Privacy

June 16, 2015
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By Bryon Acohido, ThirdCertainty

The FBI and Justice Department are investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for allegedly hacking into the internal networks of the Houston Astros. Cardinals officials are suspected of breaking into the Astros’ team databases to gain access to information on statistics, scouting reports and trades. The FBI has served the Cardinals and Major League Baseball with subpoenas. Authorities suspect that Cardinals employees hacked the Astros...

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June 12, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

The Associated Press is reporting that the cyber break-in at the Office of Personnel Management was much more damaging than initially reported. As many as 14 million current and former civilian U.S. government employees had their personal information exposed to hackers, according to two people who were briefed on the investigation, AP reports. The initial report from the Obama administration said hackers stole records for 4 million...

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June 10, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Current and former Cabinet secretaries are among the millions of federal employees whose personal information may have been compromised by a data breach at the Office of Personnel Management. Last week, OPM revealed that it had identified a data security breach and said it would be notifying the approximately 4 million current and former federal employees whose data may have been affected. FBI, Secret Service, U.S. Marshals Service and...

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May 27, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Tax time trouble

Hackers used an IRS online service to access information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, the agency said. “We’re confident that these are not amateurs, that these actually are organized crime syndicates,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. The thieves got past a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address. The IRS...

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May 26, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

How much is too much?

Lloyd’s of London wants to ensure it avoids a “dangerous aggregation” of insurance related to the risks of a catastrophic cyber attack. Current cyber risk capacity in London is about $440.3 million, said Toby Clowes, a broker at Safeonline. Lloyd’s introduced a risk code for cybersecurity property damage and updated its risk code for cybersecurity data and privacy breach coverage, which allows its performance management team to...

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May 19, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Free, with a cost? Resistance is growing to Internet.org, Facebook’s project to bring basic free Internet services to regions where few people can afford it. More than 60 associations for civic and digital liberties in 28 countries signed an “Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg Regarding Internet.org, Net Neutrality, Privacy, and Security,” expressing concern that “Internet.org … violates the principles of net neutrality,...

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April 22, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty SAN FRANCISCO—A homeland in Silicon Valley: The RSA conference officially kicked off with a speech from Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who emphasized the importance of cyber security being a partnership between government and the private sector. He also announced plans for DHS to open an office in Silicon Valley. Johnson also said that encryption, while benefiting privacy, will add challenges to law enforcement, and asked attendees...

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April 20, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty SAN FRANCISCO

Questions, questions: As the field of cyber insurance grows, companies may need guidelines when seeking coverage. Look for a broker who can help you understand business interruption, legal liability, costs to investigate a data breach, notification of victims, defending/settling class-action lawsuits, and regulatory enforcement. Learn about policy exclusions and endorsements, and ask about retroactive...

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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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