Browsing Category: Social Engineering

[img_assist|nid=1819|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=115|height=115]MassMutual officials this week confirmed that one of its employee
databases was accessed by an unauthorized person or persons, exposing
an unknown number of employees’ personal data for a
yet-to-be-determined amount of time. The Springfield, Mass.-based insurer said the compromised
database was being maintained by an unidentified, third-party vendor
and contained “a limited amount of personal employee data.” Read the full article. [internetnews.com]

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[img_assist|nid=1802|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=115|height=115]Connecticut Attorney General Richard
Blumenthal is investigating Blue Cross Blue Shield’s loss of
confidential information, including tax identification and Social
Security numbers, for 800,000 healthcare providers nationwide. The attorney general is also seeking additional identity theft
protection for affected doctors, therapists, and other professionals,
according to a statement from the attorney general issued. The companies lost the information when a laptop was stolen Aug. 25. Read the full article. [Dark Reading]

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[img_assist|nid=1790|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=115|height=115]They’re the Internet equivalent of storm chasers, spending endless hours scanning and sleuthing, looking for the telltale signs of botnets. Here’s an inside look at the battle against cybercrime’s weapons of mass infection. Read the full article. [CSOonline.com]

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[img_assist|nid=1788|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=115|height=115]Hackers are increasingly targeting law firms and public relations
companies with a sophisticated e-mail scheme that breaks into their
computer networks to steal sensitive data, often linked to large
corporate clients doing business overseas. Read the full article. [NYTimes.com/AP]

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[img_assist|nid=1776|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=115|height=115]The recent ACM Cloud Computing Security Workshop in Chicago was devoted specifically to cloud security. Speakers included Whitfield Diffie, a cryptographer and security
researcher who, in 1976, helped solve a fundamental problem of
cryptography: how to securely pass along the “keys” that unlock
encrypted material for intended recipients. Diffie, now a visiting professor at Royal Holloway, University of
London, was until recently a chief security officer at Sun
Microsystems. He sat down with Technology Review’s chief
correspondent. Read the full article. [Technology Review]

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[img_assist|nid=1775|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=175|height=88]A hacker has broken into the Nebraska Worker’s Compensation database,
prompting an FBI investigation and an effort to contact those who may
be affected. Several thousand people could be affected by the
breach, which was discovered last week when the state’s chief
information officer noticed an unusual amount of Internet traffic
traversing the Worker’s Compensation courts server. Read the full article. [KETV.com]

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[img_assist|nid=1663|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=115|height=115]A well known commercial provider of spyware applications for numerous mobile platforms, has recently ported its Mobile Spy app to the Android mobile OS. Just like previous releases of the application, the Android version
keeps a detailed log of GPS locations, calls, visited URLs, and
incoming/outgoing SMS messages, available at the disposal of the
attacker who installed it manually by obtaining physical access to the
targeted device. Read the full article. [ZDNet]

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A federal cybersecurity law edged closer to reality late last week when the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to protect the personal data of Americans. The bill is a bipartisan effort sponsored by Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and co-sponsored by former Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, that would, among other things, force companies and data brokers to institute data privacy and security programs. Some technology professionals surveyed don’t think the Federal law will do much to help. Read the full article. [CSOonline.com] 

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[img_assist|nid=1653|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=115|height=115]Human error is to blame for the accidental exposure last week of
more than 4,500 Chaminade University student’s Social Security numbers
on the private Catholic college’s official Web site. University officials discovered the snafu Wednesday and quickly removed the obscure but accessible links from the Web site. The students’ Social Security numbers were exposed for about
eight months, according to a statement released by the Honolulu-based
university. Read the full article. [internetnews.com]

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[img_assist|nid=1647|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=115|height=115]As of this morning, an anonymous group hijacked more than 200 Facebook groups and renamed them “Control Your Info”. Pasted on each group’s Wall was a message announcing that it had been “hijacked” and reminding members to be careful about controlling personal information on social networking sites. “This means we control a certain part of the information about you on
Facebook. If we wanted we could make you appear in a bad way which
could damage your image,” the message said. Read the full article. [Computerworld] 

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