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UK Suspect Arrested in Deutsche Telekom Cyber Attack

British authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with a cyber attack that infected nearly 1 million routers used to access Deutsche Telekom’s internet service, German federal police said on Thursday. Britain’s National Crime Agency detained the 29-year-old Briton at one of …

8K Louisianans Possibly Impacted by Reinsurance Broker’s Data Breach

The Louisiana Department of Insurance reported that a reinsurance broker contracted by the Louisiana Health Cooperative (LAHC) has experienced a data breach. As a result, former LAHC policyholder Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and in some cases Protected Health Information (PHI) …

Virginia Assembly Passes Bill to Prevent Identity Theft

A bill that seeks to protect Virginians from losing their income tax refunds to identity thieves won final approval Wednesday in the General Assembly. The bill’s sponsor, Del. Mark Keam, D-Vienna, said thieves can steal information from the payroll system …

Cyber Attacks Remain at Top of List of Business Continuity Worries: Survey

The threat of cyber attacks and political instability resulting from rising populism are among the biggest worries for businesses around the world, according to a study of companies in 79 countries. The number one issue for executives working in business …

Delaware DOI Investigating Data Breach Affecting 19,000 Consumers

The Delaware Department of Insurance is investigating a security breach involving Summit Reinsurance Services Inc. (SummitRe) and BCS Financial Corporation, both subcontractors of Highmark BlueCross BlueShield of Delaware. The department was made aware of the breach as a result of …

California College Pays Hacker Ransom for Compromised Student Data

A California community college has paid a $28,000 ransom after a hacker took student data hostage. The Los Angeles Daily News reported that 1,800 Los Angeles Valley College teachers and staff were locked out of their computers last week, leaving …

How to Help Insureds Manage Customer Privacy Risk

Insurance carriers and agents have come to learn that increased data can lead to greater risk for insureds, and they are increasingly advising businesses to disclose data collection practices while seeking to gain insurance coverage, according to David Garrett, president …

Data Breach: A Wide Coverage Gap for Small Business

Based on what we see in the trade press, it would appear most large businesses in the U.S. are addressing their exposure to data breaches in some way.  But what about the small, Main Street businesses such as those we …

Los Angeles County Email Hack Exposes Data of 750K people

Officials say a Nigerian national has been charged in connection with a hack of Los Angeles County emails that might have exposed personal data from more than 750,000 people who had business with county departments. The district attorney’s office says …

Yahoo’s Cyber Breach Adds to Age of Hacker Anxiety

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo has become the worst-case example of an unnerving but increasingly common phenomenon – massive hacks that steal secrets and other potentially revealing information from our personal digital accounts, or from big organizations that hold sensitive data on …