Why the Small Business is Big Business for Hackers

It’s tough starting a small business, and even tougher to run one. When you’re caught up in the excitement of the start-up phase of a business, you’re often fuelled by hope and excitement, a kind of adrenaline that keeps you going through long days and steep climbs.

But once you’ve settled into your stride and get past the start-up phase, much of your day is spent spinning plates and fighting fires. Many of those fires are started maliciously by hackers, scammers, identity thieves and other miscreants who see small businesses as a big payday. All signs suggest that the small business is now the biggest target for cyber crooks. Continue reading

Breach News for February 2014


Organizations Impacted by a Breach in February

LocationCompany# BreachedInformation ExposedCause of BreachDate
IndianaIndiana University146,000Student names, Social Security numbers and addresses Employee Error02/2014
ArizonaArizona Pension System52,000Names, e-mail addresses, Social Security numbers and addresses of membersEmployee Theft10/2011
MarylandUniversity of Maryland309,079 Names, Social Security numbers, date of birth, and University identification numbersHacker02/2014
NationalForbes1,056,986 Unique emails addresses and accounts, educational accounts (.EDU)Forbes.com based emails including administrators accountsHacker (SEA)02/2014
NationalKickstarterUnknownUser names, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers and encrypted passwordsHacker02/2014
NationalWhite LodgingUnknown: 14 different hotels involved Names printed on customers’ credit or debit cards, credit or debit card numbers, the security code and card expiration datesHacker03/2013 - 12/2013
TexasSt. Joseph Health System405,000Patient names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, possibly addresses. Medical information for patients was accessible, as well as bank information for current and former employees.Hacker12/2013
NationalYahoo MailUnknownUsernames and passwords Hacker01/2014
TexasMidland Independent School District14,000Birthdates, Social Security numbers of all current students from seventh grade through high school seniors, along with graduates dating to the class of 2008Stolen Laptop and Hard Drive
CaliforniaEaster Seals3,026Date of birth, health care provider information, patient identification number, health care billing information and therapy notes

Stolen Laptop02/2014

Breach News for January 2014


Organizations Impacted by a Breach in January

LocationCompany# BreachedInformation ExposedCause of BreachDate
CaliforniaSnapchat4.6 Million usersUser Names and Phone NumbersHackers12/2013
MinnesotaTargetAdditional 70 MillionNames, Mailing addresses, Phone Numbers or email addressesHackers11/2013 - 12/2013
TexasNeiman Marcus1.1 MillionCredit and Debit CardsHackers07/2013 - 10/2013
VirginiaRiverside Healthcare919Patient RecordsInsider Theft09/2011 - 10/2013
WashingtonNORCOM6,000Patient Records
Fulltime and Volunteer
Firefighter personnel Data
GeorgiaPPMH6,700SSN’s DOB Diagnosis InfoPC Theft11/2013
New MexicoNMOHC12,354Names DOB Medical and Insurance informationLaptop Theft11/2013
South CarolinaDEW4,658SSN DOBInsider Theft12/2013