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US Government Hacked – 4 Million Federal Employees PII at Risk

Recent news reports indicated that the U.S. Government suffered a major data breach that potentially impacted the employees of every federal agency.  The Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which handles security clearances and employee background checks, suffered a data breach potentially affecting more than 4 million individuals. The cyber footprints of the attack resemble that of[…Read More]

Chicago Election Judges Received Misinformation Calls

How could this have happened? The media has been reporting instances of Republican election judges receiving telephone calls misinforming them that their service was not needed on election day or that further training in remote far away places was required in order to participate as an election judge in Cook County Illinois. The Chicago Cook[…Read More]

Over 2 Million Stolen Passwords Uncovered on Hackers’ Server

Security researchers have recently uncovered a server that was used by hackers to store stolen passwords and account credentials. Trustwave’s SpiderLabs was the company behind this recent discovery, which consisted of a stash of login information for nearly 2 million online accounts. These login credentials were for sites such as Facebook, Yahoo, Google, and Twitter,[…Read More]

25% of Data Breach Victims Suffer Identity Theft

One incident of identity fraud occurs every 3 seconds in the United States. In 2012 alone, more than 16 million Americans were notified that their credit card information was compromised in a data breach. Of those, more than 25% went on to suffer identity theft (more than 4.4 million). In addition, the number of identity[…Read More]

P.F. Chang’s Confirms Customer Credit Card Information Stolen

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro confirmed today that it was the latest company to have customer credit and debit card information stolen by hackers. The company was apparently notified of the breach by the United States Secret Service on June 10, 2014. The restaurant has said that it hired a  team of third-party forensics experts to investigate[…Read More]

What is Two-Factor Authentication?

What is Two-Factor Authentication?  Two-factor authentication requires a user that is logging onto a computer network or cloud service Internet provider, to have more than one means of proving who they are. Ergo, simply knowing a single password that you can remember won’t provide access without having a second factor to prove your identity. Two-Factor[…Read More]

Over 40 Million Cards Stolen in Target Breach

On December 19th, Target Corporation announced that over 40 million customer debt and credit card accounts were stolen as a result of a massive data breach. Now, it seems that those stolen credit card accounts have already begun to flood underground markets around the world. The stolen credit card information is going from $20 to[…Read More]

Millions of Data Breaches: How Can You Protect Your Data?

Since 2005, there have been a staggering 535,267,233 records of data breaches by various means in the United States alone. What is even scarier is that this number may be significantly higher, since many data breaches that have occurred are not reported. Identity theft is at an all-time high and government agencies and security companies[…Read More]