Stories by Jaikumar Vijayan

A year after Swartz suicide, reform of anti-hacking law remains elusive

Internet activist Aaron Swartz's suicide last January galvanized calls for an overhaul of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, used widely by the government to prosecute misdeeds that critics say the law was never intended to address. Yet, one year after Swartz's death, efforts to reform the law have made little headway.

Breach goes from bad to worse for Target and its customers

Target's acknowledgement Friday that personal data of 70 million people, not 40 million as previously thought, may have been exposed to hackers in a recent data breach raises new questions about the incident and how it could affect victims.

The NSA blame game: Singling out RSA diverts attention from others

RSA may have earned much of the criticism being heaped upon it for allegedly enabling a backdoor in one of its encryption technologies under a contract with the National Security Agency. But singling out the company for reproach deflects attention from the role that other technology vendors may have had in enabling the NSA's data collection activities.

Cloud computing 2014: Moving to a zero-trust security model

The leaking of classified documents detailing the data collection activities of the U.S. National Security Agency earlier this year reignited some long-standing concerns about the vulnerability of enterprise data stored in the cloud.

Target hackers try new ways to use stolen card data

The techniques used by hackers to access credit and debit card data from target shoppers suggests that the cyber crooks have found a troubling new way to stay ahead of the latest fraud detection processes.

Breach could prove very costly for Target

Though details of the massive data breach at Target are still emerging, it's already clear that, before the dust settles, the retailer will likely have to pay tens of millions of dollars in remediation and notification costs, fines, legal fees and settlements.