2015

April 24, 2015
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Open or shut? The balance between security and privacy has been a dominant theme at RSA 2015, with a lot of discussion about the government’s desire for a “back door” to access data and cryptographers’ efforts to preserve privacy Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Ron Rivest argued that if the U.S. government gets a key to private data, other governments would demand the same access. Source:...

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April 22, 2015
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SAN FRANCISCO—Financial services companies and luxury goods retailers fawn over them. We used to call them millionaires or simply wealthy. In today’s lexicon they are referred to as high-net-worth individuals, or HNWIs. ThirdCertainty recently sat down with Eduard Goodman, chief privacy officer of CyberScout, to discuss why HNWIs have become attractive targets to cyber criminals.

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April 22, 2015
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Living a double life seems like it would be challenging enough, but that’s child’s play compared to what one California identity theft suspect is believed to have accomplished. Cathryn Parker, 72, was arrested in March when she was stopped for a traffic violation and gave a law enforcement officer a fake name. Turns out, Parker is under investigation for stealing multiple identities and living under at least 74 aliases, according to the...

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April 17, 2015
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Just a pinch of punishment: AT&T’s $25 million settlement with the Federal Communications Commission isn’t enough to prompt other companies to take stronger security measures, some cybersecurity experts said. Tripwire’s Chris Conacher called it a “slap on the wrist” for the telecom giant, which reported revenue of $34.4 billion for the fourth quarter of 2014. AT&T had breaches involving mobile customers’ personal data at three call...

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April 17, 2015
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While tax season is still producing eye twitches around the nation, it’s time to face the music about tax-related identity theft. Experts project the 2014 tax year will be a bad one. The Anthem breach alone exposed 80 million Social Security numbers, and then was quickly followed by the Premera breach that exposed...

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April 10, 2015
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For all stripe of rip-off artist, tax season might as well be called open season. Scams are legion, and navigating a solution after the fact can be somewhere between maddening and negotiating an Iran deal that everyone likes. Last month the IRS issued a warning that received scant attention from the media, but...

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April 9, 2015
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No one will be watching you: When Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced plans to run for president in 2016, among the gadgets offered for sale to supporters is an “NSA spy cam blocker,” which retails for $15. “That little front-facing camera on your laptop or tablet can be a window for the world to see you—whether you know it or not!” the description reads. The...

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March 31, 2015
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Check out this slideshow to see if you live in a state where identity theft is rampant. Plus, find out which cities in that state are hotbeds for this fast-growing crime. We made is easy to understand using the latest statistics from the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Sentinel Report.

 

March 26, 2015
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They’re not playing: Game-streaming service Twitch, owned by Amazon, was hacked, the online giant announced, giving attackers access to users’ account information. The company sent an email to users, warning that their account information, including e-mail addresses, passwords, IP addresses and limited credit card information, may have been compromised. Users will be notified that passwords have been reset, and will be prompted to choose a new password. Those who connected...

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March 25, 2015
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Mattel Inc.'s new talking doll, Hello Barbie, connects to the Interent and relies on speech-recognition software to communicate with children. Critics say that poses serious privacy threats to children and families, as outlined in this BloombergBusinesss story. The doll was unveiled at the recent Toy Fair in New York, and despite the controversy, Mattel has no plans to...

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