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Gmail Introduces Suspicious Activity Warning

July 05, 2010 from: Saumil's Infosec Blog

Recently, My gmail account was hacked by some botnet which sent out e-mails to all my contact asking them to check out a website. I only realized this when I checked my gmail "Sent Mail" folder and had to immediately send a warning message to all my contacts telling them that my account was hacked and not to click on any links from my previous mails.

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Mozilla - Plugging the CSS History Leak

March 31, 2010 from: Mozilla Security Blog

From the Mozilla Security Blog - We’re close to landing some changes in the Firefox development tree that will fix a privacy leak that browsers have been struggling with for some time. We’re really excited about this fix, we hope other browsers will follow suit. It’s a tough problem to fix, though, so I’d like to describe how we ended up with this approach.

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Defending Against Advanced Persistent Threats

February 08, 2010 from: AEON Security Blog

Google and other major companies and the report is both interesting and questionable. I have no reservations about the levels of expertise coming out of Mandiant or their findings; I do however, have reservations about the explanations and interpretation of what was summarized in the Wired article.

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HIPAA complaints decreased significantly in 2009

February 01, 2010 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Dennis Melamed provides monthly HIPAA complaint statistics based reports by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR). It seems that not only did breach reports in general decline in 2009 relative to 2008, but privacy and security complaints to HHS also declined.

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Wait, Google - I Thought You Were Evil!

January 12, 2010 from: Rsnake's blog at ha.ckers.org

News is fast hitting about Chinese hacks against Adobe and Google. Very interesting stuff. But beyond the hacks themselves - in Google’s case targeting Chinese political dissidents - is this interesting news:

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Looking back on 2009

January 03, 2010 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The breach of Heartland Payment Systems grabbed the headlines for much of the year and the entire population of Belize had their birth details stolen when a government employee left a laptop in a car, but what else went on?

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Cybercrooks stalk small businesses that bank online

January 03, 2010 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A rising swarm of cyber-robberies targeting small firms, local governments, school districts, churches and non-profits has prompted an extraordinary warning. The American Bankers Association and the FBI are advising small and midsize businesses that conduct financial transactions over the Internet to dedicate a separate PC used exclusively for online banking.

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Hacker hits NC community college system

December 17, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Patrons of North Carolina's community colleges may have had their drivers license and Social Security numbers stolen by a hacker.

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NC: Kids’ Social Security numbers on school postcards

December 05, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Wake County [North Carolina] school system accidentally sent out about 5,000 postcards with students’ Social Security numbers printed on the front, a mistake that angered parents and will cost the district nearly $100,000 to remedy.

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If DOD can do this, why can’t they manage to remove SSNs?

December 03, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Defense Department will not meet its end-of-the-year deadline for removing Social Security numbers from military ID cards as they are issued or renewed, the Pentagon has confirmed.

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Many More Government Records Compromised in 2009 than Year Ago, Report Claims

December 03, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

If you’re bummed about the data in your department that just got breached, you have some cold comfort. Although the combined number of reported data breaches in the government and the military has dropped in 2009 compared to last year, many more records were compromised in those breaches, according to recent figures compiled by a California nonprofit.

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The Year Of The Mega Data Breach

November 24, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, government agencies and businesses reported 435 breaches as of Nov. 17, on track to show a 50% drop from the number of breaches reported in 2008. That would make 2009 the first year that the number of reported data breaches has dropped since 2005, when the ITRC started counting.

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Forty-one percent of workers have stolen corporate data – survey

November 23, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Stealing employer data has become endemic in our culture. According to a survey conducted with 300 office workers in New York City examining the impact of the recession on ethics and security, 85 percent of the respondents admitted to knowing that downloading corporate information from their employer was illegal, yet a quarter of those surveyed would take the data regardless of the penalties.

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Massive card processor breach in Spain affecting Europeans

November 18, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Back in October, this site reported that “tens of thousands” of Swedish banking customers and “tens of thousands” of Finnish banking customers had been affected by a breach in Spain that might involve a card payment processor.

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NC loan processor sentenced for ID theft

November 17, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A former loan processor was sentenced Friday to to one year and one day imprisonment for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges. Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox also ordered Maria Lorena Croll, 24, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to pay restitution of $2,138.52.

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Update: Stolen BCBS hard drives had data on 2 million insured

November 16, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

One of Tennessee’s largest holders of personal information confirms that an October theft from a Chattanooga office affects about 2 million of its clients. Blue Cross Blue Shield said 68 computer hard drives that contained Social Security numbers and other sensitive information were taken from the office.

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