Ashley Madison Passwords Easy To Crack After All.

Ah, Ashley Madison.  Even as one tries to move away from it to other issues, new problems surface like toxic malaise at a swamp: fraudulent $19 data scrubbings, men being conned by bots, some of the weakest passwords known to mankind securing their servers, an ex-CTO who supposedly hacked the competition…  Michael Corleone, I get […] read more

College Professor’s Laptop Stolen From Car, Causes Data Breach.

They say that car break-ins are a crime of opportunity: not even the thieves know when or where it will happen, or which car or what types of articles will be filched. Well, I’ve just run across the ultimate opportunistic crime: Westmont College, in California, has announced that a professor’s laptop computer was stolen while […] read more

Connecticut Data Encryption: Senator To Propose Required Encryption For Insurance Companies.

It looks like Connecticut could be following in the footsteps of New Jersey: according to stamford.dailyvoice.com, state senators are considering proposing legislation that would require Insurance companies to encrypt any sensitive personal data.   If said proposal passes, it would become the second state I know of that makes it mandatory for insurance companies to use […] read more

Smartphone Security: Phone Theft Drops In Cities As Kill Switches Take Hold.

Reuters is reporting the unsurprising news that London, New York City, and San Francisco are seeing dramatic drops in smartphone thefts after the implementation of kill switches on devices became mandatory.  The ability to encrypt the contents of these devices has existed for years (via smartphone encryption that came either turned on by default or […] read more

HIPAA Data Protection: CDs Donated For Children’s Art Project Cause Medical Data Breach.

As medical organizations become better and better at protecting sensitive data – due largely to HIPAA regulations that “strongly encourage” the use of medical data security tools like AlertBoot’s managed disk encryption for laptops – we are beginning to see the rise of “tail-end” data breach vectors, like the one Virginia Commonwealth University Health System […] read more

Data Encryption Security: Target Unable To Stop Banks From Suing Over 1-Year Old Data Breach.

Approximately one year ago, retail behemoth Target experienced one of the largest data breaches in history.  The saga still continues; recently, a federal judge rejected the company’s wishes to dismiss a lawsuit filed by banks.  The implication, should the banks win, would be that companies can be sued for security failures.  For example, perhaps computers […] read more