Data Breaches

Roughly 1.16 million payment cards may have been affected in Staples breach

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Malware infected Staples' point-of-sale systems at 115 of its 1,400 U.S. retail stores, mostly between Aug. 10 and Sept. 16.

Obama promises U.S. response to Sony attack, says company made mistake

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Pointing out that North Korea had inflicted considerable damage in its Sony hack, President Obama said the U.S. would respond.

40,000 federal employees impacted by contractor breach

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Federal contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions, which conducts background checks on federal employees, has been impacted by a data breach.

Sony investigation reveals North Korea behind cyber attack, FBI says

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Following an investigation which involved other U.S. government departments and agencies, the agency concluded that the North Korean government conducted the Sony Pictures Entertainment cyber attack.

White House calls Sony hack a "serious national security matter," gov't mulls proper response

White House calls Sony hack a "serious national security matter," gov't mulls proper response

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Sony Pictures recently canceled the "The Interview" movie release, following hacker threats.

After hack, Ars Technica asks subscribers to change passwords

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An intruder initially gained access to an Ars Technica web server and was then able to access a more central machine using information from a "poorly located" backup file.

Closing the web app data security gap: Dynamic data masking for web applications

The rigidity of web application security controls has left the enterprise vulnerable to data breach.

Former employees sue Sony, theaters drop 'The Interview'

Former employees sue Sony, theaters drop 'The Interview'

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Four former Sony workers have filed two class-action suits claiming the company failed to plug security holes and protect their personal data.

Landmark HIPAA settlement confirms push to firm up patching schedules

Landmark HIPAA settlement confirms push to firm up patching schedules

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Anchorage Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS) must pay $150,000 and integrate an action plan to meet HIPAA compliance.

Skimming at Virginia ATMs, more than 3,000 Union debit cards compromised

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Virginia-based Union First Market Bank announced that a number of ATMs in the Richmond area fell victim to skimming and more than 3,000 of its debit cards were affected.

UC Berkeley data breach impacts about 1,600 individuals

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University of California, Berkeley is notifying roughly 1,600 individuals that their personal information may have been compromised in a data breach.

As leaks continue, Sony's legal team tells media to destroy 'stolen info'

As leaks continue, Sony's legal team tells media to destroy 'stolen info'

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Sony Pictures's attorney David Boies is demanding that news outlets destroy "stolen information" involved in the leaks.

Stolen EMCOR Services laptop contained Social Security numbers, other data

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EMCOR Services Mesa Energy Systems is notifying an undisclosed number of individuals that their personal information was on a company laptop that was stolen.

New report sheds light on National Research Council breach

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The organization alerted partner companies of a breach that took place in July, in which attackers attempted to glean sensitive information.

Payment solution provider Charge Anywhere has card info compromised

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Charge Anywhere, a mobile payments solution provider, is notifying its customers of a cyber attack on its network that exposed plain text payment card transaction authorization requests for up to five years.

Back to basics - Ensure both PCI compliance and tighter security

Every business that operates a cardholder environment to transact with its customers is required to maintain compliance to the PCI DSS international standard for security. Penalties for lack of compliance have become costly yet compliance does not equal security.

Sands Las Vegas hackers used wiper malware

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Hackers that felled Sands Las Vegas websites exploited a weak link in the casino's networks to launch a wiper malware attack.

Sony Pictures exec apologizes after remarks about Obama leak

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Emails between movie producer Scott Rudin and Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal leaked as a result of a cyber attack on the entertainment company.

Audit shows University of Maryland security flaws remain

Audit shows University of Maryland security flaws remain

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Citing progress, a state audit report details the vulnerabilities that the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) needs to fix.

St. Louis Parking Company says customer card info breached

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Customers who used the St. Louis Parking Company's public parking lot at Union Station between October 6 and October 31 could be affected.

Neiman Marcus asks court to deny data breach suit appeal

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A lower court had granted Neiman Marcus's motion for dismissal of a suit but the plaintiffs are trying to revive it on appeal.

Destover malware updated to carry Sony's digital signature

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Hackers linked to the Sony Pictures attack could now use the malware to dupe new targets, Kaspersky revealed.

Report: Hackers tried to extort Sony execs before attack

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In an email sent to Sony Pictures' CEO and co-chairman hackers requested "monetary compensation."

TD Bank agrees to $625K breach settlement in Mass.

TD Bank agrees to $625K breach settlement in Mass.

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The 2012 breach, which occurred when two unencrypted backup tapes went missing, affected 260,000 people nationwide.

North Korea: Sony Pictures hack may be work of gov't supporters

North Korea: Sony Pictures hack may be work of gov't supporters

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Meanwhile, an internal email between execs at Sony Pictures and Mandiant, the forensics unit tapped to investigate the breach, leaked to the press.

Information security in 2014: Another year of big events

Information security in 2014: Another year of big events

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As 2014 draws to a close we can look back over one of the most tumultuous years in recent history.

Experts take inventory of Sony Pictures data leak, potential costs

Experts take inventory of Sony Pictures data leak, potential costs

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Information exposed in the breach reportedly ranges from thousands of Social Security numbers to sensitive HR and proprietary data.

Missing the big picture in the Sony hack

Missing the big picture in the Sony hack

Should we rush out signatures for this latest version of malware, or should we take a step back and figure out how to focus our technology and security operations around identifying attackers before they wreak such havoc?

Bebe confirms breach, says data exposed

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The women's clothing retailer said a November breach of its store payment system exposed account numbers and other payment card information.

Analysis of wiper malware, implicated in Sony breach, exposes Shamoon-style attacks

Analysis of wiper malware, implicated in Sony breach, exposes Shamoon-style attacks

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New research on the data-wiping malware reveals more connections to the Sony Pictures attack.

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