Data Breaches

Obama goes hard on cybersecurity, new CNAP commits funds, resources

Obama goes hard on cybersecurity, new CNAP commits funds, resources

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President Obama's Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) includes a significant dollar commitment in the fiscal 2017 budget and the creation of a Cybersecurity Commission and a Privacy Council established under two Executive Orders

Pro-Palestine hacktivist makes good on threat, posts data on FBI and DHS personnel

Pro-Palestine hacktivist makes good on threat, posts data on FBI and DHS personnel

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The hacker responsible for breaching the Department of Justice's web portal has publicly posted stolen data corresponding to roughly 20,000 employees of the FBI and 9,000 from the Department of Homeland Security.

Hacker threatens to expose info on DHS, FBI employees

Hacker threatens to expose info on DHS, FBI employees

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A hacker threatened to release information on 20,000 FBI employees and 9,000 who work for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Alums file class action against UCF for PII exposure during breach

Alums file class action against UCF for PII exposure during breach

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The University of Central Florida (UCF) is the target of a consumer class action lawsuit against the school by two alumni following a data breach that exposed personal information.

OPM acting director questioned after subpoena from Oversight Committee

OPM acting director questioned after subpoena from Oversight Committee

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OPM acting director Beth Cobert questioned about strained relationship with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, after receiving subpoena.

Student SSNs exposed in University of Central Florida breach

Student SSNs exposed in University of Central Florida breach

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The University of Central Florida today publicly acknowledged a data breach in which the Social Security (SSN) numbers of 63,000 current and former students were illegally accessed.

Hackers attack 20M accounts of Alibaba e-commerce unit

Hackers attack 20M accounts of Alibaba e-commerce unit

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A group of hackers tried to access active accounts belonging to more than 20 million users of Taobao, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.'s e-commerce unit.

Information governance hard to achieve, worth effort to protect data

Information governance hard to achieve, worth effort to protect data

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Information governance (IG) is nearly impossible to achieve, but is a goal worth pursuing to protect the privacy of sensitive data and ensure organizations can meet discovery requests, according to a panel at the LegalTech show in New York.

Corporate legal dept. finds role shifting amid cybersecurity, privacy concerns

Corporate legal dept. finds role shifting amid cybersecurity, privacy concerns

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Corporate legal departments are grappling with the changing role of corporate legal departments as they assume a greater role in security and privacy.

Fast and furious: breaches keep rolling in, orgs must act quickly

Fast and furious: breaches keep rolling in, orgs must act quickly

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The threat landscape and nature of data breaches are constantly changing, requiring lightning fast response and throwing organizations into an nearly perpetual state of transformation, a panelist told attendees at the LegalTech Show in New York on Tuesday.

Landry's concludes breach probe, lists affected locations and attack timeframes

Landry's concludes breach probe, lists affected locations and attack timeframes

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Landry's Inc., the dining and hospitality chain operator that discovered a long-running data breach in December, said it has completed its internal investigation into the incident, and has fortified its point-of-sale operations with encryption technology to prevent future cyberattacks.

AnonSec claims credit for NASA drone hack

AnonSec claims credit for NASA drone hack

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Hacking group AnonSec released 250 GB of data that it says proves it commandeered a $222.7 million NASA drone and for months pilfered information.

Unauthorized access leads to Neiman Marcus Group breach, 5,200 affected

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Neiman Marcus Group (NMG) reported that someone gained unauthorized access to thousands of online customer accounts.

U.S. online users more concerned with privacy than income loss

U.S. online users more concerned with privacy than income loss

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American consumers are more preoccupied with data privacy than losing their main source of income with 92 percent of respondents in a new survey.

IRS, FTC initiatives tackle identity theft

IRS, FTC initiatives tackle identity theft

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An IRS program launched to improve fraud prevention needs improvements, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said -- as the FTC rolls out an upgraded identity theft website.

Data Privacy Day: Changes transform policy, perspective since last year

Data Privacy Day: Changes transform policy, perspective since last year

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SCMagazine.com asked key thought leaders to identify key events in last year that have reshaped public policy and expectations of what happens—and what should happen—to personally identifiable information when users go online.

Missing drives contained PHI on 950K Centene customers

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During an inventory of its IT assets, health insurer Centene discovered that six hard drives containing personal and health information on 950,000 customers had gone missing.

Lawsuit dismissed in Georgia after state admits to massive breach

Lawsuit dismissed in Georgia after state admits to massive breach

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Plaintiffs in Atlanta had a class-action lawsuit dismissed on Monday following the state's acknowledgement it had put at risk the data of more than six million registered voters.

White House hands over background checks to new agency, IT managed by DoD

White House hands over background checks to new agency, IT managed by DoD

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The Obama administration is establishing a new agency tasked with conducting background checks on contractors and government employees.

Survey says: Data breaches in other industries will damage financial institutions

Survey says: Data breaches in other industries will damage financial institutions

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Respondents to a new survey from FICO unanimously agreed: Data breaches this year in other industries will damage financial institutions.

Survey: 64 percent of IT execs think achieving basic compliance will stop most breaches

Survey: 64 percent of IT execs think achieving basic compliance will stop most breaches

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64 percent of more than 1,100 IT security executives believe that simply meeting cybersecurity compliance requirements, as opposed to striving for best practices, is "very" or "extremely" effective at preventing data breaches.

Clinton server could have been hacked by foreign adversaries, ex-Pentagon chief

Clinton server could have been hacked by foreign adversaries, ex-Pentagon chief

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Classified information on a server belonging to Hillary Clinton may have been hacked by foreign adversaries, ex-Pentagon chief Robert Gates said.

Affinity Gaming sues Trustwave over data breach

Affinity Gaming sues Trustwave over data breach

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Affinity Gaming has brought a suit against Trustwave, accusing the cybersecurity company of failing to adequately investigate and remedy a data breach.

Hyatt discovers malware at 250 hotels

Hyatt discovers malware at 250 hotels

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Hyatt Hotels Corp. listed 250 hotels that could have exposed data about payment cards, including cardholder names, payment card numbers and internal verification codes and expiration dates.

Quarter of respondents would pay ransom to protect stolen data, survey says

Quarter of respondents would pay ransom to protect stolen data, survey says

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In a global survey of more than 200 executives and IT managers, 24.6 percent of respondents indicated they would be willing to pay hackers a ransom to prevent them from leaking critically sensitive stolen data.

Keys protests harsh sentencing recommendations

Keys protests harsh sentencing recommendations

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Journalist Matthew Keys is challenging the recommendation that he serve a prison sentence of more than seven years for conspiring to help the hacktivist group Anonymous.

Exploit seller, Hacking Team CEO chat lead Kaspersky to zero-day vulnerability

Exploit seller, Hacking Team CEO chat lead Kaspersky to zero-day vulnerability

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After Hacking Team's data was leaked, Kaspersky researchers used reports of a discussion between Hacking Team's CEO and an exploit seller to discover a new zero-day vulnerability.

Oregon militia accessed computers at occupied wildlife refuge: reports

Oregon militia accessed computers at occupied wildlife refuge: reports

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The armed militia currently occupying the Malheur Wildlife National Refuge in Oregon reportedly breached a computer system at the facility and accessed personal information on employees who work at the station.

Dell customers contacted by scammers, have waited six months for breach probe

Dell customers contacted by scammers, have waited six months for breach probe

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Scammers are contacting Dell customers with detailed information about customers' accounts, including model numbers, support ticket numbers, service tags, and other information.

Cybersecurity laws needed, FTC exercises authority, AALS panel notes

Cybersecurity laws needed, FTC exercises authority, AALS panel notes

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A panel of experts at the Association of American Law School conference, that included the FTC's Lesley Fair, discussed how the law can and should respond to data breaches.

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