Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FBI Warns of Rise in Disgruntled Employees Stealing Data

 Wall Street Journal (09/23/14) Barrett, Devlin

The FBI said Tuesday that it has seen a spike in the number of disgruntled employees who steal company information, sometimes as part of an effort to extort money from previous employers.
 There have been cases in which individuals used their access to destroy data, steal software, obtain customer data, make unauthorized purchases, and gain a competitive edge at a new job, the FBI said. A common way to steal information, the FBI noted, is to use cloud storage accounts and personal e-mail. Sometimes, terminated employees still have remote access to the company's system.

Organizations that have recently been victimized by data theft have suffered losses of $5,000 to $3 million. The FBI reports that some employees have attempted to extort their employer by restricting access to company Web sites, disabling certain functions in content management systems, or conducting distributed denial-of-service attacks. Companies are advised to quickly end departed employees' access to computer systems, and change administrative passwords after IT personnel quit or are terminated.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

2014 ERII Conference Debrief

2014 Espionage Research Institute International Counterespionage Conference

The Annual ERII Counterespionage Conference was held on September 12, 13 & 14 in Washington, DC.

TSCM professionals from across the globe met to discuss counter espionage news and events, see demonstrations of new TSCM equipment and network with colleagues.
The ERII Conference experience included presentations by top experts in the fields of Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) Counterintelligence/Counterespionage, Cyber Countermeasures, Equipment vendors and more.
This year, our Keynote Speaker was Sandra Grimes, Author of  "Circle of Treason",  A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed

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