10 Industries That Could Profit From the Ashley Madison Hack

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10 Industries That Could Profit From the Ashley Madison Hack

10 Industries That Could Profit From the Ashley Madison Hack

The hackers who broke into AshleyMadison.com, a meeting place for people seeking extra-marital affairs, recently made good on their threat, exposing their first hostage-victim, a Massachusetts man. There are 37 million more quivering masses of flesh where he came from, and the people behind the compromise have vowed to release all of their customer information… Read More

Americans Would Rather Have Naked Photos of Them Leaked Than Have Their Finances Exposed

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Americans Would Rather Have Naked Photos of Them Leaked Than Have Their Finances Exposed

Americans Would Rather Have Naked Photos of Them Leaked Than Have Their Finances Exposed

Want to know what’s worse than having naked pictures of yourself leaked online? Having your financial information stolen or compromised — or so said 55% of those polled in MasterCard’s Emotion of Safety & Security Research survey, released today. Even more would rather have their homes robbed (59%) or email hacked (62%) than have financial data stolen or compromised…. Read More

Listen Up, Government Employees: Here’s What Hackers Can Do With Your Social Security Numbers

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Listen Up, Government Employees: Here’s What Hackers Can Do With Your Social Security Numbers

Listen Up, Government Employees: Here’s What Hackers Can Do With Your Social Security Numbers

The largest union for government employees says the massive cyberattack on the government’s Office of Personnel Management was much worse than the Obama administration previously said it was, and every federal employee’s personally identifiable information has been compromised, the Associated Press reports. The OPM data includes information on most civilian federal employees, but not members of Congress… Read More

The Massive U.S. Government Hack: What You Need to Know

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The Massive U.S. Government Hack: What You Need to Know

The Massive U.S. Government Hack: What You Need to Know

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has just disclosed that hackers compromised what one would expect to be among the world’s most secure databases to steal sensitive information relating to some 4 million current and former employees. Without divulging specifics, authorities are pointing the finger at hackers in China, according to media reports. The FBI… Read More

Can You Spot an Email Scam? (Most People Can’t)

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Can You Spot an Email Scam? (Most People Can’t)

Can You Spot an Email Scam? (Most People Can’t)

Plenty of folks think they could never be outsmarted by a hacker; plenty of them are wrong. In fact, perhaps 97% are wrong. Two new studies make this point, and show the devastating consequences of being wrong. Security firm McAfee has created a tool that lets consumers test their ability to distinguish between real emails… Read More

Ouch! A Data Breach Now Costs $3.8 Million

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Ouch! A Data Breach Now Costs $3.8 Million

Ouch! A Data Breach Now Costs $3.8 Million

From the consumer perspective, finding out your information has been compromised in a data breach is an annoying and costly interruption, but the business side is pretty unpleasant, too. The average data breach now costs the targeted company $3.8 million, or $154 per stolen record containing sensitive information, according to the newest edition of an… Read More

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