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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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Com.Com is Up For Sale

November 20, 2009 from: Rsnake's blog at ha.ckers.org

Com.com is for sale. So what, right? Yet another domain that needs a home. But com.com is incredibly important for security. In fact, one of C|NET’s (the company that currently runs com.com) network admins was listed as the 10th most dangerous and least likely person on the Internet during my presentation at OWASP

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TX: Former VP of First Service CU convicted for bank fraud, ID theft

November 20, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A former Senior Vice President of Area Operations for First Service Credit Union in Houston has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $30,000 from his former employer, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.

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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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Component Directory Lockdown – New in Firefox 3.6

November 16, 2009 from: Mozilla Security Blog

When Firefox crashes, we try to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible, but we’d much rather you not crash in the first place. In Firefox 3.6, we are changing the way that some third party software hooks into Firefox which should eliminate a good chunk of those crashes without sacrificing our extensibility in any way. In the process, we’ll also be giving you greater control o...

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OWASP Top 10 (2010 release candidate 1)

November 13, 2009 from: Jeremiah Grossman's Blog

The newest version of the OWASP Top 10, the Top 10 Most Critical Web Application Security Risks, has been made available as a release candidate! This project is extraordinarily meaningful to the application security industry as it exercises influence over PCI-DSS, global policy, developer awareness, and product direction. ...

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Federal Data Security Law: ‘Careful What You Wish For’

November 12, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

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 p...

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Government accused of ‘cover up’ over lost farmer tapes

November 06, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has been accused of a “cover up” after two back-up tapes went missing containing the banking details of around 100,000 farmers.

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Senate Panel Clears Data Breach Bills

November 05, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved two companion bills that would require businesses and government agencies to notify individuals of security breaches involving sensitive personally identifiable information. Both bills go to the Senate for consideration.

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MA: Williams College laptop stolen; 750 notified

November 05, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Williams College in Williamstown reports a recent laptop theft. The laptop, which was stolen when an employee left it in a parked car in Boston on October 3, contained the names and Social Security numbers of 750 individuals from 39 states and several foreign countries.

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Heartland Payment Systems Reports Third Quarter Financial Results

November 03, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. announced a GAAP net loss of $13.6 million or ($0.36) per share for the three months ended September 30, 2009. Results for the quarter are after $35.6 million (pre-tax), or $0.59 per share, of various expenses, accruals and reserves, all of which are attributable to the processing system intrusion, including charges related to settlement offers made by the Company i...

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Man charged with developing and distributing cable network hacking tools

November 02, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Charges were unsealed in federal court in Massachusetts against an Oregon man and the company he founded, TCNISO, alleging that they developed and distributed products that allowed users to modify their cable modems and obtain internet access without paying for it.

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Report: Data Breaches Hike Fraud Risk 400%

November 02, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Because data breaches have become such commonplace incidents, there is concern that people have become desensitized to the potential harm they face upon receiving a notification letter from an organization informing them that sensitive information has been lost or misappropriated.

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