Sentara Healthcare Breach

The continued risk that vendors pose to companies, including health care entities cannot be overemphasized. This week, Sentara Healthcare (Sentara) announced that one of its third-party vendors was the victim of a “cybersecurity incident” that compromised the names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, procedure information, demographic information and medications of 5,454 patients who received vascular and thoracic procedures at its 12 hospitals in Virginia and North Carolina.Continue Reading…

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Extortionists Wipe Thousands of Databases, Victims Who Pay Up Get Stiffed

Tens of thousands of personal and possibly proprietary databases that were left accessible to the public online have just been wiped from the Internet, replaced with ransom notes demanding payment for the return of the files. Adding insult to injury, it appears that virtually none of the victims have paid the ransom have gotten their files back because multiple fraudsters are now wise to the extortion attempts and are competing to replace each other’s ransom notes.Continue Reading…

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5 Ways to Make Yourself Safer Online

At this moment, someone wants your information. Hackers covet your email account, your home address, and your social security number. They want to commandeer your webcam and break into your bank account. They are just waiting for you to slip up and give them a chance.

Malevolent coders are finding backdoors and vulnerabilities, but there are simple ways to protect yourself.

Follow these five steps to boost your safety online instantly.Continue Reading…

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