Cyber Security News of the Week, April 9, 2017

Individuals at Risk
Identity Theft
IRS’ Students Financial Aid Tool hacked. Personal data of 100,000 compromised: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has said that personal data of nearly 100,000 taxpayers may have been compromised by a breach of its tool to apply for student financial aid, The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

New Legislation Limits Internet Privacy Protections

New legislation voted on by the House and the Senate and signed into law by the President allows Internet and phone providers to collect and sell consumer data about their online visiting habits. While this legislation benefits large businesses, it does not benefit small businesses or individuals who might want to protect their Internet privacy.

Cyber Security News of the Week, April 2, 2017

Citadel On Security
Kimberly Pease Honored as Cybersecurity Professional of the Year by Los Angeles Business Journal: The Los Angeles Business Journal has awarded its Cybersecurity Professional of the Year Award to Kimberly Pease, Citadel Information Group Vice President and Co-Founder, for her leadership helping users understand the vital role they play in securing information.

Cyber Security News of the Week, March 19, 2017

SecureTheVillage — Events
SecureTheVillage & LA Networks team up for Cybersecurity Roundtable. C-Suite. IT Dirs. Brkfst. Glendale: LA Networks and SecureTheVillage are hosting a cybersecurity seminar that will feature experts in law enforcement, information security, and insurance.

Cyber Security News of the Week, March 5, 2017

Individuals at Risk
Cyber Warning
130+ Android apps on Google Play found with malware. Did developers use infected computers?: More than 130 Android apps on the Google Play store have been found to contain malicious coding, possibly because the developers were using infected computers, according to security researchers.

Are Macs Really Safer than PCs?

A very popular belief is that a Mac is safer than a Windows PC.  Although it is true that the nature of Mac operating system secures it against most viruses, Macs are still vulnerable to other types of malicious software such as trojans, ransomware, cryptoviruses, spyware, adware and scareware.  Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security just because you use a Mac.  There are still many measures you must take to protect yourself from infection, data loss and identity theft.

Cyber Security News of the Week, February 5, 2017

Individuals at Risk
Identity Theft
Identity fraud rises 16% to record high: The number of identity fraud victims increased by sixteen percent (rising to 15.4 million U.S. consumers) in the last year, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. Their study found that despite the efforts of the industry, fraudsters successfully adapted to net two million more victims this year with the amount fraudsters took rising by nearly one billion dollars to $16 billion.

Cyber Security News of the Week, January 29, 2017

Individuals at Risk
Cyber Update
WordPress 4.7.2 Update Fixes XSS, SQL Injection Bugs: Developers with WordPress fixed three security issues this week, including a cross-site scripting and a SQL injection vulnerability, with the latest version of the CMS. ThreatPost, January 27, 2017
Cyber Warning
Remote attackers can force Samsung Galaxy devices into never-ending reboot loop: A single SMS can force Samsung Galaxy devices into a crash and reboot loop, and leave the owner with no other option than to reset it to factory settings and lose all data stored on it.