Innovations in Crime: Impersonating Executives and Stealing Virtual Currency

Historically, the most “successful” thieves have been those thinking of new ways to steal and new victims to target. The criminal minds of today are no different. Instead of wearing masks and brandishing guns, they’re impersonating high-ranking corporate executives and having employees advance them company funds. Instead of taking cars or cash, they’re unlocking computer […]

When It Comes to Cybersecurity, All Bets Are Off

In February, a major cyber attack erased hard drives and shut down computers at two popular Las Vegas casinos, The Venetian and The Palazzo. But according to a report in Bloomberg Businessweek, the hackers weren’t looking to steal the casinos’ money. Rather, they wanted to punish the company — specifically its CEO, Sheldon Adelson. The […]

A Cyber Attack Scarier than Any Movie

Most people these days, when they hear the words “cyber attack,” think of data breaches with legions of unknown hackers breaking into the computer systems of big retail chains to obtain customer credit card information. Recently, however, we learned that hackers aren’t just targeting the stores we shop at. They’re now going after the Hollywood […]

Why don’t more businesses have cyber insurance?

It seems every few days there’s a new report of a data breach affecting a business or healthcare service provider we know. In a number of those cases, cyber insurance has helped the business recover from the incident — paying for investigating the breach, notifying affected customers, and making credit monitoring available to them. So […]

Cyber Monday Has a Case of the Mondays

When I started this blog series in January, I thought Cyber Monday would become more popular than Black Friday. After all, why would you want to spend your Thanksgiving in the mall or battle the crowds the next day, if you could just wait until Monday and find great deals from the comfort of your […]

Learning from Cyber History

I graduated from college with a degree in history. During my freshman year, one of my favorite professors stated something that remains with me to this day. He said there are two types of people in this world: There are those who believe history is linear, it doesn’t repeat itself, and things happen for a […]