As we have seen this week with the Gulf States disinformation campaign involving a media outlet, cyber attacks can threaten brand names and political relationships, as well as national security and the economy. A recent Vectra Networks report indicates that the healthcare, education, and media industries are the most frequently targeted for cyber attacks, with media organizations in particular experiencing the highest exfiltration rates.
Hackers who breached Anthem’s computer systems took off with the private and sensitive personal information of more than 80 million past and current members.
This is twice the number of the 40 million individuals affected in every single data system breach recorded by the United States in the last 10 years, making the Anthem hack the biggest and potentially most dangerous security breach in the last decade.
Read more about what a customer should know and do when he/she is affected by a cyber attack on Tech Times.
Home Depot. Target. Sony. It seems like every other week, another company falls victim to hackers. While many companies are taking precautions—encrypting data, working with security firms, changing passwords often—they may be neglecting an important piece of the puzzle. In today’s environment, crisis preparation for cybersecurity issues is a necessity, and companies must consider internal communication implications.
Considering President Obama’s recent push for laws that will enable better communication between the government and companies about cyberthreats, now is the perfect time to take an inventory of your own company’s communications among your employees.
Read more about how to communicate with your employees during a cyber attack on Fast Company.
A hacking group leaked identifying details about 30,000 clients of a small Swiss bank, after Banque Cantonale de Geneve (BCGE) declined the group’s request to pay a ransom. The hackers’ asking price for continued privacy – Ten thousand Euros.
The hack and its seemingly small-scale demand — $12,000 at current exchange rates — speak to the prevalence and ease of a rapidly growing extortion industry that deals in stolen or hijacked data.
Read more about the hackers who released the hacked Swiss bank data because the bank did not heed their ransom on Bloomberg.