Bankers see value in employee identity theft protection | Texas agency deals with hundreds of identity theft attempts | Facebook tightens policies after inadvertent data sharing
July 2, 2020
Data Security & Privacy SmartBrief
Top Story
Identity theft protection is a fast-rising benefit provided by New Jersey bankers, a Bankers Cooperative Group survey has found. The group received completed surveys from 45 banking organizations.
Full Story: NJBIZ (New Jersey) (7/1) 
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Data Security & Privacy
The Texas Workforce Commission has detected 738 instances of fraudulent claims for benefits this year that involved identity theft. The cases often involve stolen identities being used to apply for benefits or bank account information being fraudulently switched after benefits have been approved.
Full Story: KTVT-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth) (6/30) 
Facebook tightens policies after inadvertent data sharing
Facebook has disclosed that roughly 5,000 third-party app developers were able to access personal details from accounts that had been inactive for more than 90 days, breaking the guidelines the company established after the Cambridge Analytica crisis in 2018. The company says it has fixed the issue and is adding new policies to its developer platform regarding third-party sharing and safeguarding of user data.
Full Story: ZDNet (7/2),  9to5Mac (7/1) 
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Cyber Risk
Learning platform OneClass' Elasticsearch database was left unsecured, exposing 8.9 million records, including personal data of more than 1 million students. Those whose records were exposed are now at risk of fraud and identity theft, says vpnMentor, which discovered the vulnerability.
Full Story: Infosecurity (U.K.) (6/29) 
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By the Numbers
Nearly 133 million user records from 14 company databases have been posted for sale on a hacker forum, all containing usernames and hashed passwords. The compromised companies span various industries, including online gaming, fashion, sports streaming, finance and food delivery, and indications point to the Shiny Hunters group as the perpetrator.
Full Story: Naked Security blog (7/2) 
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Practice & Policy
Bipartisan legislation to create a national cybersecurity director was introduced in the House last week on the recommendation of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission. The director would serve as a White House adviser on tech issues and would be responsible for creating a national cybersecurity strategy.
Full Story: The Hill (6/25) 
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May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.
Rev. Peter Marshall,
pastor, US Senate chaplain
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