For consumers


Faked tax returns using stolen Social Security numbers swamp IRS

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog KINGSTON, Wash. – Fraudsters once again are having a field day using stolen personal data to file bogus tax returns, ripping off billions from the U.S. treasury and setting in motion a huge hassle for victimized citizens. This crime is so easy to execute that petty thieves and organized crime […]

Bloomberg reports Target ignored FireEye malware detection alerts

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog SEATTLE — It’s good to see go-deeper journalism still exits. Bloomberg Businessweek’s has published the results of a two-month drill down by a team of reporters following up on Brian Krebs scoop tipping the world off to the Target breach, the largest publicly disclosed retail data breach in U.S. history.  […]

Did a computer glitch take down Malaysian 777?

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog JEFFERSON BEACH, Wash.—Could a computer malfunction have contributed to the stunning disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370? That scenario is gaining a modicum of credence six days after the Boeing 777-200 twinjet, with 239 souls on board, mysteriously vanished over the South China Sea. The Associated Press this morning reported […]

‘Snake’ cyber spying gang slithers into high-value targets

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog JEFFERSON BEACH, Wash. — In Greek mythology, uroburos refers to a tail-swallowing serpent. Uruburos, or Snake, is the moniker assigned to an advanced cyber spying tool recently discovered to be the  favorite of the latest cyber spying collective to be flushed out into the open by security researchers. Last month […]

Why Olympics visitors should go on a digital fast

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog 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 […]

Trust in the Internet is crumbling

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 in the Internet is crumbling, creating huge new business opportunities for tech security vendors — and complex challenges for governments. A gargantuan global market for new technologies to lock down all […]

How retailers rationalize failure to disclose breaches

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. More: Timeline of Taget, Neiman Marcus dislosures. CT: […]