Ransomware has caused significant financial damage to the healthcare industry over the last 4 years, with the total amount of damage surpassing $150 million. We're all familiar with the common, been-there-done-that cyber attacks such as phishing and CEO fraud, but many have not had a personal experience with ransomware.
The Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Apple's Siri are all fun and semi-useful products that add some degree of convenience to your life. While they certainly aren't capable of all of the things that you might want from the science fiction smart home computer, they can, for example, give you an answer to a question that you may not want to look up right that second.
We live in a remarkable time, where many of the tasks that would have taken an excessive amount of time to complete in the past can now be done much more efficiently, quickly, and cleanly. Communicating with friends and loved ones is possible from anywhere and everywhere, and information on just about any topic is available at your fingertips.
If you own a Ring security camera, this is something that you're going to want to look out for. If you own any other fancy Internet-Of-Things devices, such as an Amazon Alexa, Nest Thermostat, or even if you're simply an account holder with online services, then you should definitely enable 2-Factor Authentication on these devices.
If you follow the news, you know about the much-feared coronavirus that is spreading through China and numerous other countries throughout the world. Similar to the Ebola outbreak in 2014, there has been considerable fear in the United States in large part due to wall-to-wall media coverage and its tendency to spread rapidly from person to person.
We live in a special time; one where everything and everyone is connected nearly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your phone can talk to the door bell, the door bell can talk to the speaker in the hallway, you can access tiny, HD video cameras on your phone while laying on the couch as easily as you can between tasks at work.
The consolidation of major players in the technology sector continues with Google's acquisition of FitBit. On the surface, this may not seem significant, although privacy considerations often require a look much deeper than the surface. Google is currently a huge piece in the data collection and digital advertising industry, meaning that the data that a FitBit device collects on it's users (which is a lot) is now Google's to do with as they please.
By now, most of us are at least aware of the dangers of malware. At it's best, it results in a headache and a few conversations with IT. At it's worst, it steals your sensitive information, slows or locks your computer down, and can even cause substantial financial and reputational damage.
Earlier this week, phone manufacturer OnePlus was breached, exposing order information including customer's names, numbers, email addresses and shipping addresses. Thankfully, the company reports that the attackers were not able to access passwords or payment information, so there will likely not be any outright financial fraud occurring due to this breach.
Last month, a pair of security researchers discovered an unprotected server that contained personal information belonging to over one billion people. The data was collected by an aggregator known as People Data Labs, which is a completely legitimate data analytics company.