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August 24, 2016
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After years of extorting individual consumers on a global scale, ransomware  purveyors have turned their attention to much bigger fish: businesses.

For years, now, ransomware extortionists have profited handsomely from locking up the computer screens of millions of consumers with scams to sell bogus $79 antivirus cleanup services.

Now fresh intelligence from consultancy Deloitte, networking giant Cisco, and...

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August 23, 2016
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By Travis Smith

Ransomware is becoming one of the most profitable areas of cyber crime.

In the past, cyber criminals would steal data, and then re-sell it. With ransomware, they block access to an individual or organization’s data by encrypting it, then selling the data’s owner a decryption key to regain access.

And with the rise of hard-to-trace currency, such as...

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August 21, 2016
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A company’s customer information is an asset, although it’s probably not a line item on its balance sheet. It may be sold during the sale of the business, during a merger, or in a bankruptcy proceeding. However, its sale may be limited by the company’s website privacy notice.

A website privacy notice announces to the world how your organization will collect, receive and use information provided by customers. It also may publicize...

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August 19, 2016
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Sometimes a glitch is more than a glitch. Sometimes, that glitch grinds much of the country to a halt. And it gets the company involved hauled in front of Congress to explain itself.

Recent airline techno-disasters at Delta and Southwest—and United last year—have made one thing clear: Systems designed to keep America moving in the air are far too fragile. Are they just too old?

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August 19, 2016
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Some powerful espionage tools created by the National Security Agency’s elite group of hackers have been revealed by hackers known as the “Shadow Brokers.” The hack could have severe consequences for the spy agency’s operations and the security of government and corporate computers. Hacking tools Epicbanana, Buzzdirection and Egregiousblunder were among 300 megabytes of information, including several “exploits,” or tools for taking control of firewalls. The hackers group said it would make a new batch of...

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August 18, 2016
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Pick a subject, any subject, and there are myths and pure nonsense that someone will buy into.

Birds will die if they eat the uncooked rice flung at newlyweds. (Nope) If you eat Mentos and drink Diet Coke simultaneously your stomach will explode. (Hardly) You only have one credit score. (Wrong) Napoleon was short. (At 5’ 6”, his height was average in his day). “...
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