Software Hack Turns into a PR Nightmare | Bottom Line IT

Posted date: September 23, 2015

Pt. 1 Pt. 2 Part 1: Ashley Madison nightmare goes on. The Ashley Madison saga continues to get uglier and uglier, between the data breach, the public access of the names and the CEO stepping down, things are looking good. The hackers went in, hacked ...

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Password Manager App “LastPass” Discloses Breach

Posted date: June 29, 2015

LastPass is a well-known password manager which offers users a central place to store passwords and helps make passwords more secure.  However, they lost email addresses and password reminders in a recent breach of their databases by hackers.  Whil ...

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Blue Cross Data Breach Affects 1.1 Million Customers

Posted date: June 19, 2015

Blue Cross Data Breach Affects 1.1 Million Customers. The attack was similar to earlier hacks perpetrated at insurers Premera and Anthem, with similar methods used.  A fake website was set up to capture information which closely mimicked the domain ...

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ID Info of Federal Employers Stolen with Federal Hack

Posted date: June 9, 2015

Unidentified hackers recently stole personal information on over 4 million current and former federal employees from the Office of Personnel Management.  This federal hack appears to have originated in China, but Chinese authorities deny all involve ...

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What Does It Take to Make a Secure Password?

Posted date: June 8, 2015

A secure password is vital for your safety.  Brute force solving is a method of password cracking that involves trying thousands of possible combinations of characters to find out what a specific password is.  Given the power of today’s supercomp ...

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Hacker Claims to Have Ability to Control Commercial Flight

Posted date: June 3, 2015

Hacker claims to be able to take over control of  a commercial flight.  Using a loophole in the in-flight entertainment system, CNN reported that hacker claimed to have the ability to control an airliner.  The FBI is investigating the veracity of ...

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Bottom Line IT: A Look Into the Identity Underground

Posted date: June 1, 2015

Identity thieves are using marketplaces such as PayIvy.com and payment processors such as Paypal to buy and sell stolen accounts.  The black market for personal data is looking more and more like its legal counterpart.  The ruthless efficiency of t ...

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8 Security Tricks That Will Make You Safer From Hackers

Posted date: May 29, 2015

8 Security Tricks That Will Make You Safer From Hackers 1. Use a Virtualized Private Network (VPN) 2. Avoid the Cloud 3. Don’t Link Accounts 4. Pick Difficult Security Questions 5. Secure Your Home Wi-Fi Network 6. Use on HTTPS 7. Use Two-Factor Au ...

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Data Breach at the IRS

Posted date: May 27, 2015

According to ABC News and KrebsOnSecurity, identity thieves used the “Get Transcript” features on the IRS website to steal personal data and file fraudulent tax returns for more than 100,000 names during the early part of 2015.  Many use ...

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Police Department Server Data Infected by Ransomware

Posted date: April 13, 2015

    A computer virus infected the Lincoln County, Maine police department server on March 20th, encrypting data used by multiple municipal law enforcement agencies. The virus held data in the system hostage until a payment of $320 in bitcoi ...

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