100 million cards potentially compromised in Heartland breach

A data breach disclosed today by Heartland Payment Systems may well displace TJX Companies' January 2007 breach in the record books as the largest ever involving payment data with potentially over 100 million

Published on: January 22nd, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

How to keep your laptop data private and safe

The largest single type of security breach is the stolen or lost laptop, according to the Open Security Foundation, yet these computers are among the least protected of all IT assets. The costs

Published on: January 21st, 2009 Mel Beckman

“Dumb terminals” may be a smart solution to data theft

It's sometimes referred to as a "dumb terminal" – a 2lb, 10x7-inch computer with a Web browser, but no hard drive or storage capabilities. Industry insiders say such a contraption may come in

Published on: December 15th, 2008 Michelle MacLeod

Hackers compromise thousands of Web sites

Several criminal gangs have acquired administrative log-in credentials for more than 200,000 Web sites -- including the one used by the U.S. Postal Service -- and have used the compromised domains to attack

Published on: October 6th, 2008 Gregg Keizer

Shredding business on fire as data breaches grow

Thanks to all the fear over data security breaches, a computer recycling operation has morphed into something much bigger - and potentially more lucrative - for the Saraiva brothers. That's not to say

Published on: September 11th, 2008 Bill Brenner

The Terminator can’t get rid of this “data breach” bill

An amended version of a closely watched data breach bill that was vetoed by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last October is once again headed to his desk for approval.The bill - known as

Published on: September 5th, 2008 Jaikumar Vijayan

11 charged in multi-million dollar ID theft scheme

Eleven people have been charged or indicted in a massive identity theft and computer fraud scheme involving some of the largest data breaches in recent U.S. history, the U.S. Department of Justice announced

Published on: August 7th, 2008 Grant Gross

Theories abound about data breach at Canadian airport

Various theories are being advanced to account for WestJet airline's "extraordinary" action of removing credit card check-ins from self-service kiosks at airports across Canada. The Calgary-based airline has done this in at kiosks

Published on: July 25th, 2008 Brian Jackson

ING DIRECT builds Rapport – offers free anti-phishing software

Consumers just don't feel very good about handing over their personal information to online banks, and that's a situation ING DIRECT hopes to change by offering a free anti-phishing software download, according to

Published on: June 5th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Success of new hacker strategy points to holes in payment card security standards

Security managers often describe their efforts to protect corporate data from being compromised as a full-fledged battle of wits against cybercrooks who are continually arming themselves with innovative tools and methods of attack.And

Published on: April 16th, 2008 Jaikumar Vijayan

Programmer gets jail time for stealing drive with 1 million bank records

A former programmer at Birmingham, Ala.-based Compass Bank who stole a hard drive containing one million customer records and used some of that information to commit debit-card fraud was sentenced last week to

Published on: March 28th, 2008 Jaikumar Vijayan

Data loss-prevention efforts stymied by poor processes

Protecting corporate data entails more than securing the perimeter; it requires that companies identify the data to be secured and explicitly define with processes how to prevent leaks. And according to a recent

Published on: November 14th, 2007 Denise Dubie