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Cybercriminals used WannaCry epidemic to promote fraudulent services, Kaspersky report says

August 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Cybercriminals involved in spam distribution tried to capitalize on public fears of the WannaCry ransomware epidemic with spam and phishing emails offering cyber protection, a new report from Kaspersky Lab has found. The Spam and phishing in Q2 2017 report,

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Kaspersky discovers new version of Android Trojan that steals credentials from taxi and ridesharing app users

August 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Researchers from cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab reported on Thursday that they have discovered a new modification of the well-known mobile banking Trojan, Faketoken, which is now able to steal credentials from taxi and ridesharing app users. Based on the results

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More vehicle crashes, increased injury payouts and higher vehicle repair costs contributing to proposed rate hike: ICBC

August 15, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

A greater number of vehicle crashes, increased injury costs and higher vehicle repair costs are all contributing to the increase in proposed insurance rates for drivers in British Columbia, the province’s Crown corporation responsible for auto insurance said on Monday.

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Retailers could lose US$71 billion from fraudulent card-not-present transactions in next five years: Juniper

June 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A number of factors, including click-and-collect fraud, have been identified as contributing to Juniper Research’s forecast that retailers stand to lose US$71 billion globally from fraudulent card-not-present (CNP) transactions over the next five years. Part of a new research issued

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Two-thirds of defective Takata airbags still not repaired, U.S. senator reports

June 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Approximately two-thirds of recalled inflators involved in the Takata recall in the United States have not yet been repaired, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) reported late last week. “The numbers provided to Nelson by the independent monitor appointed to oversee

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Chipotle Mexican Grill confirms malware involving point-of-sale devices at certain restaurants

May 29, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. has confirmed “the operation of malware designed to access payment card data from cards used on point-of-sale (POS) devices at certain Chipotle and Pizzeria Locale restaurants between March 24, 2017 and April 18, 2017.” Chipotle said

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Toyota Research Institute exploring blockchain for possible use in autonomous driving technology

May 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) announced on Monday that it is exploring blockchain and distributed ledger technology (BC/DL) for use in the development of a “new mobility ecosystem that could accelerate development of autonomous driving technology.” TRI is collaborating with

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Global uptick in CEOs forced out of office for ethical lapses, Canada among lowest incidence of dismissals: Strategy&

May 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

An analysis of CEO successions at the world’s largest 2,500 public companies over the past 10 years shows a marked increase in forced turnovers for ethical lapses, although Canada is among the countries with the lowest incidence of such dismissals.

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Analytics single greatest disruptor to Canadian insurance industry: survey

April 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Analytics is the single greatest disruptor to the Canadian insurance industry today, according to 65% of executives polled for a recent survey by Insurance Nexus, a division of FC Business Intelligence. Insurance Nexus reported on Tuesday that it recently surveyed

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Cyber Aware

April 1, 2017 Hershel Sahian, Partner; and Andrew Cottreau, Student-At-Law, Hughes Amys LLP

Cyber crime is on the rise. A study released by Juniper Research in mid-2015 projected that by 2019, the global cost of cyber crime will reach more than US$2 trillion, increasing to almost four times the estimated cost of breaches

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Chubb to provide complimentary identity management services to Canadian personal lines customers

March 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Chubb has announced a partnership with identity management and data theft service experts CyberScout to offer a fully complimentary array of identity management services to all Masterpiece homeowners in Canada. Chubb said in a press release that Cyberscout services provide

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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