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Ashley Madison Breach Victims Could Receive Up To $3,500 Each

Ashley Madison Breach Victims Could Receive Up To $3,500 Each

Seven months after Ashley Madison agreed to pay $1.65 million to settle federal and state probes into its lax security and deceptive practices, the company is back with another settlement that will see users whose personal information was breached when the adultery site was hacked in July 2015 recoup up to $3,500 for their troubles. [More]

Feds Shut Down Loan Application Sites That Illegally Sold Personal Data

Feds Shut Down Loan Application Sites That Illegally Sold Personal Data

There are a lot of people who need to borrow money quickly but don’t know where to go for a loan. So they go online, where there are plenty of shady operators promising to connect loan applicants with lenders. What the borrower doesn’t know is that these lead generators may also be selling their personal information with third parties who have nothing to do with that loan. [More]

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The ‘Infinite Campaign’ Creates Absurdly Specific Twitter Ads Based On Your Supposed Interests

We may be getting used to seeing targeted online ad campaigns based on our browsing history and social media interactions, but what about ads that are literally nothing more than generic statements of what Twitter’s ad-targeting algorithm thinks about us?  [More]

Google Will Stop Scanning The Contents Of Your Gmail Messages To Sell Ads

Google Will Stop Scanning The Contents Of Your Gmail Messages To Sell Ads

If you use one of Google’s many services then you’ve probably come to the realization that the tech company has a lot of your personal information and data, which it uses to sell ads. Now, after years of debate on whether or not it’s okay for Google to read users’ private emails, the tech giant says it will stop scanning Gmail messages, but only for the purpose of personalizing ads. [More]

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Kmart Victim Of Second Hack Attack In Three Years

Even with fewer stores and sales floors full of boxes, Kmart is still an attractive target for ne’er-do-wells: The retailer has found itself on the receiving end of another hack attack, just three years after its last security breach. [More]

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Bank Sends Tax Forms, Personal Information To Wrong Customers

Tax forms mailed out by your bank contain all sorts of information you probably don’t want to land in the hands of a random stranger: Name, address, partial Social Security number, account number, and more. Yet, one large bank screwed up and sent this sensitive information to the wrong customers. [More]

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Saks Fifth Avenue Customer Email Addresses Posted Publicly

The email addresses for thousands of Saks Fifth Avenue customers were sitting on the retailer’s website, unencrypted, for an unknown period of time. [More]

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State Wants Craft Brewers To Keep Info On Every Person They Sell Beer To

Why would the state need to know your name, phone number, where you live, wand how old you are when you buy beer? It’s unclear, but that kind of detailed info is exactly what Alabama regulators have proposed craft brewers collect from anyone buying beer to bring home. [More]

Payday Loan Operator MoneyTree Latest Company To Fall For CEO Email Scam

Payday Loan Operator MoneyTree Latest Company To Fall For CEO Email Scam

Employees of payday lending company Moneytree are used to taking the personal information of customers in exchange for short-term cash infusions. Some of those workers recently found themselves on the other side of the fence after someone at the company fell for the CEO email scam.  [More]

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FCC To Consider Rules That Would Make ISPs Get Permission To Share Your Personal Info

There’s a reason they call this century the information age: everything is data, data, data. And today, the FCC announced a proposal that would regulate how ISPs — over which all that data flows — have to get your permission to collect and share all that juicy, valuable information.

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Some Walmart Online Pharmacy Customers’ Prescription Info Visible To Others For Days

No one wants their personal, private health information plastered on the internet for all to see. While that wasn’t exactly the case for Walmart, the retailer announced this week that a few thousand of its online pharmacy customers had their prescription histories and other basic information visible online for a four-day period last month.  [More]

Snapchat Employee Falls For CEO Email Scam, Reveals Some Employees’ Personal Info

Snapchat Employee Falls For CEO Email Scam, Reveals Some Employees’ Personal Info

Last week, we warned readers that the so-called “CEO email scam” was back (did it ever really go away?) with a tax season twist: asking employees to hand over files of employee information, such as a W-2 form. The folks at Snapchat apparently didn’t get the memo, as the photo sharing company announced that it was the victim of a phishing scam that led to ne’er-do-wells getting their hands on the personal information of some employees.  [More]

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Data Broker Must Pay $4.1M For Selling Sensitive Information To Scammers

Data brokers are companies that collect and aggregate information on consumers to create detailed profiles that are then sold to other companies to determine if an individual is qualified for loans, mortgages, jobs, and other things. But sometimes, these companies get their hands on unauthorized, highly sensitive personal information and sell it. Today, four connected data brokers agreed to settle federal charges of selling this sort of information to unscrupulous customers. [More]

Health Insurer Centene Misplaces Hard Drives Containing Personal Info For 950,000 Clients

Health Insurer Centene Misplaces Hard Drives Containing Personal Info For 950,000 Clients

Last year, several major U.S.-based health insurance companies were hit with data breaches that put millions of consumers’ private information at risk. The trend continued this week, with nearly a million health records going missing from Centene Corp. [More]

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Hack Of Online Hello Kitty Community Exposes Info For 3.3M Parents, Possibly Children

Just weeks after the hack of electronic toy maker VTech exposed the personal information for more than five million children and adults, another child-focused enterprise has suffered a similar breach. The interactive online community for Hello Kitty was recently breached, potentially compromising 3.3 million accounts.  [More]

Lending Startups Use Borrowers’ Smartphone Behavior To Decide If They Are Creditworthy

Lending Startups Use Borrowers’ Smartphone Behavior To Decide If They Are Creditworthy

The wallet-sized – or larger – smartphone constantly tethered to your hand may often be seen as your connection to the outside world. Each time you surf the web, connect with friends, make purchases and check your bank account, it’s collecting mountains of data about you. And that data could soon be analyzed to determine if you’re creditworthy.  [More]

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Conflicts In Patient Privacy Laws Often Leave Student Health Records Vulnerable

When a college student seeks medical treatment at a campus healthcare facility, they probably expect they will be afforded the same discretion as all consumer are under HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). But thanks to a separate, often conflicting federal law, that isn’t always the case. [More]

Ashley Madison Says It’s Secured All Customer Data After Hack Attack

Ashley Madison Says It’s Secured All Customer Data After Hack Attack

After a group of hackers posted a sampling of user data stolen from AshleyMadison.com, the parent company of the dating site for cheaters says it’s secured all customer information that was allegedly leaked.

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