Stories by Jaikumar Vijayan

Backoff malware infections are more widespread than thought

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 30 August, 2014 20:36

The number of businesses hit by the data-stealing Backoff malware may be substantially more than the 1,000 or so companies estimated by federal officials, according to security vendor Kaspersky Labs.

Retailers warned to act now to protect against Backoff malware

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 28 August, 2014 06:16

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council on Wednesday issued a bulletin urging retailers to immediately review their security controls to ensure point-of-sale systems are protected against "Backoff," a malware tool that was used in the massive data theft at retailer Target last year.

Tesla recruits hackers to boost vehicle security

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 27 August, 2014 03:02

Electric carmaker Tesla Motors wants security researchers to hack its vehicles. In coming months, the Silicon Valley based high-tech carmaker will hire up to 30 full-time hackers whose job will be to find and close vulnerabilities in the sophisticated firmware that controls its cars.

Healthcare organizations still too lax on security

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 20 August, 2014 06:25

The data breach at Community Health Systems that exposed the personal information on more than 4.5 million people is a symptom of the chronic lack of attention to patient data security and privacy within the healthcare industry.

About 4.5M face risk of ID theft after hack of hospital network

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 19 August, 2014 05:19

About 4.5 million people in 28 states face the risk of identity theft due to a massive data breach at Community Health Systems (CHS) a Franklin, Tenn., based health network.

Supervalu breach shows why move to smartcards is long overdue

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 16 August, 2014 20:49

The data breach disclosed by Supervalu is another reminder about why the ongoing migration of the US payment system to smartcard technology can't happen fast enough.

Grocery stores in multiple states hit by data breach

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 16 August, 2014 03:36

A data breach at Supervalu Inc., one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S., could affect thousands of people who shopped at the company's stores in June and July.

Tennessee firm blames bank for $193K cybertheft

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 14 August, 2014 05:30

A lawsuit filed in Tennessee earlier this month has resurfaced questions about a bank's responsibility in protecting customers against cyberheists.

Senator wants curbs placed on fitness data use

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 12 August, 2014 06:29

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate the data gathering and sharing practices of makers of personal fitness devices and applications.

PCI Security Council moves to boost service providers' credit card security

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 09 August, 2014 04:15

The PCI Security Standards Council has updated its guidance to help merchants better determine whether third party service providers have implemented security measures to protect credit and debit cardholder data.

Russian credential theft shows why the password is dead

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 08 August, 2014 06:27

News that Russian hackers amassed log-in credentials belonging to more than 1.2 billion Internet users hammers home why companies that have not implemented strong authentication measures really need to get moving on it.

Cybersecurity should be professionalized

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 06 August, 2014 06:25

The time is ripe for professionalizing cybersecurity, according to Salve Regina University's Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy.

Microsoft ordered to turn over customer data stored in the cloud

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 01 August, 2014 20:00

Microsoft has been ordered to comply with a U.S. government demand for a customer's emails stored on a company server in Dublin, Ireland.

Attackers exploit remote access tools to compromise retail systems

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 01 August, 2014 06:09

Malicious hackers are using remote access tools to break into retail point-of-sale systems and plant malware on them, the Department of Homeland Security warned.

CISOs still struggle for respect from peers

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 01 August, 2014 02:58

Chief information security officers (CISOs) continue to have a hard time gaining the respect of other C-suite executives despite the heightened focus overall on information security.

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