It’s Thanksgiving weekend and one of the things we’re undoubtedly thankful for is the ability to go on a massive spending spree immediately after turkey day. Just a little tip — when you’re busy buying, the bad guys are busy stealing.
As Texas Gov. Rick Perry might say: “Oops.”
More than half of us say we can’t remember all our passwords. Which makes sense, given that almost a third of all companies require their employees to remember six or more of them.
The most trusted companies in America include HP, Amazon, IBM, eBay, and Microsoft. But Apple and Google, the two companies at the forefront of the mobile revolution, didn’t make the cut.
Hackers stole credit card information and potentially tax information from 3.6 million people in South Carolina. They obtained the data by hacking into the state’s Department of Revenue — a hole which the DOR says it has patched up.
Hackers compromised credit card readers at 63 Barnes & Noble stores, according to the company. The bookseller is urging customers to check their bank statements for fraudulent activity and to change their ATM pins.
Here’s more proof that even low-profile organizations are at risk. A Northwest Florida university revealed yesterday that the school’s servers were hacked, revealing personally identifiable information for up to 300,000 students and employees, already resulting in identity theft.
Sony has made good on its promise to offer free identity theft protection, including a $1 million insurance policy, to PlayStation Network and Qriocity users, the company announced on the PlayStation blog today.
Guest Post (Editor’s note: Chris Drake is CEO and founder of FireHost, Inc., a secure Web hosting company. He submitted this story to VentureBeat.)