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Bob Sullivan is a veteran journalist and the author of five books, including New York Times best-sellers Gotcha Capitalism and Stop Getting Ripped Off! He has won the Society of Professional Journalists Public Service Award, a Peabody Award, and the Consumer Federation of America Betty Furness Consumer Media Service Award. He spent nearly two decades working at MSNBC.com and NBC News, and he’s now a syndicated columnist and frequent TV guest. He is also co-host of the podcast “Breach,” which examines history’s biggest hacking stories, and co-host of the weekly podcast “So, Bob,” which tackles stories about the unintended consequences of technology. His latest book, The Barstool MBA: Why Running a Bar Beats Running to Business School, was published in July 2019.

Articles written by Bob Sullivan

Legal Steps to Take When a New York Company is Hacked

NYC cybersecurity attorneys weigh in

These days the “data breach call” has become almost commonplace: You’ve been hacked and customers’ data has been stolen by cybercriminals. So what can companies do to manage the risk? Planning beforehand often dictates how big the mess might become. Critical decisions and procedures (who gets the first call; who drives the investigation) should already be in place, and well-rehearsed, when the bad news arrives. Figuring out an incident-response plan during the post-hack …

Is Privacy Dead?

Or how we learned to stop worrying and love big data

Let’s play a game. You’re a coroner, and your job is to sign the death certificate for privacy. What year do you write on the form?   Maybe it’s 2015, when the following who’s who list of government and private organizations confirmed they’d been hacked or dealt with the repercussions of recent hacks: the Ashley Madison website, Premera Blue Cross, Anthem, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the State Department, the Pentagon and the White House. How about the Sony hack of 2014 …

Hacking and the Fear Beyond Data Theft

Issues for New York's individuals and companies and getting ahead of the problem

If hackers steal your credit card info, they can ruin your day. If they steal your Social Security number, they can wreak financial havoc for years. But if they freeze or steal your computer data, they can ruin your life or threaten your company’s very existence. Identity theft is the digital headache of the 21st Century. Millions of Americans struggle to recover from the paperwork hassles it brings each year. And it seems to be getting worse. In the cat-and-mouse game between hackers and …

Filing for Bankruptcy in New York State

It doesn’t have to be the end of the world

Filing bankruptcy can feel like an abrupt end of a journey. But it doesn’t have to be. “The most common thing people say when they come to see me is, ‘I can’t believe I’m sitting here,’” says Paul M. Hollender of Corash & Hollender, a Staten Island, New York-based bankruptcy lawyer. “But I tell them I am like a tow truck and they’ve just slid off the road. I pull people out of the mud so they can drive on down the road again.” Common Missteps in Bankruptcy “It’s …

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