Month: October 2016

The Perils of an AT&T-Time Warner Merger: commercial surveillance

With the news that telecom giant AT&T has agreed to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion, Frank Sesno might as well be having an acid flashback. Sesno was CNN’s Washington bureau chief back in January 2000, when Time Warner, the cable network’s parent company, triumphantly announced its acquisition by AOL. Like the latest proposed megamerger, …

Video on Alleged Medical Device Flaws Stirs Controversy

Investment firm Muddy Waters Capital and security research start-up MedSec Holdings are again stirring up controversy, this time by releasing a video spotlighting more alleged cybersecurity flaws in St. Jude Medical cardiac devices. Back in August, the investment firm issued a report saying it was placing a short-sell bet that St. Jude Medical’s stock price …

IBM Is Counting on Its Bet on Watson, and Paying Big Money for It

IBM has spent more than $4 billion buying a handful of companies with vast stores of medical data. “A.I. machines are only as smart as the data you give them,” said John E. Kelly, who oversees IBM’s research labs and the Watson business. CreditJoshua Bright for The New York Times Watson, can you grow into …

Multifactor Authentication – A Key Component of the “STOP. THINK. CONNECT.” Initiative

Too often security experts and security companies focus on the business to business (B2B) or business to government markets (B2G). STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ is the global online safety awareness campaign to help all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online addressing the consumer. Last month, the White House and the National Cyber Security Alliance …

You Think Your Mobile App is Safe? Think Again… The Silent Nature of All Mobile Attacks is What Makes Them so Damaging

Sadly, users are still their own worst enemy as they are not taking the safeguards to help protect themselves in digital mobile market today. As reported by Infosecurity Magazine,today, only 45% report locking their phone with a pin, password or biometric. Yet 83% of consumers are extremely, very or somewhat concerned about Identity theft in …

Join POMM CEO Today for an Interactive Discussion: “POMM could be the next Elio Motors. We are crowdfunding”

POMM $10 Million Title IV, Reg. A+ Equity Crowdfunding Campaign Join POMM CEO David Freidenberg for an Interactive Discussion October 13, 2:00 – 3:00pm (EDT) POMM would like to invite you to attend this live virtual video presentation and Q&A to discuss their $10 million Title IV Regulation A + Equity Crowdfunding Campaign. Register here: http://events.shindig.com/event/pommoffering …

Web-Based Keylogger Used to Steal Credit Card Data from Popular Sites

Popular ecommerce sites have been infected with web-based keyloggers that are being used to steal credit card data as it’s entered into online checkout forms. More than 100 compromised sites have been identified, but the number could be in the thousands, researchers said. RiskIQ, in collaboration with ClearSky, published their findings Thursday, and said some of …

APWG report: Phishing surges by 250 percent in Q1 2016

The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG)observed more phishing attacks in the first quarter of 2016 than in any other three-month span since it began tracking data in 2004, according to the anti-cybercrime coalition’s Q1 Phishing Activity Trends Report. In keeping with those findings, the APWG reported that the number of phishing websites it detected jumped a startling …

Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

The Portland (Maine) International Jetport recently said it lost or misplaced a USB drive containing the personal information, including Social Security numbers, of 950 employees. In January 2016, the Vancouver, B.C., Ministry of Education admitted that it may have disclosed personal information on 3.4 million students when a portable hard drive was lost by a …

Exclusive: Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for U.S. intelligence – sources

Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter. The company complied with a classified U.S. government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the …