Data Security

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Quantum physics used in quest for fraud-proof credit cards

Researchers in the Netherlands are applying quantum physics in an attempt to create fraud-proof credit cards and ID cards.

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Illinois hospital reports data blackmail

An Illinois hospital says someone attempted to blackmail it to stop the release of data about some of its patients.

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Holding masses of data, cybercriminals face hurdles cashing out

How much is hacked data worth? Hackers find it's not always so easy to monetize their ill-gotten goods.

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Sony hackers release more data, promise ‘Christmas gift’

A further dump of Sony Pictures corporate secrets appears to have been put on the Internet over the weekend, with hackers warning of more to come.

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IT and end users are far apart on critical data access

End users have access to a lot more sensitive data than IT departments think they do, says a new Ponemon survey.

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Hackers contacted top Sony executives before attack

Top executives at Sony Pictures received an email extorting money three days before the company's computer network was taken offline in a major hack.

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In threat assessment, the ‘who’ matters

Knowing who could come after you helps you prepare the appropriate defenses and response. (Insider; registration required)

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Bebe Stores says credit card data hacked

Women's clothing retailer Bebe Stores has become the latest national retailer to be hit by an attack on its credit card payment system.

Evidence links malware to attack against Sony Pictures

The destructive malware program that the FBI alerted some companies about this week was likely used against Sony Pictures Entertainment, security researchers said.

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Google says bye bye, CAPTCHAs, well, mostly

Google announced that the company is trying to get rid of CAPTCHAs, those annoying barely readable, letters and numbers that prove to a website that you're not a robot or a spammer.

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Taking a gander at the security landscape

As our manager settles in at his new job, he has begun to see security vulnerabilities everywhere he looks.

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Making a hash of passwords

After so many high-profile data breaches, it’s time developers learned that storing passwords is a really bad idea. And there is a perfectly workable alternative.

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Home Depot spent $43M on data breach in one quarter alone

Home Depot spent $43 million in its third quarter dealing with the fallout of one of the largest ever data breaches, highlighting the costly nature of security failures.

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OK, BlackBerry, what else have you got besides security?

The once-dominant mobile-email player’s latest pitch is irrelevant for today’s smartphone buyers. Can the company’s BYOD pitch save the day?

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Network security needs big data

As the inadequacies of perimeter-centric defenses become clearer, the zero-trust model grows more appealing. As for ZTM, it will need big data to succeed.

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New tools offer practical help to block official spies

Online civil-rights groups and IBM accidentally struck a blow for individual freedom simultaneously with tools that limit covert surveillance from both hackers and governments

Apple Pay’s security pros and cons

Taking credit card numbers out of transactions is a helpful step that could alleviate the risk of giant data breaches, but that doesn’t mean the bad guys are going to give up and become accountants.

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Why Apple, Microsoft and others reject NSA spying

Unfettered state surveillance could damage some of America’s biggest brands — in its present form you could almost call it anti-American.

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