Pentagon Farmed Out Its Coding to Russia

By Patrick Malone, Center for Public Integrity The Pentagon was tipped off in 2011 by a longtime Army contractor that Russian computer programmers were helping to write computer software for sensitive U.S. military communications systems, setting in motion a four-year...

Military clearance OPM data breach ‘absolute calamity’

Anxiety is spreading among defense officials and the military community that the recent theft of federal government data linked to China may affect hundreds of thousands of service members. Compounding those concerns is the limited information made public by the...

Open Letter on the OPM Breach

"It's really frustrating to think that my family might suffer from my information having been stolen." Those are the words of David Thul, who served 22 years with the Minnesota National Guard, was deployed to Kosovo in 2003 and again to Iraq from 2005 to 2007. "My...

Should All Personal Information Be Encrypted?

Last month, the Health Insurance and Medical Privacy Act, or HIPAA, made your electronic medical records a lot safer. As welcome as these changes are, we need to go further. It is time for a federal law requiring encryption of any database that contains personally...

Are Ashley Madison users at risk of blackmail?

The group behind the hack of adultery website Ashley Madison appears to have made good on its threat, leaking the site's user database online—and potentially exposing those users to threats of blackmail. Last month, a group of hackers known as The Impact Team claimed...

Lifelock Once Again Failed at Its One Job: Protecting Data

Customers who hired the infamous ID theft-protection firm Lifelock to monitor their identities after their data was stolen in a breach were in for a surprise. It turns out Lifelock failed to properly secure their data.   Click here for...

OPM Hack: Can it get any worse?

For those of you that don’t have a security clearance, the information that is on these forms is staggering. Due to the fact that an initial security background has to be complete in order to properly “vet” the individual for access to classified data, applicants are...

Catching Up on the OPM Breach

I heard from many readers last week who were curious why I had not weighed in on the massive (and apparently still unfolding) data breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Turns out, the easiest way for a reporter to make sure everything hits the fan...

What does OPM’s data breach mean for you?

A massive cyber breach at the Office of Personnel Management may have exposed the personal and financial information of 4 million employees, putting their credit and finances at risk. But what does it mean for you? It means being vigilant about your credit scores and...

Why the OPM Breach is such a security and privacy debacle

If it’s not already a maxim, it should be: Every big hack discovered will eventually prove to be more serious than first believed. That’s holding to be especially true with the recently disclosed hack of the federal Office of Personnel Management, the government’s...

Federal Union Says OPM Data Breach Hit Every Single Federal Employee

The American Federation of Government Employees claimed Thursday that all federal employees and retirees, as well as one million former federal employees, had their personal information stolen in the federal data breach disclosed by the Office of Personnel...

How to get your CEO ready for a security breach

It’s never been more obvious how great a threat cybercriminals pose to every organization. Hackers, corporate spies, and nation-states have all targeted the defenses of global corporations, and increasingly embarrassing breach reports are making business executives...

Fines Remain Rare Even As Health Data Breaches Multiply

In a string of meetings and press releases, the federal government’s health watchdogs have delivered a stern message: They are cracking down on insurers, hospitals and doctors offices that don’t adequately protect the security and privacy of medical records. “We’ve...

You’ve been hacked. Now what?

What should a company do after it’s been hacked? It’s a question Target, Home Depot, Sony Pictures Entertainment and others have had to ask over the past year or so. And it’s likely that other organizations will be facing the same question over the coming months....

Top 10 Myths About Identity Theft

Each new data breach and phishing scam alert is accompanied by a wave of cyber security articles and commentary. The tone of these stories can range from panicked to apathetic. But the facts can't be ignored: identity theft is an epidemic in the United States....

People Want Safe Communications, Not Usable Cryptography

For encryption to be widely used, it must be built into attractive, easy-to-use apps like those people already rely on. Security and privacy expert Micah Lee recently described how he helped set up cryptographically protected communications between whistleblower...

Moda Health looks to ease members minds on medical data theft

In lieu of the proliferation of data breaches across all sectors, but particularly in healthcare,  a Portland-based health insurer is offering what it says is deeper protection against medical ID fraud for members with the launch of its MIDAS alerts with ID Experts....