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State AGs rally for Chip-and-PIN BankInfoSecurity.com Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, along with eight other AGs, recently sent a letter to four leading U.S. banks and four card brands urging them to roll out EMV credit cards as chip-and-PIN, rather than chip-and-signature, which is the prevailing strategy. The AGs note that the massive number of data breaches, which include payment card breaches, that have occurred in the last year have put consumers at risk. By implementing chip-and-PIN, consumers will not "continue to pay the price for [banks' decisions for] settling for weaker standards," the AGs contend.
The health care data hacking problem eSecurity Planet Medical identity theft can cause difficulties like lost insurance coverage, mixed up records, higher premiums, medical harm and false diagnosis. But the reason healthcare data hacking exists is that there's a lucrative market for the data, and a working supply-and-demand model with both buyers and sellers.
‘Tis the season for cyber crime: 6 tips for safe online holiday shopping TripWire.com Cyber Monday is the heaviest online shopping day in the United States, with last year’s sales exceeding $2 billion within 24 hours. Unfortunately, for bargain-hungry consumers, the holiday shopping season is also a bonanza for cyber criminals. The huge uptick in website traffic means more potential targets, making the holiday season the perfect time for attackers to target online shopping sites. From fraudulent gift cards to phishing scams and social engineering tactics, cyber crime tactics continue to evolve, and unfortunately, still largely successful.
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Hospital fined $850,000 in HIPAA case Saturday, November 28, 2015 HealthcareInfoSecurity.com The unencrypted laptop, which was on a stand that accompanied a portable CT scanner, was used to operate the scanner and produced images for viewing through Lahey's radiology information system and its picture archiving and communication system. The computer's hard drive contained the protected health information of 599 individuals.
US-CERT alerts users to holiday phishing scams and malware campaigns Saturday, November 28, 2015 U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team US-CERT reminds users to remain vigilant when browsing or shopping online this holiday season. Ecards from unknown senders may contain malicious links. Fake advertisements or shipping notifications may deliver infected attachments. Spoofed email messages and fraudulent posts on social networking sites may request support for phony causes. To avoid seasonal campaigns that could result in security breaches, identity theft, or financial loss, US-CERT encourages users to take the following actions: [click for list]
Just in time for holiday shopping: Researchers warn of stealthy, credit-card-stealing malware Saturday, November 28, 2015 The Washington Post Just as millions of Americans are steeling themselves for one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year, cybersecurity researchers are warning about a stealthy malware aimed at stealing credit card and debit card numbers from retailers. Cybersecurity firm iSight Partners on Tuesday publicly disclosed research about the malware, dubbed ModPOS, which the company says is largely undetectable by current anti-virus scans. The firm declined to name specific victims of the threat, but said its investigation into the malware uncovered infections at "national retailers."
Tips for Cyber Monday success Saturday, November 28, 2015 U.S. Federal Trade Commission Each year, Cyber Monday promises unbelievable savings – but before you start snagging deals, here are some tips to help you save money and protect your personal information.
75% of companies experienced a fraud incident in the past year Saturday, November 28, 2015 Help Net Security Three quarters of companies (75%) have fallen victim to a fraud incident in the past year, a rise of 14 percentage points in just three years, according to Kroll. The findings reveal the biggest fraud threat to companies comes from within. Of those companies where fraud occurred and the perpetrator was identified, four in five (81%) suffered at the hands of at least one insider, up from 72% in the previous survey.
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Our staff (under the guidance of Rob Douglas) follows and presents ID theft related legislation, identity theft services, scams, credit card fraud and security breaches / data breaches. We additionally offer ways to protect yourself and your family from becoming victims of identity theft.
We take identity protection seriously, as a theft of identity can result in not only great financial loss and loss of time in order to repair the damage done, but could end in permanent medical damage or death (see our medical identity theft section).
We are proponents of the credit freeze / security freeze option available to consumers at the three major credit bureaus as a way to prevent identity theft. Although the credit freeze is not a total identity theft prevention method it does prevent many types of ID theft and our identity theft experts believe it is the best option available to consumers at this time.
If you are already a victim of ID theft our identity theft experts provide tips on how and where to report identity theft as well as important other steps you should consider taking.
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