Thousands of apps running code built by Chinese Internet giant Baidu have collected and transmitted users’ personal information to the company, much of it easily intercepted, say researchers. The apps have been downloaded hundreds of millions of times.
A thief may use your name or health insurance numbers to see a doctor, get prescription drugs, file claims with your insurance provider, or get other care. If the thief’s health information is mixed with yours, your treatment, insurance and payment records, and credit report may be affected.
You’ve seen the headlines, social media mistakes that tear lives and businesses apart.
There are countless examples on the Internet, like story of Justine Sacco, a PR executive who tweeted an insensitive comment about Aids before boarding an 11-hour flight to Africa. By the time her plane landed, she had become a viral sensation — she was retweeted thousands of times and then fired.
While no user data has been leaked, the latest phishing attack at Snapchat compromised sensitive employee information. The Snapchat team has issued an apology addressed to its employees Sunday after a phishing attack tricked the company’s payroll department into divulging personal information of current and previous employees.
UC Berkeley on Friday revealed that it has alerted 80,000 current and former faculty, staff, students and vendors in the wake of a late December “criminal cyberattack” that could have compromised Social Security and bank account numbers. This news follows disclosures in April 2015 and December 2014.
The Internal Revenue Service today wrapped up its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams with identity theft topping this year’s list but with phone scams and phishing schemes also deserving special mention. Taxpayers need to guard against any ploys to steal their personal information, scam them out of money or talk them into engaging in questionable behavior with their taxes.
Elder financial abuse remains a growing problem in the United States. Various studies in the past few years put the range at somewhere between $2.9 billion and as high as $36.5 billion. It’s important for consumers and banks to be aware of the warning signs and to take action to protect older people and their money. With all the scams both online and in person, being aware is the first step.
Last year, after reporting on the hacks of Sony Pictures, JPMorgan Chase, Ashley Madison, and other major companies, I got curious about what it felt like to be on the victim’s side of a giant data breach, in a time when so much of our lives is contained in these giant, fragile online containers. So I decided to stage an experiment that, in hindsight, sounds like a terrible idea: I invited two of the world’s most elite hackers (neither of whom I’d ever met) to spend two weeks hacking me as deeply and thoroughly as they could, using all of the tools at their disposal.
A federal judge’s order earlier this month that California public schools turn a trove of personal information on millions of children over to two nonprofits has parents worried and privacy rights advocates outraged.