Tag: hacking

3 crisis communications lessons we can learn from the KKK leak

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The hacktivist group Anonymous started leaking the names of over 350 individuals that they claim are Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members on Nov. 5. This incident is potentially damaging to any employer that had an employees name appear on Anonymous’s list.   With the rise of hacktivism, it’s important for PR teams to have a plan… Read More

Cyber attacks hurting U.S. businesses more than ever

Stock image of hands typing.

The Hewlett-Packard software company and the Ponemon Institute of Cyber Crime released a report on Tuesday that shows cyberattacks are now costing the average U.S. business over $15 million a year.   In 2014, cyber crime was costing U.S. companies $12.7 million, which means it increased 19 percent only one year later. Businesses located in the United… Read More

Chrysler’s software flaw causes PR disaster

Interior of Chrysler vehicle

As technology grows, hacking becomes an increasingly bigger problem, and computers and phones are not the only targets — so are some Chrysler vehicles.   Last Tuesday, the automobile manufacturer Chrysler noticed a vulnerability in many of their 2013, 2014, and 2015 vehicles that are equipped with an 8.4 inch touchscreen. This vulnerability makes it possible… Read More

President Obama Calls Sony’s Decision to Pull The Interview a Mistake


The Sony email scandal that rocked Hollywood not only threatened the careers of prominent Hollywood executives, but also prompted a national conversation about freedom of speech and the persistent threat of terrorism in the United States. In a White House speech on December 21, President Obama added his thoughts, stating that he believes Sony made a… Read More

Edward Snowden Opens Up to NBC

“Is Edward Snowden a #Traitor or a # Patriot?”   The question is remarkable mainly for its permanence. Nearly a year after Snowden leaked classified NSA documents to journalists regarding a multitude of top-secret surveillance programs before taking spectacular flight for foreign pastures, there remains a startling lack of consensus on his legacy.   Brian… Read More

Kickstarter Security Breach Scare

  Crowdfunding website Kickstarter announced last Saturday that it had experienced a security breach earlier in the week. Yancey Strickler, Kickstarter CEO, blogged to users in an attempt to ease some of the fears already running high—especially with the very recent public hackings of retail giants, Target and Neiman Marcus.   Strickler reassured Kickstarter users that… Read More