From the online mail bag

I read your March 13th article, “Visa: Heartland, RBS WorldPay no longer PCI compliant,” with great interest. As a participating organization of the PCI Security Standards Council, we pay our yearly dues, but I did not hear anything regarding this from the council. It is disconcerting that I read about the Visa announcement from a third party after the fact, and that the council did not inform its members. Or perhaps did Visa not inform the PCI SSC of its actions? Perhaps you should investigate the lack of information awareness on the part of Visa and the PCI SSC.
Jeff Stapleton, president and founder, Information Assurance Consortium

In response to an April 3 news story, “Nigerian scam” fraudsters go to jail:
Everybody knows that fraud pays. You can rob a corner liquor store and get 30 years. But scam hundreds of thousands of people out of their life savings or their kids' security...? No problem. A few years in a country club jail will bring justice? Shameful!

In response to a Feb. 13 story, Microsoft leads collaboration to subdue Conficker botnet:

Microsoft may make a big splash with the headlines, but we are still getting hundreds of visitors each day at trying to get the Conficker virus off their home or network system. They are blocked from Microsoft support and AV sites, but have little direction from the industry and are being charged serious money by ‘rent-a-geeks' to ‘repair' their systems. This so-called Conficker Cabal should make some effort to help the single PC victims who cannot easily disable AutoPlay. These infected machines will be a continuing source for reinfection.

In response to a Feb. 18 story, Web filtering evolves to meet changing threats:
The adoption rate of web filtering in the home is much lower than that within the enterprise. I would be interested to see a study that reflects the home user and what types of attacks are getting through. There are web filtering tools to protect the home user that are based on enterprise counterparts – seeing Websense mentioned in this article, I know there is a home solution called Livia Web Protection that uses the same tech.

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