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UK health walloped for sick security culture

The UK’s Information Commissioner has ordered the National Health Service to tighten its grip on security, fearing that data protection is a “systemic problem” for its organisations. Five health NHS organisations have signed recent data security undertakings in response to potential privacy breaches this year caused by staff losing patient records, faxing medical reports to the wrong number, and losing laptops.

Liam Tung | 04 Jul | Read more

Arizona State Police Hit with Second Data Dump

Arizona State Police recently fell victim to a <a href="">second embarrassing data dump</a> that included information stolen from the personal e-mail accounts of 12 Arizona police officers. The stolen data, according to the hackers, includes names, addresses, phone numbers, passwords, Social Security numbers, online dating account info, voicemails, chat logs, internal police reports, and racist chain e-mails. Hackers also say they nabbed the personal data of Stephen Harrison, a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Ian Paul | 01 Jul | Read more

Control mobile access with device management policy

Like CIOs at many organizations, Kenneth Corriveau saw the writing on the wall. The employees in his company wanted to use their own devices for work and were going to keep asking, regardless of what policy might state about using personal technology to <a href="">connect to corporate networks</a>.

Joan Goodchild | 01 Jul | Read more

Worm hits popular Chinese Twitter-like service

A popular Twitter-like service in China with <a href="">140 million users</a> was hit by a worm earlier this week that resembles past attacks that infected Twitter and MySpace, according to a security analyst.

Michael Kan | 30 Jun | Read more

Researchers Look at New Ways to Keep Your Information Safe

Since 1997 identity theft and fraud has affected more than 5.4 million people in the United States. And that number is on the rise with, more than 1.3 million complaints to the <a href="">Consumer Sentinel Network</a> (CSN) between January and December of 2009 alone. <a href="">According to the Federal Trade Commission</a> (PDF), of the 721,418 fraud-related complaints to the CSN in 2009, this has cost customers [of various products and services] more than 1.7 billion dollars at a median payout of $399. But what can companies do to prevent fraud and identity theft?

James Mulroy | 30 Jun | Read more

How to Be a Better Leader in a Disaster

Linda Goodspeed, vice president of IT at Nissan North America, was attending a global IT meeting at her company's head office in Japan on March 11 and was caught in the magnitude 9.0 earthquake. The quake was among the top seven most powerful ever recorded and the strongest ever to hit the country. "People were diving under desks. Women were crying. We could see fire outside," she says. "Window blinds were moving three feet to the left and to the right. I thought the building would fall apart."

Kim S. Nash | 30 Jun | Read more

Report: FBI Steps Up Hunt for LulzSec

<a href="">Lulz Security</a> may be officially disbanded after 50 days of online hijinks including raids against the servers of <a href="">NATO</a>, the <a href="">U.S. Senate</a>, <a href="">PBS</a> and <a href="">many others</a>. But law enforcement officials are still actively searching for the rogue hackers. So far, however, it appears the law is coming up empty. FBI agents recently descended on the home of Iowa resident Laurelai Bailey hoping to find out more information about the February hack into security firm <a href="">HBGary Federal</a>, according to <a href="">Gawker</a>.

Ian Paul | 30 Jun | Read more

LulzSec: what hit us?

Over the weekend, Lulz Security (aka LulzSec) unfurled their sails and plotted a course for...well, who knows? They issued a manifesto declaring "50 days ago, we set sail with our humble ship on an uneasy and brutal ocean: the Internet," and said that this had been the plan for their "crew of six" all along.

Stefan Hammond | 29 Jun | Read more

Federal agency issues new security rules for financial institutions

The federal agency that regulates banks today issued new rules for online <a href="">security</a> for financial institutions, instructing them to use minimal types of "layered security" and fraud monitoring to better protect against <a href="">cybercrime</a>.

Ellen Messmer | 29 Jun | Read more

Tumblr hit with huge phishing attack

Tumblr is dealing with an aggressive phishing campaign. Only recently launched, it aims to steal log-in credentials and employs many of the well-known <a href="">social engineering tactics</a> that scammers use on social media sites such as <a href="">Facebook and Twitter</a>.

Joan Goodchild | 29 Jun | Read more

Hackers Gone Mild: 6 Rebels Turned Insiders

Sony hacker George Hotz a.k.a Geohot is reportedly <a href="">working at Facebook</a> after spending several years agitating technology giants. The news follows Hotz's antics this year when Sony sued him for distributing digital keys and a set of tools that would let you run <a href="">illegally copied games</a> on the PlayStation 3. Before his Sony showdown, Hotz was also one of the first people to jailbreak Apple's iPhone with a hardware unlock, although software tools that could do the same job soon replaced this method.

Ian Paul | 29 Jun | Read more