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KnowBe4 Study Shows Maintaining Security Getting Much Harder For IT

April 15, 2014 9:19 am | News | Comments

Security is harder to maintain than it was a year ago according to a study done by KnowBe4. Ransomware, rapid technology advances and adoption of BYOD create a greater challenge for businesses to stay abreast of the numerous internal and external threats. 

Windows XP: A 'Bull's Eye' For Hackers

April 8, 2014 11:08 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Write | News | Comments

Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP, and the move could put everything from the...

Target Taking A Hard Look At Security

April 1, 2014 10:25 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

A senior executive at Target Corp. told a Senate hearing Wednesday that the retailer is taking a...

Pentagon To Triple Cyber Staff To Thwart Attacks

April 1, 2014 10:22 am | by LOLITA C. BALDOR & PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Pentagon plans to more than triple its cybersecurity staff in the next few years to defend...

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83% Of Businesses Not Fully Prepared For Online Security Incident

March 25, 2014 9:45 am | by Arbor Networks | News | Comments

Arbor Networks, Inc. has announced the results of a survey it sponsored with the Economist Intelligence Unit on the issue of incident response preparedness, a survey that includes responses from 360 senior business leaders.     

DMV: No Evidence Of Computer Breach

March 25, 2014 9:31 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The California Department of Motor Vehicles said there's no evidence of a computer breach, but it's launching an investigation "out of an abundance of caution." The agency was alerted by law enforcement to a potential security breach within its online credit card processing systems.  

California Is Top Cybercrime Target In U.S.

March 21, 2014 12:29 pm | by DON THOMPSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Along with trafficking in drugs, guns and people, criminals are also turning to cybercrime to target wealthy, innovative businesses and financial institutions in the state, the report by the state attorney general says.      

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UK Holds Cyberwar Game In Churchill's WW2 Bunker

March 17, 2014 1:25 pm | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Under London's streets in Winston Churchill's World War II bunker, young techies are fighting a new kind of war. Dozens of amateur cyber security experts spent Friday racing to understand why Britain's banking network suddenly seemed to have gone offline. 

Target Says It Ignored Early Signs Of Data Breach

March 14, 2014 4:52 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Target Corp. said in its annual report that a massive security breach has hurt its image and business, while spawning dozens of legal actions, and it noted it can't estimate how big the financial tab will end up being.           

15K NYC Transit Workers' Personal Info Exposed

March 13, 2014 5:29 pm | by BREE FOWLER & FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Social Security numbers and other personal information of about 15,000 New York City transit workers has been found on a CD inside a refurbished computer sold by a retailer, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press.            

Brazil On WCup Cyber Attack Threats: 'We Are Prepared'

March 13, 2014 3:28 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Brazil's defense minister says it is prepared to fend off cyber attacks during the World Cup. Celso Amorim says the country's defense strategy against cyber threats has already been put to test during recent major events.         

BAE Report: Ukraine Has Faced Cyberattacks

March 10, 2014 1:50 pm | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Spies used "Snake" malware that allowed them to gain control of the computer systems of large organizations and steal information. Snake's design "suggests that attackers possess an arsenal of infiltration tools and bears all the hallmarks of a highly sophisticated cyber operation."

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MasterCard, Visa Plan Group Focused On Security

March 10, 2014 11:13 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Visa and MasterCard, which run the networks that carry the payments, said Friday the new group will include banks, retailers, the makers of credit card readers, and others with an interest in credit card security.                                           

Target Breach Puts Corporate Tech Execs Under Fire

March 7, 2014 10:06 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Hackers are putting top technology executives under severe pressure. And this week's sudden departure of Target's chief information officer in the wake of the company's massive pre-Christmas data breach has only ratcheted up the stress.

Amid Security Overhaul, Target Tech Chief Resigns

March 5, 2014 10:14 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Target Corp. Chief Information Officer Beth Jacob is resigning effective Wednesday as the retailer overhauls its information security and compliance division in the wake of a massive pre-Christmas data breach. The company will search for an interim chief information officer who can help guide the company through the transformation.

Promise & Peril In An Ultra-Connected World

March 3, 2014 12:26 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Determined hackers seem to constantly find loopholes. Jonathan Zittrain, a law professor at Harvard University, said it's difficult for people to say no when presented with immediate benefits because any potential problems are vague and years away.

Study Reveals Companies Lack BYOD Security

February 19, 2014 2:43 pm | News | Comments

The findings are part of a joint study conducted by ITIC, a research and consulting firm based in the Boston area specializing in conducting independent surveys tracking crucial trends and KnowBe4, a security awareness training firm.    

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Sands: Hacking Went Further Than Email, Websites

February 19, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

All of the Las Vegas-based company's sites were down for six days. Sands said hackers crashed its email system and stole employees' Social Security numbers. But a video posted online appears to catalog stolen information that goes much further.

Cost Of Target Data Breach For Banks Tops $200M

February 19, 2014 10:05 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Financial institutions' bill for Target's massive data breach keeps rising. Costs related to the holiday data theft has now exceeded $200 million for financial institutions, according to data collected by the Consumer Bankers Association and the Credit Union National Association.  

Sands Websites Restored A Week After Hacking

February 18, 2014 10:19 am | by HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. has restored its websites a week after they were hacked. The company pulled down its sites after hackers defaced them with images condemning comments CEO Sheldon Adelson had made about using nuclear weapons on Iran. 

Kickstarter Says Hackers Got Customer Data

February 18, 2014 10:17 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Online fundraising site Kickstarter says hackers got some of its customer data. The breach comes after discount retailer Target Corp. said it believes hackers infiltrated the computers of one of its vendors, and installed malicious software in Target's checkout system for its 1,800 U.S. stores.

Extent Of Sands Hack Remains Unclear

February 14, 2014 10:10 am | by HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada Gaming Control Board chairman A.G. Burnett said regulators' first priority after the world's largest casino operator was hacked Monday was to ensure the safety of player information and the integrity of the gambling systems.      

White House Offers Help To Industry On Cyberattacks

February 13, 2014 3:41 pm | by NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House offered to help U.S. businesses protect their computer systems from cyberattacks that President Barack Obama called "one the gravest national security dangers that the United States faces." Officials warned that an attack on critical sectors of the U.S. economy could put the entire country at risk.

Government Report: Cyberattacks Not Coordinated

February 11, 2014 10:26 am | by PETE YOST, Associated Press | News | Comments

A multi-agency government task force looking into cyberattacks against retailers says it has not come across evidence suggesting the attacks are a coordinated campaign to adversely affect the U.S. economy. The National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force says the implications cannot be overstated.

HP Identifies Top Enterprise Security Threats

February 10, 2014 3:59 pm | News | Comments

HP has published the Cyber Risk Report 2013, identifying top enterprise security vulnerabilities and providing analysis of the expanding threat landscape. This year’s report details factors that contributed most to the growing attack surface in 2013 and outlines recommendations for organizations to minimize security risk and the overall impact of attacks.

PA Vendor Confirms Link To Target Data Probe

February 10, 2014 10:28 am | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A western Pennsylvania heating and refrigeration contractor said it was the victim of a "sophisticated cyber attack operation" that is being investigated by the Secret Service and possibly linked to the data breach that enabled hackers to access millions of credit card numbers belonging to Target store customers. 

Three Arrested In Massive Cyber Bank Heist

February 10, 2014 10:16 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

In December 2012 and February 2013, crime ring members in 27 countries allegedly used stolen prepaid MasterCard debit card numbers to withdraw the millions from ATM machines. Several have already been arrested worldwide and two already convicted. 

Hotel Manager: Data Breach In Eight States

February 4, 2014 10:47 am | by CHARLES WILSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A nationwide hotel operator is investigating a suspected data security breach that may have compromised credit card and debit card information of customers who stayed at properties in eight states last year, the company announced Monday.  

Target Data Breach Pits U.S. Banks Against Retailers

February 4, 2014 10:26 am | by MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Banks and America's big retailers are locked in a debate over the massive breach of millions of consumers' data that gripped Target Corp. during the holiday season. At issue: Which industry bears more responsibility for protecting consumers' personal information?

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