Posted in: Small Business Protection

Stay Eagle-Eyed in the Office

July 17, 2014 | By:

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Financial fraud and theft have become a significant threat to small businesses, which typically suffer the largest median losses. Considering the differing dynamics of small businesses and larger corporations, small businesses tend to be more vulnerable to hackers and cybercriminals than larger companies due to their small business-specific security risks. For small businesses, the hit …

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Posted in: Breach and Scam News

P.F. Chang’s Breach Sparks Lawsuit

July 14, 2014 | By:

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P.F. Chang’s China Bistro announced earlier in June 2014 that 7 million of its customers’ credit and debit card numbers were stolen in a security breach. After an internal investigation, it was confirmed that the breach had occurred as far back as Sept. 2013. A lawsuit headed by lead plaintiff John Lewert was initiated, in which Lewert claims that P.F. …

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E-Government Breach Causes SingPass Users Concern

July 14, 2014 | By:

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Singapore’s recently implemented e-government portal, SingPass, has sparked concern for the country’s citizens and their data security. The government announced in June 2014 that the SingPass servers were breached, compromising three of the 1,560 users potentially affected. However, the minister for communication and information Yaacob Ibrahim claims that SingPass, despite the breach, is not vulnerable …

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Lessons Learned from Target Data Breach

July 11, 2014 | By:

Lessons Learned From Target Data Breach

Even six months after the Target security breach — when the retail giant saw 40 million credit and debit card numbers, and 70 million addresses, phone numbers, and other pieces of personal information stolen by a widespread point-of-sale hack — the fallout for the major retailer remains grim. Target’s first quarter sales dropped 16 percent …

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Laptop Theft Could Affect Orangeburg-Calhoun Community

July 11, 2014 | By:

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The theft of a faculty member’s laptop has kept Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College of South Carolina on high alert for a possible security breach. The university confirmed on July 11, 2014 that a laptop was stolen from a faculty member’s office that contained the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of current students, former students and …

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Penn State Breach Exposes 1,176 SSNs, Malware Confirmed

July 10, 2014 | By:

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Penn State College of Medicine confirmed on July 10, 2014 that there was a data breach within the school’s Alumni Relations office.  A computer was found to be infected by malware that put 1,176 alumni Social Security numbers at risk. The university found that the malware had been communicating with another computer outside of the school’s network. The infected computer was …

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Posted in: Personal Protection

Spot Identity Fraud in Your Accounts: 5 Tips

July 1, 2014 | By:

How to Spot Fraud

Consumer concern about identity theft has heightened in recent months and with good reason. Millions of people have been put at risk through well-publicized security breaches — such as those affecting customers of Target and eBay — and the number of those victimized is trending upward. Some 12.6 million people in the U.S were victims …

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Montana State Health Department Breach Affects 1.3 Million

June 24, 2014 | By:

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The Montana State health department confirmed on June 24, 2014 that a security breach had occurred earlier in May. The personal information of 1.3 million people was compromised by a hacker that gained unauthorized access to one of the company’s computer servers. Information such as Social Security numbers, bank account information, names, addresses and dates …

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How to Beat Identity Theft and Fraud Online and Offline

June 24, 2014 | By:

Online and Offline Security

Each year, some 9 million Americans are victims of identity theft, according to the Federal Trade Commission. While this represents just a tiny fraction of the U.S. population — about 3 percent — the fallout can be devastating if you’re among the unlucky few. Fraud protection services provide an important line of defense. Additionally, there …

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