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June 28, 2017

The countdown has begun. In less than a year, tough new rules on data protection will come into effect for the European Union. For the first time, companies will be required to notify regulatory authorities, and potentially consumers, in the event of a significant cyber breach.

In elevating the rights of consumers, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) represents a sea change in how companies will have to...

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June 28, 2017

In today’s connected world, cyber crime seems to be everywhere—at home, at work and in the devices we carry with us around the clock. Information security threats are more complex, widespread and challenging to address than ever before. And their speed has increased, as new vulnerabilities are discovered and exploited on a daily basis. Organizations and government agencies of all sizes are under attack, putting the personal information of millions of people at...

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June 23, 2017

No matter how many criminal complaints you read, the expression “JV” always sends chills down your spine. But this line, from a complaint filed April 27 in a California federal court, stands out.

“Petersen stated that he recently received via email from JV#1 a video of JV#1’s younger brother…masturbating in a bathroom. Petersen stated that JV#1 told Petersen he had recorded JV#2 without (his) knowledge. Petersen believes...

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June 23, 2017

The DocuSign malware attack that occurred in mid-May is noteworthy because it highlights a go-to tactic popular with cyber criminals at the moment: account takeovers.

Attackers will first steal email data or credentials and then use them to launch highly targeted phishing campaigns. The one-two punch targets anyone with an email address and is becoming increasingly common.

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June 23, 2017

Girl Scouts can start earning cybersecurity badges next year, thanks to an effort by the Girl Scouts of America and cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks. “We surveyed a lot of girls,” Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo said. “In those evaluations, girls repeatedly said they wanted...

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June 21, 2017

True or False: The time for IRS-related swindles and scams is behind us — until next tax season. If you’re still reading this, you probably guessed “false.” And yep, it’s sad but true: Those pesky swindlers are still at it.

Normally, when summer arrives with its parade of warm days and fewer demands on our attention, there is a quiet month or so when very little happens in the way of IRS-related activities (quarterly payments being the only thing you might expect on a list of...

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