All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Security Breach’

Identity Theft A Serious Problem During The Holidays

Nothing puts a serious damper on holiday shopping quite like identity theft. Identity theft is what happens when a person obtains your personal information and then uses it without your permission. This action can result in stolen money or severely damaged credit. Unfortunately, identity theft is a rising problem in the United States. “With so much of our time spent …

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Data Breach At Home Depot: Where Is The Panic?

The shifting attitude of American shoppers with regard to data breaches is a little surprising. When Target announced back in December 2013 that hackers had made off with the card information of thousands of holiday shoppers, it was a situation that hit the retailer’s brand pretty hard. The announcement came ahead of Christmas, the most important time of the year …

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Michaels Security Breach Affected Three Million Cards

Michaels, North America’s largest specialty arts & crafts store, has confirmed that a security breach exposed data from millions of transactions from May 8th, 2013, to January 27th, 2014. “Our customers are always our number one priority and we are truly sorry for any inconvenience or concern Michaels may have caused. We are committed to assisting affected customers by providing …

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Heartbleed Bug Gives Hackers Access To User Data And Passwords

A major online bug called CVE-2014-0160, more popularly known as “Heartbleed”, allows hackers to retrieve data from online services and websites. The bug was recently found by Neel Mehta of Google’s security team with a team of engineers from security company Codenomicon. To those who know how to work around it, Heartbleed can reveal the contents of a server’s memory—and …

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Target Tech Chief Resigns Following Massive Data Breach

The chief information officer (CIO) of Target Corporation has turned in her resignation following months of a devastating data breach. Since 2008, Beth Jacob served as executive vice president of technology services and chief information officer of the retail company. She first started out as an assistant buyer at a store division in 1984. Then, in 2002 she became the director of …

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Nun Sentenced To Prison For Peace Activism

The 84-year-old nun, Sister Megan Rice, is no stranger to activism. She has been protesting and wreaking havoc on sites that deal with nuclear power for decades. Now, she has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison. She doesn’t seem to mind though, because she was quoted by Al Jazeera as saying that being in prison for an extended …

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Never Use Your Debit Card During Security Breach

In light of the recent security breach at Target and now Neiman Marcus (NM) the topic has been on a lot of people’s minds. Which card is better, debit or credit, when looking at extra protection needed during this crisis? An investigation by F.B.I., The Secret Service, the Justice Department and numerous others found that hackers stole the personal information …

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Target Hackers Pounced On Outdated Security System

In the aftermath of the second-largest credit card security breach in American history, new details are emerging regarding what lead to it—and why it may very well happen again. On December 19th, the retailer Target announced that upwards of 40 million credit card numbers were hacked between the period ranging from the day before Thanksgiving until about December 15th. While …

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Target Discount Bullseye or Miss?

Retailer Target is definitely looking as red-faced as its logo following a massive security breach affecting potentially tens of millions of customers. The handling of the matter has been less than stellar. The initial message to consumers regarding what happened was both inadequate in explanation and down right condescending in tone. After major backlash over the event and the company’s …

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Verizon Data Breach Report Available as a Free iBook

Verizon’s 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report was released as a PDF back in March, but now those interested in the world of digital espionage can kick back and read the report on their iPad, as Verizon is releasing the entire report as an iBook. The report revealed that Anonymous “hacktivism,” is on the rise worldwide. “Hacktivism” is generally understood to …

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ICANN System for New gTLDs to Reopen

It was recently reported that The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) system for submitting applications for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) has been down as of late, and now ICANN engineers plan to reopen the application platform on May 22, with the new deadline for submitting applications being May 30. The application platform, called TLD application system …

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What ICANN Should Do To Rebuild Trust After Security Breach

During what was supposed to be the exciting early stages of an Internet domain name “revolution,” ICANN is finding itself in a heap of controversy over its new generic top-level domain program. In January, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers began rolling out its historic decision to open up the domain name market. The application process was supposed …

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