Data Protection

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Police breaks up cybergang that stole over $15 million from banks

Romanian authorities detained 25 suspected members of an international gang of cyberthieves who hacked into banks and cloned payment cards

With ransomware on the rise, cryptographers take it personally

The security industry is not doing enough and it's going to get worse, they said


Malware used in White House and State Department hacks possibly linked to Russia

The malware is related to the MiniDuke, CosmicDuke and OnionDuke cyberespionage tools, researchers from Kaspersky Lab found

Qualys devises a virtual patch to protect against vulnerabilities

The security company's Web Application Firewall can protect Web applications from malicious users

Crypto gurus: The government's key escrow plan won't work

World renowned cryptographers highlighted various reasons why creating a master decryption key for the government to use is not practical

Microsoft moves to address customers' concerns about cloud control and transparency

The company will launch new features for Office 365 designed to give organizations more control and visibility into their data

Congress moves forward on cyberthreat sharing bill despite privacy concerns

The House may vote this week on a bill that would allow shared cybertheat information to be passed to the NSA and law enforcement agencies

Poor WordPress documentation trips developers, yields plug-ins with XSS flaw

Website administrators should check if they have any affected plug-ins and update them in order to avoid attacks

Data breach notification bill could weaken consumer protections

A House committee approves the legislation despite criticism from digital rights and consumer groups

New malware program Punkey targets point-of-sale systems

All signs point to an increase in the number of memory scraping malware programs infecting PoS terminals to steal payment card data

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Report: Average cost per record breached is 58 cents, discovery times are down

According to the Verizon data breach investigations report released today, the average cost per breached data record is 58 cents. That's a far cry from other estimates that put the average per-record loss at around $200.

Web app attacks, PoS intrusions and cyberespionage leading causes of data breaches

Phishing attacks continue to be effective, but mobile threats are not a big concern, according to a Verizon report

New cyberthreat information sharing bill may be more friendly to privacy

The new bill still allows companies to share some unnecessary personal information with government agencies, a critic says

Surveys: Employees at fault in majority of breaches

A company's own employees are a significant factor in the majority of data breaches, either through malicious activity or avoidable mistakes, say two new studies, but companies aren't doing enough to address this issue.

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Watermarks used to track data through Dark Web to Russia, Nigeria

How far does stolen data get before a breach is detected?

UK government's spying practices challenged at European human rights court

Disclosing secret policies that govern mass surveillance practices is not enough to make them legal, human rights groups said

White Lodging Services confirms second payment card breach

Security measures put in place after a first breach last year failed to stop hackers from striking again

Amazon offers network file storage in the cloud

Watch out NetApp! Amazon is coming after the NAS storage market

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Tokenization would not have prevented most retail breaches

Tokenization, where credit card numbers and other sensitive data is replaced by random characters, can be a secure alternative to encryption in many cases -- but would not have helped in the majority of retail breaches over the past...

Islamist hackers take French broadcaster TV5Monde off air

The attack disrupted the network's broadcasting for hours and also affected its websites and social media accounts

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