human trafficking

Human Traffickers Use Social Media to Lure Victims

Human traffickers worldwide are increasingly using social media to contact vulnerable victims. Human traffickers know how to search out a needy child or teenagers who may be insecure and wanting attention. The trafficker may appear to take a special interest in the child and tell them what they want to hear…this is called grooming.

Once limited to luring victims in the street, traffickers can now message thousands of people through Instagram, Facebook, Kik, Tagged and Twitter, with WhatsApp and Snapchat some of the latest tools in their arsenal. A trafficker may meet their potential victim on Facebook or other well-known site but ask the child to transfer their conversation to Kik or another less popular site. (more…)

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The Hilton Settlement and Payment Card Security

The What and When

Hilton Hotels & Resorts has reached an agreement for a $700,000 fine. Settlement details state that New York will receive $400,000 and Vermont will receive $300,000. Hilton Hotels & Resorts suffered two data breaches in 2015 that resulted in the theft of 350,000 credit card numbers. The joint investigation by the attorney general from New York, Eric Schneiderman and the Vermont attorney general T. J. Donovan found that Hilton Hotels & Resorts didn’t provide customers with a timely notice of the breach and lacked reasonable security. Other than the monetary portion of the settlement Hilton Hotels & Resorts must immediately send a notification to consumers, maintain an information security program, and conduct information system risk assessments. (more…)

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Equifax Data Breach Exposes 145.5 Million Records

What is Equifax? It’s a consumer credit reporting agency. Recently, on September 18, 2017, Equifax noticed it was a victim to what turned out to be one of the largest security breaches in history, and in early March it had begun “notifying a small number of outsiders and banking customers” about this attack.

Equifax was warned months before the breach about vulnerabilities (more…)

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Briggs Stratton Healthcare Information Breach 2017

Briggs and Stratton, a maker of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, were breached and client information was stolen.

NATURE OF THE BREACH

Briggs and Stratton experienced a malware attack(software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems) on Briggs’ computer systems at its Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Munnsville, New York locations that potentially compromised information from approximately July 25, 2017, to July 28, 2017. Briggs became aware of this incident on July 25, 2017, and took extreme steps to both contain and thoroughly investigate the attack. Although Briggs has no evidence of misuse of the stolen information, they notified individuals out of an abundance of caution. The malware, by its nature, could have allowed a third party to access, use, and disclose individuals’ account-related, human resources, and health plan information as listed on the sample copy of the notice enclosed, the public letter says. (more…)