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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...

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...

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...

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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.

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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.  

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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.

Sandwich Chain Believes Customer Data was Stolen from 216 Stores

September 26, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

Jimmy John's sandwich chain said that it believes customers' credit card data was stolen from 216 of its shops between June and September.  The Champaign, Illinois-based chain said in a news release that stores in 37 states across the United States were affected. It did not say how many customers are affected.

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Nine Charged with Fraud in Alleged Hack of Bank's Card Payment System

September 22, 2014 12:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Spanish judge charged nine people with fraud Sunday for allegedly participating in the theft of $45 million after a massive hacking of a bank's card payments system.  Judge Eloy Velasco of Spain's National Court said the suspects include seven Romanians and two Spaniards, who allegedly fraudulently extracted money from ATMs.

Scaling Backup Capacity the Easy Way

September 19, 2014 11:36 am | by Chris Schin, VP of Products, Zetta.net | Blogs | Comments

Chris Schin, Vice President of Products for Zetta.net, discusses storage capacity, how it is increasing and the difficulty that causes when backing up data.  He discusses using cloud-based storage as a way to alleviate the ever-increasing amount of data most companies are faced with.

Justice Department Seeking Ways to Combat Credit Card Fraud Overseas

September 16, 2014 8:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Justice Department officials are seeking a tougher law to combat overseas credit card trafficking, an increasingly lucrative crime that crosses national boundaries.  Authorities say the current statute is too weak because it allows people in other countries to avoid prosecution if they stay outside the United States when buying and selling the data and don't pass their illicit business through the U.S.

New York Breaches Have Exposed 23 Million Private Records in Past Eight Years

July 15, 2014 10:29 am | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 23 million private records of New Yorkers have been exposed in data security breaches reported by more than 3,000 businesses, nonprofits and governments over the past eight years.  Deliberate hacking was responsible for 40 percent of the 5,000 incidents.

Continuity Q&A:The Cloud

June 16, 2014 9:10 am | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights spoke with Mark Carroll, Senior Vice President and Business Risk Officer at Income Research + Management, to discuss the cloud, its various business applications and some of the risk factors it brings for business continuity professionals.

Avalution Releases New Educational Video Series: Business Continuity Management 101

June 6, 2014 1:53 pm | by Avalution | Avalution Consulting | News | Comments

Avalution Consulting – a leading provider of business continuity consulting and software solutions – announced today the release of the Business Continuity Management (BCM) 101 educational video series. The six videos in BCM 101 provide straightforward answers to the most common business continuity-related questions

US Disrupts Hacking Schemes That Stole Millions

June 3, 2014 1:56 pm | by Joe Mandak, Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

A band of hackers implanted viruses on hundreds of thousands of computers around the world, secretly seized customer bank information and stole more than $100 million from businesses and consumers, the Justice Department said Monday in announcing charges against the Russian man accused of masterminding the effort.

Europe's Move to Rein In Google Would Stall in US

May 27, 2014 12:24 pm | by Martha Mendoza, Toby Sterling, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

"The ruling has significant implications for how we handle takedown requests," Google spokesman Al Verney said. "This is logistically complicated, not least because of the many languages involved and the need for careful review. As soon as we have thought through exactly how this will work, which may take several weeks, we will let our users know."

Despite Progress, Survey Reveals Common Obstacles for IT Leaders Remain

May 6, 2014 10:52 am | by Red Hat | News | Comments

The survey, commissioned by Red Hat through CIO Strategic Marketing Services /IDG Research Services polled 100 respondents at the IT director level and above at organizations with 1,000 or more employees about the current and future roles of CIOs. 

Continuity Insights and KPMG LLP Survey: Oversight of Business Continuity Management Increasing; More Oversight Still Required

April 28, 2014 10:06 am | by Continuity Insights and KPMG | News | Comments

 According to a new survey report released today by Continuity Insights and sponsored by KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, there are varied levels of business continuity management (BCM) program maturity across organizations as well as significant opportunities....

Avalution Snags Business Continuity Provider of the Year Award

April 21, 2014 12:37 pm | by Avaluation | News | Comments

The 2014 BCI North America Awards, held during the DRJ Spring World Welcome Reception, span 10 categories and recognize the outstanding contribution of business continuity professionals and organizations living in or operating in North America. Winners were chosen by a panel of BCI-appointed judges.

IBM Delivers Disaster Recovery, Security Services to SoftLayer Clients

April 15, 2014 11:30 am | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it is delivering SoftLayer clients a new set of cloud-capabilities and services that accelerate cloud adoption by securing vital company assets and maintaining continuous businesses operations, even in the event of a disaster.

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