Two Platforms Collaborate to Boost Password Security

Firefox & Have I Been Pwned Join Forces Firefox, one of the top desktop browsers, is partnering with Have I Been Pwned to boost password security.  The browser is enhancing its Firefox Monitor and Lockwise features to notify consumers if their login credentials stored within their browser have been compromised in breaches over the last […]

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WhatsApp App Infected with Spyware

Hackers Have Corrupted WhatsApp for Surveillance Purposes WhatsApp has begun urging its users to download the latest version of the software after finding spyware within the app. The company was recently targeted by Israeli’s NSO Group, which installed Pegasus, a malware that is often sold to intelligence agencies for audio, video, and SMS surveillance. According […]

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USPS Suffers Major Breach, Leaving Millions Exposed

60 Million Users Exposed Due to USPS’s Overlooked Security Breach The United States Postal Service (USPS) just fixed a security vulnerability that previously allowed anyone who has an account at usps.com, to view account details for approximately 60 million other users.  What is worse is, in some cases, users were able to access and modify account […]

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Security Breach Leaves 12K Patient Files Exposed

Major Security Breach Leaves Thousands of Patients Exposed Inova Health Systems, a non-profit health organization based in Falls Church, Virginia, was hit with a security breach in September 2018.  This breach potentially impacted over 12,000 patients in six different medical facilities. The parent company, Valley Health, has sent letters to potentially impacted patients. How Did It Happen? […]

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Another Facebook-Owned Company Suffers Security Breach

Security Gap Found in Facebook-Owned Company Instagram, a social media company owned by Facebook, recently implemented a tool in their platform allowing users to download a copy of all the data Instagram has stored in their account, including pictures, account profile information, and comments.  This feature was deployed in an attempt to accommodate the upcoming […]

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Hackers Attempt to Sell Details from 120M Facebook Accounts

Facebook Account Details for Sale on Dark Web – But Facebook Denies Breach Hold on…if account details are for sale, who else could have leaked them other than Facebook?  Considering how interconnected everything is, it’s entirely possible a third-party application suffered a breach or even a browser extension.  The exact route that leaked the data remains unknown, but the […]

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America’s SSN Systems Aren’t Secure – But Few Alternatives Are Available

Social security numbers continue to be compromised — we need a solution The fear associated with breaches has subsided.  As a nation, we have become entirely desensitized to this threat, making news of the latest security breach nothing but more significant than today’s weather.  We have accepted this as a way of life, thanks to […]

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Pentagon’s Defense Department Suffers Security Breach

Defense Department Breached, Leaving 30K Employee’s Information Exposed Last week, the Pentagon confirmed its Defense Department was breached, impacting approximately 30,000 military and civilian employees.  The information breached included personal information and credit card data.  At this time, there is no evidence any classified information was compromised. Although the Pentagon just confirmed this breach, department […]

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Minnesota Department of Human Services Suffers Breach

21K Minnesota Citizen’s Exposed in Government Breach Within the last week, the Minnesota Department of Human Services confirmed falling victim to a security breach.  The breach was executed when two department employees clicked on a malicious email.  The origin of the phishing email remains unclear. As a result of the breach, approximately 21,000 individuals who interacted with […]

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Hawaii Issues Breach Warning After Ransomware Infection

Hawaii Medical Facility Issues Warning to 40k Patients The Fetal Diagnostic Institute of the Pacific (FDIP), located in Honolulu, Hawaii has begun contacting over 40,000 patients regarding a potential data breach.  Concerns of a breach come after the facility fell victim to a ransomware attack in June of this year. After discovering the ransomware, FDIP contacted […]

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IRS Takes Major Hit in Cyber Security Audit

Rushed Remediation Leads to Major Issues for IRS In 2015 the IRS experienced a major security breach, potentially impacting 350,000 taxpayers.  The breach was a direct correlation to the lack of controls the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had in place for taxpayers to use its “Get Transcripts” option.  This option allowed taxpayers to obtain their […]

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Your Weekly IT Recap

Top 5 IT stories for the week of October 30th Hilton settles for $700,000 after 2015 breach – In 2015 Hilton suffered two security breaches.  Combined these two breaches resulted in over 350,000 credit card numbers being stolen.  Although, this may not even be the biggest issue.  Hilton failed to notify the victims of the […]

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Equifax – The Largest Breach of 2017

The Largest Breach of 2017 Equifax, a provider of consumer credit scores, was a confirmed victim of a data breach this quarter.  The incident resulted in 145.5 million customer files being compromised.  Making this one of the biggest breaches in U.S. history, and the largest breach reported in 2017. The hackers were infiltrating the company’s […]

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North Korea Targeting U.S. Energy Companies For Cyber Warfare

North Korea Expected to Expand Cyber Warfare NBC News has reported North Korea is sending malware riddled emails targeting U.S. electric companies, hoping to execute a successful breach. The entire nation must be on high defense.  Although the target has been electric companies, it is believed the cyber warfare could expand to all of the broad […]

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Sonic Breach Leaves Customers Vulnerable

Sonic Food Chain Breached – Impact Remains Unknown In September, various entities were breached, including Equifax, the SEC, even the fast-food chain Sonic.  In mid-September five million of credit and debit card numbers were loaded to the dark web.  It is believed, some if not all of, these numbers came from a breach within Sonic’s […]

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SEC Breach Could’ve Led to Illegal Trade Gains

SEC Breach Leaves Open Doors for Hackers The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), discovered a security breach last year.  However, until recently, no one knew the data obtained through the SEC breach could have led to illegal trade gains.  Unfortunately, additional information is not being disclosed regarding this issue. Reports state, “The agency did not […]

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