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Man accused in TJX data breach pleads guilty

One of the 11 people arrested last month in connection with the massive data theft at TJX Companies, BJ Wholesale Clubs and several other US retailers pleaded guilty yesterday to four felony counts, including wire and credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Jaikumar Vijayan | 13 Sep | Read more

Questions abound as San Francisco tries to repair network

IT managers and analysts are expressing surprise at the amount of time it appears to be taking officials at the City of San Francisco to regain full control of the city's FiberWAN network after a disgruntled network administrator allegedly locked access to it by resetting administrative passwords to its switches and routers.

Jaikumar Vijayan | 23 Jul | Read more

Simulated cyberattack exercise highlights some real-life issues

Last week, I was an observer at a hands-on cyberattack simulation workshop organized by disaster recovery vendor SunGard at its facility just outside of Chicago. Taking part in the exercise were representatives from the local community, including workers or officials from retail, health care and government organizations. Each participant was assigned to one of five teams -- IT, operations, information security, sales and executive management -- within a fictitious $1.2 billion gourmet food manufacturing company. The idea was that a cyberattack would unfold, requiring participants to respond to it in the most effective manner.

Jaikumar Vijayan | 28 Apr | Read more

Head of PCI council sees security standard as solid

The PCI Security Standards Council was established in the US by the major credit card companies in September 2006 as an independent organization to manage the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. In an interview, general manager Bob Russo talks about the council's efforts to administer the PCI standard amid continuing concerns about credit and debit card security. And he defends the standard, despite the recent data breaches at Hannaford Bros. and Okemo Mountain Resort.

Jaikumar Vijayan | 17 Apr | Read more