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Visa looks into Eastern European security breach

Posted December 17, 2011 Romanian state-owned CEC Bank has blocked and reissued 17,000 credit cards on suspicion that they had been compromised, and a security blogger warns of loopholes in the security of “Verified by Visa.” For more, see the full story at Naked Security.

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In God We Trust, but Security Vendors Need to Sign the Papers

If Anonymous, LulzSec et al. can pwn security vendors, who can protect us? Here’s help on how to rate security vendors on the sitting-duck scale. In this two-part look at how to vet security vendors, my first article—In God We Trust, but Security Vendors Need to Sign the Papers—focuses on assessing a vendor. This is done […]

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Four Romanians charged with multimillion-dollar hack of Subway, others

The US Department of Justice has indicted and arrested four Romanians for credit card fraud perpetrated against Subway restaurants and other retailers concluding a three year investigation. Looks like default/easily cracked passwords enabled another needless theft. Here’s the full story.

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Android permissions glitch allows eavesdropping, data theft

Academic researchers have demonstrated flaws in the Android permissions system that could allow rogue applications to gain access to SMS messages, GPS or even record audio from affected devices. Read the story on NakedSecurity.

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Personal data of 65,000 FoxyBingo players sold for cash

A former gambling industry worker who sold personal data relating to over 65,000 online bingo players has been found guilty under the Data Protection Act. Are you willing to gamble with your personal information? Thankfully, it seems that nobody’s bank account numbers were compromised, but that isn’t always the case in these gambling breaches. The […]

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Research finds that privacy tools don’t work

Users can neither understand nor configure tools which claim to improve their privacy, according to new research from Carnegie Mellon. Is there any way we can achieve online privacy? Click here for the full story.

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