American JobLink Alliance Breach Affects 4.8 Million

Breach:Scam Feature April 2017

April Breach:Scam CalloutWhat happened? 

American JobLink Alliance (AJLA), a web-based system that connects jobseekers to employers across the United States, recently reported a data breach affecting an estimated 4.8 million individuals.

The breach, caused by a hack, left jobseekers’ names, Social Security numbers and birthdates exposed. Hackers gained access into the company’s system by creating an account with the company, then exploited a vulnerability in the online application’s code.

The breach’s nationwide impact affected victims in ten different states.

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Combating Ransomware: Back Up, Patch Up, Catch Up

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Ransomware strikes, panic sets in 

Ransomware, the computer malware designed to hold your devices and files ransom, can pose a huge threat to your company. Once a device is infected, it only takes a few seconds for a ransom note to display —demanding payment in exchange for a key to unlock your system. Until you pay the ransom, your device is virtually useless. And even if a payment is made, there’s no guarantee that the hacker will unlock your device. In short, you’re left with two choices: dig into your business funds to pay the ransom or let the hackers keep your files and hope they don’t further misuse your compromised information?

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What Happens To Your Information After a Data Breach?

Data Breach April 2017

Data breaches have become all-too-common amongst retailers, businesses, educational institutions and health care facilities. Last year, 1,093 data breaches led to over 36 million compromised records in the United States, leaving millions of Americans’ personal information exposed. 

The best way you can protect your information from compromise is by taking proactive measures to safeguard it, especially after a data breach. Follow us as we break down what can happen to your information after a data breach, what the law says about notifying you of breached data and how to secure information that has already been compromised.  Continue reading

1 Billion Breached, 2nd Yahoo Hack

Yahoo 1 Billion Users Breached

UPDATE 03/15/2017: New York Times reported that two Russian intelligence agents were behind the massive Yahoo data breach that affected 500 million Yahoo users in 2014. According to the Justice Department, these agents were initially assigned to find hackers operating in the U.S. Instead, the two Russian agents led what is being referred to as a “sweeping criminal conspiracy,” using stolen Yahoo data to target specific individuals (international government officials, journalists/media reporters, business executives). Federal prosecutors also found that they had broken into 50 Google accounts belonging to Russian officials and cybersecurity employees.

Separately, the breached information was used to circulate spam and collect payment card and gift card data. The suspects are facing a total of 47 criminal charges.

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