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Employees Maliciously Cause Data Breaches at American Express and Yahoo

In two separate incidents, U.S. companies American Express and Yahoo have both been affected by data breaches of their clients’ personal information. Both attacks were the result of insider threats – a type of cyberattack caused by an internal person in the company. The American Express Incident American Express stated that data that was leaked…
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What Is Malware and How Can You Stop It?

Malware, or malicious software, is any piece of software that is developed with malicious intent. There are many strains of malware that do everything from stealing sensitive data to locking files behind ransom walls. There are many ways that a computer can become infected with malware. Many of these, such as phishing, rely on user…
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3rd Party Programs: Are They Cybersecurity Weakpoints?

Almost 400 dental offices were infected with ransomware in a cyberattack this August. The computers became infected after DDS Safe, a 3rd party cloud backup software that all the affected offices were using, was compromised. The software was developed by Dental Technology Company PerCSoft. Affected offices had their computer files encrypted behind ransomwalls. On August…
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VPN Devices Need Patching: New Vulnerabilities Have Been Discovered

The Canadian Centre for Cybersecurity recently stressed the importance of keeping VPN devices up-to-date. Because VPN devices act as points of contact between a network and the internet, they are particularly vulnerable to cyberattack. The Centre for Cybersecurity identified four types of VPN that are particularly vulnerable: Fortinet Forigate, Palo Alto GlobalProtect, Pulse Connect Secure,…
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22 Governments in Texas Hit By First Coordinated Ransomware Attack

On August 16th, the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) stated that 22 local Texan governments were simultaneously hit by coordinated ransomware attacks. They also stated that most of the victims were small-sized local governments. While government-targeted ransomware attacks are not new, this is the first incident of this scale and level of coordination. According…
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Cyberattackers Are Targeting IOT Devices: How Do You Defend Yourself?

A new threat group, called “STRONTIUM”, was recently discovered by the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC). In April 2019, this cyberthreat infiltrated private company networks through 3 different IoT devices – a VoIP phone, printer, and video decoder. The Microsoft researchers reported that the devices were compromised as a result of the devices running out-of-date…
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106 Million Affected By Capital One Data Breach

In one of the largest financial data theft incidents in history, Capital One Financial Corporation reported on July 19th 2019 that around 106 million of its clients’ data was leaked due to cyberattack. Of the affected, 100 million are located in the U.S. and 6 million in Canada. Capital One announced that personal client information…
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Watch Out! Supply Chain Attacks are on the Rise

In a recent report, Microsoft has stated that supply chain attacks have become an increasingly pressing concern for cybersecurity professionals. What are Supply Chain Attacks? Computer software is constantly updated by developers. These are released to the public through cycles of patches. A supply Chain Attack is a type of cyberattack that infiltrates a victim’s…
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Data Exposure: How do you avoid it?

The first major data exposure of 2019 has occurred. VOIPo, a Voice-Over-IP service provider based in California, accidentally publicized its databases, leading to almost 7 million VOIP call logs, message logs, and other sensitive information being leaked. The leak was discovered by Cloudfare security researcher Justin Paine, who found out that VOIPo’s data was available…
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How to Prepare for the Upcoming Data Privacy Act

The Canadian government has set November 1st as the official date that the new Digital Privacy Act will be implemented. On this day, all private Canadian organizations will need to ensure that they have adhered to the rules defined by this new act. The document outlines regulations regarding the protocols of handling data breaches –…
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