It’s been another week in data breach news – unfortunately.
- Data breach compromises personal info. of veterans
- The long-tail of a health data breach of 6.1 million people
- Cybsecurity and the November election
- Software firm hit with ransomware attack
- Shopify breach
- State of Kentucky gets nearly $2 million in data breach settlement
- $6.85 million in in data breach
A new report shows that one quarter of Canadians had their login credentials stolen from a trusted site. In the United States, we know that internet crimes also happen in every state. That same report also says that 84 percent of respondents would consider taking their business elsewhere after a data breach happened. The stakes are high for businesses, and they are also high for consumers.
The cost of data breaches has increased in recent years, but there are ways to be proactive about prevention. That includes:
- Keep systems up to date
- Automatic detection of problems
- Phishing and vishing awareness
- Two-factor authentication
We can help you set up all those security measure. Just call us at (888) 965-0171 to get assistance in securing your computer now.
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Sept. 25, 2020, update
Microsoft has shared the news that active attacks were leveraging a technology vulnerability.
Microsoft published a number of tweets announcing the problem and reminded the public of the importance of running security updates!
“We’ll continue to monitor developments and update the threat analytics report with latest info. We strongly recommend customers to immediately apply security updates for CVE-2020-1472. Microsoft 365 customers can use threat & vulnerability management data to see patching status.”
We know that keeping up on security and data breaches can be overwhelming, but we are here to help. Call (888) 965-0171 to get assistance in securing your computer now.
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More recent data security headlines:
- The ransomware crisis is getting worse
- Pandemic tech support: How to troubleshoot from a safe distance – Video
- Northwestern Memorial HealthCare notifies about 56,000 individuals of data breach
- CT Audubon Society alerts donors to data security breach
- Warner Music Group Discloses Data Breach
- 738GB of customer data stolen during email breach
- Data breach exposes personal information of 46k veterans
- Minnesota’s second-largest health care data breach hits Children’s, Allina
- The biggest data breaches of 2020
- Tribune Publishing apologizes for fake bonus offer in phishing-simulation email
Google fixed a major Gmail bug recently that could have easily allowed bad actors to send emails from your account without even being logged into your account.
The Google issue was actually reported months ago and was just fixed after the reporting person published it on the web. It’s a good reminder: Even reported issues to companies may not get fixed right away. When it comes to data breach reporting, Uber’s former security chief was just charged with allegedly trying to conceal a data breach.
Unfortunately anyone can become a phishing scam victim – including Barbara Corcoran, of “Shark Tank” fame. She lost $400,000 in a scam.
Our CEO Andrew Lassise discusses in this podcast tips on how to avoid becoming a victim.
You can also call us at (888) 965-0171 or send us a message here and we can make sure your computers are secure and you are as prepared as possible.
Other data breach headlines for the week:
- Marriott faces London lawsuit over data breach
- Ritz London data breach investigated
- Records exposed in data breaches increases
- In Germany, a government-related data breach occurred
- Even a cyber security training firmed suffered a data a data breach, another example of that truly anyone can fall victim
- Health data breaches surge
- Increase in breaches because of remote work?
Aug. 13, 2020, updates
About 100 ransomware claims are submitted to insurances daily, according to ZDNet. Given that it can take up to 120 days from the breach to the attack, that means there’s potential for hackers being in your system already! Today!
We can check to make sure your system is not already infiltrated. Call us now at (888) 965-0171 to get assistance.
For our accounting partners we offer a security certification that evaluates any current issues. Having a robust managed services program in place can also help you avoid problems.
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Other headlines this week:
- Walgreens reports data breach affecting 72,000 people
- Data breach at Illinois Healthcare system
- ‘Payment sent’ – travel giant CWT pays $4.5 million ransom to cyber criminals
Aug. 10, 2020, update:
Half way through August, internet crimes are still being reported and really no device seems to be safe anymore. This week’s roundup of internet security news includes:
You heard us share the importance of VPNs, and now even VPNs are in the news with a hacker leaking 900 and more enterprise VPN passwords.
The 5 biggest data breaches of the year so far have been, according to Security Boulevard:
- The Twitter breach
- Marriott data breach
- Zoom credentials for sale
- Magellan Health
Capital One was fined $80 million in the “for careless network security practices that enabled one of the biggest bank security breaches on record.”
Donor records are also under attack with two related breaches in the news:
- Columbus State University announces data breach of donor record keeping software
- Maine Cancer Foundation announces data breach
It’s still summer but holiday scams are just around the corner. Here are 3 common ones that you should be aware of.
Users were advised to reset their passwords after a breach of the Zello app. Resetting your password and using two-factor authentication is always a good idea.
To set-up two-factor authentication and to ensure your devices are secure, call us now at (888) 965-0171 to get assistance.
One issue that may enable data breaches is outdated technology, as IT Pro Portal discusses in this article. Making sure that your hardware and software is up to date can help
The negative news can be overwhelming certainly. Contact us now to prevent internet crimes happening to you.
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July 31 updates:
We’ve been sending weekly emails with internet security news for weeks and most weeks there is so much news to choose from. That’s unfortunate. Data breaches happen constantly. Personal information is exposed over the internet all the time. This week, we’ve rounded up news worth knowing around internet security for you. Want to make sure your computer is secure? Call us at (888) 965-0171 to get assistance now. Or send us a message here.
Faxes and phone calls
Our CEO Andrew Lassise shared a podcast on fax security which was a bit of a blast from the past. That was just in time for the Washington Post to report that the Twitter hack we shared a few weeks ago was actually perpetuated by phone.
Reminder: If somebody calls you and wants you to log into accounts or give them access to your computer and you don’t know them, that’s a red flag and can cost you. In the UK, four people were arrested for phone scams targeting tax payers.
The cost of breaches
Internet security attacks can happen on a personal or business level. At the end of the day, people like you are affected when an internet security breach happens. IBM reports that the average breach at companies now costs $4 million and takes 300 days to identify and contain. Three hundred days! That’s why it’s so important to be proactive about your internet security and why we recommend managed services and check-ins with our team. Andrew also shared some tips on how to avoid becoming victim of a phishing scam in his latest podcast.
Security Boulevard by the way reported that the costs associated with data breaches is rising.
More headlines worth sharing
Let’s keep you secure together!
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