information theft

#InformationSecurity News - 11/10/14

  • Researchers identify a technique that makes it easier for attackers to launch phishing campaigns. Read the full story at Dark Reading
  • ZDNet reports on a new whitepaper from Bitdefender that examined victims targeted in 850,000 Facebook scams. It turns out Facebook's user experience makes it easy for scammers to exploit users.
  • CSOOnline says that flaw in Visa contactless payment cards could ring up a very large fraud. 
  • Personal data may well have been snatched out of the US government's top employee background-checking firm in what officials are calling a major security breach. Read more at Naked Security
  • With iOS 8, the lines between iOS and Android are blurring. Dark Reading asks iOS 8 Vs. Android: How Secure Is Your Data

#InformationSecurity News - 8/22/14

Here's a look at this week's top information security news stories: 

  • UPS reveals data breach - POS malware compromises transactions at UPS Store locations. All told, 51 of its U.S. franchised center locations across 24 states were infected, which may have resulted in attackers compromising customers' personal information and payment card details, thus placing them at risk of identity theft and fraud.
  • Is Heartbleed Behind Healthcare Breach? Healthcare Info Security analyzes the cause of Community Healthcare Systems' breach.  
  • A Chinese national is facing prison time after a federal grand jury indicted him on five felony charges related to a computer hacking ruse that targeted defense contractors Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The full story is available at SC Magazine
  • Recently, news broke that a possible data breach at various supermarket chains may have affected 1,000 stores across the US, thanks to hackers being able to install malware on point-of-sale (PoS) systems. Response from the security community has been less than forgiving. Read more at Info Security Magazine.
  • Vitamin seller website attacked, payment cards and other info compromised. Learn more about the recent attack on TheNaturalOnline.com via SC Magazine

#InformationSecurity News - 8/15/14

Here's a look at this week's top information security news stories: 

News: Target - 40 million credit cards compromised

A breach of credit and debit card data at discount retailer Target may have affected as many as 40 million shoppers who went to the store in the three weeks after Thanksgiving, the retailer said Thursday.

Late Wednesday, the Secret Service, which is charged with safeguarding the nation's financial infrastructure and payment systems, confirmed it was investigating the breach. 

Read the full story via CNN Money

2 million Facebook, Gmail and Twitter passwords stolen in massive hack

Hackers have stolen usernames and passwords for nearly two million accounts at Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and others, according to a report released this week.

The massive data breach was a result of keylogging software maliciously installed on an untold number of computers around the world, researchers at cybersecurity firm Trustwave said. The virus was capturing log-in credentials for key websites over the past month and sending those usernames and passwords to a server controlled by the hackers.

Read the rest of the article at CNNMoney