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Where the World Talks Security (Hint: It’s Conference Season in San Francisco!)

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Staying current with emerging cybersecurity trends is critical to all of us on a commercial and personal level. And what better environment to attain those insights than participating in the annual RSA Conference (“RSAC”), which attracts cyberrisk’s leading thinkers and practioners. The OneBeacon Technology Insurance team has been there all week, hearing from a broad variety of specialists. The conference theme is “Better” – a highly encouraging call to action, given emerging privacy concerns and…

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Cryptojacking: Where Stealth Meets Payoff

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Most of us are aware of ransomware and how prolific those attacks have become. But what about cyber attacks without demands for payment, where the “currency” is simply stealth access to your network? “Cryptojacking” is that latest iteration of cyber intrusion. We are pleased to share our colleague Tushar Nandwana’s article recently published in Carrier Management titled “Cryptojacking: Where Stealth Meets Payoff.” For additional insights on emerging technology trends, feel free to browse our whitepaper…

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The Password Paradigm: Better Safe than Sorry

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Leaving the key in the ignition of an unlocked car is an open invitation to a thief.  When it comes to cybersecurity, a weak password is the key that unlocks the door to your critical information. Startling Statistics According to Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report, 81% of hacking-related breaches leveraged stolen and/or weak passwords.  The website HaveIBeenPwned reports that nearly 520 million passwords have been exposed in data breaches. Admittedly, the number of passwords…

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Your Money or Your Computer Files; Beware of Ransomware

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How many warnings have you seen about clicking on unfamiliar links or confirming emails to be sure the sender is a known and trusted source? Typically the goal is avoiding a computer virus, but today, we also need to consider digital pirates eager to seize computer files in exchange for a ransom fee. Sound far-fetched? Hardly; ransomware has been around since 1989 and has become more widespread in recent years. Furthermore, these digital pirates are…

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Avoid Phishing This Holiday Weekend!

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Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, the season to enjoy some downtime with family and friends. As you relax, remember not to let your guard down when it comes to “phishing.” Phishing, or the deceitful practice of sending an email designed to entice the user to click on a malicious link or attachment, is one of the most common forms of social attack. In their quest to obtain confidential or personal information for…

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How to be safer when using public WiFi

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This article was originally published on HSB Whistlestop, Hartford Steam Boiler’s e-newsletter. Public Wi-Fi spots are everywhere these days. They’re convenient, especially when you’re on the go, but they could also leave your information vulnerable. Here are some tips to stay safer if you use public Wi-Fi. Avoid accessing confidential information When connected to public Wi-Fi, don’t log on to banking or similar apps, and don’t use apps or sites that involve personal, sensitive or confidential…

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One-Third of consumers notified their data was breached

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This article was originally published on HSB Whistlestop, Hartford Steam Boiler’s e-newsletter. About one-third of U.S. consumers (34 percent) have been notified that their data has been breached and one in five have been the victim of identity theft, according to a cyber survey released by Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB). It’s a growing problem The nationwide poll, conducted for HSB by Zogby Analytics, reflects the growing risks for consumers as more of their personally identifying…

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Tax Season Prompts Phishing Expeditions

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As the April 16 tax filing deadline approaches, there has been an uptick in phishing scams targeting consumers along with HR managers. This corporate angle features emails supposedly from company executives soliciting employee W2s along with other sensitive payroll information. Please be mindful of this aggressive campaign and refer to these IRS tips as a potential resource. Any such email requests should be considered suspicious and followed-up with an email or phone call to verify the sender’s identity….

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Researchers Discover Two Major Flaws in the World’s Computers

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The New York Times has reported that computer security experts have discovered two major security flaws in the microprocessors inside nearly all of the world’s computers. The two problems, called Meltdown and Spectre, could allow hackers to steal the entire memory contents of computers, including mobile devices, personal computers and servers running in so-called cloud computer networks. Read the full article here.

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Three things to do before getting rid of your old device

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This post originally appeared in Equipment Connection, the Hartford Steam Boiler and Inspection Company’s (HSB) blog. It was authored by Monique Ferrarro, Cyber Practice Counsel at HSB, in collaboration with Gerry D’Agostino, Market Development Consultant at HSB. So, you bought a new smartphone or replaced your outdated computer. What should you do with the old ones? Since your data is stored on the hard drive, you need to dispose of the device safely. Otherwise, you may open yourself…

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