Identity Protection

Your Personal Data is Worth $1,000 on the Dark Web

In the wake of rising cybercrime and identity theft, a new study by Privacy Affairs has found that an individual’s personal information is valued at $1,010 on the dark web. The dark web is a marketplace where vendors anonymously operate the illegal trade of goods through unofficial or unauthorized channels The Dark Web Price Index, …

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Meta Sees Rise in ChatGPT-Themed Attacks

Researchers at Meta have seen a rise in ChatGPT-themed attacks, the company announced in a May 3 report reviewing cybersecurity issues on its platforms. The Menlo Park, California, based technology conglomerate owns Facebook, the world’s most popular social network, along with Instagram and WhatsApp. Digital fraudsters are taking advantage of the AI technology ChatGPT craze. …

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City of Dallas First of Several Ransomware Attacks in 2023

A ransomware attack on the city of Dallas has brought the city’s 911 Computer Aided Dispatch to a halt, forcing first responders to rely on a backup radio dispatch system.  Information Technology Director Bill Zielinski briefed Dallas City Council members publicly for the first time since the ransomware attack. No official news conference has been …

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Report: 71% of Employees Keep Work Passwords on Personal Devices

Four out of five employees store their work passwords on their personal phones, according to a Mobile BYOD (Bring Your Own Security Device) study by SlashNext. The study also found that 66% of employees use their personal texting apps for work, further exposing the potential risks of allowing employees to use personal smartphones for business. …

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Study Ranks States Where Residents are Most Vulnerable to ID Theft

America has one of the highest rates of identity theft in the world, and a new study conducted by popular news website U.S. News and World Report has ranked the top 10 states with the highest, as well as lowest, risk for identity theft crimes. Someone’s identity is stolen every 22 seconds, according to the …

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AT&T Data Breach Exposes 9 Million Customers

Telecom giant AT&T alerted roughly 9 million customers in March that some of their personal information regarding their wireless account was exposed after a marketing vendor was hacked in January.  The data breach affected AT&T customers nationwide, exposing their first names, email addresses, wireless phone numbers and wireless account numbers. It’s just one of many …

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PayPal Breach Highlights Need for Strong Passwords and MFA

A recent security incident involving nearly 35,000 PayPal customers serves as a wake up call to organizations of all sizes to implement a zero-trust architecture, enable MFA, and use strong and unique passwords. Attackers gained access to the accounts of thousands of PayPal users between December 6 and 8, 2022 during a credential stuffing attack. …

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U.S. Public Sector Organizations Hit by Ransomware in 2022

2022 saw the usual rates of public sector organizations in government, education and healthcare hit by ransomware, while the severity increased, according to data from Emisoft.  The public sector organizations hit by ransomware included up to 1,981 schools, 290 hospitals, 105 local governments and 44 universities and colleges were hit with ransomware in the US …

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