Monthly Archive: March 2013

Insights Into Japan’s Cybersecurity and Other Global Views

Conversational spearphishing? Global cyber-investigations? What is this world coming to?

That’s what we wanted to know after reading an in-depth report entitled “Cyber Security in Japan,” produced by the Center for International Public Policy Studies. Private WiFi corresponded with Senior Fellow Ryusuke Masuoka, PhD, one of the study’s authors. Click to find out more views on differences between the United States and Japan when it comes to handling cybercrime.

Man Who Exposed iPad Security Flaws Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison

Is he a hacker or a man who did the public a favor by exposing a gaping online security hole?

Andrew Auernheimer (@rabite on Twitter) will now spend 41 months in a federal prison, with concurrent probation for three years. He also owes restitution to the U.S. Treasury to be dispersed to AT&T in the amount of $73,000.

Click to find out what he did — and what online security experts are saying about his sentencing.

Identity Theft: Myth vs Fact

The call center at the Identity Theft Resource Center is a busy place.

Our small group of Victim Advisors handle calls from all over the United States, dealing with everything from email account takeovers to medical identity theft and everything in between.

That being said, the same misconceptions come up again and again. We thought it would be a great idea to dispel some of these myths surrounding the issue of identity theft and replace them with the facts.

Cloud Chaos: What You Need to Know After Hackers Breach Dropbox, Evernote

Are you one of the millions of people who rely heavily on the cloud-based features of Dropbox and Evernote?

The two services make data available no matter where a user is located, but the programs are apparently not safe from the same kind of hacking and data breaches that afflict banks, schools, and every-day consumers. Click to find out what kinds of breaches recently affected both companies.

CISPA is Back…with a Vengeance

It was privacy bill that Congress debated (and ultimately defeated) last year. Well, don’t look now, because it’s back.

CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) allows private businesses and the government to share information about cyberthreats to prevent and defend against network and Internet attacks. Click to find out what this bill could mean for your online privacy.


Raytheon’s Riot Knows Your Next Move… Before You Do: The Social Media Privacy Report

Location-based check-ins can be fun and engaging, but they are also dangerous. In the past, we have blogged about how and why plotting your whereabouts on a social network doesn’t  just mean a loss of privacy, but can also endanger your well being.

Making it even more risky is Raytheon’s Riot, a data-mining software that can track people on social media. Every time you check-in somewhere, post a tweet about where you are going or upload a photo of where you are, you’re creating a footprint of your everyday life. Eventually patterns begin to form and this is where Riot comes in to play.

And trust us: it is scary.

Miami Man, Charged in $12 Million Identity-Theft Tax Scam, Rides the High Life with Porsche, Jaguar, and More

A 40-year-old Miami man has been arrested for allegedly filing fraudulent income-tax refund checks worth over $12 million. Turns out he’s not the only criminal doing this sort of crime in Florida, as the FTC just released that the Sunshine State tops the nation in identity-theft complaints and tax-related fraud!

Click to find out what the Miami man has been purchasing with the stolen funds (hint: it rhymes with Maddilac, Haguar, and Torshe).