Former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Employee Charged with Attempted Spear-Phishing Cyber-Attack on Department of Energy Computers

Charles Harvey Eccleston, a former employee of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), has been charged in connection with an attempted e-mail “spear-phishing” attack in January 2015, targeting dozens of Department of Energy employee e-mail accounts.

The goal of the attack was to cause damage to the computer network of the Department of Energy through a computer virus that Eccleston believed was being delivered to particular department employees through e-mails, and to extract sensitive, nuclear weapons-related government information that Eccleston believed would be collected by a foreign country.


Breach Tally Shows More Hacker Attacks

Phishing Scams Among Newly Listed Healthcare Incidents

The official federal tally of major health data breaches shows that the healthcare sector continues to be a growing target for hackers, including those waging phishing attacks.

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As of April 29, the Department of Health and Human Service’s “wall of shame” website of breaches affecting 500 or more individuals shows 1,213 incidents affecting more than 133.2 million individuals….


Go Phish: Why email is so laughably insecure right now

Perhaps the most surprising thing about reports of Russian hackers infiltrating an unclassified White House computer system is that for all their efforts the hackers appear to have been unable to retrieve anything more interesting than the unclassified details of the president’s schedule. That is probably due in no small part to the White House’s refreshingly realistic security strategy, as articulated by deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes in an interview with CNN: “You have to act as if information could be compromised if it’s not on the classified system.”


Own a Business? 5 Surprising Things You Need to Know About Cyber-Liability Insurance

Target, Sony, Premera: It seems almost every week we hear the news of yet another large company that’s been hit with a data security breach and the inevitable flood of lawsuits that follows.

If you’re a small business owner, incidents like these might make you wonder: What would you do if something like this happened in your company? How could you protect yourself? Do you need cyber-liability insurance?


Three indicted in ‘one of the largest’ data breaches in U.S. history

Three men have been indicted in what federal officials are calling “one of the largest reported data breaches in U.S. history.” The trio, one of which has pleaded guilty, stand accused of conspiring to commit money laundering and computer fraud.

The defendants allegedly profited millions of dollars by stealing more than a billion email addresses from different, unspecified service providers, according to an FBI statement released Friday….


15 Ways to Prevent Online Fraud and Identity Theft

Online fraud and identity theft are huge problems. Hackers are everywhere. From the lone individual in his parent’s basement to state sponsored hackers from Russia and China, it’s only getting worse. Like it or not, online fraud and identity theft are problems most all of us will have to experience….


Cybercriminals use these (free) tools to steal millions of dollars

Each month reports are being published which provide information about breaches that allowed the theft of financials or (classified) information.

The news states that these attacks are often successful because the cybercriminals use advanced tools to penetrate the networks of their targets, but if you take a good look, the criminals often use the same type of tools which you can find….