Government


SSNs Staying on U.S. Military IDs For Now

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. Read the full article. [Stars & Stripes]

Online eBay Criminals Sentenced to Jail, Fined

Two Bulgarians have been sentenced for their roles in an online
money-laundering scheme that collected about $1.2 million from U.S.
residents and sent it to a criminal group in Eastern Europe, the U.S.
Department of Justice said. Read the full article. [Computerworld]

79 Million Government, Military Records Breached

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 the Identity Theft Resource Center. Read the full article. [Government Technology]


Malware attacks and infections are up 50 percent from 2008 and losses are down, according to a Computer Security Institute report, but the industry organization says very few companies are willing to disclose dollar amounts. Read the full article. [Security Focus]

A consortium of cybersecurity researchers from MIT, Purdue and Carnegie Mellon was announced in Washington D.C. with the stated goal is to collaborate on cybersecurity research including 10 projects, one which is the development of an Internet-scale model on which to perform
constrained experiments not possible on the live Internet. Read the full article. [TechTarget]

Whether Hannaford Bros. customers may recover damages for the time and
trouble it took them to straighten out their bank or credit card
accounts after the Scarborough-based firm’s computer system was
breached in late 2007 and early 2008 now is up to the Maine Supreme
Judicial Court. Read the full article. [Bangor Daily News]

Former United Way employee based in Miami, Luis Robert Altamirano, was sentenced to 18 months in jail and fined $50,000 for accessing his former employers’ network and deleting “numerous files from UWMD’s servers” and disabling “UWMD’s
telephone voice mail system and prevented UWMD employees from accessing their
voice mail accounts.” Read the full FBI statement.

Beginning in March, personal identifiable data of customers and employees in Massachusetts will be required to be encrypted on any mobile device such as laptops or portable USB drives. Read the full article. [EnterpriseNews]

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is pressuring a number of Internet service providers to shut off nearly 12 dozen Web sites alleged to be selling counterfeit or unapproved prescription drugs. The agency said none of the sites represent pharmacies located in the United States or Canada, as most claim. Read the full article. [Washington Post]

Three alleged members of the hacker gang Kryogeniks were hit with a
federal conspiracy charge for a 2008 stunt that replaced
Comcast’s homepage with a shout-out to other hackers. Prosecutors identified Christopher Allen Lewis, 19, and James Robert
Black Jr., 20, as the hackers “EBK” and “Defiant,” known for hijacking
Comcast’s domain name in May of last year — a prank that took down the
cable giant’s homepage and webmail service for more than five hours,
and allegedly cost the company over $128,000. Read the full article. [Wired] Read the Federal indictment.

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