In-brief: Like Love Canal or the ‘flaming river’ in Cleveland that eventually prompted anti-pollution laws, the casual leak of data on 33 million U.S. professionals is a sign that our online environment is badly compromised. But can we fix it? (Editor’s note: this blog post originally appeared on Digital Guardian’s blog.)
In-brief: companies that want to make life difficult for cyber criminals can start by moving valuable data off the front lines and finding ways to use less valuable information to verify the identity of their customers, writes Keir Breitenfeld, who works for Experian’s Fraud & Identity Solutions group.
In-brief:The tactics of cyber criminal hacking crews are indistinguishable from those of sophisticated, state sponsored “advanced persistent threat” groups, the firm FireEye said in its most recent M-Trends report.
In-brief: One in four Americans was the victim of data theft, but policy makers can’t find the spirit to act. What if I said that there was a disease that affected one in four adults in the U.S.? This disease caused pain and hardship and the costs of curing it were considerable – ranging to thousands of dollars per patient? And, again: one in four people contacted this disease – 25% of the adult population?Most epidemiologists would consider a disease that widely spread to be an “epidemic.” After all, the CDC considers an influenza outbreak to be an “epidemic” when around 7% of morbidity (deaths) in a given observation period are due to the flu. Here in the U.S., however, there’s a long-standing affliction bearing down on a quarter of the population, but nary a mention of the words “epidemic.” In fact, officials who monitor this disease are loath to […]
In-brief: Security experts are warning that so-called “file-less” attacks on commercial networks operated by banks and other firms are spreading and harvesting sensitive information, like administrator user names and passwords.