Tagged: data protection

EBay’s Data Breach Exposes 145 Million User Records

In what is one of the largest data breaches in history, eBay has gone public with the news that they have been the victims of a data breach that resulted in 145 million customer records being exposed.

Click to find out whether the user information exposed — perhaps even your personal information — had been encrypted by eBay.

Cloud Storage: A Goldmine for Hackers?

Although some people may believe “cloud storage” has something to do with weather fronts, it’s simply an easy way for anyone to save data with a remote, third-party database. And it’s becoming more and more mainstream. Any time you use Gmail to send an email, or upload photos to Shutterfly, as just two examples, you’re entrusting your personal and sensitive information to cloud storage.

New York City’s Payphone Hotspots Could Be a Payday for Hackers

In the age of smartphones, why would anyone want to use an outdated New York City payphone? To connect to a free WiFi hotspot, of course!  That’s what NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is counting on as he embarks on a bold plan to create one of the largest public WiFi networks in the country. Politicians and public interest and trade groups are jumping on the payphone hotspot bandwagon. But wait a minute! Is anybody thinking about security, which is non-existent at WiFi hotspots?

IBM/Ponemon Study: Company Data Breaches Cost $3.5M on Average

Malicious insiders and criminal attacks are a growing concern for businesses, especially when we consider how persistent data has become in the age of cloud and mobility. After all, a data breach can result in enormous damage to a business that goes way beyond the financials. At stake is customer loyalty and brand reputation.

A Look at the White House’s Big Data Report

Last week, the Obama Administration released a 90-day study commissioned by the President on big data and privacy. This study was part of President Obama’s response to the NSA surveillance scandal and its aftermath. Led by White House counselor John Podesta, the report details concerns over how big data can be used to target consumers and lead to discrimination, among other things.

‘Dragnet Nation’ Book Explores How Mass Surveillance Rules

Investigative reporter Julia Angwin, author of Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance, knows a lot about Internet snooping.

We as a society have come to expect an extreme amount of online tracking. But how much is too much? And is there a way around it?