Data Breach

Three steps to take today if you have been impacted by the Equifax data breach

There are three immediate steps you can take on your own to begin to address the risk the potentially dangerous Equifax data breach poses. These steps are apart from signing up with Equifax for credit monitoring. Here are the steps, with explanations below. Information for Canadian and UK residents is included where available: If you

Some Online Loan Applications Endanger Consumers

Have you ever filled out an application online for a “loan matching service”? If so, you have to hope that you didn’t fill out an application on one of the websites operated by a company called Blue Global. They ran websites like autoloansusa.com, loanmarketplace.com, moneytoday.com, 247loan.com, 100dayloans.com, and others. Court documents released this week by the US Federal Trade Commission reveal that after the company collected consumers’ financial information, it sold most of that information to non-lenders, including SSNs, bank account numbers, and …

World Economic Forum Global Risk Report identifies cyberattacks and data theft as significant economic risks

The Global Risk Report 2017 from the World Economic Forum cites threats to global economic wellbeing ranging from natural disasters and large scale involuntary migration to — this year — risks arising from a “growing cyberdependency.” Specific risks the report calls out in this category are cyberattacks, data fraud and theft, critical infrastructure breakdown, and  “adverse

Top tips for people affected by the recent Yahoo security breach

On December 14 Yahoo announced a serious security breach in which sophisticated data attackers grabbed users’ answers to security questions, among other information such as names, email addresses, phone numbers, and birth dates. This breach is particularly worrisome because it culled sensitive information from 1 billion Yahoo customers, which makes this the largest data breach known to date. The