A silver lining is emerging behind the rash of breaches that occur all too regularly. The fact that these breaches make the public more aware of the vulnerabilities is encouraging in efforts to make the Internet safer for all.
Anti-money laundering expert Kevin Sullivan says that U.S. banking institutions should not take Osama bin Laden's death as a sign that they can let their AML and BSA screenings become more lax. "We have not defeated terrorism yet."
Experts warn of ingenious phishing attacks based on the latest news. "This is one of those rare opportunities that can build you a great list and a couple of zeros in your profit," one hacker is quoted as saying.
The latest Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report is out, and the good news is: The number of compromised records is down. The troubling news is: The number of breaches is up. Bryan Sartin, one of the report authors, explains why.
How did fraudsters hijack the identities of scores of South Florida residents for the filing of fraudulent tax returns? Thieves had funds electronically routed to bank accounts, and then quickly withdrew the funds using debit cards at ATMs.
Sony Corp.'s announcement that hackers may have accessed data on 77 million gamers follows a long line of recent breaches. And Neal O'Farrell of the Identity Theft Council says the string of incidents has led to consumer 'breach fatigue.'
Between March 2010 and April 2011, 20 incidents of wire fraud hit small and mid-sized U.S. businesses. All of the transactions involved payments routed to Chinese economic and trade companies located near the Russian border.
A U.S.-based hacker just pleaded guilty to stealing more than 675,000 credit cards that led to more than $36 million in fraud. "These SQL injections are allowing someone in through the side fence, not the front door," says information security attorney Randy Sabett.
Online security has come a long way in recent years, but so have phishing attacks. As the Epsilon e-mail breach proves, fraudsters are honing their attacks through the acquisition detailed e-mail profiles and sensitive information connections, says ID security expert Tim Rohrbaugh.
After firing off a letter to Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs that questions the secret tracking, Sen. Al Franken schedules a May 10 hearing before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee he chairs on protecting mobile privacy.