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Common Pitfalls of Data Security: Q&A with Brian Poole

Posted on Friday, August 11, 2017

We recently interviewed Brian Poole, Security Architect at Kount, regarding common pitfalls of data security. Before joining Kount, Brian worked in a wide range of IT roles including five years as a Penetration Tester in the security arena. In the role of a penetration tester, or “white hat hacker”, he attacked systems at online businesses, large retailers and Fortune 500 companies, seeking out vulnerabilities in their IT and data systems. In addition to providing valuable insights about data security during our conversation, Brian also offered advice on simple steps that eCommerce merchants can take to help improve security.

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Topics: data breach, data security, q&a

It’s Not You…It’s Data Breach Déjà Vu

Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Feel like Yahoo’s data breach headlines are everywhere? Not sure if you’re reading about the same breach from a month ago or a different one? Does it seem like another popular children’s toy has been hacked? It’s not just you – what you’re experiencing is probably data breach déjà vu: the same types of data breaches happening not just once, but often several times. Fraudsters are constantly finding new ways to game the system but aren’t afraid to exploit weaknesses repeatedly if they’re offering them solid returns. Here’s a look at some of the recent breaches that have made headlines again (and again).

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Topics: data breach, déjà vu

Ever Owned A Yahoo Account? Read This.

Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2016

By, Don Bush, VP of Marketing, Kount

Surprise, surprise!

Here we go again. When I first wrote our blog on the “Breach Bingo: The Five Stages of Breach Denial” over two years ago, even I didn’t expect to be so right and the breach disclosure news to be so horrific. In fact, if you listen closely, I think you can hear the Yahoo! guy’s voice shift from yahoooooo to yahughhhhhh.

Following Yahoo!’s disclosure in September (two years after the fact) that not only had 500 million accounts been compromised, but that the severity of the breach was also worse than they first believed (Stage 4 of the breach disclosure process), news broke yesterday that another one billion user accounts had been compromised in August 2013, making it the largest such breach in history. I think it’s safe to conclude, again, that your data is not secure and that online merchants should be taking extraordinary measures to protect themselves.

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Topics: data breach, breach, yahoo

Betrayal at the Checkout

Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2016

How would you feel if your best friend had known for two years that your significant other was cheating on you and never told you? Mad? Angry? Betrayed? Vulnerable? In today’s world, this feeling can be akin to a company knowing that its users’ most personal data, like credit card information or passwords, have been readily available to hackers on the web for not just hours or days, but YEARS – and you’re just finding out about it now.

The Cheater

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened with Yahoo. In 2014, hackers breached the personal data of over 500 million users who are just now learning the extent of the company’s “infidelity.” What’s more, recent data breaches combined with increasing use of new mobile payment solutions make it easier for thieves to obtain and use stolen data, leaving merchants and consumers extremely vulnerable to fraud. 

But Yahoo isn’t the only “bad boy” of the bunch; hacks at LinkedIn and Myspace were recently announced to the public years after they actually occurred. When it comes to announcing a breach to the public, does “once a cheater, always a cheater” ring true?

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Topics: data breach, personal data

How the Grinch Stole Your Customers’ Credit Card Information

Posted on Monday, December 7, 2015

A new report from Adobe shows that sales this holiday season are expected to reach $83 billion, an 18 percent increase from last year, while purchases via mobile device are forecasted to exceed half of all sales during this time period. As expected, mobile is continuing to dominate, yet many retailers still aren’t prepared to handle the influx of sales and the fraud issues that come along with card-not-present (CNP) transactions conducted online or via mobile, leading to problems that are nastier than the Grinch on Christmas Eve.

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Topics: data breach, credit card, fraud strategy

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