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Keeping Kids Safe with Internet Toys

We recently reported that VTech, maker of internet connected toys for young children, was hacked and that almost six and a half million kids' profiles were stolen. In light of that, here are some thoughts on keeping your children's identities from being stolen.

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Tags: Identity Theft, VTech

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Lifelock Pays $100 Million for Not Protecting Customers

Lifelock is a company whose purpose is to monitor various sources to detect when its clients might become victims of identity theft. The company has agreed to pay $100 million for failure to do its job.

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Tags: Lifelock

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2016 Cybersecurity Predictions

In the last year, it seemed that hardly a week could go by without mention of some high-profile hack or other form of cyberattack. From the OPM hack that exposed the personal information of millions of people to the Ashley Madison leak that may or may not have led to suicides, 2015 saw a wide array of computer-related security breakdowns. What does 2016 have in store in the realm of cybersecurity?

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Tags: Cyber Security, Cyberattack, Internet of Things, Cybercrime

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You can break into a Linux machine HOW?

Two Spanish security researchers recently discovered a ridiculously simple way to break into Linux machines. It's a little embarrassing that a system generally considered to be more secure than most can be hacked by...

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Tags: Linux, Ubuntu, Red Hat, Debian

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Government Hacked Twitter

Did you get a warning that your Twitter account was hacked in the last few days? According to warnings the popular social network sent out, some accounts have been hacked by "state-sponsored hackers."

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Tags: Twitter, Hack

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OPM Victims Still Not Notified

Remember the OPM hack, where Chinese hackers stole a shocking amount of personal data about over 21 million people? Over a million of the victims still haven't been notified.

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Tags: OPM

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Report Breaches or Face Sanctions

A new European Union cybersecurity law, the Network and Information Security Directive, requires tech firms to report serious data breaches or risk sanctions.

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Tags: EU, European Union, Law, Cybercrime