Why Olympics visitors should go on a digital fast
February 9, 2014
PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic – Last Watchdog is en route to this warm Caribbean locale, having left a Seattle blizzard. I will be reporting from the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit through Thursday. Meanwhile, officials at US-CERT have issued a warning for those attending the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Visitors and stay-at-home fans, alike, should be wary of the usual scams and phishing attacks that hinge on …More
Trust in the Internet is crumbling
January 28, 2014
SEATTLE — Today we commemorate Data Privacy Day here in the U.S., while Europe acknowledges Data Protection Day.
It couldn’t be more timely. Trust …More
How retailers rationalize failure to disclose breaches
January 24, 2014
SEATTLE — It has become de facto practice for companies, upon discovering they’ve been hacked, to notify the U.S. Secret Service, and thus delay or avoid notifying customers whose data may have been stolen. CyberTruth asked Timothy Ryan, Managing Director, Kroll Cyber Investigations Practice, to supply context.
CT: What are the ramifications of this business practice, going forward?
Ryan: It is my experience that when law enforcement is involved it is not an …More
Timeline: Target, Neiman Marcus disclosures
January 23, 2014
SEATTLE – What’s worse, Target losing 110 million customer records or Neiman Marcus losing 1.1 million?
On a records-lost-per-store basis, it might be the tony department store, not the low-end sundry goods chain.
On average, Target lost 6,529 customer records per each of its 1,685 chain outlets, while Neiman lost 26,829 records for each of its 41 flagship stores.
Survey shows consumer online vigilance waning
January 17, 2014
SEATTLE – This seems counterintuitive, but Americans are actually becoming less vigilant about how they live their digital lives.
Given 2013 ended with hackers swiping personal data for some 110 million Target customers – and a yet to be disclosed number of patrons of Neiman Marcus and other big retailers – one might think otherwise.
The underground market for stolen consumer data is as hot …More
Faked ‘Fox News’ spam surge clogs web
January 16, 2014
SEATTLE _ Security analysts at messaging security firm AppRiver have detected a widespread e-mail spam campaign that is flooding the Internet with tens of millions of messages and shows no signs of slowing at present.
The messages purport to be from Fox News with the subject “Breaking News.” Recipients are enticed to click on story links that take them to sites set up to earn the spammers cash as part of pay-per-click promos.
Fortunately the sites do not …More
Leahy seeks criminal penalty for attempted hacking
January 10, 2014
SEATTLE – If the first 10 days of 2014 is any indication, cybersecurity and privacy topics will continue to generate a steady flow of headlines once again this year.
On Wednesday, Sen. Patrick, D-Vt. reintroduced his data privacy protection bill to Congress on Wednesday, hoping the fourth time will be a charm. Leahy has been striving for two years to federalize …Morekeep looking »