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March 20, 2019
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A health company’s unprotected server exposed over six million health records in the last 12 months.

Meditlab, an electronic medical record company, left a server for electronic faxes completely unprotected since bringing it online in March 2018. This meant that any information transmitted between medical offices, including records, doctor’s notes, prescriptions, and patient names, addresses, health insurance information and Social Security numbers were accessible to outside parties...

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March 18, 2019
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Employment fraud is currently the most prevalent scam targeting consumers, according to Better Business Bureau report.

The scams primarily target job-seekers with promises of great job opportunities and high pay. One victim in Montana was approached by what appeared to be a courier service offering him more than $70,000 per year to purchase and ship consumer electronics.

After receiving payment to purchase and ship the electronics, the man was then asked to purchase some with...

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March 13, 2019
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Congress proposed a bill to improve the security of internet-enabled devices called the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019. 

The bipartisan legislation is aimed at establishing standards for any internet-connected device acquired by or used by an employee of the federal government. IoT devices have long been a weak point in the cybersecurity of agencies and...

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March 12, 2019
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Citrix, a major network software company, had its internal network compromised by what appears to be an international hacking campaign.

The company was alerted to the cyberattack by the FBI earlier this month.

“While not confirmed, the FBI has advised that the hackers likely used a tactic known as password spraying, a technique that exploits weak passwords. Once they gained a foothold with limited access, they worked to circumvent additional layers of security,” announced...

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March 8, 2019
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The National Security Agency has stopped a controversial domestic surveillance program, according to a senior congressional aide.

The program monitored the metadata of domestic calls in bulk (including dates, locations, times, and parties involved) in an effort to identify potential terrorist activity. While it was implemented by the Bush administration shortly after 9/11, the program continued collecting information over the next eight years, and was renewed by the Obama...

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March 5, 2019
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A newly enacted Vermont law offers a glimpse at companies engaged in the compiling and selling of individual user data.

Under H.764 (Act 171), third-party data brokers (companies with no prior relation or interaction with consumers) are required to register with the state. Other requirements include disclosing whether consumers can opt out from their data collection, if there are any restrictions on how data is...

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March 1, 2019
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The Federal Trade Commission fined the popular social media and video sharing service TikTok a record $5.7 million for illegally collecting the personal data of children under 13.

TikTok, known until recently as Musical.ly, allowed users to upload brief videos of themselves lip-syncing popular songs and boasted at least 65 million users in the United States, a “significant percentage,” according to the FTC ...

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February 27, 2019
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The infrastructure at the core of the internet is vulnerable to attack from state-sponsored hackers, its governing body warned

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), charged with overseeing Domain Name Systems (DNS), published an announcement that companies have moved too slowly to adopt security standards that would have mitigated several recent large-scale cyberattacks.

DNS is the...

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February 25, 2019
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An undisclosed number of TurboTax customer accounts have been compromised in a credential stuffing attack.

“Based on our investigation,” a notice told affected users, “…an unauthorized party may have accessed your account by using your usemame and password combination that was obtained from a non-Intuit source. The unauthorized access occurred [on/from] [date/date range]. By...

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February 21, 2019
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As Brexit looms, the UK and the EU can still agree that Facebook needs to be reined in.

A report published earlier this month by the U.K. Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee likened the social media company to “‘digital gangsters’ in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and beyond the law.” The committee came to the conclusion that Facebook knowingly violated U.K....

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