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2016 – The Year of the Email Pwn

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 12:20 by ZixCorp
To say that email hacks rocked the presidential election would be an understatement. We have never seen such widespread, high-profile email hacking on this scale before. Over the past six months alone, we have witnessed the DNC , John Podesta and Colin Powell all fall victim to email hacks, and what’s worse, the contents of their conversations exposed for the world to see via WikiLeaks. By the overall scale and scope of these hacks, we wouldn’t be out of line to look at 2016 as THE year of the email hack. With such public hacks, many in business are probably wondering if something...
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If You Don't Want to See Your Email in the News, Encrypt It

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 08:31 by Dena Bauckman
Over the past few weeks, many news stories and much of the public’s attention has been focused on the email breaches at the DNC. It is believed hackers accessed DNC email servers by using a technique called spear phishing. Spear phishing is when you receive an email that looks like it is from someone you know with the intention of getting you to click on a link, so the hacker can download malicious code. The malicious code then allows hackers to access vulnerable systems and information, such as emails. The DNC is not the only organization to have an email breach. In 2014, Sony had a...
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Human Error - Avoiding Corporate Embarrassment

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 16:49 by Neil Farquharson
I am constantly amazed how intelligent people manage to cause harm through silly lapses involving email. The Office of Civil Rights - part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - reports that in 2015, no less than 39 healthcare providers and insurers suffered email related breaches where more than 500 patient records were exposed. In almost every case, human error was the primary factor causing the breach. Another most embarrassing incident occurred at Carnegie Mellon University last February when the University apparently broke the hearts of 800 applicants to its master's...
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Don’t Sweat Cyber Monday with DLP

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:50 by ZixCorp
Ah, Thanksgiving. The official start to the Holiday season. While “Black Friday” nabs many of the headlines (and YouTube videos), an increased number of people trade parking nightmares and endless lines at stores this weekend in exchange for online shopping during Cyber Monday. Come Monday, November 30, shoppers will flood into their workplaces ready to boot up their company computers and get online in time to snag some deals. With online retailers running flash sales and making only small volumes of product available to shoppers, you can almost guarantee employees will be doing their best to...
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Newswire Services Aren’t the Only Exposure for Public Companies

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 15:13 by ZixCorp
For years, the top markets investing in data protection were healthcare, financial services and government. The reasons were clear: These companies and organizations collect, manage and exchange an endless amount of personal data – social security numbers, health records, banks accounts, etc. – and data protection is crucial to maintaining trust with clients, patients and the public. With so much personal data, these same companies and organizations are highly regulated, and data protection is required for regulatory compliance. See acronyms such as HIPAA and GLBA . Some companies that...
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SEC Investigates Widespread Email Hacking

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 12:56 by Neil Farquharson
In overnight breaking news, it was revealed that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating a group of hackers who appear repeatedly to have broken into email systems at biotech and healthcare companies to gain financial advantages by trading in these companies’ stocks. Reuters is reporting that John Reed Stark, a former head of internet enforcement at the SEC, told them that having a government agency ask businesses to disclose details about breaches is "an absolute first." He also described the email interceptions as a "dangerous, new method of...
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Data Loss Disaster: A Sobering Tale

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 10:41 by Neil Farquharson
Australian Jason Wang was pleased with the purchase of his $200 Groupon gift card to be used at a local Woolworths , a large grocery chain. However he was not so happy when he checked his online account to discover his balance was ze ro. His $200 was gone. He wasn’t alone: according to this article , an email sent by a Woolworths employee to hundreds of customers contained the wrong attachment. Instead of including details to redeem their vouchers, the attachment contained not only the codes to access all 8,000 of these vouchers, but also the email addresses and names of over one...
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Obama Unclassified Emails Hacked

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 11:53 by Neil Farquharson
Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that an unclassified email account belonging to President Obama has been compromised by Russian hackers. The US government has a system named the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS, pronounced “Jay-wicks”) that is utilized to exchange classified information. Although it is alleged to have been one of the systems accessed by Chelsea/Bradley Manning, it is still believed to be very secure. Nevertheless unclassified information is routinely exchanged using regular email accounts, and according to the New York Times...
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