Big-box retailer Target has confirmed that a breach that likely exposed some 40 million U.S. debit and credit accounts was caused by a malware attack that infected its point-of-sale system. Find out all the latest details.
On Christmas Eve, Target issued a warning about phishing scams linked to its breach recovery efforts. In response, the retailer says it is launching a dedicated resource page on its website for official communications.
Was it a point-of-sale attack? A network breach? Or was it an inside job? Fraud experts disagree over the cause of the Target data breach, but they are united in how banking institutions should respond.
The theft of 2 million credentials reminds security professionals that their organizations are at risk because many employees use the same passwords and devices for personal and business purposes, data security lawyer Ronald Raether says.
Hackers have pilfered some 2 million user passwords and credentials for Facebook and other social media and Internet sites, according to IT security provider Trustwave. The hackers attacked computers in about 100 nations.
You can be outraged that the NSA collects Internet communications records of U.S. citizens. But don't be surprised, says sociologist William Staples. This is just one example of our "culture of surveillance."
Governments and others using cloud-based services should keep 10 security tips in mind, including making sure they can maintain control of their data if a service provider goes bankrupt, says Dimitra Liveri, co-author of a new report.