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

Gmail and Google Apps could face privacy investigation following breach

A privacy group has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Google Inc.'s cloud computing services, including the popular Gmail hosted e-mail service, Google Docs and the Picasa photo sharing service, adequately

Published on: March 24th, 2009 Sharon Gaudin

BBC blasted for “hijacking” 22,000 computers

Security company Sophos has lashed out at the BBC for commandeering some 22,000 computers earlier this month, claiming the move was a reckless breach of privacy that could inspire a wave of vigilante

Published on: March 18th, 2009 Darren Pauli

Cool consumer technologies may cause security nightmare

Last week, I saw a plug-and-play Web camera. OK, you've seen things called that before, but this was different. It works like this: You plug a gateway device into a network. You switch

Published on: March 16th, 2009 Frank Hayes

Small firms must comply with security standards or be held “liable” for breaches

Some small businesses have paid a big price for data breaches in Canada – Michael D'Sa would know, he's the senior manager of data security for Visa Canada and privy to some investigations

Published on: March 13th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Fraudcasts caution Canadians about current scams

Canadian businesses and consumers stand to benefit from a new Web site that apprises them of the latest frauds and scams in their area.Launched this week, Fraudcast.ca is billed as "Canada's first Web-based

Published on: March 5th, 2009 Michelle MacLeod

Heartland pounded with lawsuits over data breach

In an indication of the legal troubles companies can find themselves in over data breaches these days, several banks and credit unions have begun suing Heartland Payment Systems over its recently disclosed data

Published on: March 4th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Five steps to save your business from layoff backlash

A senior corporate executive leaves the company, taking with him his framed family photographs, his prized gold pen-and-pencil set -- and the passwords of several hundred employees. One of your firm's most experienced

Published on: March 3rd, 2009 Julia King

What hackers want today and how to foil them

While data breaches have multiplied, research suggests many Canadian businesses aren't fully equipped to deal with the heightened threat. Seventy per cent of businesses polled in a recent survey consider security a "Top

Published on: February 24th, 2009 Michelle MacLeod

Nearly 60 per cent of fired workers “steal company data” before quitting

A survey of 945 individuals who were laid off, fired or quit their jobs in the past 12 months shows that 59 per cent admitted to stealing company data and 67per cent used

Published on: February 24th, 2009 Ellen Messmer

How to effectively slash your IT security budget

In the current economic climate of uncertainty and tight IT budgets, often the mistake is to assume a more tactical, rather than strategic, approach to securing the ever-increasing volume of data travelling through

Published on: February 23rd, 2009 Kathleen Lau

Wyndham hotel systems hacked

Hackers broke into a computer at Wyndham Hotels and Resorts last July and stole tens of thousands of customer credit card numbers, the hotel chain has warned. The break-in occurred at a property

Published on: February 20th, 2009 Robert McMillan and Jaikumar Vijayan

Companies lose $202 for each compromised customer record

Companies that are reluctant to invest what it takes on data security better be prepared to pony up a lot more if their systems are ever breached. That's the main take-away from a

Published on: February 4th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan