How Long Is Too Long If you’ve never received an email letting you know your data was compromised, consider yourself lucky. I’ve had three within the past five years (one of which was within the past week). They’re all the same; carefully worded non-apologies about the leaking of your personal information. A lot of the […]
After a data breach that affected more than 1 million people in Washington State, legislators introduced two bills. One aims to strengthen cybersecurity infrastructure while the other wants to change data collection. As reported by Governing.com, “If passed, the two bills heard in committee Tuesday would boost cybersecurity at state government agencies. A bill requested […]
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) had the private information of more than 36,000 people breached. But the medical giant itself was not compromised. A smaller law firm they use for billing-related legal services experienced the event from April to June of last year. An ability to access a larger and possibly more secure […]
Data Of Over a Million Exposed The State Auditor’s Office in Washington State released a statement confirming a data breach that happened on December 25th, 2020. Accellion, a third-party provider that the office uses to transmit files, was involved in the breach. The Auditor’s Office reiterated to the public that the breach was with the […]
Photo by Linus Nylund on Unsplash The Aftermath of an Attack Two dozen colleges, universities, and charity organizations in the US, UK, and Canada are dealing with the after effects of a ransomware attack that’s now turned into a data breach. Cloud provider Blackbaud suffered a ransomware attack earlier this year. They provide cloud services […]
That free AV software isn’t out of the kindness of their hearts Yesterday we announced PC Matic’s Data Integrity Pledge. Recently, news that some “free” antivirus (AV) products surfaced. Interestingly, these free products have been caught with their hands in the (digital) cookie jar. In an article by PCMag, it was discovered that one free […]
Pearson Notifies Schools Impacted By Breach In November 2018, the massive education publishing giant, Pearson, suffered a data breach. Although the breach was reported to the FBI in March 2019, it wasn’t until last week that the organization had an idea of the full extent of damages. An exact number of records impacted is unclear. […]
Hy-Vee Suffered Data Breach Through PoS Systems One of the largest U.S. grocery-store chains, Hy-Vee, has experienced a data breach after staff discovered a vulnerability on some of its point-of-sale (PoS) systems. The company reported transactions made at Hy-Vee fuel pumps, drive-thru coffee shops, and restaurants may have been recorded by hackers. A list of […]
Medical Breach Exposes Thousands of New Mexico’s Patients On August 2, 2019, Presbyterian Healthcare Services confirmed they had become the victim of a data breach. The medical breach was a result of an employee clicking on a malicious email. Upon doing so, the employee inadvertently launched malware which was used to gather personal information on […]
Hackers Breach Networks of One of the Largest Medical Collection Agencies in the U.S. The American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA) collects delinquent funds from patients of major health corporations like Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp, BioReference Laboratories and more. As part of their collection efforts, the company houses patient files for millions of U.S. patients. Unfortunately, their […]
Fast Food Eatery Suffers Nationwide Data Breach Checkers, also known as Rally’s, is a fast-food restaurant located throughout the United States. Although its claim to fame was its burgers and fries, it’s now gaining recognition for something less appetizing. Late last week, the company confirmed select point-of-sale (PoS) systems were infected with malware. This has […]
Another Year, Another Breach — and this one is major… It’s January 18, 2019 — not even a full month into a new year, and a major data breach has been reported, exposing a total of 2.7 billion different email and password combinations. The data set breached, deemed “Collection #1”, includes over 772 million email […]
Breach Releases Personal Details for Millions of U.S. Citizens and Businesses Have you ever heard of Exactis? According to their website, the company states, “Exactis is a leading compiler and aggregator of premium business and consumer data”. They go on to tout “With over 3.5 billion records (updated monthly), our universal data warehouse is one […]
WordPress Plugin Leaves Users Vulnerable Disqus, a popular WordPress plugin, revealed they were the victims of a data breach. Disqus is used for bloggers to allow individuals to comment on their articles. The hack began in July of 2012, and could be one of the longest undetected breaches, as it was just recently discovered. On […]
A privacy rights organization is tracking the ever increasing number of data breaches.
A stunning new report details the painful amount of time it takes for serious data breaches to be discovered.