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Byron Acohido

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Byron Acohido is a Pulitzer-winning journalist and one of the nation’s most respected cybersecurity and privacy experts. He is the Editor-in-Chief of ThirdCertainty.com.

Acohido is a native of the 50th state of Hawaii. He graduated from Damien Memorial High School in Honolulu and the University of Oregon School of Journalism, and also practiced journalism at The Herald, of Everett, WA, and the Dallas Times Herald. He also taught college courses at the University of Alaska Anchorage as the Atwood Chair of Journalism. He is highly-regarded in tech, journalism, government and academia as an author, analyst, instructor and public speaker dedicated to fostering fresh thinking and fruitful discussions about cybersecurity and privacy.

What’s Next for Home Depot Customers

Identity Theft

What’s Next for Home Depot Customers

What’s Next for Home Depot Customers

If you’re one of the millions of folks who used a payment card at a Home Depot store this past spring or summer your identity may be at risk. I asked Chris Camejo, director of assessment services at NTT Com Security, to outline the go-forward ramifications of the Home Depot breach for the victims and future Home Depot customers... Read More

ApplePay: The Security Pros & Cons

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ApplePay: The Security Pros & Cons

ApplePay: The Security Pros & Cons

ApplePay, the new mobile payments service introduced by Apple this week, could ultimately set the security and privacy benchmarks for digital wallets much higher. Even so, the hunt for security holes and privacy gaps in Apple’s new digital wallet has commenced. It won’t take long for both white-hat researchers and well-funded criminal hackers to uncover... Read More

The All-Access Pass Hackers Love

Identity Theft

The All-Access Pass Hackers Love

The All-Access Pass Hackers Love

What do the Target hackers have in common with Edward Snowden? Both successfully breached highly protected networks to steal mountains of sensitive data by abusing privileged accounts. Privileged accounts are the logons that open access to desktops, laptops, servers, firewalls, databases, printers — pretty much any device with a microprocessor tied into a company network. For the... Read More

How Crime Rings Use ‘Invisible Ink’ to Take Over Your Computer

Identity Theft

How Crime Rings Use ‘Invisible Ink’ to Take Over Your Computer

How Crime Rings Use ‘Invisible Ink’ to Take Over Your Computer

LAS VEGAS – Cyber gangs have begun using the digital equivalent of invisible ink to disguise the malicious coding that helps them take control of your computer and put it to criminal use. Steganography—the craft of hiding something seemingly out in the open—is an old secret agent trick. Now cybercriminals have adapted the technique to... Read More

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