Stories by Jaikumar Vijayan

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.

There's still a security disconnect on BYOD

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 12 July, 2014 03:12 | 1 Comment

Corporate employees are taking a surprisingly lax approach towards security issues raised by the business use of personally owned mobile devices.

NSA defends collecting data from U.S. residents not suspected of terrorist activities

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 08 July, 2014 06:34

The National Security Agency Monday defended its data collection practices amid revelations that almost 90% of the data it sweeps up involves ordinary Internet users not suspected of crimes.

Hackers hit more businesses through remote access accounts

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 02 July, 2014 22:01

Hackers recently broke into payment systems at several northwestern U.S. restaurants and food service firms via a remote access account belonging to one of their vendors, another example of the need for companies to monitor third-party access to their networks.

Groups fear bill would allow free flow of data between private sector and NSA

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 28 June, 2014 06:28

A draft U.S. Senate bill aimed at making it easier for organizations to share cyber threat information poses serious threats to personal privacy, several rights groups said in a letter to Congress on Thursday.

Google's move into home automation means even less privacy

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 27 June, 2014 04:58

Plans by smart thermostat maker Nest Labs to share some customer data with corporate parent Google means the search engine giant will be fending off privacy concerns as it expands into home automation.

Security skills shortage is real, and it's not going away anytime soon

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 21 June, 2014 06:23

The current shortage of cybersecurity professionals in the U.S will likely resolve itself over the next several years, according to the RAND Corp. But until then, companies will find it disturbingly difficult to find skilled workers.

Congressman calls for halt to FTC breach probe amid claims of 'corporate blackmail'

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 20 June, 2014 05:05

A U.S. House committee has called on the Federal Trade Commission's Inspector General to probe the agency's relationship with a peer-to-peer network-monitoring firm whose data is key evidence in an FTC complaint filed against LabMD.

Bill to require warrant for email searches gains ground in House

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 19 June, 2014 20:15

A far-reaching bill that would require the government to obtain a warrant to search through people's emails and other online communications now has majority support in the House of Representatives.

Bank not liable for customer's $440,000 cybertheft

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 19 June, 2014 05:46

A Missouri escrow firm that lost $440,000 in a 2010 cyberheist cannot hold its bank responsible for the loss an appeals court said this week affirming a lower court's previous ruling on the issue.

US retailer Target finally gets its first CISO

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 12 June, 2014 06:06

US retailer Target has hired a new Chief Information Security Officer, a move that's noteworthy mainly because it is the first time the company has had anyone in this role -- even though it is one of the largest retailers in the U.S.

Most U.S. credit cards will have microchips by end of 2015

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 11 June, 2014 06:09

The long expected migration of the U.S. payment system to the Europay MasterCard Visa smartcard standard finally appears to be gathering steam.

One year later: Four reasons Edward Snowden remains a polarizing figure

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 05 June, 2014 23:39

Edward Snowden remains a polarizing figure in the U.S. on the one-year anniversary of the first published story based on his leaks about the National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance practices.

California kills bill to require that retailers use EMV smartcards

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 04 June, 2014 05:56

The California State Senate has killed a bill that would have required California retailers to implement the Europay MasterCard Visa smartcard (EMV) standard that's seen as far safer than magnetic stripe technology used today.

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Warning: Tips for secure mobile holiday shopping

I’m dating myself, but I remember when holiday shopping involved pouring through ads in the Sunday paper, placing actual phone calls from tethered land lines to research product stock and availability, and actually driving places to pick things up. Now, holiday shoppers can do all of that from a smartphone or tablet in a few seconds, but there are some security pitfalls to be aware of.