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How Cybercriminals Profit From Your Personal Data

Did you know that stores are likely to keep your name, credit card number, address, email address, and even date of birth stored on file for long periods of time? With information like this sitting idle, it often becomes an easy target for cyber criminals. This month, SiteLock is supporting Data Privacy Day on January 28th to create awareness around the importance of privacy and protecting personal information.

Security breaches are on the rise and this trend is not slowing. Over 750 breaches occurred during 2015 with more than 170 million records exposed. The number of breached data records in 2015 nearly doubled the records breached in 2014.

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It’s a Holiday Security Breach Blowout

This week we have a personal story for our readers. It’s a heartwarming tale of multiple mass data compromises, which affected yours truly. We’ll also discuss how major data breaches occur, and what you can do to protect yourself in the Age of the Large Data Breach.

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Top 10 Largest Data Breaches of 2015

With 2015 almost over, let’s take a look back at the top 10 largest data breaches of the year. Hopefully your company didn’t make the list!

10 largest data breaches of 2015

2015 Attack Timeline

Make sure you don’t make next years list: visit SiteLock and find the security solution that fits your website.

Want to learn more? Check out the top data breaches that hit the retail industry in 2015.

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Top Retail Data Breaches of 2015

Waves of widespread, continuous cyber attacks hit the retail sector hard in 2014. Big names, including Home Depot and Michaels, suffered massive data breaches that affected millions of customers. Some experts predicted these hacks would slow in 2015 as new payment systems, such as Apple Pay and credit card chips were introduced. Unfortunately, this simply wasn’t true and this year proved to be no different. Cybercriminals continued their assault on retailers, stealing customer data, including names, addresses, social security numbers and even passport information. With the holiday shopping season in full swing, we took a look at this year to reflect on the retailers who were hit the hardest—and to offer up a few lessons learned.

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Put the Customer’s Data First: Data Protection in the Holiday Season

As more consumers shift to online shopping this holiday season, they expect their information to be protected every time they make a purchase. With just weeks left until the holiday season kicks off, now is the time to review your current website security strategy. It is important to ensure you’re well equipped to protect your customers’ data when cyber criminals attack.

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Cybersecurity Report: July 21, 2015

Website SecurityOPM Director Katherine Archuleta Steps Down

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta resigned last Friday, a day after revealing that the recent data breach of employee information was much larger than originally thought and had probably affected 22.1 million current, former and prospective US government employees and their family members. Archuleta’s departure has been confirmed in an email she sent to OPM staff. Beth Cobert, previously the U.S. chief performance officer and a deputy director at OPM, has taken over as the acting director of OPM since last Saturday.

Army National Guard Struck by Data Breach

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Cybersecurity Report: July 15, 2015

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Hacktivist Group AnonOpsIndia Hacks BSNL Website, Days After Hacking Nation’s PAN Database

As a protest against the Indian government’s recent push on net neutrality and Digital India, AnonOpsIndia, a hacktivist group, compromised BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) Telecommunications’ websites on Friday. Prior to the BSNL hack, AnonOpsIndia, usually referred as “Anonymous India,” has already compromised the nation’s PAN database and a coal-sector website last week.

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Cybersecurity Report: July 7, 2015

GAO Sees Room for Improvement in Bank Cyber Security Exams

A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) suggests that U.S. banking regulators must hire and train more examiners with technology expertise to give more useful cyber security recommendations to small and mid-sized banks. According to GAO, many U.S. credit unions are vulnerable to cyber threats from outside vendors that help run their businesses, because their overseer, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) lacks authority to review technology practices of those companies.

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Why DDoS Protection Is No Longer Optional

If businesses are to survive the growing threat of DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks, then DDoS protection must evolve quickly and respond even faster. Hackers have no shortage of options when it comes to launching DDoS attacks. In early October, Akamai warned that hackers are now targeting Universal Plug and Play devices, or UPnP, to launch their attacks. The firm estimated that there were more than 4 million UPnP devices, from home routers to web cams, that were vulnerable to being conscripted by hackers to launch devastating DDoS attacks.

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Protecting Your Business From A Data Breach

It’s been a good time for malware and its authors, but a very bad time for businesses and especially those that have suffered a data breach. A variety of point of sale (PoS) malware has run rampant through thousands of business and retailers in just the last few months, creating a massive haul of stolen credentials for hackers worldwide. And making consumers a very nervous bunch.

The Home Depot Data Breach

The latest victim is Home Depot, which only just announced that it had lost at least 56 million customer credit and debit cards to hackers who used a variant of PoS malware that’s growing in popularity amongst criminals — because it apparently works very well.

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