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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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January 26, 2015 11:52 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

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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...

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...

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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. 

'CyberCaliphate' Hacks Military Twitter and YouTube Accounts

January 13, 2015 10:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hackers supporting Islamic militants took over the Twitter and YouTube accounts of a major U.S. military command, in what the Pentagon called an annoying prank that did not breach military networks or access classified data.  The hacker group, calling itself CyberCaliphate, was already under FBI investigation for incursions into the Twitter feeds or websites of media outlets.

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.

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All Boards Should Heed the Sony Hack

January 6, 2015 11:29 am | by Pete O'Dell | Articles | Comments

Pete O'Dell discusses how lessons from the Sony hack attack that might motivate boards of directors to start taking proactive measures against attacks that could potentially have much broader scope than having customer data compromised and e-mails leaked.  

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.

Chinese Government Blocks Access to GMail

December 30, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese access to Google Inc.'s email service has been blocked amid government efforts to limit or possibly ban access to the U.S. company's services, which are popular among Chinese who seek to avoid government monitoring.  Data from Google's Transparency Report show online traffic from China to Gmail fell precipitously on Friday and dropped to nearly zero on Saturday, although there was a tiny pickup on Monday.

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.

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South Korea Power Company Preparing for Cyber Attacks

December 23, 2014 11:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company said it began drills against possible cyberattacks after online threats of attack against its plants.  State-owned Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. said the two-day drills are meant to prepare workers in the event of hacking attacks aimed at disabling the plants' controlling systems.

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.

After E-Mail Leak, What's Next for Pascal?

December 16, 2014 7:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Amy Pascal, one of the most powerful women in the man's world that is Hollywood and the force behind such critical and commercial hits as "The Social Network" and "American Hustle," has had better days.  The co-chairman of the studio and chief of its film division is under fire for racist remarks about President Obama's presumed choice in movies that surfaced in emails made public by the Sony cyberattack.

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.

North Korea Denies Role in Sony Hack

December 8, 2014 3:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea released a statement Sunday that clearly relished a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which is producing an upcoming film that depicts an assassination plot against Pyongyang's supreme leader.  Some cybersecurity experts say they've found striking similarities between the code used in the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment and attacks blamed on North Korea that targeted South Korean companies and government agencies last year.

Attack on PlayStation Network Appears to be Unrelated to Sony Pictures Hack

December 8, 2014 1:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony's online PlayStation store was inaccessible to users for part of Monday in the latest possible cyberattack on the electronics and entertainment company.  Sony Computer Entertainment in Tokyo said Monday the problem lasted two hours but has been fixed globally. It said the cause is under investigation, but there is no sign of any material being stolen.

Video: The Resilient Technology Collaborative

December 5, 2014 11:32 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Fred Bowne, Managing Principal at Aristata and and Director of the Resilient Technology Collaborative, discusses the goals of the RTC and how they hope to help business continuity professionals solve shared tech challenges from across the industry.

Experts Say It is 'Unlikely' That North Korea Perpetrated Sony Hack

December 5, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some cybersecurity experts say it is unlikely North Korea was behind the cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures' computers and possibly leaked unreleased movies online.  Speculation has been rampant that the hard-line communist state sponsored last week's hack in anger over the new Sony movie "The Interview," in which Seth Rogen and James Franco play television journalists assigned by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Chinese Nationals Arrested in Kenya had Equipment to Hack Government Servers

December 5, 2014 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Police in Kenya are consulting technical experts to determine if 77 Chinese nationals arrested with advanced communications equipment in several houses in an upscale Nairobi neighborhood were committing espionage, an official said.  The Chinese were arrested since the weekend with equipment that Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper said was capable of hacking into government servers.

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