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Italian Surveillance Company Hacked, Documents Stolen

July 7, 2015 11:19 am | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Italian surveillance firm known for selling malicious software used by police bodies and spy agencies has succumbed to a cyber attack, the firm's spokesman said , confirming an embarrassing breach which sent documents and invoices ricocheting across the Internet.

Final News of the World Journalist Sentenced over Hacking

July 7, 2015 9:53 am | by Jill Lawless, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Four years after a phone-hacking scandal sank the News of the World, the last of the tabloid's...

Union Sues Feds Over Hack, Says Agency had Ample Warning

July 1, 2015 10:31 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

The largest federal employee union filed a class action lawsuit against the federal personnel...

Feds Shut Down Background Check Database over Flaw

June 30, 2015 11:20 am | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | News | Comments

 The federal personnel agency whose records were plundered by hackers linked to China says it...

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Cyber Threats Not Stopping Any Time Soon

June 25, 2015 11:23 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It has been an interesting couple of weeks in the realm of cyber security, particularly for government agencies. It’s yet another reminder for business continuity professionals that these attacks aren’t going away and are almost surely going to become more common, more damaging and more difficult to stop.

US Personnel Office Not the Worst for Weak Cyber Security

June 25, 2015 11:07 am | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government has for years failed to take basic steps to protect its data from hackers and thieves, putting at risk everything from nuclear secrets to the private tax information of hundreds of millions of Americans, records show.

Agency Chief: Contractor's Credential Used to Breach System

June 25, 2015 11:00 am | by Deb Riechmann and Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the government agency that suffered two massive cyber attacks said a hacker gained access to its records with a credential used by a federal contractor. Despite calls for her ouster, the director of the Office of Personnel Management said if anyone is responsible for the breaches, it's the hackers.

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Cyber Theft Adds to US-China Tensions Ahead of Upcoming Talks

June 23, 2015 11:39 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tensions between the U.S. and China are growing over its island-building in the South China Sea and over suspicions that Beijing was behind a massive hack into a federal government server that resulted in the theft of personnel and security clearance records of 14 million employees and contractors.

Brand Tarnished, Cardinals Likely to Avoid Economic Damage

June 23, 2015 11:29 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

The St. Louis Cardinals have been the toast of their Midwestern city for generations, a source of civic pride as one of baseball's most successful and cherished franchises.  Suddenly, they're an embarrassment, under federal investigation for allegedly hacking into the computer database of an opponent, the Houston Astros, whose general manager, Jeff Luhnow, is a former Cardinals executive.

Polish Airline Cancels Flights After Hacker Attack

June 23, 2015 11:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Poland's LOT airline has been forced to cancel around 10 foreign and domestic flights after hackers attacked its computers.  Airline spokesman Adrian Kubicki said the hacker attack temporarily paralyzed LOT's computers at Warsaw's Frederic Chopin airport on Sunday, disrupting the processing of passengers for the flights.

Data Breach About More Than Just Baseball

June 17, 2015 4:01 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s not often that sports are discussed in the business continuity community, especially with so many of its members working with large, multi-national firms.  However, a recent high profile data breach involving two Major League Baseball teams is worth watching.

Fed Agency Blames Giant Hack on 'Neglected' Security System

June 17, 2015 3:43 pm | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

The agency that allowed hackers linked to China to steal private information about nearly every federal employee — and detailed personal histories of military and intelligence workers with security clearances — failed for years to take basic steps to secure its computer networks, officials acknowledged to Congress.

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Cardinals Stand Accused of Hacking Astros Player Database

June 17, 2015 3:25 pm | by R.B. Fallstrom and Kristie Rieken, AP Sports Writers | News | Comments

Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating whether the Cardinals illegally accessed a computer database of the Houston Astros. The aim was obtaining information from a front office headed by a former top aide who helped transform St. Louis' scouting operation to a sabermetrics-based system, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

Vast Data Warehouse Raises HealthCare.gov Privacy Concerns

June 15, 2015 4:05 pm | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | News | Comments

A government data warehouse that stores information indefinitely on millions of HealthCare.gov customers is raising privacy concerns at a time when major breaches have become distressingly common.  Known as MIDAS, the system is described on a federal website as the "perpetual central repository" for information collected under President Barack Obama's health care law.

Continuing to Operate After a Breach

June 11, 2015 10:45 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Pete O'Dell, Founder of Swan Island Networks, discusses how companies can continue to operate after a data breach and why it is critical for continuity and eventual recovery from cyber attacks.  This is the second in a two part series of videos.

Preparing for and Preventing Cyber Attacks

June 9, 2015 11:41 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Pete O'Dell, Founder of Swan Island Networks, discusses the potential for cyber attacks, why companies often fall victim to those attacks and what they can do to detect and prevent them.  This will be the first in a two part series of videos.

After Hacking, Government Workers Warned of Potential Fraud

June 9, 2015 11:25 am | by Ted Bridis, Ken Dilanian and Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

An immense hack of millions of government personnel files is being treated as the work of foreign spies who could use the information to fake their way into more-secure computers and plunder U.S. secrets.  Federal employees were told in a video to change all their passwords, put fraud alerts on their credit reports and watch for attempts by foreign intelligence services to exploit them.

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IRS Needs to do More to Fight Cyber Attacks, Watchdog Says

June 3, 2015 3:00 pm | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

The IRS has failed to implement dozens of security upgrades to combat cyberattacks, leaving the agency's computer systems vulnerable to hackers, a government watchdog told Congress.  The agency's inspector general outlined the security weaknesses a week after the IRS announced that criminals had stolen the personal information of 104,000 taxpayers from an IRS website.

Video: Cyber Attacks and Social Engineering

June 2, 2015 11:47 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Monika Stoeffl, Risk Intelligence Consultant at CR Solutions, discusses the impact social engineering has on cyber attacks as well as other risks it poses to organizations.  She also discusses why it is important to be aware of social engineering as it relates to physical risks.

IRS Hack Puts Renewed Focus on Cyber Security

May 28, 2015 11:28 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Authorities are still investigating a hack that led to the theft of personal information from more than 100,000 taxpayers at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  This isn’t the first time the IRS, or any government institution, has been hacked, but each time it happens it seems to renew the discussion on the importance of cyber security.

Congress Wants to Know how Thieves Stole Tax Info From IRS

May 27, 2015 3:46 pm | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress is demanding answers about how identity thieves were able to steal the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website.  Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch has requested a confidential briefing by IRS officials by the end of next week.

Adult Dating Site Investigating Breach of User Data

May 26, 2015 10:26 am | by Brandon Bailey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of a popular adult dating website said it's investigating a data security breach following reports that hackers stole names, email addresses and information about the sexual orientation or habits of up to 4 million members. 

Data on Thousands of Patients Stolen at New Jersey Hospitals

May 26, 2015 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of patients at three northern New Jersey hospitals have been alerted that their personal information was stolen in a data breach.  Officials said an employee with Medical Management LLC gave away names, Social Security numbers and birth dates of patients.

US State Dept. Employee Faces Cyber-Stalking, Hacking Charges

May 26, 2015 9:57 am | by Jeff Martin, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. State Department employee is accused of sending threatening emails to college-aged women in the U.S. from his computer at the U.S. Embassy in London, authorities said.  A federal complaint unsealed this week in Atlanta states that Michael C. Ford accessed computer accounts of young women to obtain sexually explicit images of them.

Takeaways on Cyber Security from CIMC 2015

May 21, 2015 10:12 am | by Jenny Chen, Senior Certified Expert IT Consultant, IBM | Blogs | Comments

Jenny Chen, Senior Certified Expert IT Consultant for IBM, discusses her experience at the 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference, including her takeaways about the state of cyber security and the good, bad and ugly ways in which BC pros deal with it.

US Security Expert Says he Hacked Plane Controls Mid-Flight

May 21, 2015 9:32 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A security researcher told federal agents he was able to hack into aircraft computer systems mid-flight numerous times through the in-flight entertainment systems, and at one point he caused a plane he was on to move sideways, according to an FBI agent's affidavit.

Court Awards Some $1.8 Million to Phone Hacking Victims

May 21, 2015 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's High Court has awarded actress Sadie Frost, sports star Paul Gascoigne and a group of other claimants some 1.2 million pounds ($1.8 million) in damages after their phones were hacked by journalists seeking scoops for the Mirror Group Newspapers.

Romania Turns Hacking Crisis into Advantage, Helping Ukraine

May 14, 2015 10:45 am | by Alison Mutler, Associated Press | News | Comments

Romania, known more for economic disarray than technological prowess, has become one of the leading nations in Europe in the fight against hacking. The reason: the country's own battle against Internet renegades and a legacy of computing excellence stemming from Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's regime.

State Department Concerned China Behind Cyber Attack on U.S. Sites

May 12, 2015 10:29 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke's comments follow complaints from anti-online censorship group Greatfire.org that Chinese authorities carried out denial-of-service attacks in late March that intermittently shut down San Francisco-based Github, a U.S.-based computer-code sharing site that hosts some of Greatfire's data. Greatfire.org said it was a direct target of similar attacks earlier that month.

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