Articles By Jaikumar Vijayan

Heartland hackers stole 130 million credit and debit card numbers

This week's disclosure that the huge data thefts at Heartland Payment Systems and other retailers resulted from SQL injection attacks could finally push retailers into paying serious attention to Web application security vulnerabilities,

Published on: August 20th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Student to declare bankruptcy after $675,000 music piracy fine

In a major victory for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), a federal jury one week ago fined Boston University student Joel Tenenbaum $675,000 for illegally downloading and distributing 30 copyrighted songs.

Published on: August 10th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Music industry fuelling needless fears about P2P, says Limewire chief

Lime Group Chairman Mark Gorton found himself in the hot seat last week during a hearing on the problem of inadvertent data leaks on peer-to-peer (P2P) networks including his company's, LimeWire. The hearing

Published on: August 5th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Texting while driving ‘increases’ crash risk 23 times

Hundreds of studies have been conducted in the past decade by researchers in psychology and traffic safety on the impact of talking on cell phones and texting while driving. The most recent research,

Published on: July 31st, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Woman appeals ‘monstrous’ $1.92 million fine in copyright case

The woman ordered to pay $1.92 million in fines for illegally distributing 24 copyrighted songs said she will appeal, and called the June 18 jury verdict "excessive, shocking and monstrous." In a 13-page

Published on: July 10th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

‘Iceman’ admits to stealing IDs of hundreds of thousands of victims

Max Ray Butler, a former security analyst turned hacker, yesterday pleaded guilty in federal court in Pittsburgh to breaking into numerous financial institutions and card-processing networks and stealing credit card and identity data

Published on: July 3rd, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Heartland data breach was devastating, CEO says

Heartland Payment Systems chief executive Robert Carr remembers what it felt like when he first heard about the massive data breach at his company earlier this year. "I wanted to throw up. It

Published on: June 19th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

700 reasons why air traffic control systems may be hacked

A government audit has found more than 760 high-risk vulnerabilities in Web applications used to support Air Traffic Control (ATC) operations around the country.The flaws, which were discovered in 70 Web applications tied

Published on: May 11th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Hacker demands $10 million to “release” millions of stolen health records

Days after a hacker claimed to have broken into a database and encrypted millions of prescription records at the Virginia Department of Health Professions, it remains unclear what happened.Whistleblower Web site Wikileaks.org last

Published on: May 11th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Duo who made millions duping students indicted on spamming charges

Two Missouri men who made over $4 million pitching and selling everything from electronics to teeth whiteners to students in more than 2,000 colleges and universities have been indicted by a federal grand

Published on: May 5th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

U.S. “woefully unprepared” for a cyber catastrophe

A crystal-clear denouement of U.S readiness to combat threats in cyberspace came at a hearing held March 10 by the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. After about an hour of listening to

Published on: April 28th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Court forbids Webcast of proceedings in high-profile piracy case

An Appeals court in Boston has overturned a trial judge's ruling that would have allowed some courtroom proceedings in a high-profile music piracy case to be streamed over the Internet. The three-judge Appeals

Published on: April 20th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Hospital fires 15 employees for accessing octuplet mom’s records

A Kaiser Permanente hospital located in a Los Angeles suburb has fired 15 employees and reprimanded eight others for improperly accessing the personal medical records of Nadya Suleman, the California woman who gave

Published on: April 2nd, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Heartland warns competitors against “baseless” claims in wake of Visa action

Heartland Payment Systems Inc. is warning rivals of possible legal action if they don't stop trying to lure away its customers by hinting that continuing to do business with the breached payment processor

Published on: March 27th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Blogger who streamed Guns N’ Roses tracks may be jailed

A man who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of illegally uploading and streaming nine pre-release Guns N' Roses tracks from his Web site last June could face up to six months in

Published on: March 19th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan