PINDROP BLOG

Category: Identity

October 31, 2017
Data Breaches: The Death Knell of KBA
In the 1930s, the United States introduced Social Security Numbers to keep track of workers’ wages and their Social Security Program contributions. Today, the private sector uses Social Security Numbers as a unique identifier for consumers and the primary means of gathering information on individuals. Our society is comfortable using this identifier when applying for…
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October 18, 2017
Call Center Criminals Unmasked | Real-Life Fraudsters & Audio Recordings
Call center criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated in order to maneuver around authentication and security measures, granting them access to sensitive information. It is evident the evolution of fraudsters’ techniques is jump-starting other criminal behavior including account takeover and identity theft – causing the global increase in call center fraud to jump to 113% since…
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September 14, 2017 | Dennis Fisher
Senator Seeks Privacy Answers on Face ID
As tech enthusiasts pour over the design details of the iPhone X and swoon at the thought of a quarter-inch more screen space, some lawmakers are asking Apple for more details about the way the phone’s new Face ID authentication system works and what might be done with users’ faceprints. Face ID is the biggest…
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September 12, 2017 | Dennis Fisher
We’ve Reached Peak Data Breach
It would seem that data breaches have now reached their logically absurd peak. The compromise of Equifax, revealed last Thursday evening, is the kind of incident you get when attackers get bored of stealing cases of bottled water and decide to steal the entire mountain spring instead. As reported by Bloomberg, the breach affects the…
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July 19, 2017
Mozilla Wants to Build an Open Voice Engine
With manufacturers weaving voice control into a wide variety of devices, from phones to cars to home assistants, the accuracy of the voice-recognition engines in those products is becoming vital. Mozilla is hoping to help improve that accuracy with the release of its new Common Voice project. The new initiative is a response to the…
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July 13, 2017
Verizon Says Data Breach Exposure Limited
Verizon has acknowledged that millions of customer records, including phone numbers and account PINs, were exposed in a misconfigured cloud database, but says no one aside from a security researcher accessed the data. The data was in an Amazon cloud bucket administered by a third-party vendor used by Verizon in Israel. Chris Vickery, a researcher…
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June 26, 2017
Anthem Settles Data Breach Suit for $115 Million
Anthem Inc., the victim of one of the more extensive data breaches in U.S. history, has agreed to pay a settlement of $115 million to consumers affected by the incident. The settlement is believed to be the largest ever to result from a data breach in the U.S. and would end a class-action lawsuit that followed…
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June 23, 2017
Tech Support, Email Fraud Schemes Top FBI Internet Crime List
Fraudsters are continuing to have quite a bit of success with business email compromise scams. Last year, companies in the United States lost more than $360 million to these schemes, an increase of nearly 50 percent from 2015. The FBI’s 2016 Internet Crime Report, which the bureau’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) released Thursday, includes…
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June 1, 2017
OneLogin Warns of Breach at U.S. Data Center
Security firm OneLogin, which provides single sign-on and other identity and authentication products, has suffered a data breach that it says likely affects all of its customers served by its data center in the United States. In an email sent to customers, the company said that customer data was possibly compromised, but it didn’t specify…
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May 31, 2017
Preventing Forgery With Paper Fingerprinting
In a new study out from a UK based research team, scientists have discovered an inexpensive and easy-to-use way to validate the authenticity of any paper document solely by taking a picture of it with a camera. Capturing the random interweaving of the wooden particles that are used to make up paper, the research team…
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