Newly discovered breaches at E*Trade Financial and Dow Jones highlight hackers' increasing attempts to steal, sell and utilize personal information. Security experts describe PII's value for fraudsters and scammers and offer lessons learned from these and other incidents.
Dell's announcement that it plans to purchase storage maker EMC for a mind-boggling $67 billion does not make clear the fate of EMC's information security unit, RSA. Analysts believe Dell has not yet determined whether RSA fits into its long-term plans or should be sold or spun off.
Security researchers have demonstrated in a lab setting an information-stealing attack against Amazon Web Services users. But Amazon says its customers "using current software and following security best practices are not impacted by this situation."
Financial services firm E*Trade and publisher Dow Jones are separately warning their customers and subscribers that their personal information - and in some cases, payment card data - may have been compromised in a cyberattack campaign.
Three U.S. senators are demanding answers from Experian after it suffered a breach that exposed personal information for 15 million T-Mobile subscribers. They also have called for national breach notification and data security regulations.
With organizations increasingly moving to the cloud, more security professionals are needed to help secure those environments as well as manage incident response. Cloud forensics expert Neha Thethi outlines must-have skills, qualifications and certifications.
Prosecutors recommended that twin brothers Muneeb and Sohaib Akhter serve a six-year and a two-year sentence, respectively, after pleading guilty to hacking-related charges. But one of the men received a much lighter sentence.
The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor data sharing agreement is invalid because the United States has failed to safeguard Europeans' privacy rights. Legal experts say the judgment is a direct response to Edward Snowden's revelations.
BitSight Technologies is out with its annual Industry Benchmark Report, and cybersecurity ratings are low for the energy and utilities industry. BitSight's Mike Woodward shares insights for all sectors.
As a result of Experian's data breach, 15 million T-Mobile subscribers are at risk from phishing attacks and fraud. But it's not clear what more T-Mobile can do to protect breach victims, says security specialist Mark James.
Discount brokerage firm Scottrade says hackers accessed its computer network and stole names and street addresses of millions of its clients. The firm says it learned of the intrusion from law enforcement officials.
Even if China fails to live up to its promise to stop pilfering corporate trade secrets, as America's spy chief predicts, the U.S. could still benefit diplomatically from the two nations' cybersecurity agreement.
In addition to having a dedicated individual or team responsible for privacy matters, organizations must ensure their information security and IT staffs are knowledgeable about data privacy issues, says Trevor Hughes, CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
The commoditization of attack infrastructure and services in the cyber-criminal underground, and the low cost and ease of launching targeted attacks, are growing concerns that require new defense strategies, says Trend Micro's Raimund Genes.