Articles By Jaikumar Vijayan

Bank sues customer hit by $800,000 cyber theft

A Texas bank is suing a customer hit by an $800,000 cybertheft incident in a case that could test the extent to which customers should be held responsible for protecting their online accounts

Published on: January 28th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

5 most notorious data breaches of 2009

If there was anything even vaguely comforting about the data breaches that were announced this year, it was that many of them stemmed from familiar and downright mundane security failures. Companies continued to

Published on: December 18th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Hackers crack tough authentication to pillage bank accounts

Security measures such as one-time passwords and phone-based user authentication, considered among the most robust forms of security, are no longer enough to protect online banking transactions against fraud, a new report from

Published on: December 17th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Judge throws out data breach lawsuit saying no harm was done

A federal court in Missouri has thrown out a consumer class-action lawsuit that was brought against pharmacy benefits company Express Scripts over a 2008 data breach in which millions of customer records were

Published on: December 7th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Scammers use data on social networks to launch targeted attacks

New tools capable of quickly finding, gathering and correlating information about individuals from social networking sites and other public sources are giving online scammers a powerful new weapon, say security researchers. The tools

Published on: December 2nd, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Hackers hijack hundreds of Facebook groups to make a point

An anonymous group calling itself "Control Your Info" has taken over hundreds of Facebook groups to highlight what it claims is a major security weakness on the social networking site. Facebook downplayed the

Published on: November 12th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Pseudonyms don’t protect ‘online slanderers’, libel case shows

An Illinois politician's attempt to unmask the identity of an e-mail poster who allegedly made disparaging remarks about her teenage son in an online forum is stirring a debate about free speech rights

Published on: October 20th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Security breach shuts down payroll service yet again

For the second time this month, PayChoice Inc., a large online provider of payroll processing services, has had to shut down its online portal because of a security breach.The company said its Online

Published on: October 20th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Big phishing scam bust only scratches surface of massive problem

The massive phishing scam broken up by federal authorities this week is only a hint at what many say is an insidious and growing problem on the Internet.Federal authorities on Wednesday indicted 53

Published on: October 13th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Hackers breach online payroll service, steal customer login info

In a somewhat unusual data breach, hackers recently stole the login credentials of an unknown number of customers of payroll processing company PayChoice Inc., and then attempted to use the data to steal

Published on: October 5th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Social networks ‘leaking users personal info’ to ad companies

Many major social networking sites are leaking information that allows third party advertising and tracking companies to associate the Web browsing habits of users with a specific person, researchers warn. That's the conclusion

Published on: September 27th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Web hosting firms fined $32 million for supporting copyright violation

In what's being called a landmark decision, a federal jury in California has found two Web hosting companies and their owner liable for contributing to trademark and copyright infringement for hosting sites selling

Published on: September 3rd, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Stage set for ‘suspicionless’ searches of laptops, PDAs at U.S. borders

The Department of Homeland Security's Privacy Office has approved the controversial searches, copying and retention of laptops, PDAs, and other digital devices without cause at U.S. borders. Travelers could soon start seeing notices

Published on: September 2nd, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Cybercrooks using stolen credentials to plunder small business accounts

An organization representing more than 15,000 financial institutions has issued a warning about a growing wave of attacks against small banks and businesses by cybercriminals using stolen banking credentials to plunder corporate accounts.In

Published on: August 27th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Lawsuit demands banks divulge information about hack attacks

Anti-spam company Unspam Technologies Inc. filed a lawsuit on Wednesday aimed, in a somewhat roundabout way, at forcing banks to divulge any information they might have about hacking activities affecting their customer accounts.The

Published on: August 25th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan