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 •  October 20

Q: “I can’t believe how many small businesses don’t take cybercrime seriously! If they saw the businesses I have seen wiped out, they might start to take action. My business is booming because small business doesn’t know that they are target #1.” ― James A: Maybe it was not surprising that the conversation above comes from my computer guy James, he...

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 •  October 14

AP When IBM introduced the first laptop with a built-in fingerprint sensor in 2004, it sparked a wave of product development in biometrics. At the time, a colleague delighted in fooling sensor after sensor with a rubber replica of his own finger. Everything is relative. Today, in a world where cyber thieves routinely pry into valuable data stores...

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 •  September 11

AP To lower the risk of becoming a victim of identity theft and financial fraud after the data breach at Equifax, Americans should place a security "freeze" on their credit reports and delete any suspicious emails that could dupe them into releasing personal data to cyber thieves. That's the advice from identity-theft experts after the...

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 •  September 9

USA TODAY When a credit card gets stolen, it's easy for the victim of the crime to shut down the card, get a new account number and avoid monetary loss. But financial peril rises and can persist for years when personal data likely to stay the same forever -- like Social Security numbers, names and dates of birth -- get stolen like it did in the...

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 •  September 7

An estimated 143 million U.S. consumers could be affected by a cyber security attack carried out by suspected criminal hackers, national credit-reporting company Equifax said Thursday. The unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017 primarily involved names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases,...

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 •  September 6

SAN FRANCISCO — Over the last nine months, dozens of U.S. power companies were compromised by an organized hacking group to the extent that some of them could have sabotaged and shut down production and distribution, according to Symantec, a cybersecurity company that discovered the attack. In some cases, this involved access to details about how...

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 •  August 12

Linkedin recently threw in the white towel on operating in Russia. Unwilling to go along with Russian authorities’ order to store all Russian users’ data in the servers in the country, the social networking company chose to abandon the market rather than comply with the law. The site, which served about six million Russian users, was blocked in the...

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 •  August 11

BOSTON — Hackers released an email from HBO in which the company expressed willingness to pay them $250,000 as part of a negotiation over electronic data swiped from HBO's servers. The July 27 email was sent by John Beyler, an HBO executive who thanked the hackers for "making us aware" of previously unknown security vulnerabilities. It appears to...

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 •  August 9

Nationwide Mutual Insurance company will pay a $5.5 million settlement for the 2012 data breach that exposed personal information for an estimated 1.27 million consumers, state officials said Wednesday. Carried out by computer hackers, the data breach scooped up Social Security numbers, drivers license data, credit scoring information and other...

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 •  August 4

The world’s largest drone manufacturer, DJI of China, said Friday it is “surprised and disappointed” at reports that the U.S. Army has halted all use of the remote-controlled aircraft because of cyber vulnerabilities. An Army memo Wednesday, which was obtained by sUASnews.com, said the unnamed vulnerabilities that led to the ban were outlined in a...