It’s been a rough few years for retailers of every size as they continue the struggle against hacking events and data breaches. The estimate for 2015 breaches was that every compromised customer or employee record cost the business an average of $154 US. In one study of over 350 companies who’d suffered a data breach in that year, researchers found the average total cost per company to be $3.9 million.
Grand Street Medical Associates is a multi-disciplinary practice in Kingston, New York. At some point, what appears to be a vast amount of their patients’ protected health information was left exposed on an unsecured FTP server. The leak was discovered by Justin Shafer, who notified GSMA and then contacted DataBreaches.net on March 12.
The Internet has brought us so many benefits; email, electronic messaging, and personal websites allow us to stay connected, informed, and involved with family and friends. The Internet also provides an easy way to shop, plan travel, and manage finances. However, with these increased conveniences comes increased risk. Just like any other public environment, the Internet requires awareness and caution. Just as you use locks to keep criminals out of your home, you also need safeguards to secure your computer.
A group of hackers, previously involved in various hacktivism campaigns, have accidentally made their way into an ICS/SCADA system installed at a water treatment facility and have altered crucial settings that controlled the amount of chemicals used to treat tap water.
At this year’s Pwn2Own hacking contest, no target escaped unscathed. The hacking teams found 21 vulnerabilities in Windows, Mac OS X, Flash, Safari, Edge and Chrome, for which they were awarded a total of $460,000.
Spammers are abusing ill-configured U.S. dot-gov domains and link shorteners to promote spammy sites that are hidden behind short links ending in”usa.gov”.
Spam purveyors are taking advantage of so-called “open redirects” on several U.S. state Web sites to hide the true destination to which users will be taken if they click the link. Open redirects are potentially dangerous because they let spammers abuse the reputation of the site hosting the redirect to get users to visit malicious or spammy sites without realizing it.
Do you know what the biggest threat is to your company’s cybersecurity? It’s your employees. Cyber attacks target the weakest link, and more often than not that weak link is your employees.
The horror stories are almost as endless as the Internet itself. Laptop-toting customers are being hacked at coffee shops. Guests are being digitally pick-pocketed in hotel lobbies. Travelers’ smartphones are getting snooped on in airports.
In an age of ever-increasing digital security, how can this be happening? It turns out you can blame pineapples.