Stories by Jaikumar Vijayan

Heartbleed flaw affects mobile apps, too

Android and IOS mobile applications are just as vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug as websites are, security vendor Trend Micro warned.

FTC can sue companies hit with data breaches, court says

A federal court in New Jersey this week affirmed the Federal Trade Commission's contention that it can sue companies on charges related to data breaches, a major victory for the agency.

6 ways the Internet of Things will transform enterprise security

Most enterprise security organizations are unlikely to have a spamming refrigerator on top of their list of things to worry about. But news earlier this year that an Internet-connected fridge was co-opted into a botnet that sent spam to tens of thousands of Internet users is sure to have piqued the interest of at least a few.

Snowden leaks erode trust in Internet companies, government

Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Security Agency's data collection practices have eroded the public's trust in major technology companies -- and in the Internet, a Harris Interactive survey found.

NSA phone metadata collection program renewed for 90 days

The Obama Administration has secured a 90-day extension of the National Security Agency's controversial authority to collect phone metadata records on U.S. customers under the Patriot Act.

NSA isn't evil, says noted civil libertarian

Civil liberties and privacy groups have long criticized the U.S. National Security Agency, but those critics became louder last summer after details of the agency's data collection activities were disclosed in classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

Payment card security revamp becoming chip vs. PIN tussle

Industry efforts to shore up payment card security after the massive data breach at Target appear to be devolving into a battle over chip vs. PIN technology between retailers and credit card companies.

In rare move, banks sue Target's security auditor

Two banks that claim to have suffered losses from the recent data breach at Target have sued Trustwave Holdings Inc., the company that was responsible for validating Target's compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.

Business groups see IT shops as roadblocks to data analytics projects

Business groups in a growing number of companies appear to be plowing ahead on data analytics projects with little input or help from their own IT organizations.

In surprise move, Symantec fires CEO Bennett

For the second time in less than two years, Symantec Corp. has a new chief executive officer.

ATM operators eye Linux as alternative to Windows XP

Some financial services companies are looking to migrate their ATM fleets from Windows to Linux in a bid to have better control over hardware and software upgrade cycles.

Most ATMs will remain on Windows XP after Microsoft's pulls plug on OS

More than six out of 10 ATM machines in the country will be running on an obsolete operating system when Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows XP on April 8, raising serious security and compliance issues for the systems' operators.

Court approves first-of-its-kind data breach settlement

Courts have generally tended to dismiss consumer class-action lawsuits filed against companies that suffer data breaches if victims can't show that the the breach directly caused a financial hit.

Major companies, like Target, often fail to act on malware alerts

Companies that suffer major data breaches almost always portray themselves as victims of cutting edge attack techniques and tools. The reality, though, is often much more mundane.

Senator's claims of CIA violating computer fraud act shaky, legal expert says

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif.) claim that the CIA violated provisions of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act when it accessed computers used by members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, could be hard to substantiate, according to a leading legal expert.

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