Stories by Jaikumar Vijayan

Microsoft ordered to turn over customer data stored in the cloud

Microsoft has been ordered to comply with a U.S. government demand for a customer's emails stored on a company server in Dublin, Ireland.

Attackers exploit remote access tools to compromise retail systems

Malicious hackers are using remote access tools to break into retail point-of-sale systems and plant malware on them, the Department of Homeland Security warned.

CISOs still struggle for respect from peers

Chief information security officers (CISOs) continue to have a hard time gaining the respect of other C-suite executives despite the heightened focus overall on information security.

There's still a security disconnect on BYOD

Corporate employees are taking a surprisingly lax approach towards security issues raised by the business use of personally owned mobile devices.

New docs show DHS was more worried about critical infrastructure flaw in '07 than it let on

The Department of Homeland Security mistakenly released details on an experiment in which a 27-ton generator was destroyed via a cyberattack.

NSA defends collecting data from U.S. residents not suspected of terrorist activities

The National Security Agency Monday defended its data collection practices amid revelations that almost 90% of the data it sweeps up involves ordinary Internet users not suspected of crimes.

Hackers hit more businesses through remote access accounts

Hackers recently broke into payment systems at several northwestern U.S. restaurants and food service firms via a remote access account belonging to one of their vendors, another example of the need for companies to monitor third-party access to their networks.

Critics blast Microsoft's takedown of No-IP domains

Microsoft's tactics in using a court order to seize nearly two-dozen No-IP.com domains it said were used to distribute Windows malware tools were called ham-handed by several critics.

Groups fear bill would allow free flow of data between private sector and NSA

A draft U.S. Senate bill aimed at making it easier for organizations to share cyber threat information poses serious threats to personal privacy, several rights groups said in a letter to Congress on Thursday.

Google's move into home automation means even less privacy

Plans by smart thermostat maker Nest Labs to share some customer data with corporate parent Google means the search engine giant will be fending off privacy concerns as it expands into home automation.

Rights groups applaud Supreme Court cellphone ruling

Privacy and civil rights groups lauded Wednesday's unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling that police must obtain a search warrant before searching through the contents of an arrested person's cellphone.

Security skills shortage is real, and it's not going away anytime soon

The current shortage of cybersecurity professionals in the U.S will likely resolve itself over the next several years, according to the RAND Corp. But until then, companies will find it disturbingly difficult to find skilled workers.

Congressman calls for halt to FTC breach probe amid claims of 'corporate blackmail'

A U.S. House committee has called on the Federal Trade Commission's Inspector General to probe the agency's relationship with a peer-to-peer network-monitoring firm whose data is key evidence in an FTC complaint filed against LabMD.

Bill to require warrant for email searches gains ground in House

A far-reaching bill that would require the government to obtain a warrant to search through people's emails and other online communications now has majority support in the House of Representatives.

Bank not liable for customer's $440,000 cybertheft

A Missouri escrow firm that lost $440,000 in a 2010 cyberheist cannot hold its bank responsible for the loss an appeals court said this week affirming a lower court's previous ruling on the issue.