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The Department of Justice handed out 11 indictments in what is believed to be the biggest identity theft hacking case. Allegedly, this eclectic group of Americans, Ukrainians, Estonians and Chinese were involved in stealing more than 40 million credit card... Read More..
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Social networks like Facebook and MySpace continue to face security and privacy related issues as functional capabilities expand amd social interactions within the community become more complex.. Here are a couple of examples. First up, Facebook. It recently acknowledge that... Read More..
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The news about Salesforce.com's phishing incident broke almost 2 weeks ago on Slashdot...although there were rumors swirling about for a number of days prior to the report. A Salesforce employee fell victim to a phishing attack that captured his company... Read More..
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If you're one of millions of Americans with a mortgage, consider this - your mortgage company holds much of your privacy/identity info. Yet, have you ever wondered if your information is safe with them? According to this article, three spreadsheets... Read More..
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This is becoming old hat but another huge privacy exposure was revealed over a week ago. Apparently, 63,000 SSNs of individuals who received Department of Agriculture grants have been out in public view since 1996. The offending website was FedSpending.org... Read More..
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According to an article by the Associated Press, AOL in conjunction with a company called Skyhook have been building a database of locations linked to AIM users. This database is now being used for a feature that allows users with... Read More..
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Bruce Schneier, CTO of Counterpane Internet Security and author of the best-selling books such as Applied Cryptography and Beyond Fear, discusses security and privacy in a talk held at USC. Here's the link to the audio. It's definitely worth checking... Read More..
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Phishing scams are on the rise, almost doubling in the 1st half of 2006 when compared to the last six months of 2005. According to a Symantec report released a week ago, the number of scams grew by 81% and... Read More..
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Missing Hardware Anyone?

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The Commerce Department recently reported that it has lost over 1,100 laptops in the past five years with the Census Bureau accounting for 672. I'm deriving from this that keeping count of human population is somewhat easier than keeping track... Read More..
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This is like deja vu' all over again. Here's another case of a missing computer potentially compromising identities of over half a million injured workers in New York. (Hat Tip: Martin McKeay, ComputerWorld Security Blog) Names, addresses, SSNs of these... Read More..
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