The latest data breach notification bill comes from the Senate Commerce Committee, whose chairman Jay Rockefeller says the recent string of retailer breaches means companies need to do a better job protecting their customers' information.
Several payment system experts testifying at a Senate hearing on Feb. 3 urged the adoption of chip card technology in the wake of breaches at Target Corp. and Neiman Marcus. But representatives of banking and retailing engaged in some finger-pointing.
The PCI Security Standards Council has no plans to modify its standards for payment card data security in response to high-profile payment card breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus, says Bob Russo, the council's general manager.
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey in the wake of a recent data breach that affected nearly 840,000 members. One legal expert predicts breach-related litigation could soar in 2014.
The breach at Target stores that may have affected as many as 40 million credit and debit card account holders is a watershed moment that could greatly raise awareness of cybersecurity risks, says privacy attorney David Navetta.
The breach at Target Corp. that compromised as many as 40 million payment card accounts, along with the personal information of about 70 million customers, was the result of hackers stealing electronic credentials from a vendor, the retailer reports.
The hacktivist group European Cyber Army on Jan. 28 said it waged DDoS attacks against Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase. DDoS-tracking sources say the botnet involved is the same one used for 2012-2013 attacks against U.S. banks.