Barely one month into 2017, cybercrime is already making headlines. Two major stories broke just this week: first, 2016 shattered all previous data beach records, with more than four billion records compromised worldwide. In the United States alone, more than 2,000 data breaches were reported — 10 times as many as the United Kingdom, which came in second with 203. And from those breaches, United States companies lost nearly 3 billion total records — again, 10 times as many as Russia, the second-place finisher on that list.
The New Year is in full swing and everyone is motivated to work hard after persevering through the post-holiday lull. But as you race from task to task trying to knock out that to-do list before 5:00 PM, perhaps you’ve noticed that your computer can’t seem to keep up.
The online security world made it just a few days into the New Year without a major revelation about cybersecurity. On Thursday, January 5th, the United States Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against D-Link Corp. The FTC accused the Taiwan-based manufacturer of technology equipment of neglecting the security of its routers and Internet-linked security cameras.
No matter where you live or what you do, the New Year serves as an inspiring moment. Want to commit yourself to achieving a personal goal or change the way you approach your career? The first few days of January are a great time to do it.
But as historian and teacher Joseph M. Marshall III says, “Success is rarely the result of one fell swoop, but more often the culmination of many small victories.
Microsoft announced earlier this year that November 1st would serve as the final deadline for purchasing new PCs loaded with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. After that, all new PCs will be required to come with Windows 10 automatically installed.
Data breach announcements come and go with regularity these days. And password hacks happen so often we’ve become inured to the constant recommendations to “Change your password — and fast!”
But it’s hard not to be shocked by Yahoo’s revelation that a half a billion computer users had their names, email addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, encrypted passwords, and even security questions hacked in 2014. That’s 500 million accounts — far more people than live in the entire United States.
*The image above is an example of how easy it is to download a virus through a free fantasy football website.
The NFL season is back in action, and with it comes a surge in fantasy football participation The numbers are staggering: in 2013, the Fantasy Sports Trade Association estimated that 25 million American adults belonged to fantasy leagues; in 2014, that number rose to 57 million, while in 2015 it topped 75 million.
Last month, international corporation Leoni AG admitted something that no company ever wants to: they were fleeced out of $44 million. The cause of this massive mistake is a familiar one: business email compromise or “CEO fraud,” by which hackers use sophisticated social engineering strategies to entice employees to transfer funds for supposedly legitimate means.
In the latest cybercrime twist, the IRS recently reported that hackers are now targeting tax preparers by employing email phishing scams and hacking attempts. Why? For the same reason behind every breach: cybercriminals want to steal Social Security numbers, personal information, and financial data.
If 2013 went down in IT history as the year of the data breach, then 2016 will always be remembered as the year of ransomware. In February, a Southern California hospital was forced to negotiate with hackers to recover its critical data; a week later, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services suffered a similar attack.