Heartland Payment Systems hacker Albert Gonzalez seeks to overturn his conviction and 20-year sentence, a record for a computer breach, maintaining he committed his crimes with the knowledge of his Secret Service handlers.
Experts say banks and retailers are doing all they can to control concerns in the aftermath of the Epsilon e-mail breach, and a well-crafted e-mail fooled an RSA employee into opening a phish that led to a sophisticated attack on the company's information systems.
Most furloughed federal employees would have had to turn in their BlackBerries and other mobile devices in a U.S. government shutdown. Just as well, using the technology could have resulted in an employee landing in the slammer.
A U.S. District Court in Texas granted motions made by acquiring banks Heartland Bank and KeyBank to dismiss civil actions brought against them for their involvement in the 2009 Heartland Payments Systems data breach.
When it comes to e-marketing and the reliance on third parties such as Epsilon, Nicolas Christin of Carnegie Mellon University says banks and merchants should "come clean" about the information they share with outside entities.
Communicating with customers about the incident and warning them not to click links in phishing e-mails are all these impacted institutions and companies really can do, says Jeremiah Grossman, chief technology officer of WhiteHat Security.
Privacy Attorney Lisa Sotto says the Epsilon e-mail breach is a warning about the state of data security employed by some third-party service providers. Strong contracts related to security practices must be the norm, not the exception.
"It is the biggest breach we have ever seen; and to say no financial information has been stolen is, well, understating the massive breach and concern," says Neil Schwartzman, founder and chief security specialist at CASL Consulting.
From Facebook to Twitter, the new era of business communication and collaboration requires involvement of senior leaders to guide an organization's social media strategy and engagement. It's a big role, and it comes with significant responsibilities.
The Department of Homeland Security works with RSA to investigate the sophisticated attack aimed at RSA SecurID two-factor authentication products, and card fraud linked to pay-at-the-pump gas terminals in Arizona tourist spots is on the rise.
NACHA has posted an alert about a targeted phishing scam that appears to be hitting recipients up for ACH transaction details. Reports of phishing e-mails appearing to be from the Internal Revenue Service have also cropped up this week.