Data Breach

What to do if your data is in a breach

In today’s online world, we hear of massive data breaches every year. And, perhaps more likely than not, you may also have had some of your data breached. Consider the major breaches that have been in the news lately – 143 million people affected through the Equifax breach in 2017, 327 million people affected from […]

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Bill Gates, Identity Theft

What is Identity Theft?

In 2013, Bill Gates learned one day that a hacker had leaked his credit card information and social insurance number online. Despite his billions, his identity had been stolen. While it may be slightly ironic that a billionaire computer-wizard fell victim to such a crime, it just goes to show the extent of this issue. […]

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Phishing Attacks on the Rise during Holiday Season

Online spending is poised to reach an unprecedented $143.7 billion this holiday season. This is a 14% increase from 2018. When surveyed, 57% of consumers say they plan to use a credit or debit card to make holiday purchases. Close to 41% of consumers plan to buy internet of things (IoT) devices this holiday season […]

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Millions of Text Messages Found Online

Canadians are all too familiar with receiving automated text messages from many of the services they use. Large companies such as Uber and Google send these automated messages to their users in order to verify their identity, reset their passwords, or for marketing purposes. Many businesses and public universities outsource this task to private companies […]

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OnePlus Confirms Customers’ Data Breached

When one thinks of affordable Chinese suppliers of technology, one may think of Huawei and its headline-grabbing national security concerns. OnePlus, another manufacturer of affordable consumer electronics competes with Huawei for western market share. OnePlus manufactures smartphones such as the OnePlus 7T. The company is the fifth-largest smartphone manufacturer in North America. On 22 November […]

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Disney+’s Rocky Launch

10 million people in Canada, the United States, and the Netherlands signed up for Disney+ at launch. The streaming platform was released on 12 November 2019. It features classic Disney content and exclusive releases. Thousands of accounts were for sale on the dark web for as little as $3 within hours. Disney+ is an attractive […]

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Canada Post Forcing Users to Change Passwords

Starting on 17 October 2019, Canada Post customers began receiving notifications that they needed to reset their passwords with Canada Post’s online service. Canada Post stated that this was not due to a specific data breach, but that customers’ data had been compromised in other data breaches. Many users recycle the same login credentials across […]

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Uber Paid Ransom, Had Hackers Sign NDA

The two men responsible for accessing Uber’s confidential corporate databases through Amazon Web Services using stolen credentials pleaded guilty on Wednesday, 30 October 2019. In 2016, Brandon Charles Glover and Vasile Mereacre demanded that Uber pay a ransom in exchange for assurances they would delete the data of 57 million riders and drivers. The hackers […]

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Will your bank protect you if hackers steal your money?

We all assume that our money is safe so long as it remains in our bank accounts and that the bank would be responsible if something were to happen to it. However, a CBC GoPublic investigation this week revealed that Canadian financial institutions are often leaving their customers on the hook when funds are stolen […]

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Is your SIN safe?

Canadians’ Social insurance numbers (SINs), are becoming increasingly compromised in data breaches. For example, 1 million SINs were stolen in the CapitalOne data breach that occurred in July 2019. Social insurance numbers were also compromised in the Desjardins data breach that compromised the personal data of 2.7 million Canadians.  Criminals have been harvesting SINs for […]

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First Capital One, now TransUnion… breaches continue.

CapitalOne data breach On 23 September 2019, CapitalOne announced that it had notified consumers of a data breach that affected six million Canadians. In July, the company discovered that an attacker had gained access to the personal information of consumers who had applied for a credit card between 2005 and early 2019. Some consumers had […]

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Words with Friends Hack: The New Normal?

Passwords with Friends: Zynga, Inc target of cyberattack On 1 October 2019, social media game developer Zygna Inc. disclosed that a Pakistani serial hacker breached the company’s popular Words with Friends game. The hacker gained access to 218 million users. Zynga is the developer of some of the best-known social media games, such as Farmville. […]

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Where does your party stand on Cyber Security?

Last year, the federal government published a revised strategy for keeping Canadians safe online. The officious National Cyber Security Strategy: Canada’s Vision for Security and Prosperity in the Digital Age clocks in at thirty-five pages. Included in the strategy, which was the result of two years of consultations across industry and academia, is a dedication […]

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Desjardins’ “Free Credit Monitoring” Offer Falls Short

Free credit monitoring has become the financial services industry’s standard response to data breaches. Immediately following Desjardins disclosure in mid-June of a massive data breach impacting the personal information of nearly 3 million of its members, the company offered free credit monitoring protection to affected clients, initially for one year but subsequently increased to five […]

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Why Do You Want My Data?

Mandatory data breach reporting has been in place in Canada now for almost a year. During that time, over 400 breaches impacting almost two of every three Canadians have been reported to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, with victims suffering a range of ills from financial crime to violence. In light of this staggering […]

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Should you care about cyberattacks?

Digital security is a threat area which is becoming increasingly important for everyone – including the government. If you’ve been following our weekly data breach headlines here, you certainly know that no organization or business is safe from a cyberattack. Realizing this, the American government authorized the creation of a dedicated cyberwarfare unit in 2009 […]

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Stats, Lawsuits and Recovery

August 16, 2019 Biometrics in Britain Some very frightening news out of Britain this week: a contractor used by British police, banks and the defence industry to store biometric data has suffered a data breach, losing access to millions of records. Suprema, a company who provides biometric access data including fingerprints and facial recognition, is […]

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Breaches this week: Fashion & Silver Linings

August 06, 2019 Capital One In the aftermath of the Capital One data breach from last week, some distressing details came to light concerning Canadian customers. In the end, 6 million Canadian citizens were affected with 1 million having their social security numbers leaked. However, many Canadian analysts are not optimistic about the Canadian government […]

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Inside the Mind of a Hacker

Many of the most publicized data breaches, including the June 2019 Desjardins data breach and the recent July 2019 Capital One hack, bear the signs of being an ‘inside job’ or having been done by a person closely familiarized with the company taking advantage of weak protections. Why do such people choose to hack and […]

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The Capital One Breach – What I Need to Know

On July 29th, 2019, American credit provider Capital One announced that an unauthorized individual had accessed the personal information of millions of customers. Here is what we know so far: The breach itself occurred around July 19, 2019. Approximately 100 million American customers and 6 million Canadian customers were affected by this breach. The majority […]

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A big week for data breach headlines!

July 30, 2019 Capital One A huge headline this week – on July 30th, Capital One announced that a hacker had accessed the personal details of 100 million American clients, and 6 million Canadian clients. The hacker, according to Capital One, has been arrested. Most of these clients had client card application information stolen, such […]

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Russia, Canada, China – This weeks headlines

July 22, 2019 Equifax Following Equifax’s historic data breach in 2017 affecting 147 million clients, people were anxious to know the repercussions for the company. This week there was some closure on that front. Various American regulatory agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, announced that Equifax would have be hit with a 700-million-dollar in fines. […]

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