News & Analysis

April 13, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

We got you covered: Nautilus Insurance Group, part of W.R. Berkley, will offer first-party cyber coverage, available as an endorsement to Nautilus’ general liability policy, to offset the costs of a data breach. The policy covers notification assistance, cyber investigation and crisis management expenses, as well as regulatory proceedings costs, Nautilus said. Source:...

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April 10, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

More eyes in the skies: The Federal Aviation Administration has given insurer American International Group permission to use drones to inspect disaster sites in areas that might prove risky to people. That follows similar exemptions for State Farm and United Services Automobile Association. AIG plans a research and development effort to find ways to deploy drones to handle claims faster, as the flying devices can get...

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April 9, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Russia in the house: Russian hackers penetrated sensitive parts of the White House computer system, say U.S. officials briefed on the investigation of the October incident. Hackers had access to information such as details of the president’s schedule. The FBI, Secret Service and intelligence agencies consider the breach among the most sophisticated attacks ever against U.S. government systems. Senior National Security...

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April 8, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Ringing their Bell: Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner is not satisfied with Bell Canada’s commitment to seek customer consent before tracking cell phone use to deliver targeted online advertising. The company said it would accept the commissioner’s recommendation to get explicit consent or opt-in before using private viewing patterns and sensitive personal data to create profiles sold to advertisers. Bell...

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April 7, 2015
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By Byron Acohido. ThirdCertainty

They’re not playing: A group of consumer advocates says a YouTube Kids mobile app for young children has unfair and deceptive advertising and should be investigated. Google introduced the app as a “safer” place for kids because it was restricted to “family-focused content.” But in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, the activists say the app is filled with ads and product placements, and that digital media should...

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April 6, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Lawsuits start landing: A Warren, Ohio, woman filed a class-action lawsuit against health insurer Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield due to a data breach. Marnetta Xides’ civil lawsuit alleges that Anthem is guilty of negligence, fraud and breach of contract as a result of a data breach that could affect 80 million people, and that Anthem did not implement reasonable security measures until after the breach was found....

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March 19, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Health insurer stricken: Some 11 million customers of health insurance company Premera Blue Cross may have been affected by a May 2014 cyber attack. The company, licensed by Blue Cross Blue Shield, said the data breach wasn’t discovered until Jan. 29. Hackers may have gained access to customers’ Social Security numbers, bank account data, contact information and claims data. Premera plans to offer two years of free...

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March 12, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Largest breach case ever. This one dwarfs Target and even the Anthem breach. Beginning in 2009, hackers cracked the top email providers stealing one billion addresses. They then sent spam from those same servers collecting millions in affiliate commissions over a period of two and a half years. The Justice Department...

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March 5, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, Third Certainty

(Editor’s note: Welcome to the debut of 3C’s Security & Privacy News Roundup. Each Thursday this column will highlight a diverse mix of breaking news, fresh analysis and telling disclosures culled from a variety of sources. Our intent is to keep you informed and foster discussion. Curation is manual. Attitude, probing. So let’s get to it.)

Banks’ monitoring found lacking. What do U.S. Comptroller of the...

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