Netherlands Officially Files 5,500 Breach Notifications In 2016.

The Personal Data Protection Authority of the Netherlands (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, “AP”) revealed last week that they received nearly 5,500 data breach notifications in 2016, the first year of mandatory data breach notifications for the European country. This contrasts with the 980 data breaches in the same period for the US, compiled by the Identity Theft […] read more

US Government Committee Concludes (Yet Again) That Encryption Backdoors Undesirable.

As the year draws to a close – and what a year! – we finally have some good, sensible news: the US government has found that “any measure that weakens encryption works against the national interest,” and so encryption backdoors are an untenable scenario. This should be the final and decisive nail to the coffin […] read more

iPhone Encryption: FL Appeals Judge Says “OK” to Compel Password.

A new iPhone encryption case is making the headlines. Unlike many of the controversial ones to date, I think it can safely be said that in this case, the courts were right in compelling the suspect to unlock his smartphone.   Up-Skirt Videos A voyeur – we’ll call him John Doe, although his name was […] read more

Laptop Encryption: Chesapeake Public Schools Laptop Theft Affects Over 10,000 Employees.

According to a couple of sources, Chesapeake Public Schools in Virginia is notifying employees about a potential data breach. Per their announcement, nearly 11,000 people could be affected by the theft of a laptop computer. It appears that laptop encryption software was not used to protect the contents. Password protection, however, was used. Assuming that […] read more

UMass Amherst Settles HIPAA Violation for $650,000 and Corrective Action.

In 2003, the University of Massachusetts – Amherst (UMass Amherst) was embroiled in a health data security breach. A workstation computer was infected with malware, leading to a HIPAA violation involving patient data for 1,670 people. Skip to three years later, and UMass Amherst has settled legal actions related to the breach, brought by the […] read more

California Amends Data Breach Notification For Encrypted Data.

Beginning on January 1, 2017, organizations in California cannot automatically assume that personal details are safe if they were encrypted at the time of a data breach. This, in turn, means that businesses and other organizations will have to give some thought as to whether a data breach must be made public.   Encrypted Personal […] read more

Data Breach Reparations: Still Evolving, Consumers Begin To See Glimmers.

According to idtheftcenter.org, the US has seen over 858 data breaches that involved over 29 million records in 2016 (to be more specific, up until November 8). The list of breaches does not include those that go unreported, for obvious reasons, as well as those that weren’t vetted by credible sources like state Attorney General […] read more

Habitat For Humanity Data Breach Affects 5000+ People.

Habitat for Humanity, the charity that builds affordable housing across the globe for the underprivileged, was found to be leaking sensitive information online, according to dailydot.com. Over 400 gigabytes of information – including detailed information on approximately 4,600 people – was left unsecured in the cloud. (More specifically, it was Habitat for Humanity Michigan.) The […] read more

Cloud Services: Will It Be There When You Need It?.

How much should you (or can you) trust the cloud to be there when you need it? Last week, the top US internet sites went dark, on and off, for a couple of hours or so due to a historically unprecedented denial of service attack (DDoS). Over the past week, we’ve learnt that the assault […] read more

California Accountants Hacked To File Fraudulent Tax Returns.

Time has shown that all types of businesses are targets for hacking. The big ones, because they have money. The small and medium-sized businesses, because they have money, although less of it than big enterprises. Stories of phishing or hacking into computers that host electronic banking activities have popped up in the news frequently. Here’s […] read more