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  1. Press: Security breach and spilled secrets have shaken NSA to Its core
    Jake Williams had written on his company blog about the Shadow Brokers, a mysterious group that had somehow obtained many of the hacking tools the United States used to spy on other countries. Now the… | Nov 13, 2017
  2. Press: Equifax faces hundreds of class-action lawsuits over data breach
    Equifax, the credit reporting firm, is facing more than 240 class-action lawsuits from consumers — in addition to suits from shareholders and financial institutions — over the way it handled a massive data breach that affected 145.5 million… | Nov 10, 2017
  3. Press: What to do if your financial information is stolen
    Contrary to what movies portray, the most common crimes are not Taken-style abductions or home invasions, but the theft of personal information.  "The most effective way to keep tabs on all of these accounts is… | Oct 19, 2017
  4. Press: Making the lives of cybercriminals and spies harder online
    As a cybersecurity reporter, what do you do to secure your technology setup?  Online, I make sure to use two-factor authentication whenever it is available. I use Gmail and Chrome’s web browser because those have… | Oct 12, 2017
  5. Press: Equifax says cybersecurity incident could affect 143 million consumers
    Equifax said it discovered the breach on July 29. "Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files," the company explained. Leaked data includes names, birth dates, social security numbers, addresses… | Sep 07, 2017
  6. Press: Trump signed repeal of FCC privacy rules. Here’s what’s next
    President Trump signed congressional legislation that repeals the Federal Communications Commission's privacy protections for Internet users.  The Obama-backed rules would have banned Internet providers from collecting, storing, sharing and selling certain types of customer information… | Apr 06, 2017
  7. Press: Push for Internet privacy rules moves to statehouses
    As on climate change, immigration and a host of other issues, some state legislatures may prove to be a counterweight to Washington by enacting new regulations to increase consumers’ privacy rights.  Illinois legislators are considering… | Mar 27, 2017
  8. Press: Congress vote may overturn Internet privacy rules
    The rules, which would have required Internet service providers to ask customers' permission to collect, use and sell personal information, were passed Oct. 27, 2016 by the FCC, then chaired by Democrat Tom Wheeler. But Republicans… | Mar 23, 2017
  9. Press: New rules to protect your online privacy already under threat
    At a time when our country is divided about so many issues, there’s an area of overwhelming agreement: the importance of privacy. A Pew study found that 91 percent of adults feel they have lost… | Feb 09, 2017
  10. Press: Identity fraud hits record number of Americans in 2016
    Identity thieves, who commit financial fraud with stolen account information, had a banner year in 2016.  Despite widespread efforts to fight this crime wave, the crooks successfully netted two million more victims and stole $16… | Feb 02, 2017
  11. Press: Facebook doesn’t tell users everything it really knows about them
    Facebook has long let users see all sorts of things the site knows about them, like whether they enjoy soccer, have recently moved, or like Melania Trump. But the tech giant gives users little indication… | Jan 04, 2017
  12. Press: Here’s why companies leave you in the dark about hacks for months
    Companies breached by computer hackers must inform customers that their personal information has been compromised. But when?  Being immediately upfront with customers gives victims time to clamp down on accounts to avoid theft or other damage. Notifying users… | Jun 16, 2016
  13. Press: Federal efforts in data privacy move slowly
    In February 2012, the White House introduced a blueprint for the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, intended to give Americans the ability to exercise control… | Feb 29, 2016
 

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