"The misfortune here for the banks is that they can have the best fraud-detection systems out there ... but it all breaks down when they call the 'hacker' to verify the transaction," says Gartner's Avivah Litan.
Citigroup has confirmed its consumer banking sites were temporarily offline Friday because of what a bank spokesman referred to as temporary outages. Hackers with Anonymous have claimed to be behind the attacks.
Verisign Inc. may have followed the letter of the law when revealing a series of breaches in an SEC filing. But the company that assures the flow of a hefty portion of Internet traffic should have been more forthright to ease the minds of its various constituencies.
Although insider-threat incidents within organizations tend to be different case-by-case, says Carnegie Mellon University's Dawn Cappelli, there are similarities and patterns that organizations can look for when mitigating their risks. What are some of the common characteristics among insiders, and how can...
IT security provider Symantec says it identified multiple publisher identifications on the Android Market that are being used to push out Android.Counterclank, which it characterizes as a bot-like threat that can receive commands to carry out certain actions, as well as steal information from the device.
People, as much as anything else, are a critical aspect of information risk management, and businesses and government agencies must monitor employees - and educate them, as well - to thwart a potential threat from within.
"It's a crime like no other crime," says James Ratley, president of the ACFE, describing fraud. "There was not a gun involved, there was not a knife; there was in many cases a ballpoint pen or a computer."