How did fraudsters hijack the identities of scores of South Florida residents for the filing of fraudulent tax returns? Thieves had funds electronically routed to bank accounts, and then quickly withdrew the funds using debit cards at ATMs.
Sony Corp.'s announcement that hackers may have accessed data on 77 million gamers follows a long line of recent breaches. And Neal O'Farrell of the Identity Theft Council says the string of incidents has led to consumer 'breach fatigue.'
"We need to ensure and maintain the public's trust in health information systems and the exchange of their health information," says Farzad Mostashari, the new national coordinator for health information technology.
"If you want to defend your computer completely, you better not connect it to the Internet, not use it, not even power it on. So we got to get to a different place." DHS Deputy Undersecretary Philip Reitinger says.
Four years ago, the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers began as an organization to bring standardization to the penetration testing industry. Today, CREST's scope is expanding across industries and global regions, says president Ian Glover.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a healthcare privacy case dealing with the power of states to bar data mining companies from selling information about doctors' prescription-writing habits to drug companies.
"We took our understanding of the tools, tradecraft and techniques used by these malicious actors, and converted it into actionable information that ... would lower their risk to the type of attack we saw at RSA," DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano says.
Online security has come a long way in recent years, but so have phishing attacks. As the Epsilon e-mail breach proves, fraudsters are honing their attacks through the acquisition detailed e-mail profiles and sensitive information connections, says ID security expert Tim Rohrbaugh.
After firing off a letter to Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs that questions the secret tracking, Sen. Al Franken schedules a May 10 hearing before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee he chairs on protecting mobile privacy.