05 Feb 2019

The Navy Needs 2 Tons of Storage Devices Burned to Ash

What do you do when you need to destroy massive of classified information stored on digital devices? If you are the U.S. Navy, you issue a solicitation for incineration services able to reduce 4,000 pounds of IT equipment “to ash.” The devices were housed by projects working on “land-based weapons

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26 Dec 2018

2018: A Banner Year for Breaches

“Another day, another data breach?” Breach fatigue is setting in as the next new breach hits headlines on an overwhelmingly regular basis. Rather than “tuning out” or ignoring the breaches, however, they must become alarm bells that drive companies, individuals, and governments around the world to implement proactive security practices

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21 Dec 2018

Amazon Sends 1,700 Alexa Voice Recordings to a Random Person

Amazon sent 1,700 voice recordings captured by their Alexa in-home device to a random person. An individual in Germany requested copies of all of his data on Amazon’s files as part of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. As part of their compliance, however, Amazon included 1,700 voice recordings from

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14 Dec 2018

Taxpayer IDs for 120 Million Brazilians Exposed Online

“A misconfigured server exposed the taxpayer identification numbers, or Cadastro de Pessoas Físicas (CPFs), for 120 million Brazilian nationals for an unknown period of time Before a Brazilian national can perform many tasks such as opening a bank account, creating a business, paying taxes, or getting a loan, they must first apply for a Cadastro

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11 Dec 2018

CDs, faxes make comeback as military file-sharing service taken offline

“The shuttering of a widely used military file-sharing service last month has left the services without an online option for transferring sensitive unclassified files, so they’re turning to CDs, DVDs, postal mail and even fax machines. Both the Navy and Marine Corps issued official guidance late last month saying optical

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06 Dec 2018

Quora Breach Exposes a Wealth of Info on 100M Users

Joining the ranks of organizations like the dealing with a data breach in the past weeks (most notably USPS, Dell EMC, Dunkin Donuts, and Marriott), crowdsourced answer website Quora has had a breach impacting up to 100 million users. The breach included usernames, email addresses, hashed passwords, direct messages, and information

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04 Dec 2018

The Biggest Data Breaches Of All Time, Ranked

News of new data breaches splash across the headlines on a seemingly weekly, if not daily, basis. Marriott’s loss of personal information from around 500 million guests is the most recent and one of the most largest. But how does it stack up against others by sheer numbers? This Nextgov

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30 Nov 2018

Marriott: Data on 500 Million Guests Stolen in 4-Year Breach

“Hospitality giant Marriott today disclosed a massive data breach exposing the personal and financial information on as many as a half billion customers who made reservations at any of its Starwood properties over the past four years. Marriott said the breach involved unauthorized access to a database containing guest information

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02 Nov 2018

Steganography and a New Covert Messaging Technique? Complete Works Of Shakespeare Hidden Inside Twitter Thumbnail Image

A researcher has embedded the complete works of William Shakespeare in an image that he has distributed on Twitter. From the file, even the thumbnail image, the embedded file containing the works can be accessed. Embedding hidden information and messages inside objects or images that are not secret is known

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30 Oct 2018

Federal CIO: Artificial Intelligence Initiatives Will Flop Without Quality Data

With all the talk about Artificial Intelligence, little has been said about developments or quality protocols in data management. And with a technology that is only as good as the data that enables it, this is a problem. “If we don’t make the right investments on the data side, it’s

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