President Trump Bans Acquisition of Foreign Power Grid Equipment due to Cybersecurity Threats

Due to increased cybersecurity threats, President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning U.S. power grid entities from buying and installing electrical equipment that has been manufactured outside the U.S.
According to the executive order, foreign adversaries are increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in the United States bulk-power system, which provides the electricity that supports our national defense, vital emergency services, critical infrastructure, economy, and way of life. The bulk-power system, says the order, is a target of those seeking to commit malicious acts against the United States and its people, including…{more}

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ExecuPharm, Subsidiary of US Biopharmaceutical Giant Parexel, Hit by Ransomware Attack

ExecuPharm, a subsidiary of the U.S. Biopharmaceutical giant Parexel, has been hit by a ransomware attack according to a recent announcement made by the company.
In a letter sent to the Office of The Vermont Attorney General, the company explains that on March 13, 2020, “a data security incident that compromised select corporate and personal information” happened after “unknown individual encrypted ExecuPharm servers and sought a ransom in exchange for decryption.”

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New Study Examines the Adoption and Abandonment of Security, Privacy & Identity Theft Protection Practices

To find out why people adopt and then sometimes abandon online safety measures, researchers from the University of Michigan School of Information and NortonLifeLock’s Research Group surveyed more than 900 people about their use of 30 commonly recommended practices to guard against security, privacy and identity theft risks.

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3 new things to know about FTC Safeguards Rule review

By: Lesley Fair

As part of its regulatory review, the FTC announced earlier this year Information Security and Financial Institutions: An FTC Workshop to Examine the Safeguards Rule. If the Safeguards Rule is of interest to you or your clients, you’ll want to know about three new developments.

First, the FTC has postponed the workshop and rescheduled it for July 13, 2020. If you’rd like to participate as a panelist on the new date, email us at by May 14th.


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Author: lfair

Credit Card Launderer for Tech Support Scams to Pay $6.75 Million to Settle FTC Charges

A Canadian company, RevenueWire, and its CEO, Roberta Leach, will pay $6.75 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges they laundered credit card payments for, and assisted and facilitated, two tech support scams previously sued by the FTC.

“Finding ways to get paid – without getting caught – is essential for scammers who steal money from consumers,” said Andrew Smith. “And that’s exactly what RevenueWire did for tech support scammers when it laundered their transactions through the credit card system.”,,,{more}

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$9.3 million FTC settlement suggests Mail Order Rule compliance is always in style


Lesley Fair

Trend-conscious buyers want the latest styles ASAP and online retailer Fashion Nova reinforced those expectations by promising “Fast Shipping,” “2-Day Shipping,” and “Expect Your Items Quick!” But according to the FTC, the California company’s shipment delays violated the Mail, Internet, or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule and left consumers haute under the collar. The $9.3 million settlement is the largest ever in a case of its kind….

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NCTC’s Domestic Terrorism Conference Report

NCTC's Domestic Terrorism Conference

The National Counterterrorism Center, together with FBI and DHS, held a conference September 23-24, 2019, to examine the U.S. government’s approach to confronting the threat of domestic terrorism (DT) and to inform future DT policy. The conference convened stakeholders from academia, the private sector, and across the federal government, including intelligence and Non-Title 50 agencies, to explore four themes: Terminology, Authorities, Operations, and Expanding Partnerships. Click here to view the full report.