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  • 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.
  • Confidential customer details exposed on Qantas site

    Posted November 21, 2008 - 12:18 pm

    Qantas' online booking site today breached the privacy at least two of its customers, with their personal details revealed to another party when they attempted to access flight check-in information online.
  • $1 million award offered to nab extortionist in data breach

    Posted November 13, 2008 - 11:59 am

    Express Scripts, the pharmacy benefits management company which recently disclosed an extortionist is demanding money by threatening to expose millions of patient records the company holds, Wednesday said it has decided to offer $1 million to nab the perpetrator.
  • FBI investigates data theft blackmail scheme

    Posted November 7, 2008 - 11:00 am

    Data thieves are threatening to release millions of patient records held by a U.S. prescription drug management company unless the company pays up.
  • With an antenna, researchers log keystrokes from afar

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 1:46 pm

    Computer keystrokes can be snooped from afar by detecting the slight electromagnetic radiation emitted when a key is pressed, according to new research previewed on Monday.
  • FBI says Dark Market sting netted 56 arrests

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 9:15 pm

    A two-year undercover FBI sting operation targeting online fraudsters has netted 56 arrests and prevented millions of dollars in economic losses, the FBI said Thursday.
  • Top data-breach causes

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 4:41 pm

    A recent research project has led me to look at information security and in particular, the root cause of data breaches. In recent years, organizations that have experienced breaches have been forced by law (in many cases) to report the occurrence. Therefore, we've seen a spike in incident reports. Collectively we can all learn from those reports to attempt to prevent similar occurrences in our own organizations.
  • World Bank denies report of massive data breaches

    Posted October 13, 2008 - 1:47 pm

    World Bank Group (WBG) servers were breached repeatedly starting during the summer of 2007 through as recently as last month, Fox News reports. Breaches included full access to the network of WBG's private-lending arm, the reports say. But the bank says it's not so.
  • Can security's human side stop data breaches?

    Posted October 10, 2008 - 9:33 am

    Shira Rubinoff was a practicing psychologist in 2004. When it came to technology, her experience was simply as a tech user, certainly not a tech guru. Then one day she was phished. Rubinoff decided to take her background in human behavior and turn it into a security software firm that taps into how the mind works in order to prevent phishing attacks.
  • Websense slowly extends reach of data loss prevention tools

    Posted October 8, 2008 - 2:21 pm

    Websense CEO Gene Hodges has no plans to join in the wave of consolidation that's sweeping through the enterprise security software industry, with future products the fruit of internal development, not acquisition, he said Wednesday.
  • Staff are biggest threat to finance firms' data

    Posted October 8, 2008 - 2:13 pm

    Insiders represent the greatest threat to the secure data of financial services firms, according to the latest Verizon Business Data Breach report. This marks a strong contrast with companies in other sectors, such as high tech services, food and beverage, and retail, which saw business partners as posing the greatest risk to their data.
  • Shell blames IT contractor for benefits fraud

    Posted October 7, 2008 - 10:48 am

    Shell Oil is warning employees that a contractor used their personal information to run an unemployment insurance claim scam in Texas.
  • T-Mobile lost disk containing data on 17 million customers

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 11:10 am

    Deutsche Telekom's German mobile phone subsidiary T-Mobile lost control of a disk containing personal information about 17 million of its customers in early 2006, the company said Saturday.
  • Researcher finds evidence of massive site compromise

    Posted October 3, 2008 - 9:48 am

    Several criminal gangs have acquired administrative log-in credentials for more than 200,000 Web sites -- including the one used by the U.S. Postal Service -- and have used the compromised domains to attack unsuspecting users' PCs with a notorious hacker exploit kit, a researcher said today.
  • Acting upon a security breach in six easy steps

    Posted September 26, 2008 - 12:21 pm

    What immediate action should business management take after they learn their company's been breached? Here's a list of six key steps that any business can follow after a breach to help restore workplace order.
  • 20 amazing, amusing and alarming IT facts

    Posted September 15, 2008 - 2:43 pm

    A new report warns that the cost from lost productivity at work related to the new NFL season could add up to $10.5 billion. And there we were, thinking the biggest waste of time at work came from fielding an endless stream of IT industry reports. In an effort to do something productive with these sometimes insightful, sometimes scary, sometimes silly and frequently self-serving studies, we've boiled down each of about 20 that we've received over the past couple of months into one digestible story.
  • Man accused in TJX data breach pleads guilty

    Posted September 12, 2008 - 1:54 pm

    One of the 11 people arrested last month in connection with the massive data theft at TJX Companies Inc., BJ Wholesale Clubs Inc. and several other retailers pleaded guilty Thursday to four felony counts including wire and credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft.
  • Scammers replace credit card readers in Irish stores

    Posted August 18, 2008 - 4:32 pm

    Fraudsters in northeast Ireland posing as authorized bank service personnel replaced credit card readers in retailers' stores with their own, capturing data that can be used to empty bank accounts and make purchases.
  • European court delays British hacker's extradition to US

    Posted August 12, 2008 - 9:58 am

    The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday temporarily held up the extradition of a British computer hacker facing computer misuse charges in the U.S.
  • Eleven indicted in massive ID theft scheme

    Posted August 5, 2008 - 2:57 pm

    Eleven people have been charged or indicted in a massive identity theft and computer fraud scheme involving some of the largest data breaches in recent U.S. history, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.
  • Security oversight may have enabled Countrywide breach

    Posted August 4, 2008 - 8:19 pm

    The man accused of stealing customer data from home mortgage lender Countrywide probably was able to download and save the data to an external drive due to an oversight by the company's IT department.
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