08/03/2009 - 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.
05/28/2009 - New regulations implemented in Massachusetts require that companies encrypt documents sent over the Internet or saved on laptops or flash drives. Data transmitted wirelessly must also be protected and firewalls must be up to date. Companies were required to meet most of the regulations last month but the deadline for some items has been extended. For example, all data stored on laptops must be encrypted now but the requirement to encrypt data on other portable devices has been delayed until January 1, 2010.
05/20/2009 - 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.
05/11/2009 - 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.
05/11/2009 - 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.
04/14/2009 - 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).
01/23/2009 - 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.