Catch Of The Week: What To Do…If You’re Caught In A Data Breach

first_imgCaricature by artist Paul Ziomek. By REBECCA RUTHERFORDLos Alamos Also announced last week, Evites suffered a data breach. Evites is a website where users can create party invites and send them via email. Hackers were able to access an old database containing user data, including full names, countries, emails, IP addresses, and cleartext (unencrypted) passwords from customers. The database was posted for sale on the dark web and contained information for about 10 million users. Better Business Bureau (BBB) Tips: It is important to note that not everyone who had lab work done with these companies will be affected; only patients who did not pay their bill on time would have been passed off to AMCA. What to do if your social security number is stolen: 1. First of all, you need to figure out what data was lost. The loss of publicly available data like your name, address, or phone number is less sensitive and probably won’t cause you much trouble. More sensitive data like email addresses, date of birth, and payment-card numbers can lead to increased spam emails, possible fraudulent charges, and some risk of identity theft. The most sensitive information of all would be information like your social security number, passport number, online account passwords, and financial account numbers. This information can be very damaging and lead to identity fraud, hijacking of your online accounts, and fraudulent charges.2. The company may tell you that stolen information was encrypted, but keep in mind this doesn’t mean your data is safe; encryption can be cracked. If your encrypted password is less than ten characters long and/or contains dictionary words, you can consider it lost. Immediately change the passwords on any compromised online accounts. If you reused the compromised password on multiple accounts, be sure to change those as well! Hackers can automate the account compromise process and test possible email and password combos across multiple sites quickly. Do not make their job easy by reusing the same password across multiple websites.3. If your financial information was compromised, contact your bank or credit card immediately and let them know. Professional credit card thieves will try to make multiple purchases on the stolen card as quickly as possible, usually within hours of the theft. If you receive a notification that your financial information was compromised in a data breach, check your statement history and look for any suspicious charges. For most credit cards, you can report a card lost or stolen at any time and only be liable for at most $50 of the charges. Debit cards usually offer less protection; you only have two business days after learning of the fraudulent charges to tell your bank. If you notify them after that you may be liable for up to $500; let 60 days go by, and you could be liable for all charges. Avoid using your debit card for any online transactions.4. Be sure to contact one of the major credit reporting bureaus and ask them to put a fraud alert on your account. Once one credit reporting bureau receives a fraud notification, they are required to alert all the other credit reporting bureaus. Fraud alerts are free and can be renewed every year. You can also request that a credit freeze be placed on your account; no one will be able to run a credit report on you or open an account without your permission.Credit freezes are also free, though they may cause complications if you need to apply for a new credit card, mortgage, or change cellular or cable services.5. Most of the time if you are the victim of a data breach, the company will offer you one or two years of credit or identity monitoring services. Be sure to read the fine print of the offer to check what kind of protection you are getting. There are numerous free and paid services out there that can help! Identity theft service reviews:,review-2083.html No medical or insurance data is known to have been exposed as a result of this breach. Data compromised likely included name, contact information, credit card or bank information, and for Quest customers, may have included Social Security numbers. Some customers may also have had their date of birth exposed, though that has not been confirmed. Data breaches … they happen all the time, right? It can be easy to ignore them, but it’s important to pay attention when these show up in the news, or you could end up with fraudulent charges, your identity stolen, or worse. Additional Resources: In today’s connected world, data breaches are becoming an everyday occurrence. Pay attention, don’t ignore any notification that you were affected by a breach, and make sure that you take steps to protect yourself in the event you are a victim! Last week the American Medical Collections Agency (AMCA) revealed it was the victim of hackers who had unauthorized access to their system from August of 2018 until March of 2019. Over 20 million LabCorp, Quest, and OpkoHealth patients who had been placed into collections with this company had their personal and financial data exposed. These three companies are the only ones known to be affected by the AMCA data breach at this time, but that could change as the investigation into the breach of the company’s servers continues. What should you do if you get a notification that you were affected by a data breach? Editor’s note: Becky Rutherford works in information technology at Los Alamos National Laboratory.last_img read more

Don Taylor Photographs LAHS Class Of 2020

first_imgLos Alamos photographer Don Taylor takes a photograph of the Los Alamos High School Class of 2020 gathered Wednesday morning on Sullivan Field. The is the 10th consecutive year that Taylor has donated his time and talent to provide a special photograph to the senior class for their yearbook. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comlast_img

Councillors plan to deviate from job seekers’ programme

first_imgWard 50 councillor, Angus Mckenzie, said deviation was allowed. Although there are clear guidelines and policy around the selection process for temporary work on the City of Cape Town’s job seekers’ database, at least two ward councillors confirmed that they have applied to deviate from it.According to the City, unemployed people who are registered at their sub-council office, have a chance to be selected for temporary job opportunities for projects which the City implements. The selection is a random computerised process, according to the City.Mayoral committee member for safety and security; and social services, JP Smith, pointed out, however, that registration on the database was not a guarantee of employment.It has been an open secret that residents across the Athlone News’ distribution area, which includes Sub-council 17, Sub-council 11 and Sub-council 5, have little faith in the randomisation process, and had been complaining that the same people get jobs whenever projects are implemented in their communities. Some claim that the ward councillors interfere in the process and they deliberately choose who they “want to give the jobs to”.Bonteheuwel community leader and activist, Nadia Mayman de Grass, said she had heard murmurs around these allegations, but that no one had approached her with this kind of complaint directly.Former Ward 31 councillor, Jonathan Cupido, who resigned from his position amid the political turmoil within the DA, made public internal emails sent while he was still a ward councillor, to “expose” how councillors did not stick to the policy and chose whom they wanted employed on projects. The City’s policy also prescribes that a worker who has been successful in obtaining a job opportunity, be excluded from the list of employable candidates for a period ranging from one to three months.Mr Smith confirmed that potential workers were selected from a computerised system, to minimise “human interference” in the identification of workers to be considered for Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) projects.He added: “The randomisation criteria are informed by the nature of the project as clearly defined by the line department implementing or executing a specific service, and includes consideration of age, gender, skills, the nature of work preferred by the jobseeker and the location of a project. The physical execution of the computerised process is done at all relevant sub-council offices, for their relevant jurisdiction areas, under the supervision of the sub-council manager who is a permanent City employee. The management of the job seekers database policy prohibits councillors from being involved in the randomisation process.”Ward 50 councillor, Angus Mckenzie, however, said deviation was allowed. “Ward councillors must make an application, and it must be motivated why they want a deviation of the process. The City manager, through the executive of the specific line department the deviation is applied for, will then make a decision on whether to approve it or not. I can confirm that I have applied for deviation before. Our reading rooms, because of the skills needed for early childhood development, requires specific people to operate it. Mr Cupido himself also applied for deviation before. I can confirm that I requested a deviation for our Women of Change programme,” Mr Mckenzie said.Ward 47 councillor, Antonio van der Rheede, said the randomised process made no provision for police clearance, and when it come to working with women and children, he preferred that people who had been properly screened be placed in those positions. “If it is a specialised programme, like working with vulnerable groups such as women and children, one must make sure they are able and eligible to do the work. We cannot allow just anyone to play with children. If anything goes wrong in the community, the ward councillor gets blamed for it. We want to protect the community. There are also people who have volunteered for years in the community and one must look at opportunities for volunteers as well. You can apply to deviate from the process. With our Women for Change programme, we have applied for deviation. Ons kan nie die wolf skaapwagter maak nie,” Mr Van Der Rheede said.Mr Smith said one need not be a volunteer to be considered for a job opportunity.The Speaker of the City of Cape Town, Dirk Smit, said complaints should be formally reported to his office in writing, and would be investigated according to its individual merits.He added: “In keeping with our complaints procedures and complying with all stipulations in accordance with the applicable legislation and the Code of Conduct for Councillors, the Speaker may determine whether or not a reasonable suspicion exists that a councillor contravened the said code.”At the time of going to press, the Athlone News did not receive confirmation from the City on whether deviation was allowed.last_img read more

Martino gives his reasons for quitting as Argentina manager

first_img The reasons stipulated are “the indefinition in the designation of new authorities by AFA, and the heavy inconveniences in forming a squad to represent the country in the upcoming Olympic Games.” In the South American World Cup qualifying group, Argentina are in third place with 11 points from 18, two points behind leaders Uruguay and Ecuador. 05/07/2016 The training camp ahead of the Olympics were planned for this Monday, July 4 but were postponed until July 11 as there were only nine confirmed players. These included the likes of Angel Correa, of Atletico Madrid, Geronimo Rulli, of Real Sociedad, and Leandro Paredes, of Empoli. Star Leo Messi announced his international retirement after the loss in this summer’s tournament, held in the United States. Sport EN Argentina have serious problems in gathering a group of players to participate in the Rio event, as the majority of clubs have refused to allow the players selected by Martino to attend. Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET In a statement, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) confirmed that “the technical staff of the national team have presented their resignations today.” Martino took over as Argentina boss from Alejandro Sabella in August 2014, soon after the World Cup final defeat to Germany. Under Martino, the Argentine national team lost on penalties in the Copa America finals of 2015 and 2016, both times to Chile. Following the earlier news on Tuesday, that ‘Tata’ Martino had resigned as Argentina head coach, the reasons behind his decision have now been made clear. Shortly before the decision by Martino was made public, the president of the Argentine Olympic Committee admitted there was a 50% chance that the country would decline to participate in Brazil. last_img read more

Football: Jurgen Klopp calls Sergio Ramos “ruthless and brutal”

first_imgAdvertisement awNBA Finals | Brooklyn VszpvcWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8zj3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) x0l4Would you ever consider trying this?😱Can your students do this? 🌚1oo9eRoller skating! Powered by Firework Jurgen Klopp finally broke his silence on Sergio Ramos’ challenge on Mohamed Salah during the Champions League final.Advertisement Ramos was widely criticised for his actions at the final in Kiev which included injuring Salah and elbowing Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius which caused a concussion.Photo Credits: Liverpool FC via Getty ImagesSalah, who sustained a shoulder injury, had to be subbed after half-an-hour while Karius went on to make two high-profile mistakes as Real secured a 3-1 victory and a third successive Champions League trophy.Advertisement Referee Milovan Ristic did not punish Ramos over either incident which further angered Klopp and he spoke about the matter in an interview during Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the US.“If you watch it back and you are not with Real Madrid, then you think it is ruthless and brutal,” Klopp said.Advertisement “If you put all of the situations of Ramos together, and I have watched football since I was five years old, then you will see a lot of situations with Ramos.“[With Salah] you don’t think ‘Wow, good challenge’. The thing is, I saw the ref taking charge of big games at the World Cup afterwards and nobody really thinks about that later.“But I think in a situation like that, somebody needs to judge it better. If VAR is coming then it is a situation where you have to look again. Not to give a red card or whatever but to look again and say ‘What is that?’“It was ruthless. I don’t think Mo would have always got injured in that situation, this time it was unlucky, but it is an experience that we cannot have.“I’m not sure if it is an experience we will have again – go there and put an elbow to the goalkeeper, put their goalscorer down like a wrestler in midfield and then you win the game.”Read also: Football: Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool are focussed on trophies this seasonIndian Football: Former Tamil Nadu skipper passes away   Advertisementlast_img read more

Bunyip’s road to ruin

first_imgBy Rowan Forster A STOUSH has erupted between a group of ratepayers and Cardinia Shire Council over a pothole plagued…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img