BREACH

Forever 21 Says Customer Financial Information May Have Been Compromised

Forever 21 store executives say they may have been the subject of a data breach

  NATIONAL — A popular teen store is warning about a potential data breach of its customers. Forever 21 store executives say they may have been the subject of a data breach and their customers may have had their payment information stolen or compromised. A store spokesperson says a third party alerted the company to the potential breach and an…

Equifax: Top Executives Did Not Engage in Insider Trading

The decision was reached by a committee, who reviewed 55-thousand documents and found no evidence of wrongdoing

  NATIONAL — Four top executives who sold off company stock before Equifax announced its massive data breach are found not guilty of insider trading. The decision was reached by a committee, who reviewed 55-thousand documents and found no evidence of wrongdoing. The committee was not employed by Equifax. The executives admitted they sold millions of dollars’ worth of shares…

BBB Advises How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Cyber Attacks

More than 60 percent of americans have already been hacked this year

FARGO, N.D. —┬áSensitive information belonging to millions of Americans was hacked in the Equifax breach earlier this year. But why are so many people vulnerable? Even people who work in cyber security are at risk of being hacked. “I teach this all day long and yet I was still hacked, so I might have made a purchase at a coffee…

Sen. Al Franken on Equifax Breach: “This is Sleezy”

Earlier this month, Franken introduced a bill that would help protect consumers whose personal data has been leaked by the hack

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “In other words, this was like, ‘here, look up to see if you, you’re information was stolen and protect yourself, oh and by the way, if we’re the, if you’re one of these 143 million people you can’t sue us,’” Sen. Al Franken said during a press conference. “This is sleezy.” The Minnesota senator is talking about…

CEO of Equifax Takes Early Retirement with More than $18 Million in Benefits

Smith called the breach "a disappointing event."

  NATIONAL — The CEO of Equifax announced he is retiring early, just weeks after the company put the financial futures of 143 million Americans at risk and just days before he is set to appear before Congress. Richard Smith, who has held the CEO position since 2005, is stepping down and joining other senior managers who have left the…

Homeland Security: North Dakota’s Election System Targeted in 2016

The Dept. of Homeland Security say the systems were targeted but not breached

  NORTH DAKOTA — There was an attack on North Dakota’s election systems in the summer of 2016. The Department of Homeland Security delivered that news to the Secretary of State’s office on Friday. They said the systems were targeted but not breached. North Dakota was among 21 states targeted last summer. Secretary of State Al Jaeger said he is…

Equifax Comes Clean About Previous Hacking Attack in March

In March, the company hired cyber-security experts to deal with what they called a "security incident" on its corporate networks

  NATIONAL — We are now learning the Equifax breach that exposed the personal information of 143 million Americans is the second time the company has been hacked this year. In March, the company hired cyber-security experts to deal with what they called a “security incident” on its corporate networks. They were using Apache Software and that company discovered a…

Two Top Executives Leaving Equifax in the Midst of Massive Data Breach

The company said its chief information officer and chief security officer are leaving immediately

  NATIONAL — The fallout over the Equifax data breach continues after two of the company’s top executives leave in the middle of the chaos. Company officials said the chief information officer and chief security officer are leaving immediately. Equifax is facing several class-action lawsuits, inquiries and Congressional investigations. The breach included much of the personal information of 143 million…

Senator Heitkamp Suspicious of Equifax Data Breach After Rumors of Potential Insider Trading

There are claims that officials with the company sold over $1.5 million in company securities within days of announcing a cybersecurity breach

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Heitkamp wants federal investigators to look into Equifax. There are claims that officials with the company sold over $1.5 million in company securities within days of announcing a cybersecurity breach. Heitkamp is one of 37 senators who signed a letter that urges the Justice Department and federal regulators to investigate potential insider trading. “The first thing…

Check Your Financial Information: 143 Million Identities Exposed by Equifax Data Breach

Two million are at risk in Minnesota, One-third of the population of North Dakota at risk

  NATIONAL — One-third of the population of North Dakota may have had their personal information exposed in a data breach at Equifax. The credit reporting company reports more than 248,000 people in the state were potentially exposed. Two million are at risk in Minnesota. Atlanta-based Equifax said 143 million Americans had their information exposed. The information includes Social Security…