In early October, publisher and financial news and information firm Dow Jones & Company announced that it was apparently the latest victim of hackers trying to steal sensitive consumer information. In the case of Dow Jones & Company, it is believed that the hackers were out to get contact information that could be used for phishing scams. As soon as the company became aware of the breach, it issued a letter to its customers, which was also made public for anyone to read. How did this happen? More importantly, what can we learn from Dow Jones’s mistakes? Continue Reading
What happens when you wrap a zero day attack into a drive by download attack and load it into a Flash-based advertisement? The result is a malvertizement, and the instances of these threats has risen an astounding 260 percent year over year from the first quarter of 2014 to the first quarter of 2015. What, exactly, is malvertizing, and what can you do to keep the computers on your network safe? Here’s the scoop. Continue Reading
Since September 2009, there have been 1,282 data breaches involving the healthcare community, according to the official figures of the US government. During these attacks, the private health information (PHI) or some 143.3 million patients has been stolen. However, in 2015 alone, 70 percent of these victims’ information ended up in the wrong hands during just five attacks, 55 percent of which occurred in a single hacking instance: that of Anthem, which leaked the records of 79 million individuals. Clearly, medical records are under attack. Why? More importantly, what can be done about it? Continue Reading
Today is not a good day to be an employee of the US federal government. One of the worst data breaches in history has compromised the private, sensitive information of at least four million, but potentially as many fourteen million, current and previous government employees.
The hack targeted the Office of Personnel Management (or OPM), which essentially acts as a big human resources department for the federal government. It houses information including names, social security numbers, phone numbers, addresses, job assignments, performance reviews, training records, and more on all government employees and contractors. Continue Reading
In the market for a new firewall? The next generation firewall (NGFW) is a distinct improvement over the previous generation for this era of Internet threats. Most businesses opt for a physical firewall, while small companies and individuals might make do with a software firewall. NGFW protection is available in both hardware and software versions. Continue Reading