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Marriott hack spurs tightening of California data-security laws

“There is a real danger when our personal information is not protected by those we trust,” Levine, the California lawmaker, said Thursday” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Since 2005, some 9,000 data breaches affecting 11.5 billion records have been reported in the U.S. alone, he said.”While sharing some personal identification information can make e-commerce and travel more convenient, data breaches are becoming all too common in our nation.”. Now, one of the latest and largest cases — the pilfering of 327 million guest records including passport information from the Starwood Hotels chain acquired…

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Gemalto promises world’s first 5G SIM card for first half of 2019

“Recognizing both increasing and evolving types of cellular devices, the 5G SIM will be offered in three form factors: a traditional removable SIM card, an embedded SIM (eSIM), and a machine-to-machine (M2M) SIM designed for internet of things devices” writes Jeremy Horwitz for venturebeat.com. Two months after cellular industry association SIMalliance called for a new and more secure 5G SIM card standard, digital security company Gemalto announced today that it has developed the world’s first 5G SIM — a more secure solution that will roll out in the first half…

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High-Tech Gadget Lets Thieves Steal Credit Card Info At Gas Pumps…

“In a memo to its field offices, Krebs reports, the agency said some high-tech thieves have devised an innovative way to steal your credit card information: adding next-gen credit card skimmers to gas pumps” reports fastcompany.com. These nasty little gadgets swipe the data from cards that use the contactless payment method at the gas pump. Source: fastcompany.com

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These are the 3 big reasons you should use a financial adviser

“For years, personal finance magazines and websites have advised people to wait until 70 to claim Social Security retirement benefits” writes Howard Gold for marketwatch.com. Not too long ago, well-heeled individuals relied on financial advisers for almost everything from basic expense planning to deciding where to invest their money.Read: Target-date funds are more expensive and less effective than this simple investment plan So, where does that leave financial advisers?. There are other issues in which financial advisers can add value, including whether to take a reverse mortgage and whether to…

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In a statement, the Jammu and Kashmir state government said it “felt that providing security to these separatist leaders is a wastage of scarce state resources which could be better utilized elsewhere”.

“The separatist leaders had been allocated security personnel to protect them from militants after they entered talks with the federal government” reports huffingtonpost.com. NEW DELHI— Jammu and Kashmir state withdrew the security details for 18 separatist leaders and 155 other opposition figures on Wednesday after an Islamist suicide bomber killed 40 paramilitary troopers in Pulwama last week.In a statement, the Jammu and Kashmir state government said it “felt that providing security to these separatist leaders is a wastage of scarce state resources which could be better utilized elsewhere”.Besides the separatist…

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Pulwama Fallout: Security Cover For Kashmir Separatists, Opposition Leaders Withdrawn

“The separatist leaders had been allocated security personnel to protect them from militants after they entered talks with the federal government” reports huffingtonpost.com. NEW DELHI— Jammu and Kashmir state withdrew the security details for 18 separatist leaders and 155 other opposition figures on Wednesday after an Islamist suicide bomber killed 40 paramilitary troopers in Pulwama last week.In a statement, the Jammu and Kashmir state government said it “felt that providing security to these separatist leaders is a wastage of scarce state resources which could be better utilized elsewhere”.Besides the separatist…

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Pentagon is scrambling as China ‘sells the hell out of’ armed drones to US allies

“Charles Hooper, director of the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), emphasized changes underway to the Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) policy, which has thus far prevented the sale of armed drones to Washington’s Arab allies” writes Natasha Turak for cnbc.com. The U.S., while a top security partner to these states, currently does not supply them with its armed drone technology due to strict export regulations.But in the face of record Middle East defense spending and encroaching foreign competition, it’s under renewed pressure to do just that. Source: cnbc.com

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European cyberattacks signal more Russian election meddling: Microsoft

“Recent cyberattacks discovered by Microsoft validate Europe’s fears that Russia, already blamed for meddling in the U.S. presidential election and the Brexit campaign, is aggressively targeting its parliamentary elections this spring” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The European Union’s elections, from May 23-26, give voters in member nations the chance to choose who represents them in its Parliament.Those included notification of attacks across organizational and personal email systems, security training and previews of the latest protective measures through its AccountGuard initiative. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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