Cross-Linking Social Media & Apps is Risky Business

The Fine Line Between Convenience & Security

Try to solve this riddle: What’s something that many of us use every day, but also offers up tons of sensitive and personal information like your age, birthday, location, personal and professional relationships and more – all publicly? 

The answer: your social media profiles. 

While you may feel uneasy leaving your house unlocked when you’re away on vacation, leaving your personal information open to the public never seems as bad. Free, personalized services at the cost of your personal data can easily seem worth the trade. 

But if you didn’t know already, few things in life are truly free.  Continue reading

American JobLink Alliance Breach Affects 4.8 Million

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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The Data Breach Domino Effect

Medical Informatics Engineering Data Breach Chain Reaction Fighting Identity Crimes

What happened?

On June 10, Medical Informatics Engineering, an Indiana-based medical software company, disclosed a hack of personal and medical information. The breach affected 3.9 million consumers nationwide; many of which had probably never heard of this company before.

Why? Because third party data breaches, like the Medical Informatics Engineering breach, often become part of a massive chain event. Continue reading