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  • Security breach cost Heartland $12.6 million so far

    Posted May 7, 2009 - 2:16 pm

    Heartland Payment Systems Thursday reported that the security breach it disclosed earlier this year has cost the company about $12.6 million so far, including legal costs and fines from MasterCard and Visa, which directly contributed to a $2.5 million loss for the quarter.
  • Study: US air traffic control vulnerable to cyberattack

    Posted May 7, 2009 - 10:54 am

    U.S. air traffic control systems are at high risk of attack due to their links to insecure Web applications run by aviation authorities around the country, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation audit.
  • Post-breach, Heartland plans aggressive encryption project

    Posted May 6, 2009 - 8:13 pm

    After acknowledging in January that it suffered a data breach, Heartland today "is basically leading the way for the rest of the industry," says Gartner analyst Avivah Litan, noting that Heartland's plan for an end-to-end encryption system will be the first effort of its kind in the United States.
  • Heartland earns back spot on PCI-approved list

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 2:30 pm

    The processing firm Heartland Payment Systems has been reinstated to Visa Inc.'s list of service providers deemed compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
  • Botnet probe turns up 70G bytes of personal, financial data

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 1:37 pm

    The sensitive information collected by the Torpig/Sinowal botnet over just 10 days could be worth as much as $8.3 million.
  • LexisNexis says its data was used by fraudsters

    Posted May 2, 2009 - 8:15 pm

    LexisNexis acknowledged Friday that criminals used its information retrieval service for more than three years to gather data that was used to commit credit card fraud.
  • IT director pleads guilty to deleting organ donation records

    Posted May 1, 2009 - 10:13 am

    The former IT director for a nonprofit organ and tissue donation center pleaded guilty to a charge that she broke into the organization's computer network and deleted organ donation database records, invoice files, and database and accounting software, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
  • Report: Hackers break into Pentagon's fighter jet project

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 9:10 am

    Hackers broke into U.S. Department of Defense computers and downloaded terabytes of data containing design information about the Joint Strike Fighter, a $300 billion stealth fighter currently under development, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • 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 .
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
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