Category: News & Features

Wireless Security Threats Abound At the Olympic Games

When it comes to wireless security at the Winter Games in Sochi, you’re in a high risk environment. Cybercriminals routinely exploit high profile events that draw huge crowds. That’s why the U.S. government is warning travelers to the Olympics what they should expect – namely that none of their communications should be considered private.

Hacked Hotel Company Exposes Guests’ Credit Card Information

It’s the latest in the wave of cyber attacks to hit American businesses.

Guests at some hotels managed by White Lodging Services Corporation – which include such brands as Marriott, Holiday Inn, and Sheraton – may have had their credit and debit card information stolen in a data breach that went on for most of 2013.

Mobile Privacy: Would You Pay $5 Per App to Protect Sensitive Personal Information?

A new study shows that smartphone owners are significantly more protective over the content of their text messages and personal contact lists than personal location or ID number data. Why would they pay $4.05 per app to protect their contact lists but only $1.19 to protect their personal location?

Does this study indicate the potential for “full disclosure” of how apps use personal information, similar to the labeling of food contents in grocery stores? Perhaps this could be mutually beneficial to consumers and app developers, where a consumer with high value of privacy could buy a relatively expensive app that places a premium on protecting their personal information.

Data Privacy Day Kick-Off Event Tackles the Big Privacy Issues

It was a cold, harsh day in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, January 28, but that didn’t stop more than 100 attendees from the privacy and technology sector from gathering at the Pew Charitable Trusts for Data Privacy Day (DPD) 2014, sponsored by Stay Safe Online. As a first-time small business sponsor, PRIVATE WiFi wanted a seat up close and center to hear from nearly a dozen thought leaders on their views on respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust.

You Will Get Hacked At the Sochi Olympics

While the threat of terrorism at the Winter Olympic Games has grabbed the headlines, NBC Nightly News reports there’s another covert threat facing visitors to Sochi – WiFi hotspot hacking and identity theft. Every time you connect to the Internet in Russia, your personal information and your company’s information are fair game for hackers and spies.

Federal Charges Against ‘Revenge Porn King’ for Hacking, Identity Theft Highlight Email Insecurity

Hunter Moore, the California man who became infamous for operating the “revenge porn” website IsAnyoneUp.com, was recently indicted on charges of stealing nude photos from hacked email accounts and posting them online. Moore, 27, and his alleged accomplice, Charles “Gary” Evens, 25, were charged with conspiracy, unauthorized access to a protected computer, and identity theft. What the two men are accused of highlights just how easy it can be to hack into email accounts and steal sensitive information. The results can be devastating for the victims.