How to Prepare for Data Breach Notifications under GDPR

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The Ireland-based Data Protection Commission (DPC), the supervisory authority for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), has released a guide to GDPR breach notifications to help controllers understand their obligations regarding notification and communication ... Read More
Study: Americans won’t vote for candidates who approve ransomware payments

Study: Americans won’t vote for candidates who approve ransomware payments

Government officials’ decisions related to cybersecurity actively impact voting decisions among Americans, according to a recent study. Awareness about cyber-security among U.S. residents today so high that Americans are now using this knowledge as a factor in their decision making. New research by The Harris Poll reveals that 64% of ... Read More
Report: Nashville company pays ex-employee ransom installments only to stall him until the cops make the bust

Report: Nashville company pays ex-employee ransom installments only to stall him until the cops make the bust

A global phone insurance and tech support company headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee has resorted to paying ransom to an alleged ex-staffer after receiving emails claiming he stole private info of thousands of employees and more than a million customers. As reported by the Tennessean, Asurion isn’t entirely sure the attacker ... Read More
Hackers steal 700,000 guest records from Choice Hotels

Hackers steal 700,000 guest records from Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels, a hospitality franchisor based in Maryland that owns chains such as Comfort Inn, MainStay Suites, Econo Lodge and Cambria Hotels, has suffered a cyber incident that exposed 700,000 guest records, including full names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and more. The breach, discovered by independent researcher Bob Diachenko ... Read More
Patch Your Cisco 220 smart switches now! Critical flaws exposed

Patch Your Cisco 220 smart switches now! Critical flaws exposed

Networking behemoth Cisco has rolled out an important firmware update for users of its 220 Series smart switches after a researcher discovered three security flaws in the systems, including two deemed critical. In typical bug-reporting fashion, Switchzilla has published separate advisories for all three vulnerabilities, labeling them by severity. All ... Read More
Banking start-up exposes PINs for 500,000 customers on the verge of US launch

Banking start-up exposes PINs for 500,000 customers on the verge of US launch

Banking start-up Monzo has sent out emails to half a million customers after its engineers caught a glimpse of the PIN numbers associated with their cards. The British banking service, which serves 2.5 million customers, recently secured a new round of funding and is about to launch in the United ... Read More
Beware of GermanWiper – the ransomware that is not ransomware

Beware of GermanWiper – the ransomware that is not ransomware

A piece of wiper malware is making the rounds erasing people’s important files, with its authors demanding a modest ransom to restore the data. However, the ransomware campaign is a lie, and the operators have no intention of decrypting the data. Over the past week, reports have emerged that a ... Read More

New York Businesses Must Now Report a Breach Even if Private Data Was Merely ‘Viewed’

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New York is joining other US states in expanding its definition of a data breach to include unauthorized “viewing” of data. The amendment also expands the definition of private information ... Read More

Lost Business Remains Top Contributor to Data Breach Costs for a Fifth Straight Year

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Costs associated with a data breach have surged this year to $3.92 million, according to IBM’s latest Cost of a Data Breach study. And more than a third of it stems from lost business ... Read More

Data-Collecting Firms Have Only One Shot at Seeding Trust in Their Userbase, New Research Shows

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As data protection authorities start to dish out GDPR-related fines, businesses in the US must learn to better communicate their data-handling practices to customers. The pressure is on for businesses to seed trust in their user base ... Read More