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Jaikumar Vijayan

Microsoft ordered to turn over customer data stored in the cloud

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

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

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

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

New docs show DHS was more worried about critical infrastructure flaw in '07 than it let on

The Department of Homeland Security mistakenly released details on an experiment in which a 27-ton generator was destroyed via a cyberattack.

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

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

Hackers recently broke into payment systems at several northwestern U.S. restaurants and food service companies 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.

Critics blast Microsoft's takedown of No-IP domains

Microsoft's tactics in using a court order to seize nearly two-dozen No-IP.com domains it said were used to distribute Windows malware tools were called ham-handed by several critics.

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

A draft U.S. Senate bill aimed at making it easier for organizations to share cyberthreat 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

Smart thermostat maker Nest Labs plans to soon start sharing some customer data with Google, its corporate parent, and that means the search engine giant will have to address users' privacy concerns as it expands into home automation.

Supreme Court cellphone ruling a big win for digital privacy

Privacy and civil rights groups lauded Wednesday's unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling that police must obtain a search warrant before searching through the contents of an arrested person's cellphone.

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

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 recruit skilled workers.

Congressman questions FTC breach probe amid claims of 'corporate blackmail'

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

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

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.

Internet in Iraq suffers government-ordered shutdowns amid violence

In what's become a familiar pattern in recent years, the government in Iraq appears to have ordered major Internet shutdowns over the past few days amid escalating sectarian violence in the country.

P.F. Chang's post-breach move to manual processing is telling

The decision by P.F. Chang's China Bistro to switch to manual payment processing after a recent data breach at the restaurant chain is unusual, security experts said this week.

Target finally gets its first CISO

Target has hired a 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

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

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 NSA's surveillance practices.

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Jaikumar Vijayan Jaikumar Vijayan covers data security and privacy issues; security legislation and regulations; online, mobile and wireless security; business intelligence and analytics; ERP; CRM; databases; open source; e-voting and RFID for Computerworld.