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Home Depot Reports Profit Increase, But Can't Account for All Possible Losses from Breach

November 21, 2014 9:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Home Depot's third-quarter profit rose 14 percent, suggesting that a huge data breach announced exactly two months ago has not shaken the faith of its customers.  The nation's biggest home improvement retailer stuck to its outlook for all of 2014, but said that it could not account for all possible losses from a data breach it revealed in September that affected 56 million debit and credit cards.

Hack Causes State Department to Shut Down Entire E-Mail System

November 17, 2014 3:16 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The State Department has taken the unprecedented step...

Up to 70 Percent Of Cyber Attacks Start Internally

November 14, 2014 10:40 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Jeff Reinke and Bridget Bergin of Manufacturing.net discuss cyber attacks and how an...

Hackers Breach Computer Systems at National Weather Service

November 13, 2014 2:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hackers from China were able to breach government...

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Cyber Security a Serious Focus for Tibet Activists

November 13, 2014 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Buffeted by persistent cyberattacks, Tibetan monks are giving new meaning to their ancient creed: Detach from attachments.  The Internet safety slogan, one of several messages championed by digital security group Tibet Action Institute, is an example of how human rights defenders are seeking creative ways to protect activists from electronic espionage.

Inside the Mind of a Hacker: Jeremy Hammond

November 11, 2014 9:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A hacktivist for more than a decade, Hammond, 29, was arrested in 2012 after penetrating the U.S.-based security think tank Stratfor, whose clients include the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Department.  He'd been working with a subgroup of the loose-knit hacking movement "Anonymous" when a member of the group enlisted him to help break into Stratfor's systems.

Effort to Protect Sensitive Data Struggling to Keep Pace with Cyberattacks

November 11, 2014 7:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security identification numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks and is unwittingly being undermined by federal employees and contractors.

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New Security Measures in Place for Healthcare.Gov

November 7, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say HealthCare.gov has gotten cybersecurity upgrades ahead of a Nov. 15 start for the second open enrollment season under President Barack Obama's health care law.  Last year's chaotic debut of the program did not allow time to complete security testing.

Russian Hacker to be Extradited to the United States

November 5, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dutch government has approved the extradition to the United States of a Russian citizen accused of participating in a hacking ring that penetrated computer networks of more than a dozen corporations and stole at least 160 million credit and debit card numbers.

Why Someone Else’s Data Breach Affects You

November 4, 2014 11:12 am | by Michael Chaly and Michael Dunn, Lootok | Lootok Ltd. | Blogs | Comments

Michael Chaly and Michael Dunn of Lootok discuss how data breaches, even those at other organizations, can effect your company.  They discuss how cyber crime has a "ripple effect" and how effective business continuity planning can prevent attacks.

Breach Compromises Employee Records, Costs USIS Hundreds of Millions in Lost Contracts

November 4, 2014 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A cyberattack similar to previous hacker intrusions from China penetrated computer networks for months at USIS, the government's leading security clearance contractor, before the company noticed, officials and others familiar with an FBI investigation and related official inquiries said.  

'Dealing With Disasters at Dell' Available On-Demand

October 31, 2014 11:32 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Dell | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights and Dell hosted their webinar, “Dealing with Disasters at Dell,” which discussed lessons learned and disaster recovery at the computer company, on Thursday, Oct. 30.   The free webinar is available here for those who were unable to attend. 

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'Pirate Bay' Founder Gets Prison Time for Hack

October 31, 2014 9:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A Danish court has sentenced the Swedish founder of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay to 3½ years in prison after he was found guilty of hacking into a private company handling sensitive information for Danish authorities, including social security numbers, driver's license numbers and police records of sought-after people in Europe.

Anatomy of a DDoS Attack Part 2: Attack Strategies

October 28, 2014 10:30 am | by Dr. Bill Highleyman, Availability Digest | Blogs | Comments

Dr. Bill Highleyman, Managing Editor of Availability Digest, discusses Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, including botnets, various attack strategies and how they can impact an organization.  This is part two ina a two part series on DDoS attacks. 

Phone Companies Face $10 Million Fine After Carelessness Leads to Data Breach

October 28, 2014 9:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two phone companies — TerraCom Inc. and YourTel America Inc. — unwittingly posted the Social Security numbers, driver's licenses and other sensitive data of up to 300,000 clients to the Internet, an investigation found, and federal regulators said they plan to fine the companies.

Man Who Enabled Hackers to Steal $9.4 Million Sentenced to 11 Years

October 27, 2014 4:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Estonian national who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a 2008 cyberattack on a credit card processing company that enabled hackers to steal $9.4 million from ATMs around the world was sentenced to 11 years in prison and ordered to repay most of the money, prosecutors said.

Top Five: 2014 Data Breaches

October 24, 2014 10:26 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Data breaches, both large and small, are of great concern to business continuity professionals today.  This year saw several high profile businesses have their data – and their customer’s data – compromised by information leaks. Here are the top five data breaches we have seen so far in 2014. 

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Apple Posts Security Warnings for Chinese Users

October 24, 2014 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Apple has posted a new security warning for users of its iCloud online storage service amid reports of a concerted effort to steal passwords and other data from people who use the popular service in China.  The company suggested users should verify they are connecting to a legitimate iCloud server by using the security features built into Safari and other browsers such as Firefox and Google's Chrome. 

Obama Announces Security Measures for Government Issued Cards

October 21, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Saying more must be done to stop data breaches affecting consumers, President Barack Obama announced a government plan to tighten security for the debit cards that transmit federal benefits like Social Security to millions of Americans.   

Member of Cyber Crime Ring Will Serve Prison Time

October 21, 2014 9:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Massachusetts man who was part of an international cybercrime ring that the government says hacked into the computers of more than a dozen financial institutions and the U.S. military's payroll service was sentenced Friday to 2½ years in prison.

Widespread Data Breaches Could Cost South Korea Billions

October 17, 2014 9:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After an avalanche of data breaches, South Korea's national identity card system has been raided so thoroughly by thieves that the government says it might have to issue new ID numbers to every citizen over 17 at a possible cost of billions of dollars.

Kmart Targeted by Hackers

October 14, 2014 9:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sears Holdings Corp. said Friday that a data breach at its Kmart stores that started last month may have compromised some customers' credit and debit cards.  The data theft at Kmart is the latest in a string of hacks at big retailers including Target, Supervalu and Home Depot.

Woman Suing Hospital After Data Breach

October 13, 2014 3:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Mexico woman is suing a hospital and its parent company after hackers accessed personal information belonging to her and more than 4 million other patients.  Attorneys for Briana Brito said they were seeking class-action status for the lawsuit.

Small Businesses Also a Target for Hackers

October 10, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

It's not just big businesses like JPMorgan Chase, Target and Home Depot that get hacked. Small companies suffer from intrusions into their computer systems, too.  The costs associated with computer and website attacks can run well into the thousands and even millions of dollars for a small company.

Hacker Who Targeted Businesses Must Be Given Better Access to Attorneys

October 10, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After a federal prosecutor told a judge that he expects to produce 4 terabytes, or 4 trillion bytes, of data as they make their case against a Russian man charged with hacking into U.S. businesses, the judge said Roman Seleznev will need better access to his lawyers than speaking to them through a glass wall.  

Former Campaign Manager To Serve Prison Time for E-mail Theft

October 10, 2014 9:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a former campaign manager for Gov. Susana Martinez to nine months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for charges related to the theft of the governor's email.

Customer Information of 76 Million Households, 7 Million Small Businesses Compromised

October 3, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A huge cyber attack against JPMorgan Chase & Co. this summer compromised customer information for about 76 million households and 7 million small businesses. JPMorgan Chase said that names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses were stolen from the company's servers, but only customers who use the websites Chase.com and JPMorganOnline and the apps ChaseMobile and JPMorgan Mobile were affected

Business Continuity Professionals Faced with Increasing Technology Challenges

September 26, 2014 11:37 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Technology is a critical part of business continuity planning and many of the challenges the BC community faces when it comes to that technology are very similar.  In such a connected world, business continuity professionals need to be aware of any number of technology disruptions, as well as new products to help in planning.

Banks Preparing to Re-Issue Debit, Credit Cards to Home Depot Breach Victims

September 26, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some lenders are preparing to reissue credit or debit cards to customers to head off possible losses following the breach of customer data at Home Depot.  Capital One Financial and JPMorgan Chase & Co. said they are preparing to assign new cards to accountholders due to the data theft at the home-improvement retailer.

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