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Amtrak Employee Sold Passengers’ Personal Information For $850,000

Amtrak is just the latest company to see a breach in the security of its customers’ personal data, but this time the threat came from within. According to an August 11 report from Amtrak’s inspector general, Tom Howard, an unnamed employee of the train company sold passengers’ confidential records to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) […]

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Does Facebook’s Messenger App Threaten Your Privacy?

Facebook’s new Messenger app, which the social network is requiring smartphone users to download if they want to communicate with their friends through private messages, is raising a host of privacy concerns. Some technology writers worried that Messenger’s permissions and terms of service would essentially allow Zuckerberg and friends to record users’ data, read their […]

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Can Your Apps Read Your Private Text Messages?

Many if not most smartphone users are unaware of just how much access and control they have given their downloaded apps. Believe it or not, some programs that are currently operating on your phone may be able to read your text messages, see your pictures and use your camera and/or microphone. Trustworthy companies may have […]

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JPMorgan Experiences Sophisticated Cyber Attack

Hackers have attacked the United States’ largest bank and at least four other American financial institutions, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said Thursday. CNN reports that as many as seven of the nation’s top 15 banks were hit, and unnamed sources tell The New York Times that JPMorgan Chase & Co. lost sensitive information […]

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Russian Prime Minister’s ‘Resignation’ Announced On Hacked Twitter Account

In an important reminder that none of us are immune to the exploits of cyber-criminals, hackers recently took over the Twitter account of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, @MedvedevRussa, announcing the leader’s “resignation” on the social media site. “I’m resigning,” read one of the tweets, stating that Medvedev planned to leave his work in politics […]

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Dairy Queen May Be Latest Data Breach Victim

New reports indicate that Dairy Queen may be the latest American company to lose customers’ personal information to cyber-criminals. Digital security expert Brian Krebs broke the news on his watchdog blog, “KrebsOnSecurity,” saying that he first heard reports of a data breach in early to mid-August, and that recent evidence of fraud has substantiated that […]

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How Thieves Could Use A Simple USB Drive To Steal Your Identity

Picture this: You’re surfing the Internet while waiting for your flight to board, when the man sitting next to you asks if he can charge his Android through your laptop’s USB port, having forgotten his charger at home. You oblige. Unbeknownst to you, the seemingly friendly stranger has programmed his mobile device to pose as […]

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UPS Reports Data Breach At 51 Locations

The shipping giant United Parcel Service (UPS) says that customer names, credit and debit card numbers, email addresses and physical addresses may have been accessed by hackers using a computer virus. UPS made the announcement on August 20, saying that investigators found malware on 51 stores across two dozen states, amounting to about 1 percent […]

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Facebook Makes Move to Secure Users’ Data

Facebook is signaling an increased focus on securing users’ data with the purchase of cyber-security firm PrivateCore, which works to protect Internet servers by making them less vulnerable to hackers. Facebook’s Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan says the acquisition is part of a concerted effort to keep the private information of the site’s users out […]

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Online Shopping? If A Deal Seems Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is

When you’re online shopping, it’s easy to get caught up in the thrill of the chase, but when you see a deal that seems almost too good to be true, you should slow down and take a big step back. Cyber criminals sometimes lure unsuspecting shoppers with amazing prices, rebates and discounts, taking their credit […]

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Supermarket Data Breach May Have Affected 1,000 Stores Across Country

Supervalu Inc., one of the nation’s largest supermarket chains, has reported a massive data breach that some sources say may have affected as many as 1,000 stores nationwide. Those include: 228 Supervalu brand stores, including Hornbacher’s, Farm Fresh, Shop ‘N Save, Shoppers and Cub Foods locations in Minnesota, North Dakota, Illinois, Virginia, Missouri and Maryland. […]

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Millions of Social Security Numbers Stolen from Community Health Systems

Community Health Systems, one of the largest hospital operators in the United States, announced that it has lost personal information belonging to 4.5 million patients in a massive data breach. Chinese hackers reportedly broke into the company’s computer system and copied names, social security numbers, birthdays, telephone numbers and mailing addresses belonging to patients. According […]

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