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Phishing for tax returns: Where’s your refund?

The use of phishing scams, phone scams and computer hacking seems to multiply daily. The object of the scams and hacks: getting your tax refund. How? By the scammers and hackers filing a false tax return on your behalf. It’s more common than you think. Part of the problem is that those darn phishing emails … Continue Reading

Minimizing the damages of health care data breaches

Our colleagues over at Antitrust Law Source recently published a podcast on the inevitable health care data breach and how you can lessen the damages. Some key issues include: when to review data security policies, how to prepare for a potential breach and how to deal with third-party vendor access. Listen to the podcast to … Continue Reading

Porter Wright Information Privacy and Data Security Workshop Series

Please join us for this informative series focused on the technical, enforcement, and practical aspects of experiencing and responding to a data security incident. For the complete invitation and details on registration please click here. IDENTITY THEFT, CORPORATE DATA SECURITY BREACHES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT: SHOULD I CALL THE COPS? Learn How to Effectively Utilize Law … Continue Reading

FBI Issues Warning Regarding Denial of Service Attacks

Is your phone ringing off the hook? Then you’d better check your bank account. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a new “telephone denial-of-service” attack is combining high-tech and low-tech fraud techniques to steal money from the bank accounts of unsuspecting victims. As reported in the alert issued by the FBI, the scam begins with the … Continue Reading

Security Breach Results in Fine Despite Prior Security Measures

In January 2008, the Davidson Companies, a financial services holding company, announced that a database containing current and past customer records had been hacked during a SQL injection attack. On April 14, 2010—more than two years after the network intrusion—the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) fined the company $375,000 for the breach.… Continue Reading