data breaches

New Study Finds Consumers Will Trade Privacy for Access to Services

New Study Finds Consumers Will Trade Privacy for Access to Services

A new report from Strategy Analytics suggests that consumers are willing to put up with data breaches and privacy violations for the sake of convenience. The firm’s researchers found that while most people underestimated how much of their personal information – including biometric information – was available to corporate entities, they didn’t mind sharing that…

Suprema President Responds to Hack of Biometric Database

Suprema President Responds to Hack of Biometric Database

“The investigation is ongoing, and Suprema has committed to working with relevant regulators and other authorities, and to contacting affected parties with further information as it is found.” Suprema has formally responded to the alleged security vulnerabilities discovered in its BioStar 2 access control system, acknowledging that unauthorized security researchers were able to access sensitive…

Security Researchers Allege Vulnerability in Popular Biometric Access Control System

Security Researchers Allege Vulnerability in Popular Biometric Access Control System

Researchers with the digital security firm VPNMentor have alleged a serious security issue concerning Biostar 2, Suprema’s popular biometric access control system. The researchers say they were able to gain access to BioStar 2 databases containing fingerprint and facial biometrics data, usernames and passwords, and the personal information of employees of companies using BioStar 2.…

Watchdog Group Uncovers Two Breaches of Israeli Biometric Database

Watchdog Group Uncovers Two Breaches of Israeli Biometric Database

Israel’s Interior Ministry has been forced to admit that the Population Authority’s biometric database was breached in two separate incidents that occurred in 2017 and 2018. The government insists that both were “operational incidents” that did not lead to any leaks or compromise the security of the database, but the 2018 breach is still being…

Breached CBP Data Used to Train Biometric Face Matching: Report

Breached CBP Data Used to Train Biometric Face Matching: Report

“The CBP said that the subcontractor had transferred the image data to its own network, violating security rules, and that its own systems were not affected in the attack. Somewhere under 100,000 people were impacted, the agency said.” It appears that a US government subcontractor’s use of biometric border control technology has resulted in the…

New HSB Survey Finds Identity Theft is On the Rise

New HSB Survey Finds Identity Theft is On the Rise

Security technology is improving, yet our personal information is more vulnerable than ever. At least, that’s the takeaway from a new survey by HSB, which found that more than a third (39 percent) of Americans reported that their information had been compromised in some way. Of those, 51 percent had learned of the breach in…

Enterprise Biometrics Month: Passwords go into Retirement

Enterprise Biometrics Month: Passwords go into Retirement

There are a lot of moving parts to a business, and prime among them is the people who work there. So it’s no wonder that the enterprise sector has become one of the most active segments of the global biometrics market over the last several years. Identity management has always been a critical component of…

OneSpan: Most Financial Institutions Still Rely on Outdated Password Security

OneSpan: Most Financial Institutions Still Rely on Outdated Password Security

In recent years, more and more financial institutions have turned to biometric technology to improve security and customer service, incorporating solutions that range from voice banking software to facial recognition scans at ATMs. However, a new report from OneSpan suggests that it will take a considerable push to make the full transition to biometric authentication…

Good News: Organizations are Finally Embracing Post-Password Security

Good News: Organizations are Finally Embracing Post-Password Security

“The increase in strong authentication adoption makes sense given that while data breaches, phishing threats and regulatory pressures have risen, the financial and user experience costs associated with implementing strong authentication have decreased.” – Al Pascual, SVP and Research Director, Javelin Strategy & Research Finally, some good news about the current state of digital security:…

Will 2019 be the Year Biometric Systems are Truly Tested by Hackers?

Will 2019 be the Year Biometric Systems are Truly Tested by Hackers?

“…2019 could be a year in which major hack attacks demonstrate which biometric security systems are truly effective and which are outdated, if Experian’s prediction is proven right.” Experian’s sixth annual Data Breach Industry Forecast finds biometrics in the crosshairs. Assessing the five major security threats expected for 2019, the report predicts that hackers will…

Australian Officials Suggest the Era of the Data Breach Will Continue

Australian Officials Suggest the Era of the Data Breach Will Continue

New statistics on data breaches from Australian officials suggest that “this problem isn’t going away any time soon,” suggests Gemalto. As the company’s latest blog post explains, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner implemented its Notifiable Data Breaches scheme in late February, introducing new requirements compelling organizations to notify individuals of data breaches that…

Social Media Has Become Key Threat Vector in Data Breaches: BLI

Social Media Has Become Key Threat Vector in Data Breaches: BLI

The disturbing trends continue in Gemalto‘s latest update from its Breach Level Index, a database aimed at recording global data breaches. Gemalto has issued its findings from the first half of 2018. The good news is that, compared to the same period last year, the number of data breaches isn’t up all that much at…

Data Theft to Jump 175 Percent by 2023: Juniper Research

Data Theft to Jump 175 Percent by 2023: Juniper Research

Juniper Research is predicting a significant jump in data breaches over the coming years. In a new report entitled “The Future of Cybercrime & Security”, the market research firm predicts that the number of stolen digital records will rise from an anticipated 12 billion records this year to 146 billion records in 2023 – a…

Study Highlights Emotional Impact of Identity Theft

Study Highlights Emotional Impact of Identity Theft

People don’t like having their identities stolen. That’s the key takeaway from new research from the University of Texas at Austin Center for Identity. The academic institution’s newly published “2018 Identity Theft Assessment and Prediction Report” highlights the emotional impact of identity theft, fraud, and online abuse, and the findings are perhaps predictable. According to…

Data Breaches Down, Data Losses Way Up in BLI Update

Data Breaches Down, Data Losses Way Up in BLI Update

Gemalto has released the latest findings from its Breach Level Index, illustrating new trends that emerged with the conclusion of 2017. The good news is that the number of data breach incidents went down by 11 percent compared to 2016. The bad news is that more data was compromised: Gemalto says last year saw the theft…

2016 Saw 1.4 Billion Records Compromised in Hack Attacks: Gemalto

2016 Saw 1.4 Billion Records Compromised in Hack Attacks: Gemalto

One thousand seven hundred and ninety-two data breaches compromised nearly 1.4 billion records last year, according to Gemalto’s Breach Level Index. The publication is the product of a global database of publicly disclosed breaches. According to its data, last year’s stats reflect an 86 percent increase in data breaches compared to 2015, with some of…

FIDO Issues New Privacy White Paper

FIDO Issues New Privacy White Paper

The FIDO Alliance has issued a new FIDO Privacy White Paper to mark this year’s Data Privacy Day. The publication explains how FIDO’s protocols and specifications help to protect user privacy; as the consortium put it in a synopsis, “there is no privacy with security.” FIDO points to recent research on data breaches indicating that…

NuData Aims Biometrics at Healthcare Data

NuData Aims Biometrics at Healthcare Data

Behavioral biometrics developer NuData is aiming its solutions at the healthcare industry. In a new blog post, the company argues that rising threats to the digital security of healthcare company systems provide a compelling reason to adopt security systems based on behavioral analytics. Citing breaches against health insurers Excellus Blue Cross and Anthem, as well…