Call it a “rocky start”: U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul used his Twitter account to lash out at domestic news operation NTV, which he accused of hacking his e-mail account and cell phone in order to follow the Ambassador about town. The accusation has prompted a sharp response from critics in Russia.
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The topic of this program is often how to prevent security issues and attacks, but the reality is that company’s need to understand attacks and how to respond to attacks after they happen. In this episode, Alex Horan of Core Security and Ted Julian of Co3 join Threatpost Editor Paul Roberts to discuss what happens after the breach.
Call it a disaster recovery drill disaster. The loss of four magnetic tape cartridges containing data on 800,000 California residents was the unfortunate result of an IBM-managed disaster recovery exercise gone wrong, said Christine Lally, Assistant Secretary, Legislation & Communications for the California Technology Agency.
UPDATE–MasterCard and Visa have confirmed that they are investigating a potentially huge data breach at one of the companies’ payment processors, which the Wall Street Journal has identified as Global Payments Inc.
Backup cartridges containing records on 800,000 individuals belonging to the California Department of Child Support Services (DCCS) were lost in transit between an IBM facility in Colorado and DCCS’s headquarters in California On March 12, according to a statement from DCCS. (PDF)
The Federal Trade Commission announced on Tuesday that it had reached a settlement with RockYou over violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) after the Web site allowed hackers to gain access to the personal information of its 32 million members.
Hackers are actively exploiting weak Web site security at leading credit rating agencies and stealing customer credit reports for resale on the black market, according to a report by MSNBC.
It can be hard to parse the results of the Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR), what with the shifts from year to year in the sources of breach data collected. Last year’s report, if you recall, found a stunning drop in incidents of data theft in 2010, even as tracking sites like Datalossdb.org reported no noticeable change that year.Frankly, it’s hard to read the DBIR and not have the term “sample bias” float into your head time and again. But the DBIR report has always been a good way to understand the security Zeitgeist, and this year’s report is no different, with more normal-seeming results and a focus on the actions of ideologically motivated hacking groups which, Verizon claims, were linked to 58% of all the data stolen from customers in 2011.
Pwnedlist, the Web site that compiles information on victims of data breaches, is going commercial with a plan to charge individuals for daily monitoring of their email addresses against a growing database of more-than 12 million email-login credentials.
A breach at the University of Tampa may have exposed the sensitive information of thousands of students, faculty and staff members, including their names, identification numbers, social security numbers and birth dates, according to a press release posted to their the University’s Web site over the weekend.