Last month Twitter reported that it suffered a data security breach at the hands of hackers. While the details of the hack are still unclear, Twitter has stated that through “a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted . . . employees with access to internal systems and tools,” hackers duped employees into handing over administrative access privileges. This enabled hackers to take over high-profile accounts; 130 accounts, including those of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk were compromised. Of these, hackers accessed the direct messaging of 36 accounts and sent tweets from them.

The fraudulent tweets stated that bitcoin sent to the bitcoin wallet included in the tweet would be doubled and

 It’s not breaking news that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended that, in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we wear masks in public when social distancing is not possible. According to the CDC, the virus spreads “mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice.… These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the

According to the CDC, contact tracing is an infectious disease control measure that has been used by local and state health department personnel for decades and should be a key strategy for preventing further spread of COVID-19. In contact tracing, public health staff, or tracers, work with a person who has tested positive for an illness to help them recall their contacts: everyone with whom they’ve been in close contact during the time they were contagious. The tracers then warn these contacts

By Gille Ann Rabbin, Esq., CIPP/US, CIPP/E


The security of NY consumers’ private information is about to get a boost. The recently passed SHIELD Act (Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security) has expanded the scope of protection required of persons or businesses handling NY consumers’ data. Starting in late March of 2020, NYS will require companies in all sectors to exercise data security to secure private information of NY consumers.

Effective March 21, NY will require persons or

 The two trillion dollar Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, signed into law in March, includes authorization for one-time “Economic Income Payments,” or relief payments, for eligible taxpayers. According to the IRS, eligible individuals with adjusted gross income of up to (1) $75,000 for single filers, (2) $112,500 for head-of-household filers, and (3) $150,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly are eligible for the full $1200 (individual filers) and $2400

 According to a recent survey, 40% of straight couples and 65% of same-sex couples meet online. There are almost 8,000 dating sites worldwide and more opportunities through social networking sites. Sites include mainstream ones like, special interest ones like Gaydar (as the name suggests) or RocknRollDating (for musically compatible couples of any sexual preference, including “polyamorous”), and even ones for married folks seeking extramarital activity, like Ashley Madison.


Today is Thanksgiving, a day we traditionally give thanks for our blessings.  We might want to include giving thanks for the technological advances that have improved our lives, such as the internet. 

The internet has given us non-stop access to information, commercial opportunities, social media, and convenience. But how did all this come about?

Russia’s Cold War launch of Sputnik, coupled with America’s realization that the Russians had beaten us into space, resulted in the creation of U.S

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