“Not If, but When” – Reflections on the OPM Breach

In my previous lives as a special agent in the FBI and also as the CSO of major U.S. corporations, I had to undergo periodic background investigations, usually every five years. I hold government clearances, and it was simply one of the conditions under which those benefits were conveyed. These investigations involve essentially a review of personal, in-depth information about not only me, but also my peers, my family, and many...

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This Week in Breaches: Time Warner Cable

The American cable telecommunications company, which happens to be the second-largest cable company in the country, has admitted that 320,000 customer passwords MAY have been obtained[i]. TWC has stated that the email and password details were likely stolen either through malware downloaded through phishing attacks, or indirectly through data breaches of secondary companies that store their customers’ information. While there are no implications that their systems were actually breached, Time Warner...

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