In another case of cyber theft, Gannett warns employees of a possible data breach. We learned of this from Kalb in their article, “USA Today owner Gannett warns workers of possible breach.”

Gannett is the publisher of USA Today and many other newspapers across the country. Their employees have been warned that about 18,000 current and former employee files might have been accessed and their personal information compromised after members of its human resources department were victims of a phishing attack. The company said there is no indication sensitive information was taken, but it can’t be sure.

Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details often for malicious reasons by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Phishing is typically carried out by email spoofing or instant messaging, and it often directs users to enter personal information at a fake website, the look and feel of which are almost identical to the legitimate one.

Melody K. Smith

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