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The Cybersecurity Play That Doubled Once – Will Double Again

Not long ago, a relative of mine was the victim of identity theft. And I have to tell you that I really felt for the entire family.

The thief ran up nearly $20,000 in charges, opened new accounts and tried to open others.

And I can tell you that the frustrations over the losses (most of which ended up being covered) were dwarfed by the helplessness that came whenever new charges showed up – and the worry that was spawned by never finding out how the whole mess started.

As we watch the headlines about data breaches and cybercrime – and watch as the violations move closer and closer to home – those worries only escalate.

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    What if There's No Fiscal Cliff Deal?

    Just hours remain for Democrats and Republicans to come up with some kind of fiscal cliff deal to avert the $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts that are set to kick in tomorrow, Jan. 1.

    With both parties still at odds, a tumble over the cliff looks likely.

    The only thing that's likely to happen is a very rushed deal that fails to deliver significant changes to the pre-programmed tax hikes and spending cuts.

    There were small signs of optimism out of Washington.

    "The discussions are going very well," Republican Sen. Bob Corker told CNBC's "Squawk Box" early Monday morning, adding though that the agreement probably won't include significant moves on deficit reductions.

    But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, maintains that a deal is not likely.

    "There is significant distance between both sides," Reid said Sunday night.

    Lawmakers reconvened today (Monday) and will remain holed up on Capitol Hill perhaps late into the night.

    Here's what to expect if we fall off the fiscal cliff.

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