Cyber Security

Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

»Posted on Sep 7, 2017 in Cyber Security, News

Equifax says a giant cybersecurity breach compromised the personal information of as many as 143 million Americans — almost half the country. Cyber criminals have accessed sensitive information — including names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and the numbers of some driver’s licenses. Additionally, Equifax said that credit card numbers for about 209,000 U.S. customers were exposed, as was “personal identifying information” on roughly 182,000 U.S. customers involved in credit report disputes. Residents in the U.K. and Canada were also impacted. The breach occurred between mid-May and July, Equifax said. The company said it discovered the hack on July 29. “This is clearly a disappointing event for our company, and...

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Windows 10 Update – Words for the Legally Wise

»Posted on Oct 25, 2015 in Cyber Security, News

For those considering the upgrade to Windows 10, I have reviewed the terms and conditions of its use. This operating system, released in the summer of 2015, has been in the news lately. In summary, it is for the user to determine the advisability of downloading this updated operating system. It appears that the privacy controls could be used to effectively mitigate, but not eliminate, the substantial intrusions into user privacy. Digging Up the Facts: The Microsoft Windows 10 “Microsoft Privacy Statement” http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/privacystatement/default.aspx (“Privacy Statement”) and related “Microsoft License Terms” http://www.microsoft.com/enus/Useterms/Retail/Windows/10/UseTerms_Retail_Windows_10_English.htm (”EULA”), although much more...

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