Data Privacy

Don’t Get Caught Exposed

You may be aware that hackers recently exposed security weaknesses and false business practices by publishing sensitive personal data of an estimated 36 million accounts from the Ashley Madison website. Email addresses, credit card accounts and transactions and more were leaked on August 18.

Tens of millions of hashed passwords were also exposed and a number of those were easily cracked. Most were easily guessed, as they are considered ‘weak’ passwords like 123456, password, qwerty, ashley, 111111, etc. Even if your ...

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Data Privacy Fails at the U.S. Government

The U.S. government recently discovered that up to 14 million government employee records were hacked by sophisticated Chinese agents. The extent and root cause of the breach is still under investigation. The implications for these employees and the U.S. government are serious. Lawmakers are berating the government for allowing such a breach to occur and for ignoring repeated warnings about weaknesses in the government’s computer networks. Many privately owned businesses have been just as negligent with data protection ...

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