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Russian Hackers: Desperate for U.S. Information

The latest report regarding Russia stealing U.S. cyber secrets is yet again centered around the National Security Agency (NSA), using Contractors to gain access, in some cases, to classified data. It has been reported that a NSA Contractor (fired back in 2015) put highly classified U.S. cyber secrets on his home computer, which included information … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #114 – Your Email May Have Been Hijacked and You Don’t Know It

A new study by Google, the University of California Berkeley and the International Computer Science Institute has concluded that email users are being threatened by massive credential theft and phishing schemes are the primary way hackers are stealing credentials. According to the study, phishing victims are 400 times more likely to have their email accounts … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #112 – LG Releases IoT Software Update

Security researchers at Check Point discovered software vulnerabilities in LG IoT devices which allowed them to potentially gain control over LG refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers and a live feed from a robot vacuum cleaner. A vulnerability in the mobil app and cloud app allowed them to remotely gain access to LG IoT devices with just an … Continue Reading

At least 473,074 Individuals’ Health Care Records Breached in September 2017

Unfortunately, September was another banner month for data breaches involving the health care industry. According to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) website, 39 data breaches involving over 500 records were reported to the OCR in the month of September. This does not include all records breached, as health care entities have until February 2018 … Continue Reading

Scammers Strike Enigma Initial Coin Offering

In the latest example of security risks attendant to initial coin offerings (ICOs), on August 21st the blockchain startup Enigma reported that online scammers used fake solicitations for an ICO presale to steal approximately $500,000 in ether (a virtual currency) from investors. Enigma is a blockchain startup incubated at MIT Media Lab that is in … Continue Reading

Hackers Could Target Airports, Planes, Satellites, Ships, Cars, and Trains

Cybersecurity for critical infrastructure continues to be of concern, including the transportation sector. A new study by ABI Research concludes that although the transportation sector continues to increase spending on cybersecurity year over year, the rapid digitization of airports, aircraft, trains, ships, and cars puts this sector at risk. The study mentions that poor cybersecurity … Continue Reading

FBI Issues Warning about Internet-Connected Toys

We previously reported about the microphone and video capabilities of Echo technology [view related post]. The FBI is also concerned about this technology being used in toys that are connected to the Internet. The FBI is so concerned that yesterday, it issued a Public Service Announcement that warns consumers that Internet-connected toys “could present privacy … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #91 – Teen App Wishbone Compromised—Female Teenagers at Risk

Social networking app Wishbone, which is used primarily by teenage girls to vote on various teenage type quizzes, like favorite entertainers or fashion, has been hacked. The intruders have reportedly gained access to users’ (again, primarily female minors) names, unique email addresses and mobile telephone numbers. Not just a few, either. The data compromised included … Continue Reading

Trump’s Proposed ‘Track and Destroy’ Drone Legislation

President Trump’s administration is asking Congress to grant the federal government power to track, hack and destroy any type of drone that is flying over domestic soil. The draft legislation includes new exception to laws governing surveillance, computer privacy and aircraft protection. This draft legislation stems from the government’s growing concern for the widespread use … Continue Reading

Take-Aways from WannaCry

We have read multiple reports on WannaCry and if you are reading this and don’t know what WannaCry is, Google it for the background story. The clear message is this is not the last major attack we will see, and future attacks will only get more sophisticated. It is being estimated that the cost associated … Continue Reading

Hacker Hits HipChat—Reset Passwords

An unknown intruder was able to access team communication platform HipChat last weekend, allowing access to the account information of users, including email addresses, hashed passwords and names. There is also a chance that actual room metadata, which includes the room name and room topic, may have been compromised. The cyber-attacker was able to access … Continue Reading

4,229 Psychiatric Patients’ Records Hacked

Bangor Health Center, a psychiatric practice located in Bangor, Maine, has notified 4,229 patients that a hacker from Moldova has accessed their psychiatric records, including names, addresses, Social Security numbers, telephone numbers, diagnoses and doctors’ notes. The health center provides outpatient therapy to both children and adults for behavioral health conditions including substance use disorders, … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #83 – “Alexa, Disconnect Yourself from the Internet Now!” BrickerBot Malware Attacking IoT

We often talk about how anything that is connected to the Internet is hackable and unsafe, and to be careful about how you buy and connect devices, products, appliances, home security systems and other wireless “things.” These are called the Internet of Things, or “IoT.” Alexa is an IoT “thing.” Cybersecurity literature constantly warns us … Continue Reading

OCR Levies Hefty Fine Against FQHC

Showing no signs of letting up on enforcement actions, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) late last week settled an investigation against Metro Community Provider Network MCPN, a Colorado based federally qualified health center, for alleged HIPAA violations. The fine, a whopping $400,000 for the center, which provides health care services to low income patients, … Continue Reading

Job Seekers Beware! Data Hacked for up to 1.4 Million Illinois Residents Receiving Unemployment Benefits

The Illinois Department of Employment Security has revealed that somewhere between 1.2 million and 1.4 million Illinois residents who have received unemployment benefits from the State of Illinois have had their names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers compromised through a hacking of its vendor’s database. The residents are those seeking jobs and using … Continue Reading
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