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  • Business process flaws seen posing security risks

    Posted March 12, 2009 - 9:13 pm

    Flaws in the business processes that underlie Web sites can present serious security risks, the CTO of a Web security company said Thursday.
  • Visa Backtracks on Breach Disclosure

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 11:45 am

    Visa and MasterCard have probably been slow to identify the cause of a breach that they warned banks about in mid-February because they want to complete an investigation into the incident, analysts say.
  • What's behind the rash of university data breaches?

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 11:43 am

    Purdue University last month reported its seventh data breach in the past four years. But Purdue is hardly alone. Over 300 publicized privacy incidents have occurred at U.S. institutions of higher learning since 2001, with at least 53 colleges and universities experiencing multiple breaches.
  • California's data breach law may get an update

    Posted March 7, 2009 - 2:36 pm

    California's landmark data-breach notification law will get another update, if State Senator Joe Simitian gets his way.
  • Insider theft at NYPD impacts 80,000 cops

    Posted March 5, 2009 - 4:35 pm

    The New York Police Department (NYPD) is telling thousands of police officers that their personal information may be compromised due to a suspected data theft done by an insider in the police pension fund, according to reports in New York's daily newspapers Thursday.
  • Banks, credit unions begin to sue Heartland over data breach

    Posted March 3, 2009 - 10:50 am

    In an indication of the legal troubles companies can find themselves in over data breaches these days, several banks and credit unions have begun suing Heartland Payment Systems over its recently disclosed data breach.
  • Visa: New payment-processor data breach not so new after all

    Posted February 27, 2009 - 9:23 pm

    Days after Visa seemingly confirmed that a data breach had taken place at a third payment processor, following on the recent breach disclosures by Heartland Payment Systems and RBS WorldPay, the credit card company now is saying that there was no new security incident after all. In actuality, Visa said in a statement issued Friday, alerts that it sent recently to banks and credit unions warning them about a compromise at a payment processor were related to the ongoing investigation of a previously known breach.
  • SEC, FTC investigating Heartland after data theft

    Posted February 26, 2009 - 10:19 am

    Federal agencies, including the FTC and the SEC, have begun investigating Heartland Payment Systems following a massive data breach at the payment processing company.
  • Starbucks sued after laptop data breach

    Posted February 23, 2009 - 5:04 pm

    A Starbucks employee has filed a class-action lawsuit against the company following an October laptop theft and data breach.
  • FAA reports 45,000 data records pilfered from server

    Posted February 10, 2009 - 10:14 am

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday hackers stole more than 45,000 employee and retiree records from one of its servers.
  • Wikileaks publishes $1B worth of congressional reports

    Posted February 9, 2009 - 10:15 pm

    Wikileaks.org, the online clearinghouse for leaked documents, has published a complete database of Congressional Research Service reports, which are private research documents written for members of Congress and their staffers.
  • Geeks.com operator settles data breach complaint

    Posted February 6, 2009 - 2:13 pm

    An online seller of computer supplies and consumer electronics has failed to adequately protect customer data and will have to submit to outside audits for 10 years in a settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
  • Federal workers notified after SRA virus breach

    Posted February 3, 2009 - 3:49 pm

    Employees at U.S. government security agencies including the DoD and DHS are being notified after a virus breached security at SRA International.
  • Study: Data losses proving more costly for businesses

    Posted February 2, 2009 - 11:28 am

    Data breaches are costing companies more than ever as consumers shun those businesses that have lost information, according to a new study.
  • Monster.com Breach: Evolution of a Disclosure Letter

    Posted February 2, 2009 - 10:20 am

    When Monster.com suffered a data breach last year, two disclosure letters went out to customers -- one from Monster itself and another from US AJOBS, a federal employment organization that relied on Monster.com databases for its job listings. Though they covered the same breach, each letter was starkly different.
  • With economic slump, concerns rise over data theft

    Posted January 29, 2009 - 11:12 am

    A McAfee survey finds that IT decision makers see laid-off employees as the biggest IT security threat caused by the recession.
  • Four Years Later: Unlearned Lessons of ChoicePoint

    Posted January 26, 2009 - 11:25 am

    It's been four years since data broker ChoicePoint acknowledged the data security breach that put it in the middle of a media firestorm and pushed data protection to the top of the infosecurity community's priority list. Since then, much bigger incidents have occurred, most notably the TJX data breach and most recently the Heartland Payment Systems data breach .
  • Monster.com reports theft of user data

    Posted January 24, 2009 - 3:46 pm

    Monster.com revealed that information including user e-mails has been stolen from its database.
  • Quiz: He said what? (an oddly informative news quiz)

    Posted January 23, 2009 - 11:30 am

    How are data breaches like pregnancy? What is treated like a luxury and taxed like a sin? What isn't likely to bounce? Who is ready to address the masses on YouTube? Answers to these questions and more in this week's news quiz.
  • Heartland says it has closed security hole

    Posted January 22, 2009 - 11:43 am

    The revelation this week by Heartland Payment Systems, the sixth-largest payment processor in the U.S., that criminals had secretly installed spying software on its computer network could go down as one of the biggest data breaches on record. Heartland says it has closed the security hole that allowed criminals to infiltrate their systems, but the matter is far from settled.
  • Heartland data breach could be bigger than TJX's

    Posted January 21, 2009 - 11:12 am

    A data breach disclosed Tuesday by Heartland Payment Systems may well displace TJX Companies' January 2007 breach in the record books as the largest ever involving payment data with potentially over 100 million cards being compromised.
  • Data breaches rose sharply in 2008, says study

    Posted January 7, 2009 - 5:55 pm

    More than 35 million data records were breached in 2008, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center.
  • CheckFree warns 5 million customers after hack

    Posted January 6, 2009 - 9:52 pm

    Five million customers are being notified following the December 2 breach at online bill payment processor CheckFree.
  • Cyber Crime: The 2009 Mega Threat

    Posted December 22, 2008 - 11:12 am

    According to the Ponemon Institute's 2009 Security Mega Trends Survey, cyber crime is the trend most likely to be a high or very high risk in the next 12 to 24 months. Cloud computing, malware, web 2.0 and mobile devices were also found to be getting riskier.
  • Report: 21 million German bank accounts for sale

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 5:36 pm

    Black market criminals are offering to sell details on 21 million German bank accounts for €12 million (US$15.3 million), according to an investigative report published Saturday.

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