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Amtrak breach impacts unknown number of Guest Rewards accounts

Amtrak has alerted an unknown number of Guest Rewards customers it suffered a data breach at the hands of an unknown third party that gained unauthorized access to certain accounts. A notification letter signed by Vicky Radke, Amtrak’s senior director of Guest Rewards, and posted by the offices of the California and Vermont attorneys-general, informs impacted individuals that compromised…
Coronavirus, Government, Government/Defense, Malware, Security News

Covid-related malspam campaign impersonates U.S. Treasury to steal taxpayer credentials

The advocacy group Abuse.ch has found a Covid-19-related malspam campaign that impersonates the U.S. Treasury Department and more than likely looks to steal a taxpayer’s credentials using a remote access trojan. In a recent Twitter post, the group shows a fraudulent letter from the Treasury Department that seeks to get the taxpayer to contact Treasury…
Data Breach, Malware, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Shiny Hunters’ latest hit: Minted among 73.1M records offered

More details have emerged about hacker group “Shiny Hunters’” prey this past month of more than 11 website victims, including Minted, a marketplace of independent illustrators and designers offering consumers items such as custom greeting cards. BleepingCompany reported that the Shiny Hunters is flooding the dark web with a combined total of 73.1 million user…
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Data Breach, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Arbonne breach of 3,500+ Calif. residents’ PII could test privacy law

The exposure of the PII of more than 3,500 California residents in the database of international multi-level marketing firm Arbonne following a breach on April 23 offers a glimpse into whether the state will enforce its new privacy statute that went into effect in January. Almost half of a four-page information sheet from Arbonne describing…
Coronavirus, Government, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News, Website/Web Server Security

Kentucky is 6th state to disclose leak of unemployment claims amid Covid-19

Kentucky has become the sixth state to disclose a data leak related to unemployment-related forms that has taken place during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) on Thursday acknowledged that a vulnerability in its Unemployment Insurance Portal caused a data leak that allowed insurance claimants to view the identity verification…
Executive Insight, Perspectives

5 Ways to Stay Safe on Tax Day

Each year, cybercriminals gather on the dark web in preparation for one of the great cybercrime events in the world: Tax Day in the United States. As millions of Americans prepare to file their taxes on Wednesday, hackers are taking to the infamous dark web marketplaces in a flurry of activity aimed at the buying…
Executive Insight, Opinion

5 Steps organizations should take to ensure CCPA compliance

Now that the California Consumer Privacy Act has officially taken effect, follow these 5 steps to ensure compliance, even if your organization is outside the Golden State. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, more than 164 million consumer records containing personally identifiable information (PII) were exposed in data breaches in 2019. Seemingly every week…
Cybercrime, Data Breach, Phishing, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News, Website/Web Server Security

DNA companies vulnerable to phishing, privacy violations after attacks

A malicious server compromise recently confirmed by DNA investigation services provider GEDmatch serves as a reminder of the incident response challenges and privacy ramifications that companies face when they trade in sensitive data – in this case, DNA, the most personal of data – especially when such incidents create unique opportunities for targeted phishing campaigns. Owned by…
Security News

New index shows proactive cybersecurity measures outpaced reactive in Q2

Under pressure, large companies’ cybersecurity forces leaned in, and got the results they intended. Amid the extreme challenges cybersecurity teams experienced in the second quarter of 2020, a newly released business-activity index shows that companies with 500 or more employees in North America and Europe emphasized proactive security measures to protect assets and detect breaches…
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