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  • Criminals pay top money for hackable Nokia phone

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 4:18 pm

    Criminals are trying to buy a certain model of Nokia's 1100 phone due to a software problem that can enable them to hack online bank accounts.
  • Study: Mistakes, Not Insiders, to Blame for Most Breaches

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 10:22 am

    2008 was a banner year for security breaches, according to new research from Verizon. And while many security vendors have been banging the drum about the threat of malicious insiders, this report indicates organizations should be more wary of outside attacks .
  • Five Ways To Survive a Data Breach Investigation

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 9:58 am

    Security experts say it all the time: If a company thinks it has suffered a data security breach, the key to getting at the truth unscathed is to have a response plan in place for what needs to be done and who needs to be in charge of certain tasks. Unfortunately, many companies still fail to heed that advice and end up in a lot more trouble than was necessary. Here are 5 steps that can be taken to ensure a smooth investigation that ends with the company's reputation intact.
  • Deleted Data Drives New Data Breaches

    Posted April 15, 2009 - 11:26 am

    According to a new report on data breaches from Verizon Business, cyber criminals are no longer attacking where the credit card files are, but where they once were.
  • Visa drops processors from compliance list after breaches

    Posted March 17, 2009 - 8:55 pm

    Visa Inc. last week removed breached payment processors Heartland Payment Systems Inc. and RBS WorldPay Inc. from its list of companies that are compliant with the PCI data security rules. But analysts said the move may be more about protecting Visa itself than about safeguarding payment card data.
  • 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.
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