A “secure password”— many data security experts would argue that it’s an oxymoron. For the longest time, passwords have been considered an extremely weak and easy to crack form of authentication, even if you don’t take into account the fact that the most popular password in the world is still ‘123456’. Over the last couple […]
Criminals steal sensitive data for a living.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) reports that declining levels of online privacy and security have led to lower levels of activity on the internet. Among households that have experienced a data breach, 40% refrained from conducting online transactions, while 35% avoided buying goods and services online. The numbers are […]
If you are a frequent user of online dating platforms, be warned: the way they are getting relentlessly hacked, soon the only thing you’ll be kissing is your sensitive data goodbye. It’s no coincidence that popular dating sites, such as Ashley Madison, OKCupid, and BeautifulPeople.com are being constantly attacked by hackers. Private data really doesn’t get […]
If statistics are anything to go by, UK businesses are as well equipped to fight back against hackers as a toddler is against a pack of wolves. More than 65% of large companies in the UK have suffered at least one cyber security attack in the past 12 months, according to the recently released Cyber […]
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is the security standard to concern yourself with, if you’re running a business dealing with credit cards. Like most other security standards, the PCI DSS is an evolving one, advocating new safeguards or moving away from newly discovered vulnerabilities (such as SSL/ early TLS). But as […]
To your everyday man on the street, Verizon Communications is an American broadband and telecommunications company. But to those of us in the IT security line, Verizon is also one of the frontliners in the fight against cybercrime, responsible for helping many Fortune 500 companies respond to massive data breaches. But in a tragic turn […]
If you like not getting hacked, bad news — pretty much nothing, from our web browsers to our operating systems, are hack-proof. In just the last week, white hat hackers have found exploits in nearly everything that we use to connect to the Internet.
When it comes to PCI assessments there are three main parties involved: the business, the QSAs, and the PCI Council. The audited, the auditors, and the standard setters. And while there has been a lot of focus on companies failing to protect sensitive data, and also media attention focused on the PCI standard and its […]
The video-messaging giant Snapchat recently announced on their blog that they have suffered a data breach that lost them the personal information of roughly 700 of their current or former employees.
“We do not negotiate with terrorists”. Except, most of us have, or would. A relatively new breed of malware, dubbed “Ransomware”, is holding computer systems hostage and demanding payment for their safe release. What’s surprising is that these underhanded tactics often see a payout for cybercriminals — according to one study, about 50% of […]