NEWS & ANALYSIS

You Won’t Get Skimmed Again

Payment card fraud can be completely eliminated, says security expert.

(Reporting from ISC West 2010)

Fake ATM Rips Off Hackers at Vegas Convention Center

A fake ATM machine was discovered in the convention center of Las Vegas' Riviera Hotel Casino, ripping off guests and hackers attending the Black Hat and DefCon hacking conferences inside the convention center.

Hard Drive with Sensitive Data Missing from National Archives

The federal government's data security posture has once again been called into question as a hard drive containing sensitive information from the Clinton Administration is missing from the National Archives, reports the Associated Press.

Hackers Compromise 160,000 Student Healthcare Records at Berkeley, Mills College

Hackers broke into the computer databases of the University of California-Berkeley's health services center, compromising about 160,000 student health records, including 3,400 students from Mills College.

Social Security Recipients Warned to Watch Out for Scams

Federal and state agencies are warning recipients of Social Security to watch out for scammers ready to trick retired and disabled people into giving up financial information or other sensitive personal information in return for their stimulus checks.

Head of Homeland Security Vows to Repeal REAL ID

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced that she is working with state governors to try and repeal the REAL ID Act of 2005.

GAO Obtains Passport with Social Security Number of Man Who Died in 1965

An undercover investigator was able to use counterfeit documents and the Social Security number (SSN) of a man who died in 1965 to obtain a U.S. passport, according to a letter from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

United Kingdom Launches Fraud Strategy

The British government launched its three-year National Fraud Strategy today to help stamp out rampant fraud, but one security researcher says it would protect banks more than consumers.

Applicants for TWIC Should Stick to TSA Website or Hotline, Agency Says

The Transportation Security Administration is telling applicants for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential to only trust information on the TSA's Web site or its information hotline, according to Land Line Magazine.

Academic, Corporate, and Government Organizations Unite to Solve Identity Management Problems

A new nonprofit organization will devote itself to solving identity management problems like identity theft through empirical research.
 




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