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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...

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...

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...

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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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Department of Homeland Security Offers Advice on Preventing Data Breaches

September 22, 2014 2:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Data breaches at retailers aren't going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information.  The Department of Homeland Security Department warned last month that more than 1,000 retailers could have malware in their cash-register computers and offered ways for consumers to protect themselves.

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.

Senate Investigators Accuse Chinese Military of Spying

September 19, 2014 11:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China's military hacked into computer networks of civilian transportation companies hired by the Pentagon at least nine times, breaking into computers aboard a commercial ship, targeting logistics companies and uploading malicious software onto an airline's computers, Senate investigators said.

Investigation Finds HealthCare.gov Has 'Significant Security Flaws'

September 19, 2014 11:04 am | News | Comments

HealthCare.gov, the health insurance website serving more than 5 million Americans, has significant security flaws that put users' personal information at risk, nonpartisan congressional investigators have concluded.  The Government Accountability Office said the Obama administration must resolve more than 20 specific security issues.

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.

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Security Clearance Company to Lose Government Contract After Data Breach

September 10, 2014 2:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its massive contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor targeted last month by a cyberattack, agency, congressional and company officials say. The computer network intrusion compromised the personal files of as many as 25,000 government workers.

In Re-Routing of Plane, Lines Blurred Between Digital World and Reality

September 4, 2014 2:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The boundary between the online and physical worlds got blurry last week when Sony's PlayStation Network was disabled by an online attack, while simultaneously an American Airlines passenger jet carrying a Sony executive was diverted due to a bomb threat on Twitter.  Experts say that's a wakeup call for a world still coming to grips with cybersecurity: What goes down online can be equally if not more disruptive in the real world.

Home Depot Investigating Major Data Breach

September 3, 2014 1:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Atlanta-based home Depot  is working with both banks and law enforcement to investigate "unusual activity" that would point to a hack.  Hackers have broken security walls for many retailers in recent months, including Target, grocery store chain Supervalu, P.F. Chang's and the thrift store operations of Goodwill.

The Importance of the Cyber Supply Chain in Business Continuity

September 2, 2014 9:13 am | by Ken Simpson, MBCI, CORP | Articles | Comments

Ken Simpson discusses the importance of the "cyber supply chain" in preparing for cyber threats and how business continuity and logistics can go hand-in-hand for organizations looking to prevent such threats.  He also discusses sharing the critical cyber threats with senior management. 

Account Numbers, Expiration Dates Compromised in Grocery Store Data Breach

August 19, 2014 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The grocery chain Supervalu said Friday that it may have suffered a data breach at stores in as many as five states.  Hackers accessed a network that processes store transactions. Account numbers, expiration dates, cardholders' names and other information may have been stolen, the company said.

Data Generated by DDoS Attacks Almost Impossible for Websites to Withstand

August 19, 2014 10:40 am | by Dr. Bill Highleyman | Articles | Comments

Dr. Bill Highleyman, Managing Editor of the Availability Digest, will be presenting a paper on Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks at the Continuity Insight’s Regional Business Continuity Conference to be held at the Wyndham Hotel in New York City on October 7 and 8, 2014.

Chinese National Charged in Alleged Conspiracy to Steal Patented Seeds from U.S. Companies

July 21, 2014 4:42 pm | News | Comments

Patented seed allegedly stolen from U.S. seed corn companies as part of what prosecutors say was a conspiracy involving seven employees of a Chinese agriculture biotechnology company to steal trade secrets could be worth as much as $500 million, federal prosecutors said last week.

All That Glitters is No Longer Gold:Shylock Trojan Gang Hit by Takedown

July 21, 2014 2:39 pm | by Symantec | Symantec Corp. | Blogs | Comments

An international law enforcement operation has struck a major blow against the gang behind Shylock, one of the world’s most dangerous financial Trojans. The takedown, which was led by the UK National Crime Agency, resulted in the seizure of a command and control (C&C) servers, in addition to domains that Shylock uses for communication between infected computers.

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.

Man Hacked Hundreds of Retail Businesses, Authorities Said

July 14, 2014 2:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a 30-year old Russian man recently arrested on bank fraud and other charges was also found to have hacked into computers at restaurants in Western Washington, hundreds of other retail businesses and even the Phoenix Zoo.   

Video:The Critical Importance of Cyber Preparedness

July 14, 2014 8:56 am | Videos | Comments

Steve Ross, Executive Principal for Riskmasters Inc., discusses the importance of being prepared for interruptions caused by cyber attacks and why business continuity professionals should put more effort into planning for such attacks   

Germany, U.S. Concerned About Chinese Spying

July 7, 2014 4:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized industrial spying Monday while on a visit to China, which Germany and other governments have cited as a global center for economic espionage.  The United States and other governments complain China's military, a leader in cyber warfare, steals foreign trade secrets to help the country's vast state-owned industrial sector.

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