Third-Party Data Breaches: An Unavoidable Threat for All Businesses

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Corporate data breaches are nearly a daily occurrence, and it’s not only the largest, most visible companies that are exposed to the risk. Often, data vulnerabilities can stem from relationships that companies have with vendors, suppliers, partners, and other third parties. Small- and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) are especially vulnerable to data theft. They typically have fewer resources, lack a security infrastructure, or don’t think they are as exposed to the risk of breaches as larger organizations. Continue reading

Website Selling Access to Personal Data Seized by FBI

FBI Seizes WeLeakInfo.com

Ever wonder what happens to your information once it is exposed in a data breach? In most cases, the data is put up for sale to cybercriminals operating in the dark web — the black market of the internet where individuals can act privately and anonymously, and which requires specific “dark web browsers” to access. But one website was designed to house stolen data on the surface, bringing it out of the dark web and putting it at the fingertips of anyone who performed a simple search — starting as low as $2! Continue reading

Landry’s Suffers Malware Attack, Payment Data Exposed

What Happened?

On January 2, 2020, dining and entertainment conglomerate, Landry’s, announced a point-of-sale malware attack that targeted customers’ payment card data – the company’s second data breach since 2015. Landry’s owns over 600 popular American restaurants across the U.S., including Del Frisco’s Grill, Joe’s Crab Shack, Bubba Gump, Rainforest Café and more; 63 of Landry’s restaurant brands were impacted by the malware. The number of customers affected by the breach has not been disclosed, but the malicious code is expected to have picked up payment details from credit and debit cards swiped on Landry’s order entry systems occurring between March 13 and October 17, 2019. The hacked Personally Identifiable Information (PII) included credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates, verification codes and cardholder names. Continue reading

December is National Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month

Did you know that December is National Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month? The hustle and bustle of the holidays often means we’re all a bit more preoccupied both on and off the clock — creating an opportunity for fraudsters to take advantage of that distraction. December is often a time when data breaches increase and sensitive data gets leaked, making this month a great time to review tips and resources to help build strong habits that protect your personal information and safeguard yourself, your family, and your organization from identity fraud year-round. Continue reading