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  • Fighting U.S. Card Data Fraud Overseas

    Feds Advocate Law Changes to Ease Prosecution of Fraudsters Fighting U.S. Card Data Fraud Overseas

    To help take down global "carding" rings, the U.S. Justice Department wants to expand current law so it can prosecute those who commit fraud anywhere in the world that involves U.S. payment card data. Read more...

  • Breach Notification Bill Advances

    Amendments to Keep Some State Safeguards Rejected Breach Notification Bill Advances
    Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., is a sponsor of the bill.

    Efforts by some Democratic members of a House subcommittee to amend a national data breach notification bill so that states could retain tougher data security requirements have failed. The measure now advances to a full committee. Read more...

  • Another Info-Sharing Bill Introduced

    Latest Measure Addresses Liability, Privacy Concerns Another Info-Sharing Bill Introduced
    Rep. Adam Schiff seeks compromise on info-sharing bill.

    Add the Protecting Cyber Networks Act to the growing list of cyberthreat information sharing legislation pending before Congress. Lawmakers are now considering four measures, all designed to help thwart data breaches. Read more...

  • GAO Faults IRS Security Processes

    Alleges Agency Fails to Appropriately Secure Key Applications GAO Faults IRS Security Processes
    GAO's Gregory Wilshusen identifies flaws in IRS IT security.

    A Government Accountability Office audit shows that Internal Revenue Service financial and taxpayer data remain unnecessarily vulnerable to inappropriate and undetected use, modification and disclosure. Read more...

  • McCaul Circulates Info-Sharing Bill

    Draft Legislation Would Offer Broad Liability Protections McCaul Circulates Info-Sharing Bill
    Rep. Mike McCaul discusses cyberthreat information sharing.

    A draft of cyberthreat data sharing legislation from Rep. Mike McCaul is "marginally better" in regards to privacy protections than a measure that passed the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this month, a privacy advocacy group says. Read more...

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    3 States to Probe Premera Breach

    Looking for Answers About Cause, Response By Marianne Kolbasuk McGee
    3 States to Probe Premera Breach

    Three state insurance commissioners are launching a joint investigation into the cyber-attack against Premera Blue Cross, which exposed personal data of 11 million individuals nationwide. Find out what will be examined.

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    Google's Psychological Patch Warfare

    'Project Zero' Rewrites Vulnerability Disclosure Norms By Mathew Schwartz
    Google's Psychological Patch Warfare

    Psychologically speaking, nothing beats the power of a well-timed deadline. And love it or hate it, Google's 90-day "Project Zero" deadline for fixing flaws - before they get publicly disclosed - has rewritten bug-patching rules.

  • Article

    Romanian Charged in Multiple U.S. Hacks

    Medical Offices, Retailers, Security Firms Among Alleged Targets By Marianne Kolbasuk McGee
    Romanian Charged in Multiple U.S. Hacks

    A former systems administrator at a Romanian financial services institution has been extradited to the U.S. and charged with orchestrating an international hacking scheme that included attacks on medical offices, retailers and security firms.

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    Analysis: HITECH Stage 3 Security Rules

    Concerns Voiced Over Narrower Risk Assessment Proposal By Marianne Kolbasuk McGee
    Analysis: HITECH Stage 3 Security Rules

    Some security experts are concerned that narrower risk assessment requirements in a proposed Stage 3 rule for the HITECH Act EHR incentive program could confuse healthcare entities about the importance of conducting a broad HIPAA risk assessment.

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    Free Defense for Alleged $18M Hacker?

    Prosecutors Say Russian Has Resources to Pay Attorneys By Mathew J. Schwartz
    Free Defense for Alleged $18M Hacker?

    U.S. prosecutors are asking a judge to rescind his decision to provide a free defense for a Russian citizen who faces 40 charges relating to the alleged theft and sale of at least 2 million credit card numbers.

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