Louisville Hall of Justice Computer Stolen And Recovered, Hard Drive Still Missing.

There are reports out of Kentucky that a computer being used at the Louisville Hall of Justice has been stolen. The notable thing about this story, however, is that the computer was eventually recovered. Even more notable: the recovered computer was missing its hard drive. This small fact can be interpreted in many ways, but […] read more

Target Settles With 47 Attorneys General Over 2013 Hack.

One of the biggest hacks in history was the Target credit hack of winter 2013, which affected approximately 60 million people. Four years later, Target is finally putting the situation behind, settling legal action brought to it by 47 states. The amount: $18.5 million. This does not include the many millions the Minnesota-based retailer paid […] read more

Data Breach Results In Loss Of $350 Million in Yahoo-Verizon Deal.

Last week, Verizon finally decided to go forward with the acquisition of Yahoo, the perennial would-be comeback internet search and media company. The deal, announced last year, saw an unusual delay when Yahoo revealed that it had been hacked, the largest data breach in history as of then. This was followed a couple of months […] read more

IRS Hacked, 101K PINs For Electronic Tax Filing Stolen (aka, What’s New?).

According to csoonline.com, the IRS had to block unknown persons or person who was downloading a massive trove of PINs used for electronic tax filing: The attack occurred in January and targeted an IRS Web application that taxpayers use to obtain their so-called Electronic Filing (E-file) PINs. The app requires taxpayer information such as name, […] read more

HIPAA Encryption: Why Use NIST-Validated Encryption?.

The site gawker.com has some click-bait titled “Public NYC Taxicab Database Lets You See How Celebrities Tip.”  Despite the gossipy nature of the title, the article itself goes into some very specifics on how this was possible despite the information being “protected.”  It’s not a giant leap from there to why one must ensure the […] read more

HIPAA Encryption: Medical Record Theft From Shed Affects 40,000 In Jersey City.

Tens of thousands of patients were affected by a medical data breach in New Jersey.  Patient health records, collected between 1982 and 2009, were stolen from the shed of a Jersey City doctor.  The story would be unremarkable except for the number of people involved and the fact that information was stored on paper.  This […] read more

Encryption Law: EU Ministers Say Encryption Must Provide Safe Harbor From Publicizing Data Breach.

Details are beginning to emerge for the European Union’s data protection laws.  Like many before it, the use of encryption software is being encouraged in order to safeguard the private information of people who fall under the EU’s jurisdiction.  In addition, a number of other details are being considered as well, such as the use […] read more