Articles By Jaikumar Vijayan

LifeLock’s ID protection service not a scam, claims infamous CEO

As CEO of LifeLock Inc., Todd Davis has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. Two months ago, the Federal Trade Commission slammed his company with a $12 million fine

Published on: June 1st, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

Thousands of leaked patient care documents found on P2P networks

Nearly eight months after new rules were enacted requiring stronger protection of health care information, organizations are still leaking such data on file-sharing networks, a study by Hanover, NH-based Dartmouth College's Tuck School

Published on: May 19th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

RFID chips give ice-cream buyers the scoop on flavours

Businesses are using RFID tags to track everything from large shipping containers and livestock to tiny electronic components.It's unlikely, though, that any other business is using radio frequency identification technology for the same

Published on: May 18th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

Banks, payment processors on alert following Visa fraud tip off

Visa Inc. last week sent a fraud alert to banks and payment processors warning them to look out for a "large batch settlement fraud scheme" involving a merchant account in East Europe.That alert

Published on: May 13th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

Botched bombing attempt reveals weaknesses of data mining

Saturday's botched bombing attempt in New York City provides an example of why the use of data mining approaches to uncover potential terrorism plots is a little like weather forecasting. "You definitely need

Published on: May 6th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

Man gets 81 months for ‘hack, pump and dump’ stock scam

An Indian national was sentenced Monday to 81 months in prison for hacking into online brokerage accounts and using those accounts to manipulate stock prices for personal gain.Jaisankar Marimuthu, 36, of Chennai, India,

Published on: April 29th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

No bail for former trader accused of code theft

A federal judge in New York has denied bail to a former trader at Societe Generale who was arrested earlier this week for allegedly stealing proprietary computer code used in a high-speed trading

Published on: April 27th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

USB drive can be used as evidence in child porn case, judge rules

A man who forgot to remove a thumb drive from a shared computer that he was using, waived his privacy claims to the content on that device, a federal judge in Florida has

Published on: April 15th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

Facebook will fork out $9.5 million to fund privacy projects

A federal judge has approved a proposed settlement byFacebook in a class-action lawsuit involving its now defunct Beacon behavioral tracking service.Under the settlement, Facebook will pay $9.5 million to set up a privacy

Published on: March 23rd, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

Social media sites being used for undercover investigations

Advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation has obtained documents showing how law enforcement agencies and the Internal Revenue Service are gathering information from social networking sites for their investigations. The documents were obtained

Published on: March 18th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

Furor over plunder of SMB online bank accounts

The unabated plundering of online bank accounts belonging to small and midsize businesses is raising significant questions about the authentication and fraud-detection mechanisms now used by financial institutions.Such cyberthefts have led multiple businesses

Published on: March 12th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

Conviction of top Google execs in Italy sparks global outrage

An Italian's judge's decision to impose six-month suspended jail sentences on Google Inc.'s global privacy counsel, Peter Fleischer, and two other company executives over a video showing the bullying of a disabled teenager

Published on: February 26th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

Brutal botnet attack affects more than 75,000 computers

Security researchers at Herndon, Va.-based NetWitness Corp. have unearthed a massive botnet affecting at least 75,000 computers at 2,500 companies and government agencies worldwide. The Kneber botnet, named for the username linking the

Published on: February 19th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

Facebook slams critics of $9.5 million privacy lawsuit settlement offer

Facebook has come out swinging at those opposing a settlement offer it made last year in a privacy lawsuit involving the social networking company's controversial Beacon behavioral tracking service. Under the offer made

Published on: February 5th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

Retailers’ systems assailed by older, overlooked security flaws

An overemphasis on tackling new and emerging security threats may be causing companies to overlook older but far more frequently exploited vulnerabilities, according to a recent report. The report, from Trustwave, h is

Published on: February 4th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan