Morning Security Brief: Data Breach Notification, IPv6 Launches Worldwide, Arson Mystery at WSU, and More

By Carlton Purvis


►Consumers feel like companies should do a better job notifying them about data breaches, according to a recent study. More than 70 percent of consumers were dissatisfied with how they were notified about a breach, according to a survey by Experian. Sixty-seven percent of respondents said the notification they received didn’t provide enough information about the data breach. Sixty-one percent said they had a problem understanding the notification.

►The Internet Society has announced the world launch of IPv6. IPv6 will create fixed IP addresses, allowing routine tracking of Internet-connected devices, such as laptops, cellphones, and, soon, many consumer appliances. “This will make it easier for law enforcement agencies and advertisers to track users of Internet-based services,” writes the Electronic Privacy Information Center. For more on IPv6 see this fact sheet from Apple. 

►Washington State University could use some more surveillance cameras. Police are investigating the fourth arson in two weeks on the WSU campus. The most recent fire was a stack of papers in a stairwell. Previously, two apartment community centers and a researcher lab were set on fire, totaling more than $800,000 in damage. Police haven’t officially said that the fires are connected.

►A survey found that 54 percent of European companies consider protecting customer, employee, business, and financial information more important than protecting their own trade secrets. ♦ More than 60 percent of the passwords accessed from LinkedIn were cracked and posted online, according to Sophos. ♦ And a scientist from Sandia Labs, a nuclear research facility, is arrested for stealing research and sharing it with China.


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