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United States Department of Defense Embraces Hacker Certification to Protect US Interests

March 01, 2010 from: Saumil's Infosec Blog

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announces the official approval of the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification program as a new baseline skills requirement for U.S.cyber defenders. Specifically, the new Certified Ethical Hacker program is required for the DoD's computer network defenders (CND's), a specialized personnel classification within the DoD's information assurance wor...

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21 more business sector breaches from 2009

February 27, 2010 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Maryland has updated its web site to provide breach notifications that it has received since its last update.  The newly posted notifications are for the period ending December 31, 2009, so there will likely be more to come for 2010

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Call centre recordings could breach payment card industry security rules

October 15, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

More than 95% of call centres were found to store customers’ credit card details in recordings of phone conversations in breach of industry rules, according to a survey conducted by a call recording technology company.

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Probe Targets Archives’ Handling of Data on 70 Million Vets

October 01, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The inspector general of the National Archives and Records Administration is investigating a potential data breach of tens of million of records about U.S. military veterans, after the agency sent a defective hard drive back to its vendor for repair and recycling without first destroying the data.

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UNC security breach less severe than feared

September 30, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A hacker who wormed into a UNC Chapel Hill computer server may not have gotten access to as much information as officials originally feared.

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Houston police bust large ID theft ring

September 15, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Police have busted a Houston-based identity theft ring that victimized 457 people and 83 businesses scattered across 25 states, investigators announced today.

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Heartland CEO: Credit Card Encryption Needed

September 15, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Grant Gross of IDG News Service reports that in testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee yesterday, Heartland Payment Systems CEO Robert Carr was hit with a question about how the payment processor could have been breached for over one year and yet not detected it:

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Lifelock loses another round in court

September 03, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Experian has issued a press release indicating that a federal court in California has denied LifeLock’s request to reconsider a ruling which found that LifeLock’s practice of setting 90-day fraud alerts on Experian and other credit bureaus was unlawful:

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U. Vermont announces credit card breach

September 02, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Unversity of Vermont recently discovered that the security of up to 242 university-funded credit cards has been compromised. Ann Naylor of UVM Procurement services said in a statement that UVM is unaware of how the breach occured.

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Security test prompts federal fraud alert

August 28, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A sanctioned security test of a bank’s computer systems had some unexpected consequences this week, leading the federal agency that oversees U.S. credit unions to issue a fraud alert.

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School district hiding behind a criminal investigation - parent

August 26, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

On the principle of “no good deed goes unpunished,” some of those who have discovered and reported breaches have been terminated or prosecuted for their actions...

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Finance company identifies 294 recipients of non-payment legal threat

August 18, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A finance company has disclosed the email addresses of 294 customers that it says are behind in their repayments to the firm. The company emailed the customers but did not hide the addresses of everyone it contacted.

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Data security breach notification law update

August 07, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

This is a brief timeline of the latest in legislative changes surrounding requirements for reporting a security breach.

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Clarence employees criticized in audit

July 31, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Clarence High School [Buffalo, NY] principal and other district employees repeatedly used district computers for personal use, the state comptroller’s office said.

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Security Threat Statistics Resources

July 06, 2009 from: Writing Secure Software

Some good links to Threat Statistics.

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Identity Theft and Phishing and How Affects Financial Institutions

July 06, 2009 from: Writing Secure Software

In the USA, online fraud has overtaken viruses as the greatest source of financial loss. Among on-line fraud threats, phishing represents a major threat for financial institutions and according to the Anti-Phishing group organization, 93.8% of all phishing attacks in 2007 are targeting financial institutions.

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