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Announcement Regarding The October 2009 Critical Patch Update

September 03, 2009 from: The Oracle Global Product Security Blog

Because many Oracle customers with responsibility for deploying the Critical Patch Update within their respective organizations will be attending Oracle OpenWorld on October 11-15, 2009; the October 2009 Critical Patch Update originally scheduled to be published on Tuesday, October 13th 2009, will be released on October 20th 2009.

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Lifelock loses another round in court

September 03, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Experian has issued a press release indicating that a federal court in California has denied LifeLock’s request to reconsider a ruling which found that LifeLock’s practice of setting 90-day fraud alerts on Experian and other credit bureaus was unlawful:

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Wigan Council improves security after details on most school children are stolen

September 03, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Wigan Council has agreed to take action to comply with the Data Protection Act after the theft of a laptop computer containing personal information relating to approximately 43,000 children and young people. The laptop included personal details on most children and young people in Wigan’s schools

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U. Vermont announces credit card breach

September 02, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Unversity of Vermont recently discovered that the security of up to 242 university-funded credit cards has been compromised. Ann Naylor of UVM Procurement services said in a statement that UVM is unaware of how the breach occured.

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TJX settles banks’ lawsuit

September 02, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Associated Press reports that TJX has settled TJX said it has paid $525,000 to settle claims by some banks about costs they incurred as a result of the retailer’s massive data breach. Other banks — AmeriFirst Bank, HarborOne Credit Union, SELCO Community Cre...

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5 men named in racket that netted $4m in stolen card data

September 02, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Prosecutors in Manhattan have named five additional men from Eastern Europe in an alleged scheme that pilfered $4m using more than 95,000 stolen credit cards.

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Two to plead guilty to fraud, HIPAA violations

August 31, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

United States Attorney Joyce White Vance announced that Isaac Earl Smith, 38, and Annetra Poole-Moore, 37, have agreed to plead guilty to federal crimes involving health care fraud, disclosures prohibited by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and aggravated identify theft.

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Biggest Breaches of 2009

August 28, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Linda McGlasson of BankInfoSecurity.com provides an analysis and commentary, based on ITRC’s statistics for this year.

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Gonzalez pleads guilty, sentenced to 15-25 years

August 28, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors filed in Boston on Friday, Albert Gonzalez would serve a sentence of 15 to 25 years after pleading guilty to a 19-count indictment. He would also forfeit some $2.8 million in cash, a Miami condo, a car and expensive frakelry.

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Security test prompts federal fraud alert

August 28, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A sanctioned security test of a bank’s computer systems had some unexpected consequences this week, leading the federal agency that oversees U.S. credit unions to issue a fraud alert.

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School district hiding behind a criminal investigation - parent

August 26, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

On the principle of “no good deed goes unpunished,” some of those who have discovered and reported breaches have been terminated or prosecuted for their actions...

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Why some Firefox users choose not to update

August 25, 2009 from: Mozilla Security Blog

The best way for users to stay safe online is to use an updated browser. While most Firefox users get updated quickly, some fall behind for various reasons. We’re looking for ways to increase uptake while still preserving user choice.

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Google Safe-Browsing and Chrome Privacy Leak

August 24, 2009 from: Rsnake's blog at ha.ckers.org

Some more advice from Robert "RSnake" Hansen on why you shoulld be careful if using Google's Chrome browser.

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Symantec names the 100 “Dirtiest” websites of the summer

August 22, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

In an effort to determine which sites are safe to visit, security, storage and systems management solutions provider Symantec (www.symantec.com) has identified the “Dirtiest websites of Summer 2009,” a list of the 100 most threatening sites that try to deceive visitors, steal their information or crash their computer.

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‘One Tree Hill’ actor admits role in ID scam

August 21, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Actor Antwon Tanner, a regular on the popular teen drama “One Tree Hill,” faces up to 10 years in jail after pleading guilty in Brooklyn federal court today to illegally selling Social Security numbers for $10,000.

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Rival used phony emails to snoop, firm says

August 21, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Affiliated Computer Services, an information technology firm, claims a competitor set up bogus email addresses in the names of dozens of ACS employees to divert mail and accounts to its rival’s computers. It claims Duncan Solutions’ “unauthorized diversion of ACS’ email not only interferes with the operation of ACS’ computer network, but it also gives Duncan access to...

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Risky use of real data in application development

August 21, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Most organizations in the U.S. and U.K. put their sensitive customer and company data at risk during their application development and testing processes, according to a new study. 80% surveryed were hit by at least one breach in the past 12 months.

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Lawsuit tries to get at hackers through the banks

August 20, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A lawsuit filed on Wednesday against some of the most shadowy Internet criminals — gangs based in Eastern Europe that electronically break into business computers, steal banking passwords and transfer themselves money — is being used to pry information from a group that is nearly as reclusive as the hackers: banks whose computers have been compromised.

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Gonzalez’s lawyer criticizes federal prosecutors

August 19, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Albert Gonzalez, a suspect in several hacking cases, was close to reaching a comprehensive plea agreement with federal prosecutors in Massachusetts and New York when federal prosecutors in New Jersey indicted him on Monday on a new raft of computer crimes, said Mr. Gonzalez’s lawyer, Rene Palomino Jr.

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Hacking kingpin negotiating plea deal with feds

August 19, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The former government informant facing three separate indictments for allegedly being behind the largest data breaches in U.S. history is being offered a plea deal, U.S. and defense attorneys confirmed today.

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