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Dutch SIM Card Company Allegedly Targeted by British, U.S. Agencies

February 26, 2015 8:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Netherlands-based Gemalto, a maker of SIM cards used in mobile phones and credit cards, said an internal investigation "gives us reasonable grounds to believe" an operation by the U.S. National Security Agency and its British counterpart "probably happened."

Chicago Area Police Department Pays Hacker $500 Ransom

February 23, 2015 4:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A suburban Chicago police department paid a hacker a $500 ransom to restore access to data on a...

Getting Hacked Could Have Legal Repercussions

February 17, 2015 11:54 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Whether data is hosted on private servers or in a public cloud, every organization faces a...

Security Experts Urge Caution as Cyber Bank Thefts Become More Common

February 17, 2015 11:47 am | by Josh Boak, Associated Press | News | Comments

A hacker gang that looted as much as $1 billion worldwide from banks was unusual: It stole...

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Can You Trust Your Public Cloud?

February 12, 2015 11:11 am | by Bill Highleyman, Managing Editor, Availability Digest | Blogs | Comments

Bill Highleyman Managing Editor of Availability Digest, discusses placing trust in the public cloud and how specific examples of cloud failures, some by large and well respected companies, demonstrate that the technology still has a long way to go,

New Agency Would Coordinate U.S. Cyber Threat Intelligence

February 12, 2015 10:28 am | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House is setting up a new agency designed to coordinate cyber threat intelligence that currently is spread across the U.S. government.  Currently, government expertise in analyzing the various cyber threats resides in a number of agencies, including the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command.

Cloud Risk – Chance of Showers

February 10, 2015 11:41 am | by Pete O'Dell | Articles | Comments

Cloud computing is an increasingly important IT option for organizations of all sizes.  There are many different ways of sizing, configuring and implementing cloud based solutions and new security methods are continually evolving. Like every legitimate IT option, there are trade-offs and risks associated with the deployment and continued used of a cloud architecture

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Wireless Technology in Cars Difficult to Protect Against Cyber Threats

February 9, 2015 4:31 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, according to an analysis of information that manufacturers provided to  Democratic Sen. Edward Markey

Health Care Records a Prime Target for Hackers

February 9, 2015 4:09 pm | by Tom Murphy and Brandon Bailey, Associated Press | News | Comments

Those seemingly harmless medical forms everyone fills out before seeing a doctor can lead to identity theft if they get into the wrong hands.  Names, birthdates and — more importantly — Social Security numbers can help hackers open fake credit lines, file false tax returns and create false medical records. And health care businesses can lag far behind banks, credit card companies and retailers in protecting such sensitive information. 

Hackers Hit Anthem, Gain Access to Names, Addresses, Social Security Numbers

February 5, 2015 11:20 am | by Tom Murphy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Health insurer Anthem said hackers infiltrated its computer network and gained access to personal information for "tens of millions" of customers and employees, including CEO Joseph Swedish.  The nation's second-largest health insurer said it was contacting customers affected by what it calls a "very sophisticated" cyberattack that the company discovered last week.

Sony Says it Will Not Suffer Significant Long Term Damage from Hack

February 5, 2015 10:51 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Corp. trimmed its forecast of losses and gave a figure for damages from the Sony Pictures hack, but said it would suffer no significant harm from the cyberattack in the long run. The entertainment and electronics giant delayed the announcement of its earnings for the October-December quarter because the hack affected its ability to compile its complete results in time.

Dutch Judge Approves Extradition Request for Russian Hacker

January 29, 2015 10:56 am | by Mike Corder, Associated Press | News | Comments

The ruling at The Hague District Court clears the way for Vladimir Drinkman to be sent to New Jersey, where he is one of four Russians and a Ukrainian charged in a sophisticated data breach that netted at least 160 million credit and debit card numbers and resulted in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars over seven years.

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Hackers Target Malaysia Airlines, Threaten to Release Customer Information

January 26, 2015 11:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hackers defaced the website of Malaysia Airlines and threatened to dump stolen information online after posting a glimpse of customer data obtained in the attack.  The airline's site was down for at least seven hours, replaced by a message from the Lizard Squad hacker group, before the company brought it back online by mid-afternoon in Malaysia.

Maryland Man Pleads Guilty to Targeting Army, Microsoft

January 21, 2015 3:55 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors have obtained a third guilty plea involving an international hacking ring that gained access to a U.S. Army computer network while targeting computer giant Microsoft and several video game developers.  Authorities say 20-year-old Nathan Leroux of Bowie, Maryland, pleaded guilty  to conspiracy to commit computer intrusions and criminal copyright infringement.

Kenya Could Send Hackers Back to China

January 21, 2015 3:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A Kenyan official says the government is considering a request by the Chinese government to repatriate some of the 76 Chinese nationals arrested in Kenya for hacking.  Police arrested the 76 Chinese nationals and one Taiwanese early December with sophisticated equipment in houses in plush neighborhoods of the city.

Some of Obama's Cyber Threat Plans are Similar to Previous Legislation

January 16, 2015 10:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President, Obama laid out his plans this week as part of a push for new cybersecurity legislation that increases government information-sharing and protects businesses from lawsuits for revealing cyberthreats.  Yet the president's proposals are similar to congressional legislation that has been languishing on Capitol Hill, in part over privacy concerns. 

Russian Hacker Fighting Extradition to the U.S.

January 16, 2015 10:30 am | by Mike Corder, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawyer for a Russian accused by U.S. authorities of involvement in a huge computer hack that stole and sold at least 160 million credit and debit-card numbers called on a Dutch judge  to ban his extradition to the United States.  U.S. prosecutors have called the hack the largest data breach scheme ever prosecuted in the United States.

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Could New Cyber Security Regulations be On the Way?

January 13, 2015 11:07 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

In light of breaches at companies like Home Depot and Target, the president is proposing legislation that would require companies to inform their customers whether their data has been compromised within 30 days called the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act.  The act would also make it a crime to sell customers’ identities overseas. 

New Legislation Could Require Companies to Inform Customers of Hack Within 30 Days

January 13, 2015 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus.

Stolen Usernames, Passwords Used to Break into Airline Accounts

January 13, 2015 9:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Thieves with stolen usernames and passwords have broken into customer accounts at American and United airlines and in some cases booked free trips or upgrades.  The airlines say the incidents happened in late December. American began notifying affected customers by email, a spokeswoman said.

Accusing North Korea of Sony Hack Could Backfire on U.S. Government

January 9, 2015 10:00 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration's extraordinary decision to point fingers at North Korea over the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. could lead to a courtroom spectacle in the event charges are ultimately filed against someone without ties to the isolated country, such as a disgruntled employee or an unrelated hacker.

Speaker's Soapbox: Lori Cunningham of Aetna

January 2, 2015 11:28 am | by Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Lori Cunningham, Lead IT Service Management Specialist for Aetna, will present "From Checking-the-Box to Truly Resilient: Case Studies in Disaster Recovery."  She will focus on public and private sector case studies that show why having a strong disaster recovery program is important for any organization. 

Business Continuity and the Sony Data Breach: Part 2

December 30, 2014 11:40 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

A massive data breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which experts believe was targeted by North Korea as retaliation for a film depicting the assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un, has led to an international incident that has gained the attention of business continuity professionals.

Business Continuity and the Sony Data Breach: Part 1

December 23, 2014 11:48 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

A massive data breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which experts believe was targeted by North Korea as retaliation for a film depicting the assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un, has led to an international incident that has gained the attention of business continuity professionals.

Stolen Laptop Contained Personal Information of Nearly 3,000

December 22, 2014 3:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A major Chicago health care system has apologized to nearly 3,000 patients whose personal information was on an unencrypted laptop that was stolen in October.  Northwestern Memorial Healthcare started mailing letters Friday to affected patients and promised to take steps to enhance security. 

Officials Calling Sony Hack 'Most Damaging Ever'

December 19, 2014 8:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.  The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to cancel release of the North Korean spoof movie "The Interview."

Businesses, Individuals Can Take Precautions Against Identity Theft

December 16, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Criminals stole personal information from tens of millions of Americans in data breaches this past year. Of those affected, one in three may become victims of identity theft.  Americans are mostly at the mercy of companies to keep their sensitive details safe. But there are steps businesses and individuals can take to protect themselves against the financial, legal and emotional impact of identity theft — and most of them are free.

For Data Breach Victims, Recovery a Difficult Road

December 15, 2014 3:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The Target hack during last year's Black Friday shopping weekend was just one in a wave of data breaches that have exposed more than 100 million customer records at U.S. retailers, banks and Internet companies.  While cases are difficult to trace, analysts at Javelin Strategy & Research estimate that one in three Americans affected by a data breach ultimately became the victim of fraud last year — up from one in nine in 2010.

Researchers Still Searching for Identity of Hackers

December 11, 2014 4:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers say they have a wealth of clues — but no clear answers — as to the identity of those behind a series of newly discovered cyberattacks targeting Russian and Eastern European embassies, oil companies and military officers.   The malware — nicknamed "Inception" — has been attacking mainly Russian or Eastern European targets in the fields of diplomacy, energy and finance.

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