story entitled “IRS Chief Says Aborting Equifax Contract Could Harm… Continue Reading

Surprised? Equifax learned about its cyber exposure in March, but failed to do anything!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Rueters reported that former Equifax CEO Richard Smith (who retired suddenly last week) provided written testimony that “Equifax was alerted to the breach by the U.S. Homeland Security Department on March 9,…, but it was not patched.”  The October 2, 2017 report entitled “Equifax failed to patch security vulnerability in March: former CEO” included these… Continue Reading

Equifax confessed that it failed to protect personal data of 143+MILLION CUSTOMERS!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The New York Times reported “that hackers had gained access to company data that potentially compromised sensitive information for 143 million American consumers, including Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers.”  The September 7, 2017 report entitled “Equifax Says Cyberattack May Have Affected 143 Million Customers” included the bad news: Potentially adding to criticism of… Continue Reading