We attempt to stay on top of cyber security and data breach topics here on the Online Tech blog, providing some industry perspective to news of large data breaches like those at Community Health Systems, P.F. Changs, eBay, Target and other unnamed victims. Of course, we don’t cover them all. We’d be writing nothing else. You’d be reading nothing else. Consider that along with reports today about Home Depot investigating a potential breach of customer credit card numbers, over the …

Hold Security, a firm credited with uncovering significant data breaches – such as the one at Adobe Systems in October 2013 – has uncovered a record-breaking hack of 1.2 billion username and passwords from multiple websites. From the Hold Security website: After more than seven months of research, Hold Security identified a Russian cyber gang which is currently in possession of the largest cache of stolen data. While the gang did not have a name, we dubbed it “CyberVor” (“vor” …

There’s quite a brouhaha bubbling up Down Under. It all stems from a Sydney Morning Herald opinion piece written by the CEO of the Association of Data Driven Marketing and Advertising opposing the mandatory data breach reporting law introduced to the Australian Parliament by federal attorney general Mark Dreyfus. The CEO, Jodie Sangster, raised some eyebrows (and generated plenty of pro and con internet content) by referring to a mandatory data breach reporting law as “Luddite thinking” that would be …

Unauthorized activity on credit cards recently used at Jimmy John’s locations has led the sandwich chain to work with authorities on an investigation of a potential data breach. KrebsOnSecurity.com first reported on the issue Thursday, stating the chain “did not return calls seeking comment for two days” (not Freaky Fast) before issuing an email statement that it is “investigating the situation” and will provide an update “as soon as we have additional information.” Financial institutions contacted by KrebsOnSecurity.com witnessed “card-present” …

The National Consumer League released a study last week based on surveys from identity fraud victims across the United States. It claims that just 28 percent of victims think the government’s requirements for protecting healthcare and financial data are sufficient. “In this polarized political climate, it’s rare for Americans to express such agreement on any issue,” Al Pascual, a senior analyst at Javelin Strategy & Research, said in a press release. Javelin was a partner in the study. “But when …

After the recent rash of high-profile data breaches, the Internet is ripe with tips for handling a breach at your organization. The standard experts’ message: Notify consumers immediately and don’t downplay the impact. The Dallas Morning News has a keen interest in data breaches because some of the largest recent reports come from retailers headquartered in its home state of Texas: Nieman-Marcus (Dallas), Sally Beauty Holdings (Denton) and Michaels Stores (Irving). In a Sunday story, reporter Pamela Yip discussed proper …

Mom always said to choose your friends wisely. Maybe she was trying to protect you from a data breach. AT&T learned that lesson the hard way. From a statement released by the company : “We recently learned that three employees of one of our vendors accessed some AT&T customer accounts without proper authorization. This is completely counter to the way we require our vendors to conduct business. We know our customers count on us and those who support our business …

As another large U.S. retailer – this time restaurant chain P.F. Changs – suffers the impact of a data breach, results of a survey released Thursday show that consumers are firmly holding retailers responsible at a rate nearly that of the cyber criminals themselves. According to reports, thousands of credit and debit cards used at P.F. Chang’s between March and May are now for sale on an underground store. The chain told KrebsOnSecurity.com that it has not confirmed a card …

After the recent eBay data breach in which more than 145 million user records were reportedly compromised by hackers, the internet is once again full of stories about consumers demanding better protection, analysts blaming organizations for not following basic cybersecurity protocol, and tales of hackers that are simply out-sophisticating sophisticated security (eBay used two-factor authentication and encryption, which did protect users’ financial information). There are the standard tips for consumers: change your passwords, don’t use the same password on multiple …

“Changing, Connecting, Creating” is the theme of this year’s IRCE, the world’s largest e-commerce event happening in Chicago June 10-13. With over 200 speakers, and 10,000 expected guests, plan on tons of connecting and creating. Tracks will range from B2B to fulfillment and operations, from global e-retailing to everything social media. We’re most excited about the track dedicated entirely to the technology that helps internet retailers continue to grow while more clearly understanding the implications of their data on their …

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