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  • Phishers Felled Bitcoin Exchange

    $5 Million Bitstamp Breach Detailed in Unconfirmed Report Phishers Felled Bitcoin Exchange

    An unconfirmed post-breach report for bitcoin exchange Bitstamp shows the organization was targeted by a sustained attack that combined phishing via email and Skype with macro malware to successfully steal almost 19,000 bitcoins, worth $5 million. Read more...

  • OPM Suspends Background Check System

    Union Slams Agency with Class-Action Data Breach Lawsuit OPM Suspends Background Check System

    Following its mega-breach, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management suspends use of its online background check application system, citing a vulnerability. Also, the agency now faces a breach-related lawsuit filed on behalf of federal workers. Read more...

  • Analysis: Why the OPM Breach Is So Bad

    Personal Secrets at Risk After Background Forms Exposed Analysis: Why the OPM Breach Is So Bad
    Ann Barron-DiCamillo of US-CERT testified on the OPM breach.

    Just how bad is the U.S. Office of Personnel Management breach? Consider that spies may now have access to every secret - sexual, financial, familial, medical - shared by personnel seeking security clearances to access classified U.S. information. Read more...

  • OPM Breach: China Is 'Leading Suspect'

    But Intel Chief Urges Policymakers to Improve Defenses OPM Breach: China Is 'Leading Suspect'
    U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

    China is the "leading suspect" behind the OPM breach, says Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who adds that until the U.S. can meaningfully deter such attacks, it must focus on getting better at defense, not retribution. Read more...

  • China, U.S. Plan Cyber Code of Conduct

    Obama Presses Chinese Government to Lower Cyber Tensions China, U.S. Plan Cyber Code of Conduct
    Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Source: State Department

    China and the U.S. have agreed to create a new cyber "code of conduct." The move comes in the wake of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management breach, with President Obama urging Chinese officials to help lower cyber-related tensions. Read more...

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    Can Selfies Fight Payment Card Fraud?

    MasterCard Tests Facial Recognition App By Mathew Schwartz
    Can Selfies Fight Payment Card Fraud?

    MasterCard is testing a smartphone app that lets users approve online transactions using facial recognition, via the equivalent of taking a selfie. But could such technology be spoofed, and will it reduce card fraud?

  • Article

    Cardinals Sack Employee After Hack

    FBI Still Investigating Houston Astros Database Breach By Mathew J. Schwartz
    Cardinals Sack Employee After Hack

    The St. Louis Cardinals baseball team has fired its scouting director amidst allegations that the team hacked into a database run by its rival Houston Astros team. A related investigation is ongoing.

  • Article

    Trump Hotels Investigates Hack Report

    Suspected Card Fraud Traced to Multiple Hotel Locations By Mathew J. Schwartz
    Trump Hotels Investigates Hack Report

    Trump Hotel Properties confirms it is investigating reports of card fraud tied to multiple hotels. Numerous hotels, restaurants and retailers continue to report breaches, stemming from POS malware infections.

  • Article

    Cisco to Acquire OpenDNS

    $635 Million Deal to Boost 'Internet of Things' Security By Mathew J. Schwartz
    Cisco to Acquire OpenDNS

    Cisco announced plans to pay $635 million to purchase cloud security firm OpenDNS to better secure the "Internet of Everything." OpenDNS says the acquisition will leave its products and personnel intact.

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    PCI Encryption Standard Updated

    How Optional Standard Can Ease PCI-DSS Compliance By Tracy Kitten
    PCI Encryption Standard Updated

    The PCI Security Standards Council has just released version 2 of its point-to-point encryption standard. Jeremy King of the PCI SSC explains how this optional standard can complement PCI-DSS compliance.

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