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DNA test kits: Consider the privacy implications

Companies are advertising at-home DNA test kits that promise intriguing insights into your past (“Where did my forebears come from?”) – and your future (“Do I have the genetic markers for certain medical conditions?”). If you’re thinking about buying a

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National Consumer Protection Week is March 4 – 10, 2018

I know most of us are in the midst of holiday planning, parties and gift wrapping – but don’t forget to mark your calendar for National Consumer Protection Week 2018!

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Beware Fake Shopping Apps at the Holidays

Protect yourself from fake branded shopping apps this holiday with tips from Heather Wagenhals.

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Breaking News-Equifax Scam on the Rise

Unlock Your Wealth Update Featuring Heather Wagenhals The Equifax data breach will likely affect every other American who has established credit. If you weren’t part of the unlucky bunch that had their data distributed by hackers attempting to hold the

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Equifax Data Breach-What to Do Next

Equifax data breach scammers are in full force. Caution is the word of the day when deciding how to determine if you were compromised and what to do next. If you have ever established credit you may very well be

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Zomato – 16,472,873 breached accounts

In May 2017, the restaurant guide website Zomato was hacked resulting in the exposure of almost 17 million accounts. The data was consequently redistributed online and contains email addresses, usernames and salted MD5 hashes of passwords (the password hash was

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MALL.cz – 735,405 breached accounts

In July 2017, the Czech Republic e-commerce site MALL.cz suffered a data breach after which 735k unique accounts including email addresses, names, phone numbers and passwords were later posted online. Whilst passwords were stored as hashes, a number of different algorithms

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Onliner Spambot – 711,477,622 breached accounts

In August 2017, a spambot by the name of <a href="https://benkowlab.blogspot.com.au/2017/08/from-onliner-spambot-to-millions-of.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Onliner Spambot was identified by security researcher Benkow moʞuƎq</a>. The malicious software contained a server-based component located on an IP address in the Netherlands which exposed a large

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Biohack.me – 3,402 breached accounts

In December 2016, the forum for the biohacking website <a href="https://forum.biohack.me/index.php?p=/discussion/2101/critical-website-server-compromised-read-this-action-needed" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Biohack.me suffered a data breach</a> that exposed 3.4k accounts. The data included usernames, email addresses and hashed passwords along with the private messages of forum members. The data

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Bin Weevils – 1,287,073 breached accounts

In September 2014, the online game <a href="http://blog.binweevils.com/2014/09/important-security-update/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Bin Weevils suffered a data breach</a>. Whilst originally stating that only usernames and passwords had been exposed, <a href="https://www.databreaches.net/data-from-2014-hack-of-childrens-online-game-bin-weevils-leaked-online-hacker-claims-20m-records/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a subsequent story on DataBreaches.net indicated that a more extensive set

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