What Really Happens After Your Credit Card Is Stolen

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What Really Happens After Your Credit Card Is Stolen

What Really Happens After Your Credit Card Is Stolen

After a hacker steals your credit card number, you may receive an email, text or phone call from your bank to alert you of criminal or fraudulent activity with your credit card. This is a helpful and necessary measure implemented by financial institutions to help protect your accounts. However, sometimes the alert is too late and… Read More

What’s Next for Home Depot Customers

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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

Can Prepaid Cards Protect You From Data Breaches?

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Can Prepaid Cards Protect You From Data Breaches?

Can Prepaid Cards Protect You From Data Breaches?

If the constant news of data breaches makes you nervous, it should. “Data breaches are the greatest risk factor for identity fraud,” warns Javelin Strategy and Research. And debit cardholders should be particularly worried because nearly half (46%) of consumers whose debit cards were breached in 2013 became fraud victims that same year, according to Javelin…. Read More

Home Depot Confirms Data Breach: What’s Next?

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Home Depot Confirms Data Breach: What’s Next?

Home Depot Confirms Data Breach: What’s Next?

Home Depot shoppers, check your credit card bills and bank statements. The home improvement giant confirmed Monday it was hit by hackers. While information is still scarce, it’s clear the hack will have a huge footprint. Here’s the relevant part of the firm’s statement: “Last Tuesday, September 2, we disclosed that we were investigating a… Read More

The Lie That Could Keep You Safe From Hackers

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The Lie That Could Keep You Safe From Hackers

The Lie That Could Keep You Safe From Hackers

The hack that created millions of morally challenged voyeurs—and, depending upon which celebrity they downloaded, child sex offenders—also provided us with a teachable moment. It exposed the use of security questions in online authentication as a quaint artifact of an antiquated Internet culture. We talk a lot about personally identifiable information (PII) in the data… Read More

5 Reasons Not to Search for Those Nude Celebrity Photos

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5 Reasons Not to Search for Those Nude Celebrity Photos

5 Reasons Not to Search for Those Nude Celebrity Photos

A not-so funny thing happened to the Internet over Labor Day weekend. It was nearly trampled to death in a digital stampede for photographs of nude celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kate Upton, Rihanna and others. More than 100 celebrities “made” the list. How did the pictures wind up online? The best… Read More

Home Depot Investigates Possible Credit Card Breach

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Home Depot Investigates Possible Credit Card Breach

Home Depot Investigates Possible Credit Card Breach

Home Depot Inc. is investigating a potential credit card data theft incident, the store told security researcher Brian Krebs on Monday, according to a post on Krebs’ website. The theft is similar to the massive hack that hit Target stories last year, Krebs reported, and might include thousands of Home Depot locations. In a subsequent… Read More

When a Data Breach Is an Inside Job

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When a Data Breach Is an Inside Job

When a Data Breach Is an Inside Job

While companies can spend millions on their IT security systems to prevent cyberattacks and other common security risks, they may be fighting a losing battle if their worst enemy already has the password and unrestricted access to their systems. While breaches and other security events from external causes are difficult to detect, tracking insider attacks… Read More

Another Target Security Breach?

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Another Target Security Breach?

Another Target Security Breach?

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is looking into a security breach involving Target stores in central California, ABC affiliate KXTV in Sacramento reports, though it is unrelated to the cyberattack that affected Target stores across the country at the end of 2013. The new issue was detected in January, and investigators identified a suspect in April. Postal… Read More

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