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Twitter spy scandal a wake-up call for companies to clean up their data access acts

Two Twitter employees accessed user data on behalf of the Saudi government. Neither should have had access, and this is a sign of a bigger problem at all companies.

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The biggest data breach fines, penalties and settlements so far

Hacks and data thefts, enabled by weak security, cover-ups or avoidable mistakes have cost these companies a total of nearly $1.45 billion and counting.

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Top cloud security controls you should be using

Human error is one of the top reasons for data breaches in the cloud, as administrators forget to turn on basic security controls. Whether it is Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform, keep these rules in mind...

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Equifax data breach FAQ: What happened, who was affected, what was the impact?

In 2017, personally identifying data of hundreds of millions of people was stolen from credit reporting agency Equifax. Here's a timeline of what happened, how it happened, and the impact.

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Marriott data breach FAQ: How did it happen and what was the impact?

In late 2018, the Marriott hotel chain announced that one of its reservation systems had been compromised, with hundreds of millions of customer records, including credit card and passport numbers, being exfiltrated by the attackers....

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Equifax’s data breach disaster: Will it change executive attitudes toward security?

Equifax's 2017 breach will cost it billions in fines, customer restitution and mandated and voluntary security improvements. All organizations that profit from consumer data should take notice.

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A new website explains data breach risk

Breach Clarity ranks the risk of stolen or exposed personal data. It's a much needed work in progress.

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From phish to network compromise in two hours: How Carbanak operates

Cybercriminal group Carbanak has stolen hundreds of millions of dollars from financial institutions. Here's a detailed analysis by Bitdefender of an attack on one bank.

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2016 election hacking in Florida: Russian emails, hidden tracks

The Mueller Report says the Russians planted malware on at least one Florida county system, and Florida's governor announces that two counties were hacked in 2016. Experts believe the problem could be bigger.

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200 million-record breach: Why collecting too much data raises risk

Avoid the siren song of big data and collect only what you need. This is the big takeaway from a 200-million record direct marketing list, including home address, telephone, religious affiliation and financial information now...

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APT group Elfin switches from data destruction to data stealing via WinRAR vulnerability

Iran-linked hacker group switches techniques from Shamoon wiper attacks to WinRAR exploits.

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Data breaches exposed 5 billion records in 2018

New report from Risk Based Security shows a downward trend in number breaches and exposed records, Unclear if privacy regulations like GDPR are having an effect.

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Report: Over 59,000 GDPR data breach notifications, but only 91 fines

The low number of fines relative to the volume of reported breaches might be due to over-extended regulators, says a DLA Piper report.

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What is a supply chain attack? Why you should be wary of third-party providers

The weak link in your enterprise security might lie with partners and suppliers. Here’s how to understand and mitigate that risk.

The 18 biggest data breaches of the 21st century

Security practitioners weigh in on the 18 worst data breaches in recent memory.

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What is a cyber attack? Recent examples show disturbing trends

A cyber attack is an attack launched from one or more computers against another computer, multiple computers or networks. Here are some of the major recent cyber attacks and what we can learn from them.

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The OPM hack explained: Bad security practices meet China's Captain America

How the OPM hack happened, the technical details, and a timeline of the infiltration and response.

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Biggest data breach penalties for 2018

Hacks and data thefts, enabled by weak security, cover-ups or avoidable mistakes, have cost these eight companies a total of nearly $280 million and counting.

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