Wendy’s Restaurant Breach Frustrates Financial Institutions

In late January, Krebs on Security reported on a data breach that apparently affected some Wendy’s restaurant locations, seemingly all located in the Midwest. The breach is believed to have affected the POS payment mechanisms in stores, as a number of financial institutions have reported suspicious card activity on their customers’ debit cards following visits to certain Wendy’s locations.  Apparently? Seemingly? Suspicious? Where are the details of the data breach?

Your Identity Could Depend on a Punctuation Mark

In a case that is almost too mindboggling to be true, the Department of Veterans Affairs sent an email to a citizen in Wisconsin last April that contained the names and complete identifying information (including Social Security numbers) for hundreds of veterans within the state.

Snapchat Data Breach Caused by Phishing Email

Once upon a time, the content of phishing emails was amusing, if not downright bizarre. These emails included odd stories about deposed royalty from far-off countries, people who barely managed to escape with their lives… and their billions of dollars.

When the Ones You Trust Put Your Identity in Danger

One of the commonalities in any kind of data breach—no matter whom, no matter how big or small—is that consumers put their trust in someone and then that trust was violated. Whether it’s turning over your medical records to a hospital or entering your credit card information on a website, we have an expectation that the people in charge will protect us.

University Data Breach Compromises Social Security Numbers

Some current and former university students and staff may be in for a rude awakening when it comes to their personal identifiable information: it may have been compromised in a recent data breach of University of Central Florida servers.

TaxSlayer, TaxAct Both Victims of Data Breaches

With the tax return filing season fully here, identity thieves are ramping up their work in order to beat consumers to the punch. Two online filing companies—TaxSlayer and TaxAct—have already discovered that they were the victims of an outside data breach last fall, one that compromised the highly-sensitive personal identifiable information for many of their customers.

In Era of Data Breaches, Businesses Need Strong Document Policies

As a consumer, I think about how my information may still reside with a tax preparer or doctor that I have not done business with in 10 years, especially when I read stories of a data breach because of inactive customer information being stolen from an unsecure environment.

 

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