Lessons from Equifax and Yahoo Data Breaches

Posted by Alexa Villanueva on Fri, Oct 20, 2017

Cyber security incidents have a negative impact on everyone involved, from the customers to even the company’s employees. And after reading the headlines day after day about how personal and financial information of MILLIONS of people have been exposed for the world to see, we can’t help but wonder: What went wrong? How could it have been avoided? What’s next?

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Topics: data breach, cyber security, online protection

Top Cyber Threats of 2017

Posted by Alexa Villanueva on Thu, Jul 13, 2017

Every year cyber criminals devise new high profile and sophisticated attacks against organizations worldwide. 2017 is no exception: from complex ransomware attacks to large data breaches, it is obvious this year’s cyber-attacks have caused major damage. Below you will find the most prominent cyber security news so far and the lessons they’ve left behind.

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Topics: Malware, data breach, hackers, security breach, cyber threats, online risk, ransomware, Cyber Attack, cybersecurity, DDoS attack, malicious apps, online threat, top cyber threats of 2017

Data Breach: How to Safeguard Your Data

Posted by Alexa Villanueva on Thu, May 25, 2017

In today’s cyber-focused environment, data breaches have become a common situation affecting many companies, whether a result of a targeted attack or an inside job. This form of cybercrime has exposed the data of billions of individuals and resulted in significant losses to the global economy.

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Topics: data breach, cybercrime, data loss prevention, cybersecurity

Reacting to Yahoo: How to play defense against Yahoo-inspired attacks

Posted by Greg Mancusi-Ungaro on Mon, Oct 03, 2016
Whether or not the Yahoo hack affected you directly, you can be sure that cyber criminals are using the news to propel a new wave of cyber attacks that probably will. 

The October BrandProtect Executive Threat Brief anticipates those attacks, and gives you and your family a quick primer on what you can do to stay safe during this new "phishing season". 

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Topics: data breach, Phishing, cybercrime, ThreatBrief

Thanks to Yahoo!, there are 500,000,000 new reasons CISOs should think more about external threats

Posted by Greg Mancusi-Ungaro on Fri, Sep 23, 2016

 

Sad to say, but yesterday's Yahoo! news could not have been that surprising. Yahoo joins LinkedIn, Gmail, Twitter and Facebook in the pantheon of leading social networks that have suffered (very public) large-scale data breaches. Healthcare providers like Anthem, Blue Cross and many others are also members of this exclusive club. 500 million records is a lot of records, but truly, it's getting to the point where the world is awash in stolen records....

It is also not surprising that many the stories appearing today highlight the steps a company should take AFTER it has been hacked, like this one on MSNBC.  But do stories like these really solve anything?

Pundits are fond of saying "it's not IF you'll get hacked, but WHEN you'll get hacked," but that doesn't mean that enterprise security teams should roll over and await their fate. There are lots of things that enterprises can do BEFORE they get hacked that should reduce their risks from a large number of external threats...

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Topics: data breach, Phishing, Spear Phishing, CISO, External Threat, Executive Threat, Masquerades

Say it Ain't So! Serena & Venus Williams, Simone Biles, Compromised in Cyber Hack of WADA

Posted by Greg Mancusi-Ungaro on Wed, Sep 14, 2016

 

Vendetta?  Absolutely.

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Topics: data breach, Spear Phishing, BEC Attacks, Social Engineering, External Threat

How to Be Prepared for the Oldest Trick in the Book....

Posted by Greg Mancusi-Ungaro on Wed, Jul 27, 2016

 

 

Regardless of their politics, the recent news of the DNC server hack, allegedly by Russian-government-backed hackers, should have security teams pulling their hair out.  Why?  Because the first phase of the attack used one of the oldest tricks in the book -- a phishing email attack, leveraging a copycat domain. 

"For example, the first group, APT 28, often uses the same tactic: registering a domain whose name is similar to that of its target, to trick users into disclosing their passwords when logging into the wrong site. In this case, hackers set up misdepatrment.com — switching two letters — to target users of MIS Department, which manages networks for the Democratic committee."  NY TImes, July 27, 2016

It should be no surprise to learn that almost every devastating cyber breach, from Target to the DNC, starts with the same exploit:

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Topics: Identity Theft, data breach, hackers, Domain Management, Phishing, cybercrime, Spear Phishing, 2016 Elections, MX Records

191 Million Voter Records Have Been Exposed. What Does it Mean To You?

Posted by Greg Mancusi-Ungaro on Fri, Jan 08, 2016

 

Over the past weeks there has been a lot of reporting, including these great pieces by Steve Ragan at CSOonline.com and Mathew J. Schwartz at BankInfoSecurity.com about a December 20, 2015 discovery that a database containing 191 Million voter records had been exposed online. As part of the BrandProtect 2016 Elections Project, we dug into the situation, and what it means to you.

Because of the nature of the exposure – effectively a database containing the records was left unlocked and unprotected – there is no way to know who might has downloaded the information.

Make no mistake, this is a big number. And it is an important number.  Consider this: the US Census Bureau estimated that there were approximately142 Million registered voters in 2014. This means that the recent exposure of 191 million voting records is not just a large data breach.  It’s a national issue -- effectively every registered voter in America has had their PII exposed... Wow...

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Topics: Identity Theft, data breach, Social Media Monitoring, cybercrime, social media, online risk, PII, Spear Phishing, Voting Records, 2016 Elections

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