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Misconfigured cloud-based file repository exposes personal information of as many as 14 million U.S. Verizon customers

July 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A “misconfigured cloud-based file repository” exposed the names, addresses, account details and account personal identification numbers (PINs) of as many as 14 million U.S. customers of telecommunications carrier Verizon, according to a recent blog from computer security company UpGuard. The

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Bank of Canada warns of cyberattack vulnerabilities in financial sector

June 13, 2017 Mike Blanchfield and Jim Bronskill - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Canada’s interconnected banks are vulnerable to a cascading series of cyberattacks that could undermine broad confidence in the financial system, the Bank of Canada warns. The structural vulnerability could allow for the easy spread of an initial attack

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Generali Global Assistance launches identity protection platform in Canada

June 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Generali Global Assistance (GGA), part of the Generali Group, announced on Tuesday that its proprietary identity protection platform is now available for the Canadian marketplace. The offering provides an integrated approach to the four pillars of identity protection: prevention, monitoring,

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Biggest risk with mass email theft is phishing, malware distribution, NuData Security says following Bell Canada hack

May 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The biggest risk with mass email theft is phishing and malware distribution, the vice president of business development with Vancouver-based NuData Security said in a statement on Wednesday, two days after Bell Canada confirmed an “illegal access” of customer information.

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New phishing scams aimed at accessing direct deposit funds emerging: Beazley

April 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Phishing scams aimed at accessing direct deposit funds have emerged as a new danger in 2017, specialist insurer Beazley said on Tuesday. Phishing scams aimed at accessing specific employee tax information were a continuing threat, representing 9% of all breaches

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Damage to reputation/brand gets social, cyber jumps higher on risk list: Aon survey

April 24, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

PHILADELPHIA – Social media is amplifying the impact of the top-ranked risk for businesses – damage to reputation and brand – while cyber risk has fully entrenched itself in the Top 10, becoming the number one risk for respondents in

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McDonald’s Canada says info of 95,000 job applicants compromised

April 3, 2017 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – McDonald’s Canada says the jobs section of its website has been hacked, compromising the personal information of about 95,000 applicants over the last three years. The company said Friday the accessed information included names, addresses, phone numbers, employment

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Canadians believe businesses working to protect personal information, but cybersecurity concerns linger: fraud survey

March 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

There is a sharp drop in the number of Canadians expressing concern about identity theft this year compared to last year, and Canadian businesses are working to protect personal information of customers, a new survey conducted for the Chartered Professional

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Fraud vigilance increasing among polled Canadians: Equifax Canada

February 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Surveyed Canadians are becoming more vigilant about guarding against fraud, with the lion’s share of respondents taking measures to protect their personal information and three in 10 seeking help to ensure they are alerted should a fraud be under way.

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Alberta ministry contacting clients after personal information “unaccountable” for 24 hours

November 21, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Alberta Human Services (AHS) said on Friday that it is contacting 86 Alberta Supports clients whose personal information was unaccountable for a 24-hour period. AHS said in a press release on Friday that as part of service delivery training for

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Yahoo hack steals personal info from at least 500 million accounts

September 23, 2016 Michael Liedtke - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO – Computer hackers swiped personal information from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts in what is believed to be the biggest digital break-in at an email provider. The massive security breakdown disclosed Thursday poses new headaches for Yahoo

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Insurers have untapped opportunity to transform into solutions providers, not just sellers: consumers

September 20, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Almost three-quarters of consumers taking part in a Bain & Company Inc. survey say they would value a platform for providing services well beyond insurance coverage, opening the door for insurers to transform themselves from just sellers into solutions providers.