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May 24, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO — A data breach that jeopardized the personal information of more than 700,000 people has spurred California officials to change the way they transport sensitive material. Packages of payroll data, including Social Security numbers, will be delivered by courier rather than dropped in the mail. And officials are examining ways to transmit encrypted data rather than store it on microfiche. "We're looking to improve the process," said Oscar Ramirez, a spokesman for the California Department of Social Services.
May 31, 2013 |
Some companies are considering adopting the standards of the Wild West to fight back against online bandits. With news of cyber attack or a data breach in the news nearly every day, a number of companies are searching for a way to stop the barrage. Recently there's been more discussion about the merits of hacking back. In taking an eye-for-an-eye approach, some of the companies that have been attacked are looking at retaliating against the attackers, covertly shutting down computers behind the cyber assaults or even spreading a new virus to stymie the hackers.
August 20, 2013 |
Riot Games became the latest video game developer to suffer a data breach, the Santa Monica company disclosed Tuesday. Real names, user names, email addresses and encrypted passwords belonging to "a portion" of North American players of League of Legends game were "accessed," Riot co-founders Marc Merrill and Brandon Beck said in an online note . Additionally, 120,000 transaction records from 2011 that contained encrypted credit card numbers were...
September 28, 2012 |
The Social Security numbers of Army recipients of the Medal of Honor and Distinguished Service Cross were inadvertently posted online by a Pentagon contractor and were available to the public until they were discovered by a Vietnam veteran who researches military medal awards. The Social Security numbers of 31 winners of the military's top two awards for valor in combat were posted by a contractor conducting medals research for the Pentagon. The information was removed Friday after the Pentagon learned of the breach through the efforts of Doug Sterner of Alexandria, Va., a Bronze Star winner who has spent 14 years researching medals.
April 24, 2008 |
Five Southern California home lenders improperly tapped into the personal financial information of some customers seeking loans through LendingTree Inc., according to a lawsuit filed this week by the Internet mortgage broker. The suit, filed Monday in Orange County Superior Court, alleges that two former executives of LendingTree, which matches prospective home buyers with lenders, swiped customer passwords and gave the lenders unauthorized access to consumer information.
October 31, 2009 |
Nearly half the members of the House subcommittee that oversees more than $600 billion in Pentagon spending have been targeted by ethics investigators who are probing the conduct of a once-influential Washington lobbying firm, according to a confidential document that the House Ethics Committee says was inadvertently exposed. The seven members -- five Democrats and two Republicans -- received campaign donations from clients of the firm while sponsoring federal spending on projects that benefited the clients.
April 3, 2008 |
Discount retailer TJX Cos. could pay as much as $24 million in a settlement with MasterCard Inc. over a massive breach that exposed tens of millions of payment card numbers to hackers. The TJX agreement, which follows a similar $40.9-million pact in November with Visa Inc., hinges on banks that issue MasterCards agreeing to waive rights to sue TJX in exchange for being paid for breach-related costs. Issuers of at least 90% of the MasterCard accounts identified as possibly being compromised in the breach must approve the agreement by May 2 for the settlement to take effect, MasterCard and TJX said.
March 28, 2008 |
More than a year after millions of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls customers found out their credit card information had been hacked into, the discount stores' operator agreed to have its information audited but avoided paying federal fines. TJX Cos. was one of three firms that agreed to settle charges that each "failed to provide reasonable and appropriate security for sensitive consumer information," federal regulators said Thursday in two unrelated data-breach decisions.
April 3, 2012 |
Information stolen from as many as 1.5 million credit card accounts is the latest in a long line of data breaches — and an alert for consumers to monitor their accounts for fraudulent purchases, industry watchdogs say. The latest major breach, reported late last week at Atlanta payments processor Global Payments Inc., resulted in no known consumer fraud as of Monday morning, Chief Executive Paul R. Garcia said in a conference call with analysts....
March 31, 2012 |
MasterCard Inc. and Visa Inc. warned that some of the data in their cardholder accounts may have been breached. MasterCard said that it had notified banks, as well as law enforcement, of a potential problem with a third party "U.S.-based entity. " An independent data security organization is conducting a forensic review, MasterCard said. The company's own systems haven't been compromised. Visa said the same. "MasterCard is concerned whenever there is any possibility that cardholders could be inconvenienced and we continue to both monitor this event and take steps to safeguard account information," the company said Friday in a statement, without specifying how many cards might be at risk.