Q&A: HVAC firm’s logon used in Target breach
February 6, 2014
SEATTLE – In his latest scoop, investigative blogger Brian Krebs makes the case that the Target vendor whose network credentials were used to tap into 110 million customer accounts may have been a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor.
Krebs reports that intruders accessed Target’s network on Nov. 15, 2013 using network credentials stolen from a Sharpsburg, Penn.-based provider of refrigeration and HVAC systems.
Concerns rise as hotel chains disclose data breach
February 5, 2014
SEATTLE — The disclosure of consumer data breaches at certain Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton and other major hotel chains managed by White Lodging Hotels comes as Congress is getting briefed about how cybercriminals are taking advantage of flaws in systems that collect and store sensitive data.
Senators Al Franken, Dick Durbin, and Diane Fienstein yesterday got …More
Q&A: Why it’s high time to use e-mail more judiciously
January 31, 2014
Yet on Thursday the tech giant admitted hackers stole data from an undisclosed number of Yahoo mail users; this time getting to the precious data via a third party website.
Cybercrooks use stolen consumer data hour-to-hour
January 28, 2014
While the big data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and Michaels have drawn heavy news coverage, the everyday machinations of various specialists in the cyberunderground remain out of sight and out of mind to most people.
News flash: the cashing in of stolen consumer data carries on every hour of the day, and this has been taking place at a pervasive level since about 2004.
Mark McCurley, information security …More
Obama seeks to balance privacy, national security
January 27, 2014
Reaction to the latest development in President Obama’s efforts to balance privacy and national security is mixed.
Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, LinkedIn and other U.S. tech giants will be allowed to disclose more information about how often the government requires them to turn over customer data as part of an agreement announced early today by the Justice Department.
Tom Kellermann, managing director at consultancy Alvarez & Marsal, credits Obama for a laying out a balanced strategy to “protect American …More
Spying reforms seek to balance privacy, security
January 17, 2014
SEATTLE – President Obama this morning left all the major stakeholders tracking the debate over government spying slightly dissatisfied.
Given the complexity of the issues, some observers credited Obama for doing a commendable job of attempting to delicately balance privacy and national security.
“The public needs to understand that it’s a moving target given the rapid pace at which technology is developing,” says Stephen …More
What’s next for Target — and its customers?
January 16, 2014
(Editor’s note: In this guest essay, Philip Lieberman, CEO of consultancy Lieberman Software, outlines the potential ongoing collateral damage for Target – and its customers.)
As the Target data breach seems to grow more damaging by the day, there’s a lot of talk about what the repercussions will be – for Target as well as its customers.
The good news is that customers in the USA are indemnified from financial loss due to credit card breaches, but you should still keep …Morekeep looking »